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Deputy Sheriff Rudolpho Filberto Sanchez

Costilla County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, April 16, 1973

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Rudolpho Filberto Sanchez

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


United States Border Patrol

April 16, 2023

Deputy Sheriff Rudolpho Filberto Sanchez, you were named head of our platoon in my academy, and thus your life is one that I've had the opportunity to examine. I see that your son and granddaughters have left reflections, spreading your story and honoring your name. You're part of the great tradition I find myself blessed to take part in. A part of your life will forever go with me through my career, and I will always honor those that have gone before me, clearing the paths, establishing the bar, and living, and sometimes dying while truly being examples of the attributes I am trying to bring into my own life. I pray for healing and peace for your family sir. Thank you for everything you were and are. Rest in the embrace of our Heavenly Father, we'll hold the line from here.

Cadet J Cordell
Durango Police Department

January 12, 2023

Hi grandpa, I wish I would of remembered this, I would of wrote on here more often.
Im sorry I haven't in so long but there's not a day I don't think of you. Even though we never met, I know your in heaven looking down, protecting us still ♡ When I go to my dads, he has a whole wall of pictures of you. Its like a memorial and when I see it, it warms up my soul and I can feel you around. I know he misses you so much. He has became a great man and father. I know your proud of him. I am so happy to call you grandpa. I miss you & love you. You will never be forgotten.
Always, your granddaughter ♡

Alexandria Sanchez

April 22, 2020

Rest in peace hero.

Lt. Jim Russo

April 18, 2018

RIP cousin. You were taken from us too soon. You were killed on the year that my husband and I got married. Will always be in our mind and hearts, think of you often.

Myrna Sanchez Mestas

April 16, 2018

Always remembered!

Police Officer
MesquiteTX Police Department

April 16, 2018

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 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

April 17, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Sanchez. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 25, 2012

Deputy Sanchez - Last week I stood in the State Assembly chambers when your name was read off, during a motion regarding next month's Police Memorial Week. You and the almost 250 others are not forgotten. Thank you for your service to the people of Costilla County and the state of Colorado. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)

April 29, 2010

I worked in Costilla County and part-time for the Blanca Marshal's Office. I had heard your told by our Sheriff, he was a trooper assigned to Alamosa Troop the night you were killed. Continue to walk your Heavenly beat and keep the rest of us safe. God Bless, You and Your Family. Ken Balltrip, Johnstown Police Dept.

SRO K Balltrip
Former CCSD Deputy

October 18, 2009

Hi Grandpa,
I never got to met you. But everything my dad tells me.. you seem like a great grandpa. I do wish i could met you. I think about you sometimes. But now your in heaven watchen over us. My dad misses you. how i know? He talks about you all the time. Theres really not much to say. But I Love You Grandpa You Have A Place In All Our hearts. I Wish I Could Have Met You Before You Rest In Sleep. I Love You Alot Even Though We Havnt Met You Feel Real Close In My Heart. I Love You Grandpa. Hope To See You In the Heavens Up Above When Its Mine Turn. i Know You Probley Watched Me SomeTimes And I Made Alot Of Faults. Im Learning Alot As I get By. And I Wont Let You Down. I Promise. Im Keeping This Promise. I Love You grandpa. Ill Write You Soon.
Xoxo,Alexandria Sanchez

A Poem For You.
By: Me
I Never Got To Here Your Voice Or Your Laugh. I Havnt Got To Look In Your Eyes Or Call You Grandpa. I Never Got To Give You A Hug And Tell You I Love You. I Never Got To Do Many Of Things With You Before You Went To Rest. I Wasnt Even Born. My Dad Was Just A Baby. Storys Have been Told And Your Love Fills Our Hearts. We Still Feel That Your Around And We Miss You. R.I.P. Rudolpho Filberto Sanchez

Alexandria Sanchez
Grand daughter

June 22, 2009

Grandpa I love you so much!

Breanna Sanchez
Grand Daughter

May 24, 2009

Dear Grandpa,

I love you and you are very handsome.



Breanna Sanchez

May 26, 2008

Thinking of you this Memorial Day weekend. I miss you everyday and love you very much!!

Stacey (Chris) Sanchez

May 26, 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

September 24, 2007

Thank You for your service to the citizens of Costilla Co, I remember as a young man when this incident took place. I know your family well and I belive we are distant cousins, Watch over the rest of us down here. Rest in Peace

Danny Sanchez
Blanca Marshals Office

December 7, 2006

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

June 4, 2006

I think of you often and wonder what would have been. Miss you. Hope I have made you proud. I am very proud to carry on your name and you are and always will be my HERO. I Love you dad.


May 25, 2005

Thank you for your service, and for your courage. You don't know me but I think of you often. I hope you approve, and that you are smiling. Please know that every day you are missed and loved. Losing you was not easy for your family, and for those of us who did not get a chace to meet you, like myself, the void is felt everyday.

Jennifer Trujillo-Sanchez

May 19, 2005

You are truly an AMERICAN HERO who gave the ultimate sacrifice. I am very close friend to your son Chris, and the God Father of your grand daughter, whom you were unable to meet. We speak of you often, and of your ultimate sacrifice often. Although I never met you, I will do my best to honor you and your family, as an adopted part of your family. God Bless and Godspeed, my fallen brother!

Sergeant Ronnie H. Chavez
Douglas County Sheriff's Office - Castle Rock, Colorado

May 14, 2005

Thank you for your service.You are not forgotten.

April 16, 2005

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