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Field Supervisor Steven Laurence Armenta

California Department of Justice, California

End of Watch Friday, December 7, 1973

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Reflections for Field Supervisor Steven Laurence Armenta

Field Supervisor Armenta,
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 the state of California. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 7, 2023

Rest in peace Field Supervisor Armenta.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 17, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother. Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 7, 2017

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 18, 2015

I never met Supervisor Armenta, but many of my mentors were his close friends and some were present the night he was fatally shot. I began my law enforcement career in the city of Benicia where the shooting occurred and I later joined the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) and eventually became the chief. Everything I ever heard about Steve Armenta the agent and the man personifies what it meant to be a great narcotic agent, especially a BNE agent, and a great man. His service and sacrifice will never be forgotten!

Kent Shaw, Deputy Director
CA Dept. of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement

December 5, 2014

I especially think of Steve every year during The Calif. State Fair where I last saw him at Cal Expo just a few months before he was killed. He was our friend and fellow agent with my former husband, Mel Cozzalio (retired) of the Sacramento BNE office, and I wish his family peace, love and blessings.

Pam Cozzalio
Former spouse of Mel Cozzalio

July 23, 2011

I appreciate everyone who left a message for my father. He was bigger than life to me, I wish I could have gotton to know him better. I miss him very much. The one thing I know is that he loved what he did. Bless you Dad. Peggy

Peggy Lyn Armenta

May 25, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th 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 hope to meet your family at a NORCAL COPS function one day.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 7, 2009

Rest in Peace, Supervisor Armenta. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

June 8, 2009

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

December 4, 2007

"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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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

August 16, 2007

Thank you for your service, gone but not forgotten

Senior Officer D. W. Reichhardt
Waverly PD, Va.

December 7, 2006

Supervisor Armenta,

Your life was tragically taken the day I was born. Your memory will live on and hopefully you will look down upon me as I too now patrol the streets.

Thank you for your are not forgotten!

Glassboro PD, NJ

June 14, 2004

Steve Armenta was a very close friend of my Father. I do not remember him too well but my dad spoke fondly of him and told me allot of stories. I know he was a good man who would help anyone he could without hesitation.

Dept. of Defense Police

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