Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Felix Luna Salinas, Sr.

Kingsville Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, May 29, 1981

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Reflections for Patrolman Felix Luna Salinas, Sr.

Felix, after 36 years, I still remember very clearly the night Rodney G. Adams drove into our patrol car, and remembering the remorse I felt because I survived and did not…and knowing that you had a family that depended on you.

I still clearly recall the moments immediately before and after the impact, and I suppose I always will.

You were a good man, and I know the Good Lord must have made room for you where good people go after they pass on.

Even now, as I write this, and after 36 years, I cannot help but become emotional as memories of that night return. I never forget to say a prayer for you on May 29th.

I went on work with IRS (various positions, including CID) and with the Criminal Division, Fraud Section of the US Department of Justice.

Now a civilian
Former KPD

November 7, 2017



January 25, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 29, 2015

Felix you are still in our prayers, and will not be forgotten
Your Sister Irene and Kevin Barkley, Brother in-law Dep. Fire Coordinator Saratoga Co. N.Y.

Dep. Kevin Barkley

January 5, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. 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 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
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 29, 2012

To the "brave, ever vigilant, friend to all, brother, son and brother-in law I never had the chance to meet. All should know his family-especially his mother and my wife miss him daily. His memory will never leave those who knew his kindness but most of all his dedication to his job and the community. Words can never be good enough to descibe the respect and love he had for his fellow man. Felix you are in our hearts and prayers.
Kevin &Irene(Salinas)Barkley

Dep. Fire Coordinator, Kevin Barkley Sar
Brother in-law

March 7, 2009

"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

February 14, 2008

Our Lord holds a special place in His Heart for Police Officers.May you rest in peace and may He bless you and your loved ones.

May 29, 2007

I remember Felix as being a good officer and and good friend. When I worked at Kingsville P. D., Felix and I would partner up when our shifts would overlap and patrol Area 2, which was mostly the hispanic area where I grew up in my early years. We enjoyed worked the Area 2 district, we could relate to the people and were familiar with many of the people, either through our job or aquaintances, even family members residing in the area. We joked around and remembered friends from days gone by and shared memories of our family members, since his family knew many of my relatives. I remember receiving the sad news about the loss of this great friend, while I was in California at a different job and I often stop to think about Felix. I will never forget him, He was a good friend. I know he loved his family as he often had his family with him or spoke of this family. God Bless Felix and his family. Israel R. Perez (RATT) Ex-KPD Officer

Deputy Sheriff
Burnet County Sheriff's Office (Texas)

October 15, 2006

Too many fine young Officers are victims of drunk drivers.Your memory is honored.May you Rest in Peace.

May 29, 2006



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