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Border Patrol Agent Norman Ray Salinas

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, August 4, 1986

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Reflections for Border Patrol Agent Norman Ray Salinas

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

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

August 4, 2020

Rest in peace Border Patrol Agent Salinas.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 29, 2020

I was also a classmate of Ray, I left the USBP for the Arlington TX Police Dept in May of 1986. I never heard of Ray's death till a group of fellow APD Officers returned from the Texas State Police Memorial Service in Austin. They brought back a program where I found Ray' s name as well at that of Mke Maldonado who was one of my FTO while I was in BP at Laredo. Today I had heard of an Officer being killed in the Houston area so I was checking this site. RIP brothers.

Det. Jesse Chavez
Arlington Police Dept

June 10, 2013

Ray was also a classmate of mine in the USBP 170th, I can't believe it's been over 28 years and even though we were not close friends at the academy or afterwards, it was and still is a tragedy to hear of a fellow law-enfrocement brother (or sisters) untimely death.

As then and now, Rest in Peace Ray.

CBP Enforcement Officer - J.J. Hinojosa

February 18, 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 27th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

January 30, 2013

We were classmates USBP 170. I left BP to go to APD and never heard about Ray. I was just now looking at Texas Peace Officers Memorial program and saw his name. Great Agent/Classmate God Be With Ya.

Arlington TX PD

May 5, 2011

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

March 18, 2008

Agent Salinas,
On today, the 21st anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country and to the Patrol. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

A fellow BPA


August 4, 2007

Rest in peace brother.


August 4, 2004

Ray was at the academy at the same time I was. We were friends, not close, but friends. I saw him as he was leaving the Laredo Border Patrol Station on his way to Cotulla. We chatted for a moment.

The next day, when I heard about his accident, I was shocked. It was unreal. But Ray is the reason I always wear a seat belt today.


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