Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Inspector Daniel C. Rivera, Jr.

New Mexico Motor Transportation Police, New Mexico

End of Watch Tuesday, July 11, 1989

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Reflections for Inspector Daniel C. Rivera, Jr.

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 11, 2020

Rest in peace Inspector Rivera.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 7, 2020

Inspector Rivera,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

July 11, 2019

My condolences to your family. I hope they have found a way to heal from losing you. Many thanks for your service in our nation's military and law enforcement.

John Haseltine - Civilian

August 9, 2016

I was the Paramedic who took Officer Rivera to the hospital that day. I will never forget him. I pray that his family remembers him as a hero doing his job to protect New Mexico. We fought hard for you but God had other plans.

Bill, Paramedic

May 15, 2015

To my "Tata,"
Unfortunately I never had the honor of meeting you as you were taken from this earth when I was still a baby. But with each day you live on through me, now more than ever. I look just like you and now I can carry on your legacy in Motor Trans. I know you will watch over me. R.I.P.

Patrolman Daniel Jacquez
NM Motor Transportation Police, son of Inspector Rivera

April 25, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twenty-first 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 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

July 11, 2010

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 17, 2007

Uncle Danny,
You were like a father to us!! We love you and miss you very much! You were ALWAYS there when we needed you... Don't Worry, Danny is a GOOD BOY!! May God Bless you and remember that you are ALWAYS in my thoughts and prayers...


Jennifer Luera

June 23, 2007

Inspector Rivera, neither you nor your sacrifice has been forgotten.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

February 27, 2007

I pray that you are still resting peacefully and hope that you watch over us down here.

Cpl. Egendoerfer
Mishawaka PD

July 11, 2006

May you Rest in Peace Sir.Thank you for your service.

July 11, 2006

Inspector Rivera,
As one officer wrote in another fallen officer's reflection-"No fallen officer should be without a reflection."
I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of the state of New Mexico.


June 16, 2005

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