Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Jose Arturo "Joe" Herrera

Friona Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, April 14, 2003

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Reflections for Sergeant Jose Arturo "Joe" Herrera

18 years later and some days it still feels like yesterday. I miss you.

Kelcey

November 7, 2021

Hey Dad,
Hey, sorry I haven’t been here in a while. I’ve been crazy with everything in the past year. I wanted to tell you that I enlisted in the Army National Guard as a Combat Medic. I’ll go to basic training in South Carolina this summer and then on to job training. I wish you were here for my graduation in a few months. And I turned 18 in February!! I’m finally somewhat an adult.

I miss you, I love you

PVT Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

March 18, 2021

Hey Dad,
Hey, sorry I haven’t been here in a while. I’ve been crazy with everything in the past year. I wanted to tell you that I enlisted in the Army National Guard as a Combat Medic. I’ll go to basic training in South Carolina this summer and then on to job training. I wish you were here for my graduation in a few months.

I miss you, I love you

PVT Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

March 18, 2021

Rest in peace Sergeant Herrera. This day was my 44th birthday.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 15, 2020

Rest in heavenly peace on this your 17 anniversary in heaven

Mark Mottola

April 14, 2020

Hi Mr.Herrera,

You don't know me but I'm a friend of your daughter's. She always talks highly of you and always talks about how great you where. I'm glad that you are here to help her and i want you to know that i will always help her to.

BLR

March 4, 2020

Hey Dad,
I got some bad news today. I didn't do well in Chemistry and that disqualified me from the rest of the competitions and Concert and Sight Reading. I don't know what to do. I'm just not good at science. It's always been my lowest grade. Chemistry grade is probably struggling because she has these online assignments and I need constant help. I can't ask for her help on every single problem. I don't know if I'll ever get it up high enough. Anyways, I'm really upset and thought I should talk to you about it. I love you.
Te Quiero papa,
Victoria Danielle

Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

February 21, 2020

Hey Dad,
It just after midnight and I forgot to tell you Happy Birthday!!! Javier and I looked through the book Jess mad me. It had pictures of you and mom and us together as a family. I wish I could’ve spent today with you. I miss you and love you ❤️
Te Quiero papá,
Victoria Danielle

Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

February 17, 2020

Hey Dad,
Happy Valentine's Day!!! I have had the most wonderful day today. It's been a fairly easy day in school. I bought my sisters Valentine's gifts to give them to school. Morgan got her just now but I have to give the little girls theirs after school when I pick them up. It's nothing much, just a tiny bag of hershey kisses. I'll get to see mom tomorrow. She's coming to see the younger girls basketball games and then she'll take us back to her house until Monday. I've really been missing you today. I wish I could've spent a valentine's day with you and mom. I hope that you're doing well and haven't forgotten about me. I can't wait to see you again!
Te Quiero papa,
Victoria Danielle

Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

February 14, 2020

Hey Dad,
Our birthdays are coming up! You would've been 48 I believe and I'll be 17. I'm growing up a little too fast for my parents liking. This morning was a really hard morning for me. The autistic boy i babysit every night was in one of his moods and it was really a struggle. I'm not sure if I can keep doing this. Mom says that I need to put myself first and quit if he continues to get worse. She says that I can't focus in school if I'm waking up at 4 AM every morning and fighting this kid to get him to school. I wish you were here to offer me some advice. I could really use some guidance right now. Maybe even a hug. I don't get much parental affection these days. Mm... I have even resorted to getting a hug from one of our youth leaders, Mrs. Burson, every time I can because she just has that maternal vibe to her. She has talks with me about things that mom never would have. She is very sweet and i wish that you were still around to meet her. She takes good care of me. Mom has been doing well. She's in Austin today to receive an award for Saving Lives. I'll see her this Saturday. I haven't actually gotten to spend any quality time with her but she was done for a few hours last Monday. My best friend, Lanie, has her birthday next Friday. We will both be in Fort Worth for Winter Guard but it'll be good to celebrate with her. She has been there for me more time than I can count. You would've liked her. Valentine's day is also this Friday. I wish you were here so we cold go watch a movie or go eat somewhere but I can't wait until i'm up there with you and we could spend everyday together. Anyways, I really miss you and I love you so much
Te Quiero Muchisimo Papa,
Victoria Danielle

Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

February 12, 2020

Hey Dad,
We had our first Winterguard competition on Saturday. We got 6th out of 8th which is pretty good considering it was our first time and the other schools have been doing this for years. We could've done better but I think that we were all just kind of nervous. We'll get better. My mom is also coming to eat with me today! I haven't seen her in a little while. She is coming to watch Morgan's game. Anyways, I really miss you and I hope I'm making you proud.
Te Quiero papa,
Victoria Danielle

Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

February 3, 2020

Hey Dad,
Tomorrow is our first winterguard comp. It's at Alvarado HS in Fort Worth. Tio Antonio might go with Libby. I haven't seen them in a while. They live in Temple which isn't far. My dad won't be able to go but he'll go to the next one. I really wish you could go tomorrow.
Te Quiero,
Victoria Danielle

Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

January 31, 2020

Hey Dad,
Recently in English we've been researching careers that we are interested in. I have always shown interest in Law Enforcement. Yesterday I got a formal invitation to George Mason Uni. to go to the National Youth Leadership Forum! They said that I was a "High-Achieving student worthy of selection." I don't think I'll go but it was nice to be selected. I wish you were here to celebrate with me, but I know you're proud. Te extrano muchisimo papa.
Te Quiero,
Victoria Danielle

Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

January 24, 2020

Hey Dad,
I really miss you. Your birthday is coming up soon, I think i'll be with my mom that weekend. My birthday is coming up soon too! I'll be 17. You're little baby girl has grown up that last 17 years you've been gone. But I know that you're looking down on me from heaven spending each and every moment with me. When I go back to mom's house, she is going to give me the scrapbook that Jess made for me many years ago. Jess said that it would answer any questions I would have about you. I am beyond grateful that she thought ahead so I wouldn't have to wonder about you. She and Jeremy are also going to write down some stories about you on paper and give them to me so I can look back at them later. I can't wait to learn more about you. OH! and I forgot to tell you that when I was looking for your signature, I found an old tape recorder and a couple tapes. I guess that the FPD had recorded your old traffic stops from 2000 and gave them to mom. Anyways, they have your voice in them, obviously. I one of them, you're even speaking Spanish, which is something my dad tells me that you didn't know. Which is crazy but it's whatever. Another thing, Kelc and I are gonna go tour ASU. I kind of want to go to college there so it'll be good to go tour it.

te quiero papa,

Victoria Danielle

Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

January 23, 2020

Hi Lori, thank you. I like to think he would've been proud of me. If you would like to talk, email me. [email protected]

Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

January 23, 2020

Hello Victoria. Your dad and I went to high school together. I came across this and felt like I should reach out to you. Your reflections are beautiful. I just know Turo is looking down and smiling. God Bless

Lori
Friend

January 22, 2020

Hey Dad,
It's one of those days. I'm really missing you today. I often wonder what things would be like if you hadn't helped that night. If you would've come home like you were supposed too. But I know that wasn't like you.. You went to help because you were an amazing friend and officer. You never let anyone down. I know that you are constantly watching me from above and helping me through the hard days. I love you dad, and I miss you so much. I can't wait to see you again. You're always with me.
Te Quiero Papa,
Victoria Danielle

Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

January 15, 2020

Hey Dad,
I've been doing well. I did drop out of my college and Pre-AP classes because I wasn't doing very well in them. I'm in regular U.S. History and Chemistry now but I can already tell that I'm doing so much better. They will work with my busy schedule better too. I have my first Winter-guard Competition in a couple of weeks. I wish you could be there but I know that you'd be proud of me no matter what. I know that you're watching everything I do from Heaven.
Te Quiero Papa,
love, Victoria Danielle

Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

January 10, 2020

Hey Dad,
I stayed the weekend with Kelc and the others a few weeks ago. It was really nice to see them and spend time with them. Me and Matthew aren't close like we kinda use to be but it was still great getting to see him and his boys and Brandy. Kelcey is really sweet for letting me stay the weekends with her. She took Leah and I to go watch a movie and we went to go see Grandma and Grandpa for a few hours. I didn't get to see Care'n this time though. Last time i saw her was in October at my band competition. I've really been missing you lately. I'm scared to tell people that I miss you or call you dad because I was so young when you died. I wish things were different. I want to be able to say that you were my dad but in the situations I'm in now, that doesn't seem like it'll happen soon. I think I wanna go to college at ASU like my sisters and brother did. It's also close to mom's and dad's house. Oh! I do want you to know that my dad, James Cummings, has taken excellent care of me and my younger sisters. He's an amazing dad and I know you would've liked him. I can't wait to see you!! I love you!
Te Quiero papa,
Victoria Danielle

Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

December 20, 2019

Hey Dad,
I'm going to stay the weekend with Kelcey. I haven't seen her or Matt in so long. I'm ready to see tia y abuela. I haven't seen them since my quincenera and i'm almost 17. I'm going to have your signature in my class ring. I went through some of your old stuff, I decided to keep some stuff like a shirt that has your badge number on it and the hat you were killed in.. I also have your wallet with all your cards in it. OH!!! and I also found some micro-cassettes and you also happened to have a cassette player. I have never heard your voice before but those cassettes have some traffic stops you did back in 2000. anyways, just checking in. Te quiero<3

Te quiero papa,
Victoria Danielle

Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

December 2, 2019

Hey Dad,
I just wanted to say how much I miss you. I'm sorry that you didn't to see me grow up or see Kelcey, Matthew, and Care'n graduate. I'm sorry that my mom never told me about how amazing you were. My mom seems to have distanced herself from everyone else. Some days I sit around and wonder if you'd be proud of who I've become. I try to live up to your expectations. I miss talking to my sisters and brother. I'm going to stay with Kelcey for a weekend soon. I really miss her and Leah.

Te Quiero papa
Victoria Danielle

Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

November 20, 2019

Hey Dad,
Today I finally got my class ring packet for my senior year. I'm going to design it with mom this weekend when I go to her house. The guy told me that we can put personal signatures on it. I really want to put your signature on it but I don't want to make anyone mad and I don't know if mom has a paper with you signature on it anyway. Kelcey or Beth might have one if I asked. I'll check to boxes with all your stuff in it this weekend for one. I really want you to be apart of my class ring. Anyways, I miss you like crazy and I can't wait to see you again. <3

Te Quiero, papa
Victoria Danielle

Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

November 14, 2019

Hey Dad,
I talked to Kelc yesterday. She sad she wants me to come stay with her for the few days sometime after Thanksgiving. I haven't seen her since June. I also texted Matthew but he hasn't texted back yet. I really miss him and my sisters. We don't all talk much but I get it. I'm the youngest sister, they were all older and hung out with each other. I never got to do that with them. But at least Kelc is making an effort to see me and include me. I can't wait to see her again. I really miss her. Anyways, I really miss you dad. I wonder if you'd be proud at all I've accomplished so far. <3

Te Quiero, papa
Victoria Danielle

Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

November 12, 2019

Hey Dad,
Last Saturday we had our Area Band Competition. They only take 7 bands to Area Finals and we made 8th!! We were 4 points behind #7. We were so close. I know that you were there watching me the whole performance, I just wish you could've seen it in person... but it's alright. Jess and Jeremy got to go! i haven't really seen them much since we moved from Friona to Abilene. I know you would've been proud of me in all I have and have yet to accomplish. I love you a lot.

Te Quiero, papa
Victoria Danielle

Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

October 28, 2019

Hey Dad,

Today we go to Clyde for a football game. We're not supposed to get back until midnight tonight and I have to be up at the school at 5 AM tomorrow to head to Lubbock for Are band. Jess and Jeremy will be there!! The last time I saw them was about a month ago at Mom's wedding but before that it had been probably 8+ years. All I remember is my mom driving us up to Lubbock sometimes to see them and Jeremy and I would always "play" Chinese Checkers. I know they miss you a lot, as we all do. I excited to hear some of the memories that they share with you. Oh! and another thing. There's this boy, Javier. I think you would've really liked him. He treats me very well and he's so sweet. I think ya'll would've gotten along well, but I'll tell you more about him another day.
Te Quiero papa,
Victoria Danielle

Victoria Cummings
Youngest Daughter

October 25, 2019

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