Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Inspector Raymond Joseph Giacomelli

Pittsburg Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, April 15, 2003

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Reflections for Inspector Raymond Joseph Giacomelli

We never met, but I know of you from the many people you left behinf who miss you and hurt because you are not here. Your life touched them and you made an impact you did make a difference. You will never be forgotten.

October 6, 2006

You will always be remembered! Not a day should go by without a reflection!!

September 29, 2006

About two weeks before this tragedy, I stopped a DUI suspect on I-5, south of SR-152 near Los Banos, miles from any back-up unit. After I got the suspect out of the vehicle I was greeted by Ray, who had been traveling with his family. Ray walked up, identified himself to me as a fellow Officer and assisted me with the DUI investigation. Though the suspect was roudy, drunk and ultimately turned out to be suicidal, I felt secure having a fellow Officer with me out there. I remember looking into the SUV at Ray's wife and girls and being thankful to Ray for stopping to help me out.

I don't think it was until after I thanked Ray for his help and he and his family were on their way again when I found the loaded .45 cal pistol next to the driver's seat. There also a tazer hidden in a pouch under the driver's seat.

I had been an Officer for about eight months on that day. I was sickened several days later when the Duty Sergeant read the bulletin about what had happened to Ray.

When I contacted that suspect he could have easily done something terrible to me, but I believe that because I had another Officer with me the suspect did nothing. Ray may have been just stopping to help out, but he very well may have saved my life. I only knew Ray for about 20 minutes, but I will be thankful to him for the rest of my life.

Sometimes guardian angels don't have wings. Sometimes they are just traveling with their families and decide to stop and help out a new Officer.

Thank You Ray, God Bless your family.

Officer John Wilson
Los Banos CHP

July 21, 2006

I am a friend of Rays dear sister Regina. I wish to extend my love and prayers to Regina, her brother Leo and her parents. It has been three years but I know the pain is still there for the four of them. No one can replace such a wonderful brother or son. Regina I know what Ray meant to you. You were always there for him and his family. I know how proud you were of Ray and I want you to always remember he loved you too.

always, your friend, jlr

June 29, 2006

happy fathers day!!!

June 18, 2006

ray, Your little girl graduated today, i know how proud you must be. she stould in front of everybody and gave a wonderfull speach thanking you for the great upbringing you gave her and her sister, and i know she will continue to make you proud. 06/06/06

June 7, 2006

Ray, we are always thinking of you and your family and especially this week when we are thinking of so many Angels in Blue. It's National Police Officers Week. Kayleigh turned 12 on National Police Officer Day, May 15 and has always been so proud to be born on that day. We know you watch over your family and friends and your fellow officers at Pittsburg. We weren't able to make your prayer service last month, but Frank and Kayleigh really enjoyed going by to see Maria, Christina & Jessica afterwards. Please remember that you are in our thoughts and prayers always. You will never be forgotten, just look at all the reflections you continue to receive from people. You are thought of and missed very much. God Bless .

Frank Angie & Kayleigh
Friends from Sienna

May 19, 2006

Ray, I can hardly believe three years have passed and almost four since we first met at the Cold Case seminar. Your sense of humor and free spirit brought a "ray" of sunshine onto the world. May you truly enjoy your eternal rest and rest assured you made a difference!

Joe Breister, Bureau Chief
El Paso County Sheriff's Office

May 1, 2006

It has been 3 years since your tour of duty ended, I'm sure it feels longer than that for your family and close friends. I know they miss your smile, warm touch, distinct laugh. Those will forever be in their hearts as you will never be forgotten. Keep watch over your family and protect them. You are a true hero.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen officer
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon

April 15, 2006

To Ray, Maria, and his beautiful daughters:

As the Pittsburg Police Dept. family honors your memory with the wreath laying ceremony today, please forgive me for not physically being present. I am in L.A. where I presented Larry's memorial items for the LAPD officer who is riding for Larry on the Police Unity Tour. I am with you all in spirit and have lit a blue candle in your memory today on this the third anniversary date of your tragic death.

Phyllis Loya

April 15, 2006

To Inspector Ray Giacomelli, his wife Maria and his two beautiful daughters, and his other loved ones:

Ray, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Ray. I am humbled by your valor, courage, and dedication.
I know that you and Larry have forged a special bond just as our family has done with your family. We know that you guys are watching over your loving wives, your two most beautiful girls and baby Cody, your parents, your siblings, and your fellow officers.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of distinquished service Ray gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 15, 2003.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 18, 2006

Hey, thanks for the help on how to investigate homicides... I can never repay you!! I know your taking care of your family from your hunter's perch. Till we see each other again. Thanks

February 8, 2006


January 4, 2006

Dear Ray: I know that you are watching over your beautiful wife and daughters and are truly proud of them for they are a wonderful family. They have been so supportive of our entire family
as we too have begun the difficult journey as police survivors. They were there to help welcome Cody into the world. Maria has been with us each step of the way.
You will never be forgotten and you will always be treasured. I proudly wear the 120 257 pin to honor you and Larry.

Phyllis (Larry's Mom)

August 23, 2005

I know you are watching over your family. Your wife is such a compassionate person and reaches out to others who are going through the same pain. I know that you must be so proud of Maria and your two wonderful daughters.
You'll never be forgotten...

August 18, 2005

"Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9
God Bless You for your many years of service to your community, and may God Bless your wife & children as they carry on without you.

California Deputy Sheriff's spouse

July 12, 2005

It has been a little more than two years since the loss of Ray. Our thoughts and prayers go out to This Officer, as well as the Family, Friends, Department and Community.

This is a loss that will never be forgotten. Hours will turn into days, days turn into weeks, weeks into months and months into years but, the difference that these officers have made will last forever.

We lost Our Deputy Morris Taylor on September 14, 2002. When he joined the other Angels in Blue.

God Bless Our Law Enforcement Officers and Those Who Love Them.

Jack & Tracy Van Dolah
Former LEO/U.S.M.C. & Wife in Sutherlin, Oregon

May 22, 2005

You are not forgotten brother.

Stanislaus County S/O

April 26, 2005

I received a brief visitor last night, your beautiful wife Maria. She came to let us know of the dedication ceremony in Pittsburg today, 4/15/2005. Although we could not be there in person, we are there in thought and prayer. It has now been two years since you have been taken away. We remember, we remember each day and pray for your family and know that you are watching them and fellow Officers from above. My husband continues to carry your Memorial Card in his vest and knows the sacrafice you gave. Ray, keep watching. We miss you. God Bless

Old Friends from Sienna

April 15, 2005

You paid the ultimate sacrifice doing what you loved the most. Though you are no longer here with us, we know you are still watching over us through the holes in the floor of heaven.

I never got to thank you for everything you taught me about life and being a good cop nor will I ever forget how lucky I was to have known such a great person. Your selfless acts touched us all.


Deputy Roberts
Contra Costa County Sheriffs Office

October 22, 2004

It has been a year since we have lost you, a hard year for many. You have never left our thoughts and prayers and for some of us, you have made us take another step back in the door for just one more smile, kiss or look. We never know what each day brings, but we can choose the life we live and leave behind. We are all better for knowing you.
Thanks Ray, for all the memories.
God Bless

Friends from Sienna

April 20, 2004

Thank you Inspector Giacomelli for keeping us safe from bad. God bless you.

Renny Kassel
California Citizen

January 26, 2004

May God bless you daughters as they should be proud of your heroism.

Police Officer
Montgomery County, MD

November 26, 2003

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and coworkers of Inspector Giacomelli.

While many of us in law enforcment wear different colored uniforms, we all share a common goal. We protect society from the criminal element. Rest well my friend, those of us who remain will cover your place on the thin blue line.


To those who care,

Last year I attended a seminar in California with my Commander, Joe Breister and my Sergeant, Bill Haragan where we met Ray. In the few days that we spent together I can honestly say that the three of us not only met an outstanding cop, but met a great new friend. Ray and I had an opportunity to talk on the phone and email each other over the last few months. No matter how serious the nature of our conversation, Ray and I would find something to laugh about. That is a reflection of a good person and an individual I would want as a partner. To all those who served with Ray, you are lucky, I wish I could have done the same. To his family, whom he spoke about with unabashed love, there is no doubt that he is watching over you. It is a honor to have known this man and I will remember him always. When I start to doubt why I do this job, I will remember my friend and push ahead.

Detective Michael Simler
El Paso County Sheriff's Office, CO

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