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Patrolman Fulgencio Velasco, III

Mission Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, December 16, 1978

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Reflections for Patrolman Fulgencio Velasco, III

RIP sir; Never to be forgotten.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

August 31, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Velasco.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 22, 2019

Patrolman Velasco,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Mission. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 16, 2018

Patrolman Velasco,
On today, the 35th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for our service and sacrifice for the citizens of Mission. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 17, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 33rd 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 all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Time never diminishes respect.
Rest In Peace

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

December 16, 2011

I don't know any of my Velasco family. But I would pray that you and I would be related. It would be a great honor for me to be related to a hero like yourself sir. Every time a Officer passes away and ODMP announces it I read and take a moment to reflec. I hope one day I can Walk the thin blue line and help find the fallen officer's killers. Rest in peace sir.

Explorer Damien Velasco
Whittier Police Department (CA)

December 13, 2011

Fulgencio, I guess I should have written before now. One of those "Remember Mission when..." things on Facebook got me to thinking about the past. I was in high school when you died. I'll always remember your visits with my Dad and will never forget the night we heard it all go down while listening to the scanner. It was a horrible night for our little town of about 20k (back then). Mission has continued growing up (we're now close to 100k) and its because of brave men and women, like you, that we've grown. Thank you for your work and your sacrifice. You have not been forgotten.

Dep. H L Hawbaker
Hidalgo Co. Constable's Ofc - Pct 3

August 7, 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

February 19, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

December 7, 2007

Patrolman Velasco,
On today, the 27th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Mission.


December 16, 2005

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