Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Border Patrol Agent Stephen C. Starch

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, June 14, 1997

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Reflections for Border Patrol Agent Stephen C. Starch

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice are always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 17, 2020

I miss you Brother!

L Keith Weeks BPA(Ret)

June 14, 2020

Gone but never forgotten.

R. Hunter
Former Echo Agent

June 14, 2020

Today I was so fortunate to take part in your memorial hike with your friends and family. Seeing so many gathering to honor your sacrifice reassured me that your memory will be never be forgotten. ✝️

R. Hunter
Former Echo Agent

June 14, 2017

Time may pass but never your memory. Continue to watch over those in green. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

R. Hunter
Former Echo Agent

June 14, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 15, 2015

Gone but never forgotten.

Former Echo Agent

June 15, 2015

Stephen, recently I was sharing with fellow agents that did not know you, my memories about you and about how moved I was when so many hiked up the mountain in the heat to the location of your accident in order to pay their respects and put up the Cross. I have often reflected over the course of my career about how you helped to shape me as a trainee to be as hard working as you were. You were a positive influence on my agents and you will not be forgotten!

SBPA Derek Schoenlein

July 2, 2013

Today, in the company of fellow Law Enforcement Officers, we raise our glasses to all who we have lost while carrying a shield on their chest. And to the forever young and virtuous BPA Starch who left us way to early.

Gone but never forgotten.

Former Echo Agent / R. Hunter
Former USBP ECJ / current ICE

June 14, 2013

Steve, it has been a long time buddy. I often think of you, in your life and in your passing. I recall one day on our way to chow at the Academy, you grew tired of my constant pokes and you swooped my up and tossed me into a dumpster! I remember your lousy Spanish and your struggle to overcome it, but your perseverence paid off. I remember standing under the hot sun, three months after I was married and received news that I was having a baby, attired in my dress greens, saluting, when the honorary shots were fired at your wake. It was then that I learned you too were expecting with your beautiful new bride. Derek and I always spoke highly of you and we shed some tears over you. But I know, nearly 16 years later, you are still watching over your old Class 295 buddies. Still missing you dearly my friend.

Andres Gonzalez
Former BPA, Former DEA Agent, Friend for Life

April 3, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 15th 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 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 Pe

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

November 20, 2012

Gone but NEVER forgotten. Your family and friends are still in my prayers.

Deportation Officer Ron Hunter
ICE / Former Echo Agent

June 14, 2012


Fourteen years now and I remember your departure like it was yesterday. Your memory continues to live strong in everyone lucky enough to have known you. Rest easy and continue to keep that watchful eye on those in green.

Rest easy.

Deportation Officer Ron Hunter
ICE / Former Echo Agent

June 22, 2011

I'll always remember that time you took to help me out while I was a trainee and learning to run the scope. I realized then that you were a good person. Your work ethic and passion for the job was contagious to all of us young boots at ECJ.

SBPA James Quinlan

February 21, 2010

It is hard to believe that it has been over 11 years since you died Stephen. I only knew you in life for six months and yet you are one of the people I remember best from El Cajon Station. It was in part because of you that I attended seminary and still seek to become a chaplain. You were and are a bright light amongst the Agents I have known these twenty years. I was blessed to have known you and I think of you often. May God bless and keep your family and friends until they see again.

SPA Benjamin Wetherill
Border Patrol

January 6, 2009

Thought of you today...Miss you greatly.


SBPA L. Keith Weeks

November 25, 2008

As I look at the faces of the men and women here, I see the faces of my co-workers. I can imagine each of them shooting the bull and swapping war stories at choir practice as the meat sizzles on the grill. I see them laughing, pranking and teasing their fellow agents, as we often do when we relieve stress. I wish that each of them were still here to share the good times.

And I feel compelled to look at each of the faces here and remember…to remember that each of them made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country and we should NEVER forget them or their service.

Too often the sacrifices of those who serve our country are overlooked or casually dismissed by the very public they served so selflessly. But WE should never forget them…each and every one of them. May they each rest in peace eternally in God’s loving embrace.

SBPA James Doran
US Border Patrol

July 21, 2008

The 11th anniversary of you passing has just come and gone and I am reminded of working with you briefly those many years ago. As a young trainee I remember vividly working with you as you helped to guide us to be better Agents. Your work ethic has inspired many of us in our careers. The year the Cross went up at the location of your accident I remember being so moved by the number of fellow Agents that made the hike up that mountain to pay their respects. You are a loved and respected member of this family. I know that you are watching over the many Agents in green.

SBPA Derek Schoenlein

June 22, 2008

wow stephen....tomorrow is the 11th anniversary of your passing. You are greatly missed. Thank you for your dedication, sacrifice, and commitment to Christ. You had a great impact for Him on those around you. God Bless You and your loved ones.

June 13, 2008

"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

March 19, 2008

stephen is missed

February 15, 2008

I think about you often Brother. Please watch over us and welcome our fallen Brothers and Sisters into Heaven.

SPA L. Keith Weeks

January 26, 2008


Thank you for taking the time to work with a difficult guy like me. You had an eternal impact on my life. I often think of you as a "Barnabus" of the most encouraging, big-hearted people I've ever know...I'd never be where I am today without your influence....I miss you greatly and pray for your loved ones. When I get to heaven, you'll be one of the first people I thank...God Bless You


October 29, 2007


10 years and I think of you daily. Reading the reflections here today made me think of what an eternal impact that you had on those around you. The guys from ECJ still go up every year and remember you at the Cross. What a testament to who you were and what you meant. I was looking at the picture of you with a string of fish that is up at the Cross and it made me smile. A good friend, a good son, a good brother, a good husband, a good Christian Witness, and a good Agent....what more can you ask to be remember for? Watch over us Brother until we see you again.


Senior Patrol Agent L. Keith Weeks
United States Border Patrol

August 4, 2007

Stephen is greatly missed!


July 10, 2007

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