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Ranger Carlos Tafolla

Arizona Rangers, Arizona

End of Watch Tuesday, October 8, 1901

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Reflections for Ranger Carlos Tafolla

Sgt. Tafolla - You were the first Arizona Ranger to die in the line of duty. Please know this...

Your sacrifice was not wasted and your legacy lives on. Today, the primary responsibility of every Arizona Ranger is to preserve the rich history and legacy you, and the other original Rangers created. We are the ambassadors of your reputation. RIP brother.

Lt. Bill Nordbrock
Arizona Rangers

May 8, 2021

Rest in peace and know that no passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice.

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

October 8, 2020

Ranger Carlos Tafolla (Tafoya), another year has passed since you fell in the line of fire during that famed manhunt in the White Mountains nearly 119 years ago, but your bravery will never be forgotten by those of us daily honoring your legend.

Sgt. Nick "Colorado" Cain 17-1
Arizona Rangers (Sedona)

April 26, 2020

Ranger Carlos Tafolla (Tafoya), another year has passed since you fell in the line of fire during that famed manhunt in the White Mountains nearly 119 years ago, but your bravery will never be forgotten by those of us daily honoring your legend.

Sgt. Nick "Colorado" Cain 17-1
Arizona Rangers (Sedona)

April 26, 2020

Assuming the Arizona Rangers were a Statewide Police Force, I added this Fallen Hero to my daily Fallen Officer tribute.

God bless the Men & Women of Law Enforcement.
-Brycse B. Dingess.
Martin Co.,Ky citizen

October 8, 2019

Ranger Tafolla, you will not be forgotten. Thank you for wearing the Ranger Star.
Sincerely, Jerry W. Leonard, formerly Badge no. 19, Huachuca Company - Arizona Rangers

Special Agent-in-Charge [Retired] Jerry
Department of Defense

April 21, 2019

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice God bless you ranger

Ranger 28-036 Mike Tracy
Az rangers tombstone

April 17, 2018

Arizona Rangers! The Few, The proud, Then and Now!

Arizona Rangers

October 3, 2016

On the 113th anniversary of your death, please be aware that you are not forgotten. I remember the stories about you being a wonderful father that were told to me by your eldest daughter, Priscila, my great grandmother.Your story and memory will be forever memorialized in our family's history.

Richard M. Bacio
Great,great grandson

October 7, 2014

Thank you for your service and sacrifice Ranger Tafolla. You have paid the ultimate price and you will not be forgotten.

MSgt. Steven King
Arizona Rangers

October 7, 2013

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

October 7, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 18, 2012

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

October 7, 2012

A true Hero you were Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 16, 2012

Thank you grand father, allthough I did not know you i am proud of you. Luke

Luke Chavez
Great, great grandson

October 16, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 110th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


October 7, 2009

Today on the anniversary of your death we wish to rmember you and thank you sir for your service.

Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better mancahester, NH

October 7, 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

July 25, 2007

Rest in Peace, Ranger Tafolla. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 14, 2007

Ranger: Carlos Tafolla, Thank You!
By providing the assistance to the
Sheriff and as a result, giving the
ultimate sacifice, you have trully
demonstrated what the Arizona Rangers
are about!

Thank You!

First Lieutenant: Francis Clinton Head
Arizona Rangers

April 13, 2005

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