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Policeman Sidney Riegel

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, May 6, 1961

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Reflections for Policeman Sidney Riegel

The actions of LAPD chief Moore are disgusting and so disrespectful of the officers on this site. I was raised not as a victim but to be a productive member of society. To all the so-called victims out there whose feelings may be hurt by the Blue line flag, I say tough luck and quit whining!

Elaine S Riegel

January 17, 2023

Rest In Peace. I admire your bravery.

Officer William F. Gomola
Bay Village Ohio police department

December 31, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service to this country.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 6, 2018

RIP. You are not forgotten.

Deputy Sheriff LASD
Class 295

May 6, 2016

Elaine Riegel and Family,

I have been asked to let you know that Van Nuys Station commissioned a mural in honor of the 50th Anniversary of its opening in 1964. Your father is an integral part of that mural.

In past correspondence you mentioned there were still relatives in the Los Angeles Area. On September 22 there will be a dedication and barbeque at the station and, though it will be Erev Yom Kippur, we hope there will be time for your family to join us.

I am not sure I have your current E-mail but you hopefully still have mine. May Officer Riegel's memory be a blessing.

Jim Grant, CIAN II
LAPD, Van Nuys Community Station

September 1, 2015

Officer Riegel,
On today, the 54th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served during WW II. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 6, 2015

Officer Riegel:

You are not nor will you ever be forgotten. I paused by your memorial here at Van Nuys Station today before starting the watch.

Tomorrow, May 7, downtown at a headquarters you would not recognize, LAPD will pay tribute to all our officers who have sacrificed their lives in service to the citizens of Los Angeles. On this day of your sacrifice I see that you share this date with 52 brothers in blue, many who preceded you and those who followed.

I will say Kaddish and have reached out to your family to ensure that they are aware and hopefully able to join us. May your memory be a blessing.

Crime Analyst II James M Grant
LAPD Van Nuys Division

May 6, 2015

For Elaine Riegel and Caren Riegel Blount:

Just this morning I finally received the plaque with your father's name correctly spelled. It will be placed on the stone that is the center of our Memorial Grove. My hope is to gather a Minion for a proper blessing but today, as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the opening of Van Nuys Division Station, officers will be able to see your father has never been forgotten. Please contact me at Van Nuys Division Detectives and let us know if there are any relatives remaining in the Los Angeles Area. We would hope to include them at our officers' memorials in future.

Crime Analyst II James M Grant
LAPD Van Nuys Division

June 4, 2014

Wow! Sgt. Traurig, your partner's bravery they don't come any braver. I have come across a few synagogues converted from churches. It says a lot, as well of that from your partner, Police Officer, Sidney Z. Riegel. We could say the z in his name represented the zest that he displayed everyday protecting LA citizens. Once again, Olav Hashalom and rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 9, 2014

My sister and I just found this amazing place today. We are overwhelmed at the thoughts and prayers for our father. We do not live in Los Angeles and have missed the events listed here; we want to thank everyone who has remembered our father after more than 50 years.

Elaine Riegel & Caren Riegel Blount

September 26, 2013

You were first to fall at what was then Valley Division. Born the same year as my father, you died one day after his 44th Birthday. I have learned much about you over the years and have made it my mission to ensure that your name is spelled correctly on the monument at our memorial outside. Wish you had lived and been able to share your stories at Temple Brotherhood. Shomrim do not forget and your memory is a blessing.

James M. Grant, Crime Analyst II
Van Nuys Division, LAPD

May 6, 2013

Rest in Peace, Policeman Riegel. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 14, 2012

Rest in peace Officer Riegel and Olav Hashalom, your bravery will never be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 13, 2012

On Sunday May 15th 2011 I recited the Kadish Prayer at the Police Memorial in Washington DC for officer Riegel

Jacob Castroll Reserve Deputy

May 20, 2011

We remember Policeman Sidney Riegel everyday here at LAPD Van Nuys Division. His picture is in our Police Station Lobby, placed so that everyone entering our station can see it.

On Wednesday May 4, 2011 at 12noon we will be conducting our Police Memorial Week Ceremonny at the Van Nuys Police Station "Grove of Remembrance"

Family and Friends are invited attend.
you can contact me for further information.

P3+1 George Aguilar
LAPD Van Nuys Division

April 20, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

May 6, 2010

I am an Officer at LAPD Van Nuys Division, on Nov 19, 2009 We Dedicated our "Grove Of Remembrance" Memorial at the Van Nuys Police Station listing the 3 names of the LAPD Officers Killed in the Line of Duty while assigned to our Division. Below are the names and dates
Policeman Sidney Z. Riegel #4299 May 6, 1961.
Policeman Roger R. Warren #13168 May 8, 1967.
Police Officer Gabriel Perez-Negron #31314 Nov 1, 1995.
This year during Police Memorial week we will conduct a Memorial Ceremony to Remember and Honor our three fallen brothers. The date for this Ceremony is Tuesday May 4, 2010 at 1200noon at our station (6240 Sylmar Ave, Van Nuys CA 91401). Anyone wishing any further information on this Ceremony or our "Grove of Rememberance" can contact me at (818) 731-2565 or [email protected]. I feel that I have gotten to know these three Heros from the research I conducted when we were planning the "Grove" and from having the Honor of meeting family members. I ask that anyone who knew any of these Officers please contact me so that I can increase our knowledge of their lives and add to our future Memorial ceremonies.

Police Officer III+I George C. Aguilar
Los Angeles Police department, Van Nuys Division

April 23, 2010

Policeman Riegel - Thanks for your courage, your example, and your service to the people of Los Angeles. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)

April 6, 2010



May 9, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 48th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

May 6, 2009

you are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service


May 7, 2008

We are the LAPD ! We do not leave any Men or Women behind, and we do not forget any LAPD Brother or Sister, who may have fallen in the line – of – duty.

PM Reigel, may Your Soul Rest-In-Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor

May 6, 2008


Sgt. Ron Traurig

March 3, 2006

Thank you for making the City of Los Angeles a safer place.


August 13, 2004

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