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Deputy Constable Patrick Stephen Runyon

Nueces County Constable's Office - Precinct 6, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, February 7, 1981

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Reflections for Deputy Constable Patrick Stephen Runyon

It has been 38 long years since this dreadful day. So many tears have fallen, so many memories that have been shared and so very many questions that have never been answered.
I need to say a thank you to Lynn Martin for contacting me today and offering his thoughts and prayers. Confirming that my brother is not forgotten. This meant so much to me. Lynn was a rookie with Neueces County Constables office at the time of my brothers death. He has continued to serve and was with the Robstown PD for many years and is now with the San Patricio County Sheriffs office. Love and prayers to Lynn and all the men and women that continue to put their life's on the line everyday.
You are loved and missed everyday Pat, but we know that one day we will be reunited.

Sister to fallen officer Patrick Stephen Runyon. End of Watch 2/7/1981

February 7, 2019

I visited my brother Pat's grave this holiday weekend, as i have visited him hundreds of times over the course of time since his life was taken.

I have heard it said that a person dies twice, once when they take their last breath, and again when their name is no longer spoken.

Pat Runyon died in the line of duty more than 37 years ago, but his name is still spoken. He lives on in my heart and mind. I remain proud of my big brother for all that he did and all that he was. My love and admiration for him has not dimmed.

Joe Runyon
Brother

September 3, 2018

Feb 7th 1981......that day will forever be remembered with heartache and tears. But there is so much more to remember then just your death Pat, You filled your life with so much love and caring and goodness. I remember as a child thinking you were such a momma's boy and teased that you were Mom's favorite. The truth is that your love and respect to Mom was just part of who you were. You treated everyone with love and wanted more then anything to serve and protect. You cared for your parents and siblings, you cared for your friends and classmates, you cared for your community and country. You served in the FBI, you served in the army in Vietnam, you cared for, loved and protected your wife and daughter. I remember a letter that you had sent home shortly before your death, telling Mom how happy you were and how complete your life was with the birth of your daughter. It saddens me so much that You never got that chance to watch Andrea grow up and she never got to know your love and nurturing.
I do not know the reason for God taking you when he did but I do know that we were all blessed for every day that you spent on earth. I still struggle with giving forgiveness to the boys involved in your death but I know where your final destination place is...... sitting next to our Lord. I still pray for God to allow me to forgive but I will never forget. I love you Pat!!

Rosemary Felgar
Sister

February 7, 2018

Happy Birthday Pat. As I was driving to my friends today and going thru Camp McCoy, it reminded me of when you were stationed at Ft. Meade, Md. Then I remembered it was your birthday today. It made me sad, but also brought back a lot of fun and very meaningful memories.

Kathy Bruning Reible
friend

July 20, 2016

In loving memory Pat, never forgotten, forever loved !

Rosemary Felgar
Sister

February 7, 2016

My thoughts are with you today Pat. Love and miss you always !

Rosemary Felgar
sister

February 7, 2015

Recent stories in the news, of law enforement officers being attacked by terrorists reminds me of just how dangerous it is to put on that uniform, a reality that I know all too well.

My brother was one of those officers who bravely served, and made the ultimate sacrifce. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who have lost a close friend or family member who was killed in the line of duty while serving and protecting our citizens. May God bless you and comfort you, and may his healing grace uplift you.

Joe Runyon
Brother

November 3, 2014

Thinking of my dear departed brother Pat today, as I do most every day. The years since your death have not lessened my sorrow, nor dimmed the wonderful memories we shared.
My love and admiration for you continues to be a positive force in my life. In this way I honor your memory, until we are reunited in our Lord.

Joseph Runyon
Brother

May 15, 2014

Remembering you today Pat on your Birthday. Love and miss you everyday !

Rosemary Felgar
sister

July 19, 2013

I knew Pat when I lived in Md and worked for the F.B .I. Pat and I dated for quite sometime and then he moved back to Sebring when discharged from the Army, at Ft.Meade. Pat was my first love and things just didn't work out. I have thought about him often over the years and in doing a search on the internet I discovered he had been killed in the line of duty. He was an amazing man and willing to do for others always. I am glad he married and was happy had a wonderful baby girl, so glad he found such happiness.

Kathy Bruning Reible

February 28, 2013

Heroes live forever, Deputy Runyon, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Nueces County and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

February 7, 2013

In a few days your friends and family will mark the 32nd anniversary of your death. This morning I awoke in the early hours before the sunrise and laid there in the darkness with tears welling up in my eyes, thinking of you my dear brother. All those years have not dulled my sense of loss, or the love I still feel for you.

Although I thought I never could, I eventually I was able to forgive the man who shot you, and have asked the Lord to have mercy on his soul.

Today I think not only about your untimely death in the line of duty, but of your years of service in the FBI, the US Army (Vietnam), and finally as a Nueces County Deputy Constable, before eventually making the ultimate sacrifice in service of your country and your community.

As my older brother I looked to you as an example to follow as I was growing up. Through your devotion to God, family, and country, you continued to be that shining example throughout your life.

Today and every day, you are missed, you are loved, and you are honored by those you left behind.

Rest in the Lord.

Joe Runyon
Brother

February 3, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 31rst 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 you will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Thanks to your family for sharing iin their reflections their devotion to you.

Rest In Peace.

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

February 7, 2012

Thirty -one years today since you were taken. Time will never steal my memories..... I have been doing my part by sending letters to the parole boards so that accused cop killers are never set free.....this will never bring you back or bring justice to the ones that were involved in your killing, but if it brings an ounce of peace to another family I will continue to do what I can. Love and miss you Pat ! Until we meet again ..... xoxo

Rosemary Felgar
sister

February 7, 2012

Rest in peace, Deputy Runyon. Your sacrifice for the Great State of Texas will never be forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

February 7, 2012

thank you to chief sandoval for your beatiful posting here in regards to my brother pat. still today it is through teary eyes that i write this just thinking of my brother. ilove him and miss him dearly as do the rest of my family. it warmed my heart to hear the kind things you had to say about pat. i am stregnthened by my faith in the lord jesus ...i know we will meet again and that will be a joyous day for me and my mother and father and all of his brothers and sisters! thanks again,sincerely martin f runyon

martin runyon
brother

September 14, 2011

Our hearts and prayers go out to Pat and his family. Pat and I attended the police academy together and we both tie for second place. I remember him being very competitive during the academy and we both figured we would come in either first or second; however we were both beat out by a .5 by a guy who bought the instructors breakfast tacos every morning. We all knew who was first and second. I also remember Pat having a little baby girl and we lived at the same apartment complex. Pat was a changed person the minute the baby was born. He would take the baby out for walks in the baby stroller all the time. He was so proud to be a father and so proud to have a beautiful little baby girl. What happened to Pat that terrible night could have happened to any one of us. However it shouldn’t have happened to anyone and more painfully, they shouldn’t have gotten away with it. They had a politically suave dirt bag attorney and the citizens of Nueces County lost a dedicated police officer that night. I’m not sure what happened to Pat’s wife and little baby girl since Pat’s death but I will say I knew him very well and he loved his wife and baby girl more than life itself. I pray that Pat is in heaven watching over us all. Pat you will never be forgotten … I love you brother! Sinceramente, AJ

Chief AJ Sandoval
Bexar County Hospital District Police

June 13, 2011

You left so many behind. My heart goes out to all who still miss your presence in their lives.

You are not forgotten.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 7, 2011

Thinking of you today dear brother, as I so often do. You were such a great brother, son, father and friend. Our family will be incomplete util the day we all meet again. I Love you!

Rosemary Felgar
sister

June 19, 2010

Deputy Constable Runyon,
Sir, it may have 29 years ago, but you are still remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Nueces County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous

February 8, 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
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

February 19, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE, AS ALWAYS THIS WRITER IS DISAPPOINTED THAT JUSTICE WAS NOT SERVED ON YOUR BEHALF.

Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 5, 2008

Patrick and I were room mates as we worked for the F.B.I. in Washington D.C. 1967-1968. I was sad to hear of his death. Patrick was a hard working honest, fun-loving guy. He came from the small town of Seabring Ohio.

Pat, it was an honor to be one of your many friends.

All of us who worked in law enforcement know the dangers. You gave your life in the line of duty protecting others.

Former FBI
Worked with Pat

October 20, 2006

I was a former deputy constable in Nueces Co. I was never aware of the sacrafice you made for our community. God Bless.......

TROOPER I - ELI GARCIA
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

February 25, 2005

No fallen officer should be without a reflection.
Rest in peace sir, we will take it from here.

February 7, 2005

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