Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corrections Officer Ralph Lee Garcia

Guadalupe County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Tuesday, August 31, 1999

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Reflections for Corrections Officer Ralph Lee Garcia

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 31, 2020

Officer Garcia,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Guadalupe County. 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.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

August 31, 2019

I met you the first day you started at the Santa Rosa prison. I was new myself, had only been there for a few weeks but at that time I had been in Corrections a few years in Grants. I remember getting your badge for you. You were so nice and kind. I left Santa Rosa, my gut told me something just wasn't quite right. I returned to The Womens Facility in Grants & just 6 months later you were gone:( I am truely sorry for what you had to go through. All these years later I have never forgotten you.....RIP Ralph

Retired Correctional Officer Karen Marez

October 2, 2016

Dear Ralph, It's been a long time sense that fateful day in Santa Rosa. I have been haunted for many years without talking to anybody about that day. Sometimes when I close my eyes I hear the commotion and the screaming going on and it still brings chills to me and tears to my eyes. I have returned to New Mexico "Santa Rosa" from time to time to try and heal myself, escape to find peace from the horror that went on. When Inmate Galbadon died in my arms 2 weeks prior to that dreadful day I thought I could handle most anything but that day haunts me still just as the screams of Inmate Galbadon begging me to save him. I never got the chance to meet your family nor was I able to attend your services. I Know your at Peace and your family still remembers and LOVES you. Even though we only met briefly, I am Honored to have known and to have worked with a brave MAN.

Noe Garcia SGT
Califonia C.E.R.T / Golden valley

February 12, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the tenth anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was murdered on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 31, 2009

Being on the receiving end of the knuckleheads that are having to do time for their crimes, I believe corrections work is THE most dangerous job in law enforcement. All we do is arrest them and get them convicted. You have to deal with them every day of their imprisonment.

God bless C.O. Garcia's family. He's with the angels and saints singing God's glory. He loves you all and waits for your return home.

Officer Doug Wiencek
Metra Police department, Chicago, IL

August 20, 2008

Thinking of you today and always Tio. I love you!!

Jennifer Michelle

June 17, 2008

I am so sorry

Officer Kayla Gonzales
police officer

April 15, 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

December 17, 2007


Deputy Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

February 17, 2007

Rest In Peace fallen brother the thin blue line is another officer short. As a fellow corrections officer i know the struggle that we face everyday you made the ultimate sacrafice and your truly a hero. We'll take it from here rest in peace you'll never be forgotten but will deeply missed.

Corrections Officer
WV Division of Juvenile Services

September 15, 2006

7 yrs. ago today and you will never be forgotten! God bless the Garcia family and grant them peace!

Ret. PO
City of Miami PD Fla.

August 31, 2006

Rest in peace, brother.

CO Alan Howard
Steuben County Sheriff's Department

August 31, 2006

Officer Garcia, thank you for your service.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

May 30, 2006

A Fellow Correctional Officer, so close to home, you will always be remembered by us here at LCCF-Hobbs,N.M.


January 9, 2005

You suffered such a violent death! Life can be so difficult and I pray
that your family and fellow officers are doing ok. This would take a
long time to get over. God bless those who still miss you.
Lynn Kole
Washington State



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