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Patrolman Hector Manuel "Chino" Gomez

Marion Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Tuesday, March 5, 2002

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Reflections for Patrolman Hector Manuel "Chino" Gomez

Chino I still remember that day you got shot. I was a Junior at Marion High School at the time. I would rememeber you driving by and you would stop and ask us what we were doing and everything. You were a ispirational officer in the small town of Marion. You inspired me to become a State Trooper. I start the Academy in April. Gone but never forgotten you are a one of a kind Hero in my book. May you Rest in Peace.

Staff Sergeant Montral Ferguson
United States Army

November 24, 2010

Hector,
It has been a privilege and honor to work with your bother, Marco, at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Although our paths have never crossed, I feel like I have known you for years just by the stories I have heard from Marco. Words cannot express the appreciation I have for the service you gave to the residences of Marion and sacrifice you made. Rest well Officer Gomez, we will take it from here. Rest assure, as long as I am here, Marco will always have a back up. Thank you Hector, we will never forget

Ryan

D/S Ryan Mugridge
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

May 19, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends as another year passes. May they know that you will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 8, 2010

As another year goes by since you unexpectly left us,my family and still remembers as if happened yesterday. I miss you Hector so much, I miss talking to you on the phone when you were so bored not knowing what to do with yourself, I miss just seing you man. I guess one day we'll all be together in the mean time watch over us.

Marco
Brother

March 5, 2010

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones on this day. Thank you for your dedicated career to law enforcement and to your country. You will never be forgotten as heroes never die. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

March 5, 2010

Chino, it is so hard to believe that it has been 8 years today. I still go over and over that day and wonder "what if". Justin took me out to the cemetery and the memorial just a few weeks ago for the first time. I just haven't been able to face it. I'd like to be able to say that it has gotten easier with time, but it just hasn't. I keep hoping that it will, but I don't know.

I know that if it is his time, you'll meet J.R. at the gate. How ironic that we may lose another brother on the anniversary of your passing. Please watch over Searcy's family and friends like I know you've watched over us. I miss you and I think about you all the time.

Officer Becky BeDoit
Farmerville PD and Chino's dispatcher

March 5, 2010

It's been another year without you. You will never be forgotten.

Marie
Step-Mom

March 5, 2010

I met Hector "Chino" Gomez in June of 1998. At a club at Ft. Hood, Texas he was active duty military then. We instantly clicked and for the next year or so we were by one another's side. Its taken me along time to find the courage to look the Memorial of fallen police officers up. He was a wonderful man hilariously funny and I had the pleasure of knowing him. He was someone you could always count on when you needed him there by your side. I miss him terribly and the tradegey that unfolded that day was unthinkable. I cried for three days straight trying to comprehend the loss. I know that he is looking down upon all of us. And someday we will again cross paths and we will be full of laughter because thats what he did was make people laugh. I miss you so much and I know that you are at peace up there with God in Heaven. I am so greatful to have known you and the memories we created I reflect upon them alot to keep your memory alive. Rest in Peace.. Love Always, Kim

Senior Officer Specialist Kimberly Bush
Federal Bureau of Prisons, Friend

November 11, 2009

I try everyday to stop by and look at the old reflections posted on your page,its been awhile. I just wish you were here hector, I wish you could see your daughter grow up I wish that we could be closer, all 5 of us at least one more time. It's been so long since we all got together. I miss you!

D/S Marco Y Flores
Brother

September 24, 2009

I didn't know Hector, but I do know his brothers Marco and Javier who is on the phone sometimes with Marco. I am sure he was like he brothers, always there to help or give a quick joke to make you smile. I was talking to Marco tonight as we are working some extra details, and he started to talk about Hector. He love's you alot Hector and wishes you were still here. God bless your family, and I will pray for them. I will also do everything I can to ensure your big brother makes it home every night, because he is like a brother to me also.

Paul

Deputy Paul Schofield
Palm Beach Sheriff Office

March 6, 2009

7 years yesterday...so many things that we did not get to say to each other, so many things that we could never do until we meet again one day. Every day that I put my uniform on,and think of what happened to you,I realize how human we really are. How we walk towards the unknown everyday without thinking the of the consequences of our actions. We love you and missed you everyday bro.

Marco
Brother

March 6, 2009

You can shed tears because he is gone,
Or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he'll come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all he's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see him,
Or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember only that he is gone,
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
Be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what he'd want:
Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

K.L.

March 5, 2009

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

Your family is in my heart's embrace. Time doesn't diminish love or respect.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Anonymous

March 5, 2009

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Continue to watch over all of them. Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement and to your Country. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

March 5, 2009

7 years ago today you lost your life in the line of duty. I think of you everyday. You will never be forgotten. You are a true hero.
I love you.

Marie
Step-mother

March 5, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 5, 2009

just like on every christmas since you been goneIn this c my family and I are going to miss you. I hope that one day will be able to meet again. I love you brother and miss you so much hector. I wish we had more time to share as family when you were around, but God has his ways with life.

Marco
Brother

December 3, 2008

On 4/20/08 I lost a very good friend his name was Sgt.Pat Lambert. As I look back at the things that have lived I hope that whereever we go after we die is better than this place. I just hope that he is able to find you in heaven hector... I miss you so much take care of him please.

D/S Marco Y Flores
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

April 22, 2008

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice, you are a true hero for us all to look up too. You will never be forgotten

POLICE OFFICER
PHILA PA

April 12, 2008

6 years ago today. Time has not diminished his service nor sacrifice. My thoughts are with all who
loved him.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

March 5, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

March 4, 2008

My Dearest Brother, As i look back at the years, Everybody knew you were the life of the party and that was you Hector, as i hit my 17 years of active federal serves, i think on how your life was taken to short of time, and i deeply miss your companing, i prayer for you and your daugther everyday and hope she is ok with her mom, this year will be 6 yrs you been with god, helping him look over us and are family. well hector you are missed and loved everyday. keep it real and dont you forget you are my hero little brother. love you man!

Chief Warrant Officer Pedro J. Flores
2nd Brigade Combat Team in Kalsu Iraq Hector Oldest Brother

February 9, 2008

I miss you.
I love you.

Stacey
Step sister

February 3, 2008

Hey bro.... today we just lost two deputies trying to stop a stolen vehicle. It's like living everthing that happened again. I know that it wont take you long enough to know who they are knowing how kind you were to everyone. Not a day goes by that I dont think about you brother not a moment goes by that my son dont ask for you. We miss you so much,but I can be sure that one day we will see you again.

Marco
Brother

November 28, 2007

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
Sergeant
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

November 1, 2007

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