Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Joshua B. Rodriguez, Jr.

Bexar County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Friday, February 2, 1973

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Reflections for Reserve Deputy Sheriff Joshua B. Rodriguez, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Rodriguez,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Bexar County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 2, 2023

Happy Belated Birthday Brother

Jennifer Rodriguez-Sister

August 18, 2021

Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

February 2, 2021

I’m always saddened when I read of officers getting shot by people and it broke my heart to read of this deputy too and his partner, may they continue to Rest In Peace.

Stephanie Carranza

October 7, 2020

Happy Heavenly Birthday

Jennifer Jimenez

August 16, 2020

I didn't know you but I am sure you were a great man with a beautiful extended family that adored you and misses you everyday!! Thank you for your service and I know that your family will and has continued your beautiful legacy! K Martinez

Ken Martinez

August 16, 2020

Thinking of you Dad

Deputy John Rodriguez
Bexar County Sheriffs Office

November 14, 2019

Rest in peace Reserve Deputy Sheriff Rodriguez.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 24, 2019

Although I never got to get a chance to be able to meet you , you made my dad (yr son) John Rodriguez a good & loving person . You would've been so proud of him & what he has accomplished just like I am proud to have him as my dad . You will forever be missed Grandpa . Love you !
-your granddaughter Desiree Rodriguez

Desiree Rodriguez

May 21, 2017

Today, we celebrate Father's Day and I would like to say happy Father's Day to my father Joshua B. Rodriguez who is with our Heavenly Father. Even though at the time I was only 2, your legacy continues through my work and my family. You are truly missed and will always be in my heart and your granddaughter's. I love you dad, and miss you! Your son Joshua Rodriguez III.

Joshua Rodriguez III, Hotel Management
Son of fallen officer Joshua B. Rodriguez

June 15, 2014

You are a hero Sir, RIP.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 2, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

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

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 2, 2012

Remembering you on your anniversary!

Citizen NJ


February 3, 2011

Deputy Rodriguez, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

February 2, 2010

Deputy Sheriff Rodriguez,
On today, the 36th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Bexar County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



February 2, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Former N.H. Police Officer
Fauquier County, Va

January 31, 2008

"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

January 31, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 28, 2008

I met your son. He turned out to be a fine young man and officer. I'm sure he got these attributes from you. Although I never met you, I know that you were a good man (and still are). If you see my son up there, say hi to him.

A. Salinas

December 14, 2007

The Deputy stood and faced God; Which must always come to pass; He hoped his shoes were shining; Just as brightly as his brass. "Step forward now, Deputy How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To my church have you been true? The deputy squared his shoulders and spoke, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't. Because those of us who carry guns, can't always be a saint. I've had to work most Sundays, and at times my talk was tough. And sometimes I've been violent, because the world is awfully rough. But, I never took a penny, that wasn't mine to keep...though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got just too steep, and I never passed a cry for help, though sometimes I shook with fear. And sometimes, God, forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears. I know I don't deserve a place, among the people here, they never wanted me around, accept to calm their fears, you've a place for me here, Lord, It need't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't, I'll understand. There was silence all around the throne, where the saints had often trod. As the deputy waited quietly for the judgment of his God. Step forward now, you Deputy, You've borne your burdens well. Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets, You've done your time in Hell."
-Author Unkown


May 18, 2007

Though I never knew you, I can say your presence is deeply missed and your courage greatly admired.

You would be proud, your son, my partner and friend, leaves our department to work for the BCSO on August 1.

Patrolman Gregg Gonzales 539
Leon Valley PD, works with son John

July 13, 2006

Rest in peace Brother Joshua, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs Police Dept. Okla

February 6, 2004

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