Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Richard Grijalva Romero

Imperial County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Monday, October 24, 1988

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Reflections for Sergeant Richard Grijalva Romero

Sergeant Richard Romano will never ever be forgotten. RIP.

First Sergeant Tom Webb, Retired
New York State Police

September 18, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

October 24, 2017

RIP

Someone jorge rodriguez
none

January 2, 2017

Sgt. Romero, so many years have passed but you are still loved and remembered by so many who had the chance to know you. I was only a little boy growing up in El Centro when the accident happened but I was told about it by my parents. My father was your son Matt's 5th grade teacher. In later years I became Matt's friend. I am now a police officer in Northern California and I thank you for serving Imperial County and making the ultimate sacrifice. Your memory lives on and the people of the imperial valley will never forget.

Officer/ Firearms Instructor / Gang Task
Brisbane Police Department

October 25, 2016

Richard even though you are no longer here you will never be forgotten it was an honor to have known you and worked with you with the Imperial County Sheriffs Office Richard you were a good man

Sgt. Jesse Altamirano
Imperial County Sheriff

October 24, 2015

Tata Richard,
Although we never had the chance to meet, you have impacted many decisions I have made in my life today. My mom made sure to let me know at a young age what you fought and gave your life for. Knowing what you fought for instilled values I carry with me to this day. Not only are you my grandpa, but you are a Great grandpa to a beautiful boy, my son. I hope I have made you proud by serving my country just as you did. One day we will all be together and I can finally meet the man I have heard so much about.

Your Granddaughter,
Amanda

Amanda M.
United States Air Force

September 24, 2015

Hey dad just found this site. You have been gone so long but never forgotten. Just wanna let you know that after alot of mistakes ur youngest is making something of homself. I am a wildland firefighter now. You also have 3 grandkids. You would love them. Well dad i love you. And i am looking forward to one day getting that McDonalds we were supposed to get.



Your son
Matthew

matthew romero hayes
son

March 20, 2015

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

October 25, 2014

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

October 25, 2014

The Imperial Valley Law Enforcement Memorial remembers Imperial County Sheriff's Deputy Ivan Ernest Null, who was killed in the line of duty today in 1935. Fallen Not Forgotten

Officer Mike Boston
IVLEM Vice President

October 24, 2014

Richard,
Your brother Edward left this world on 01/01/2011. I know you were there with your mom to usher him into the presence of Our Lord and Savior. He is no longer in pain, but he is so missed and was loved so very deeply. I know one day I will see him, your mom and you all again. Until then take care of each other and know how deeply each one of you are loved and missed.
Dorothy (sister in law)

Dorothy
Sister in Law

January 23, 2011

Thinking of you today memorial day and all our fallen heros and veterans that have kept each one of us safe. Thank you! I love and I miss you.
Dorothy

Dorothy Christianson
Sister in Law

May 31, 2010

Dearest brother in law, I miss you so much. It’s been almost 22 years since we heard the dreadful news about your untimely death. You are always in my heart and so missed. There is such a void in all our lives without you and your mom. I know you are at home with Our Father in heaven. Your brother isn’t doing so well medically. He has overcome so much and we are blessed that he is still here with us. Please continue to watch over him. You are so loved and Vangie is right, you were the backbone of this family. May God richly bless all the Romero family! Your sis in law Dorothy

Dorothy Christianson
Sister in Law

May 6, 2010

My friend, not a day has gone by that I don't think of you. You were a big part in my life. You were my friend. You taught me much and I thank you now and always. I know that I will be able to see you one day soon. Just remember you are missed deeply.

Captain Karleen Hamilton
Lexington Correctional Center

January 17, 2010

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Romero. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 23, 2009

HEY TIO. I NEVER GOT TO MEET YOU BECAUSE YOU GOT TAKEN AWAY FROM OUR FAMILY A COUPLE MONTHS BEFORE I WAS BORN. MY MOM TELLS ME HOW YOU KNEW I WAS GOING TO BE A LITTLE GIRL AND HOW YOU TOLD HER TO KEEP FELICIA AS MY NAME. SHE TELLS ME ALL KINDS OF THINGS ABOUT YOU AND I WISH I COULD HAVE GOT TO KNOW YOU AND THAT YOU WERE IN MY LIFE. FOR SOME REASON ITS LIKE IVE KNOWN YOU MY WHOLE LIFE. I GUESS ITS BECAUSE OF THE FAMILY AND HOW THEY TALK ABOUT YOU ALL THE TIME. WE ALL MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU TIO RICHARD.

LOVE ALWAYS,
FELICIA ROMERO
YOUR BABY SISTERS DAUGHTER

FELICIA ROMERO
NIECE

October 12, 2008

Hey Bro. here we go another year, what is it? 20, right? It still seems as it were just yesterday but the reality of things is that it isn't. I miss you a whole bunch and I wish you were still here, you were the back bone of this family. All my Love to you v.v
your baby sis
Vangie

Vangie Romero
Sister

October 11, 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
Sergeant
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

November 28, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

VanDenBerghe
Nh

October 20, 2007

Brother, it's been quite sometime since receiving the dreadfull news. You were my big brother and I was and still am so proud of you. Even though you're no longer here with us whenever I get the feeling that I want to see you I look into your childrens eyes and see you through them. I see your oldest son who looks so much like you. You would be so proud of both your kids. The one that missed you the most I know is now with you loving you as she always did and that's our mom. I'll never forget you and the wonderful memories you left behind. You were and will continue to be the best brother anyone could ever have. I miss you VV. Your baby sis Vangie

Vangie Romero
sister

February 28, 2007

Although it's been 18 years since you were taken from us, it is still fresh in my mind. Missing you always dad.
Love you, Carolyn

Correctional Officer Romero, C.
Imperial County Sheriff's Department, Daughter of Richard G. Romero

October 24, 2006

All the times we talked. I still remember the day we lost you. I was never the same. I will continue to remember what you have done for me and I will never forget you.

Lt. Karleen Hamilton
Lexington A&R Correctional Center

April 8, 2006

To the family and friends of Sgt. Richard Romero and his fellow deputies in the Imperial County Sheriff's Dept. :

On behalf of our entire family, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Sgt. Richard Romero was tragically killed along with other law enforcement officers seventeen years ago.

May you continue to be comforted by the caring and support of your law enforcement family, and other police survivors. Our family grieves with you and for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of service Richard gave to his community and to his country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 24, 1988.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD eow 4/24/05

October 24, 2005

Even though I am not able to visit your gravesite often, you are always in my heart. I am passing down your legacy to my children. I know that you are looking down from heaven with that twinkle in your eye. I love you Dad.

Correctional Officer Carolyn Romero
Imperial County Sheriff's Department

October 21, 2005

I REMEMBER THE MORNING MY AUNT MARY LOU CALLED MY MOM AND TOLD HER ABOUT YOUR PASSING. IT'S NEWS THAT NO ONE EVER WANTS TO HEAR. AS THE YEARS PASSED I REMEMBER TALKING WITH RICK ABOUT BECOMING A COP AND I SEE HIM AND CAROLYN NOW, AND I SEE HOW THEY HAVE FOLLOWED IN YOUR FOOT STEPS. I KNOW YOU AS WELL AS THEY DO, THAT YOU ARE PROUD OF THEM BOTH. REST IN PEACE.

DEPUTY R.ESCAMILLA
LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT

October 20, 2004

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