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Narcotics Investigator Manuel Abelardo Segovia, Jr.

Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Friday, October 31, 1986

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Reflections for Narcotics Investigator Manuel Abelardo Segovia, Jr.

Manuel Segovia was the nephew to my dad Dionicio Segovia Lopez . My dad still alive and two sisters ( deceased now) was from McAllen Texas. Even though my dad has dementia he remembers his nephew. My dad told me Manuel was dedicated to his job and wanted to remain working out in the field rather than moving to a desk job. I'm proud of my cousin Manuel.

Gabriel Lopez
My dad's nephew/ my cousin

February 2, 2021

33 years have passed but you’re not forgotten Brother Manny. I can still hear you and Manuel coming down the hallway at the PD and our last conversation on this date at about this time. I know that you keep an eye for the rest of from where you’re at.

Asst Chief AA Tony Peña Jr
TDEM, former partner and supervisor, and personal friend.

October 31, 2019

He was my cousin. His family was and is so proud of him for all his years of work in service to the public. Halloween was a terrible night for us in 1986. I still remember. God bless you, Junior.

Carol Brittsan
first cousin

October 7, 2018

RIP Agent. You fought the good fight

Deputy Constable Anonymous Anonymous
31 years of service

April 13, 2018

Great honor and appreciation to our protectors, past - present & future!

I just attended a ceremony called "Public Defenders Appreciation Day" in Grandville, MI where 30-40 officers attended representing 15 departments from the Western Michigan area. We raised our voices showing our love, appreciation, and prayers for all our protectors. Every time I hear a siren, I stop and say a prayer asking God to release angel armies to go before you, with you, and after you.

I thank you and I thank your families.

Apache Citizen of USA, Irma Menchaca
Manuel's wife is my sister

November 17, 2016

It's been almost 25 years Manny, and I, we still feel the pain of that terrible night.. I had the honor of sharing the same badge and uniform as you, while at McAllen P.D. You will always be in my thoughts and I will never forget you my brother... we will walk together when we met again....

James B. Parker
McAllen P.D, ret.

May 29, 2016

Honorable Sir,

The 25th Anniversary of your sacrifice is fastly approaching. While I do not recall if I ever had the honor of meeting you personally, I vividly remeber each of your children and your lady. I am a classmate of your son and I remember each of your daughters. I know not many, who don the badge and service weapon, locally have had the priviledge of having known two outstanding young men whose fathers made the ultimate sacrifice. Your son and the son of Trooper Rucker were good friends to each other and to me. I cherish and carry those memories with me always. Every encounter and every surrounding, I remember. It is fair to say, I know that both of you have my back. I share with my family every ODMP notification and as we drive north or towards the island, I mention both you and Trooper Rucker every single time. So long as one Officer, Deputy, Constable, Trooper, Ranger, Agent, Marshall, or whomever may be entrusted with a vestige of law and authority stands, your service and sacrifice will not be forgotten.

U.S. Marines

October 29, 2011

Manny you are not forgotten. Even though years have gone by I still think of the old times and experiences we shared while working for McAllen Police Dept in the 70's. Saldana if you read this email me. Marie, email me so we can catch up with old and new news. Manuel still looks like Frank Serpico...We all have our shortcomings but Manny was a good man and a friend! [email protected]

Rudy L. Villarreal
Former McAllen Police Officer, U.S. Border Patrolman

October 20, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twenty-third 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.

I pray for solace for those who love and miss you.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 8, 2009

Investigator Segovia,
On today, the 23rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Hidalgo County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



October 31, 2009

Thank you for your service. You, your family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers as they remember you on this day. Words aren't enough, but please know that so many people are thankful for your service. No matter how many years pass, the police community will never forget you.

Officer's Wife
Cincinnati, Ohio

October 31, 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 13, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 29, 2007

Rest in peace brother!

November 2, 2006


It's been a long time since you and I first worked together at McAllen PD in the early 80's. I was a dispatcher while you were one of the "Sam" (narcotics) units. We had a lot of fun back then!

While you went to Hidalgo County SO before I did, I still remember that Halloween night in 1986 when I was listening to the radio traffic from the S.O. and heard the dreaded "officer down" call by Tony and Bob. I had no idea it was you, but found out shortly thereafter. No one wants to hear of any officer hurt or killed, but it's especially difficult when it is someone you know well.

I saw your family a couple of years ago on Peace Officer Memorial Day at a ceremony at the SO. Your son has grown to be a fine young man. I know you'd be proud. I'm sure he still misses the father he didn't get to know well enough.

That's all for now. I just wanted you to know that almost 20 years later, your friends still remember and miss you. Hopefully we'll see you again some day when we get there.


Howard L Hawbaker - Former Deputy
Hidalgo Co Sheriff's Office

April 8, 2006

Every year around Halloween I remember Manny. He truly was a friend and a great backup. When circumstances became difficult, one could always depend on him to enter the fray. He is gone but never forgotten.

Rudy L Villarreal
Retired co-worker McAllen P.D. USBP, Federal Court

September 18, 2004

I worked for Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office 14 years after your falling. Although I never had the oppurtunity to meet you I was fortunate enough to hear of some of your stories by the men that worked with you. While I worked there you were still talked about and remebered by those who knew you well and great things were always said about you. Rest In Peace for your tour of duty here is done.

Former Patrol Deputy Virgil Conde #2284
Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office

May 22, 2004

Thank you for standing up for everything that is right in society. The war on drugs has not been lost, because people like you risk and lose their lives everyday to stop drugs and the crime and violence that they always bring. You will never be forgotten, and may you rest in peace.

Baltimore, MD

September 19, 2003

Rest easy, brother. We still pin the star because of people like you. Heroes. Never forgotten.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

Rest in peace blue angel


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