Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corrections Officer I Joseph Anthony Ribeiro, Sr.

Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, June 25, 1998

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Reflections for Corrections Officer I Joseph Anthony Ribeiro, Sr.

Officer Ribiero,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Massachusetts. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement then that of a Corrections Officer.

A former Massachusetts resident

United States Border Patrol

June 25, 2023

Officer Ribeiro, thank you for your service in one extremely difficult job. Your sacrifice is not forgotten nor is that service.

God Bless you and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

June 25, 2021

Please know that your memory, service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

June 25, 2020

Twenty One years have passed but you have not been forgotten, Brother. God Bless. Those who miss you the most are in my prayers.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

June 25, 2019

GOD Bless brother. RIP

C.O. Fitzgerald
Retired C.O. MCIB SH

June 26, 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 25, 2015

I did not know Joe but I worked with his dad Joe at MCIC in 1970, I'm sure he was a class act like his dad and a hard worker.

capt. Frank Marderosian

June 26, 2014

I knew him I was married to his friend was a sad day a friend posted something today on fb about Joe brought me back to his funeral very sad day I have never seen so many men cry god bless you joe

evie stein

June 25, 2014

I miss you, my friend.


June 25, 2014


Court Officer
MA Trial Court

June 25, 2014

Each day we go in we never know if we will come out the same way. I am now retired but think about all my brothers and sisters who I have left behind. Stay safe brethren.

Sgt Kathy Johnson
MCI Framingham retired

June 25, 2014

Rest in peace brother.

Timothy Tenney, Lieutenant

June 25, 2014

I responded, I escorted the inmate w/Joe...Joe fell at my feet, I rode in the ambulance w/Joe and I was at his bedside when they called it...My Brother and my friend did not die alone....gone, but never forgotten!!!


June 25, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 14th anniversary year 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 Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that call you beloved for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I thank them for sharing their memories of you through their reflections.

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

November 14, 2012

It was 13 yrs ago yesterday..You were taken from this world...Not a day goes by I don't think of you....I know that someday I will see you on the other side...Until than RIP....I love and miss you always....


Karen Ribeiro

June 26, 2011

God Bless your family and may you Rest In Peace! Gone but Never FORGOTTEN!!!!!

Detention Deputy G. Carew
Seminole County Sheriff's Office

December 30, 2008

Officer Ribiero,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Massachusetts. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.




June 25, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

February 18, 2008

In the line of duty, another hero pays the ultimate sacrifice. Rest in Peace.

Correction Officer Scott Boutell
Massachusetts Department of Correction (MCI-Shirley)

August 9, 2007

Officer Ribeiro, today marks the 9th anniversary of your tragic passing. Corrections Officers have a very tough job but thank God you do it. The idiots who were directly the cause of your heart attack should get at least 20 more years, but this is Massachusetts. They MAY have gotten a few extra days.

Your life is worth so much more than that of the inmates. You are a hero.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

June 25, 2007



April 20, 2007

Rest in peace brother. We will see you on the other side.

Corrections Officer
Red Onion State Prison

December 28, 2006

Though I did not know you, you make me proud to were the Blue. "Rest in peace Brother"

Corrections Officer Kyle Lamp
Otsego County Corrections

December 7, 2006

Joseph-You are remembered every time one of us goes to a back up call. You live on in us. Rest in peace my brother, rest in peace

Detention Deputy
Monroe County Sheriff's Office-Key West

January 29, 2006

Your service to the Commonwealth is deeply appreciated for you had a job that not many understand or know much about. My thoughts will be with you and yours. Rest in peace my brother.
Deputy Robert T. Call
S.C.S.D., Boston, MA

Deputy Robert T. Call
Suffolk County Sheriff's Department

December 28, 2005

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