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Police Officer II Mario Navidad, Jr.

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, December 22, 1996

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Reflections for Police Officer II Mario Navidad, Jr.

I was the third car responding to the help call. They put him in a black and white and we followed to hospital while they did CPR on him. One of the saddest if not the saddest of my career.

PO Sullivan
LAPD

December 24, 2018

Every Christmas since Mario was taken from his wife and children has been a cruel reminder of their loss.
Please keep Mario’s family and so many others like them in our thoughts and prayers.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:4

Paul Philipps Chief (Ret.)
Parsippany Police Department

December 22, 2018

Never forgotten.

LT Andy Mathes
LAPD

December 22, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother. You are honored and remembered on the 21st anniversary of your EOW. Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice.

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

December 22, 2017

On Sunday, December 22, 1996, a few days before Christmas and a few days after his wife’s birthday, Officer Mario Navidad, Jr. of the Los Angeles Police Department was murdered a worthless piece of human waste. Officer Navidad and his partner were flagged down by a convenience store clerk who told them a man had just stolen a 12-pack of beer. The officers spotted the man in an alley and as they approached him he pulled out a gun and shot at them, striking Officer Navidad. His partner was able to return fire and killed the miserable cretin.
I can only imagine the pain that comes with every Christmas week for Mario’s family, especially his lovely widow. During the 2015 Police Unity tour I had the privilege of riding in honor of Officer Navidad, God bless you and your family and thank you for your service and sacrifice. Please keep Mario’s family and so many others like them in our thoughts and prayers.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:4

Chief Paul Philipps
Parsippany Police Department

December 22, 2017

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 21, 2017

NEVER FORGOTTEN!
During the 2015 Police Unity tour I had the privilege of riding in honor of Officer Navidad, Jr. of the LAPD. On Sunday, December 22, 1996, a worthless man, whose name is irrelevant, took the life of Officer Mario Navidad, Jr. Officer Navidad gave his life after he and his partner were flagged down by a convenience store clerk who told them a man had just stolen a 12-pack of beer. The officers spotted the man in an alley and as they approached him he pulled out a gun and shot at them, striking Officer Navidad. His partner was able to return fire and killed the assailant. The world is a better place for Officer Navidad having been here and a lesser place for having gone. God bless you and your family and thank you for your service and sacrifice. Please keep Mario’s family and so many others like them in our thoughts and prayers.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:4

Chief Paul Philipps
Parsippany Police Department

December 22, 2016

Rest in Peace

K.Brooks
Houston Police Dept.

June 16, 2016

I was sworn in as an LAPD police officer 19 years ago today, the day after your murder. Our academy class kept your name and your family close to our hearts. Your sacrifice will always be remembered. Rest easy my brother - we'll continue on in your memory.

Love and respect to the Navidad family.

Sgt. J. Kirkpatrick
LAPD '96 - '99, Anaheim PD '99 - pres.

December 23, 2015

I was sitting at home compiling photographs of my time with The Los Angeles Police Honor Guard when I came across one photograph someone took of me while honoring Police Officer II Mario Navidad Jr on my 1st trip to the National Police Officer Memorial Ceremony in Washington D.C. in 1997. Mrs Navidad had been holding the baby throughout the entire ceremony. After the ceremony, her daughter was now fast asleep and I took the opportunity to give Mrs. Navidad a well deserved break. So being a father of 2 daughters myself, I offered the carry her while she slept and until we all were ready to depart the location. I know she is full grown now and it is my hope all are doing well!

P- III (Retired) Anthony Ellis
LAPD Honor Guard

July 11, 2015

I remember watching the news and feeling a great sorrow for your friends and family. I remember being a 41 year old father of two young children and feeling a tremendous sadness for your friends and family at their loss of a friend, husband, father and son. I remember the outrage I felt when I saw gang members, comrades of the one that took your life, disrespectfully taking flowers and candles left at the sight where you fell and putting them next to the spot where the suspect died, killed by your LAPD partner. I remember being a youth gang counselor who had just left the security of a quiet banking job to go into the streets and work with the very same kind of people that eventually took your life and, in death, callously and with zero class, desecrate the spot where you would meet your cold fate.
Know this sir, you are not forgotten. Your memory and heart will live on in every new and veteran police officer throughout this country and in the mind and hearts of your family, friends, co-workers and everyday people like myself who remembered this news article back in late December 1996.
May you rest in peace. Gone but never to be forgotten.

Peter Q.
private citizen

December 24, 2014

On Sunday, December 22, 1996, a worthless man, whose name is irrelevant, took the life of Officer Mario Navidad, Jr. Officer Navidad gave his life after he and his partner were flagged down by a convenience store clerk who told them a man had just stolen a 12-pack of beer. The officers spotted the man in an alley and as they approached him he pulled out a gun and shot at them, striking Officer Navidad. His partner was able to return fire and killed the assailant. The world is a better place for Officer Navidad having been here and a lesser place for having gone. God bless you and your family and thank you for your service and sacrifice. Please keep Mario’s family and so many others like them in our thoughts and prayers.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:4

Chief Paul Philipps
Parsippany Police

December 22, 2014

Mario - I was just on the phone with Dr. Gerald Sweet, retired LAPD psychologist, discussing you. He and I were in the room, 18 years ago, tonight, assisting your wife when she saw you at Cedars-Sinai. Every time, at this year, I have thoughts about you and wish you were with your wife & kids, looking forward to retirement in a few years. May you watch over your brothers and sisters in blue, green and tan. Please be that "little voice" which reminds cops and deputies to turn and look, often. To watch the hands of the bad actors, and to protect themselves and their partners. God bless you.

Sgt. K. Moreland (#21769)
Arapahoe Community College PD (Ret. LAPD)

December 22, 2014

God bless you and your family Officer Navidad and thank you for your service and sacrifice.

"Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13

Chief Paul Philipps
Parsippany Police Parsipppany New Jersey

June 6, 2014

When my Academy class first hit the streets, this was the

first officer to be killed. It showed us how dangerous and

tricky the job could be. Someone would kill a cop in order

to steal twelve cans of beer and get away.

We should all

remember this when we approach any suspect for any

crime. Civilians should also note that this happens. They

might be more thoughtful when they criticize an officer

if they remember what happened to Ofcr. Navidad, coming

three days before the holiday of good will that bears his

name.

Rest in peace, partner. We remember you.

P-2 ( Retired) Lawrence "Frank" Hickey
LAPD

December 17, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the fifteenth 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 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. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

December 22, 2011

Just wanted to post that me and a friend were talking about you the other day. We both remembered how dedicated to the job you were. You are still missed bro. I havent reached out to you here since 2005. There is no excuse. You are missed.

W. Pulley
LAPD

September 10, 2011

Dearest Meli,

I know your daddy loved you very much. He would be very proud of the young girl that you are. You are intelligent, strong, and kind. I can't take away your pain honey, though I wish I could. Please know you I am here for you always and that I love you very much.
Lots of Love,

Auntie Oli

Auntie Olivia

June 23, 2011

Rest in Peace, Officer Navidad. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 22, 2011

A true hero. Rest in Peace Sir.

Trooper
Michigan State Police

April 3, 2011

You are not forgotten. You are still part of the family.

D3
LAPD

December 22, 2010

Gone but not forgotton.

Officer Garcia
LAPD

December 23, 2009

Gone but forgotten.

Officer Garcia
LAPD

December 22, 2009

I remember that day as if it was yesterday. Eventhough you were mortally wounded, you still fought valiantly engaging the suspect.

I met you an hour earlier as you walked through the Watch Commander's Office. You are a hero and live in eternal life with God.

Lt. Jim Gavin
LAPD

December 18, 2009

Mario, I just finished giving roll call at Central PM Watch and brought up the circumstances of your murder. It seems only fitting as the anniversary date and Christmas are coming up soon.

We were transferred to Wilshire the same DP and worked the same hours. Truthfully, I find it hard for me not to break down when I talk about you, because you were the first officer to be killed that I actually worked with and knew.

I will never forget your sacrifice. I have a young son now and I cannot imagine the hurt and loss of your children.

Rest in peace and know that you serve as a hero to many.

Sgt Andy Mathes, Serial No. 30400

Sgt Andy Mathes
LAPD

November 30, 2009

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