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

Ray~

I want you to know that I am never going to forget you...I think about you every day and I know that you are helping me get through these final months of school. When I walk that stage the night of graduation I will have a picture of you with me so that I know that you were with me all the way. I still really miss our talks and the way that you supported me through the worst of days...No matter what I knew that I could call you and you would listen and push...I really miss that..

Anonymous

December 7, 2008

Ray ...I know that you and Larry are up there looking down on all of and but now you have another duty, please help Sgt. Paul Starzyk settle in and keep a watch over him just as you did Larry when he first arrived. I know that you will all be out on patrol with all of us as you always have. You are dearly missed.

Anonymous

September 14, 2008

Happy Father's Day Ray.....I know that you are up there with Larry and looking down on all of your family both blood and Blue.....We all miss you dearly

June 15, 2008

May 15, 2008 - National Police Officers Day.
A day to remember and thank you all the men and women who gave the ultimate. Ray, we think of you and your family often but especially today, know you are missed. Maria and families, we pray for you and send our love.
God be with you.
All our love,

Frank & Angie Lehr (& Family)
Newark CA PD/Friends

May 15, 2008

Ray~

It has been 5 years now...I still can not believe it..I went to the cemetary on the 15th just to have a chance to remember how you were willing to talk when I was having a tough time getting through my classes, or just when I would get discouraged about finishing school...
I miss that so much...now I am just about to graduate and have my degree in Criminal Justice. I would not have had the strength or courage to finish without remembering all the words you said to me...Those I keep inside my heart and I will remember them forever....

I will be thankful to you forever ~

April 27, 2008

Ray,

We thought of you yesterday and prayed for you family. Thank you for making the sacrifices that you did for our community.

Resident

April 16, 2008

Ray, It's the 5th anniversary since we lost you. Seems like yesterday. Know that you are missed so very much and we think of you and your family often. Frank continues to carry your card in his vest, next to his heart. We pray for your family and know that their love for one another and for you gets them through. God Bless you.

Frank & Angie Lehr (& Family)
Newark CA PD/ Friends

April 15, 2008

Ray,
On this fifth anniversary know that you are missed everyday. Your sacrifice is not forgotten. I keep you and your family in my prayers. It seems like it was only yesterday. Please continue to watch over us all.

Dispatcher
Contra Costa County SO

April 15, 2008

I still talk to you everyday. Thank you, Sir.

J Wilson
CHP

February 26, 2008

Ray, I know you are up there with Larry looking after us. I always remember joking around with you and John back in Investigations. I always go back and talk with John and always look back at ur old desk. It always makes me laugh and remember you joking with me! Take care of yourself.

Police Officer - Donnie Pearman
Pittsburg Police

January 3, 2008

MERRY CHRISTMAS BLUE ANGEL! A day should not go by without
a reflection left here.

December 28, 2007

Ray,

We did not get the honor of getting to know you, but have had the honor of meeting your loving, special family over the last couple years. We know these are some of the most difficult days for those who have lost a Father,Son,Brother,Grandson,Fellow Officer etc..but we also give thanks today for the opportunity to have become friends with such a special family. They are so proud of you, and love you so much.

We are thinking of you and your family today, and my God bless you all during this holiday.

J,M,D,J and C!

November 22, 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

September 20, 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

September 20, 2007

Ray~

When I look at at all that you tought me, I know that I still have so much more to learn...Over the past four years since you were taken I have worked hard to get through everything remembering that you told me that I can do it...And I will forever be thankful to you for that !!!!

I know that you are with Larry helping both of your families get through these times....
Just know that you are dearly missed by everyone that ever had the HONOR to meet you.... (120/257..PPD)

August 14, 2007

I told Larry the story of Pittsburg Police running me out of town in the late 60s. I was a long haired Hippie, a Bum as my Dad called me back then. No doubt in my mind now I deserved it. Had to retire from complications after a stabbing during an arrest. Rest assured Brother you'll never be forgotten and that officers such as yourself make us all stronger. Pain is temporary, Pride is forever.

Darrell Cook
Retired Police, Tennessee

August 13, 2007

Ray this is National Police Officers Week. Joey went to the Wall in Sac and Kayleigh and I left a "light" on your doorstep on Police Officers day, May 15 also Kayleigh's 13th birthday. We talked about you and your family and said a prayer. I know you are watching over your family and you miss them as they also miss you very much. You are thought of often and remembered with a smile and a warm heart. God Bless you. (All our Love Maria & Girls)

Frank, Angie, Kayleigh Lehr
Newark PD/CA , Friends

May 17, 2007

To Ray's family I send prayers and love. I know that Ray's Mom and Dad, sister Regina and brother Leo grieve everyday for their loss. They honor Ray's life by remembering all the joy he brought to thier lives, and living theirs to the fullest. I admire all of you for the way you have conducted yourselves during these past four years.

I worked with Regina when she an OB RN for Kaiser. She was there for Ray and Maria when they delivered thier two daughters. Those were good times and memories to always remember.

I know Regina gave her daughter the middle name Rae, after her brother Ray. It is a name that has brought comfort to all these last years.

Ray,
Please know that you have a friend that thinks of you and your family . Please continue to watch over them. You are always in thier hearts, forever.

April 20, 2007

I may not have known you personally, but I have come to know you by the lives you touched and the pain felt by the many people you left behind. I know you are not forgotten and live on in the hearts of those who knew you and loved you. Not a day goes by that you are not missed. Rest in peace and continue to watch over your family and your brothers.

April 20, 2007

Ray, still not a day goes by that you are not thought about,remembered as a heroe, prayed for, or missed. Frank continues to carry your card in his vest. He is honored to have been your friend, neighbor and brother in blue. Four years ago, I wasn't sure how your family would get through the days; but they are strong in will and faith. The girls are turning into wonderful women, with Christina just about to graduate from college and Jessica finishing her first year. Maria is an inspiration to all of us. As always, she is one of the kindest, gentlest people I have ever met. Keep watching over the brothers in blue. God Bless your families. We miss you Ray.

Frank, Angie, Kayleigh
Newark PD/Friends

April 16, 2007

It's so hard to believe you have been gone for 4 years. You and yours contiune to be in our prayers and will always be. You will never be forgotten. May God bless you!


Family member of a Pittsburg Police Officer

April 15, 2007

Inspector Geacomelli you sir will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service. You are a hero. Keep watch over us brother. To the family my sincere condolences and even though I did not know Ray thank you for sharing him with us.

Bobby Boyd
Winston-Salem NC Police Dept

March 2, 2007

You are missed by so many. Just wanted to let you know you are always in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless

Frank, Angie & Kayleigh
Newark Police/Friends

December 14, 2006

Rest in peace sir. Thank you for your service.

shannon
Collins Fire Dept. (Mississippi)

December 10, 2006

Your wife and daughters are so beautiful and gracious and your picture is so handsome. Its so unfair that you are not here together with them. Thank you for your dedication to protect and serve all of us.

Carol Espinoza, Mother
Officer Isaac Espinoza, SFPD, EOW 4/10/04

November 11, 2006

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