Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Agent Angel Gonzalez-Fontanez

San Juan Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch Sunday, April 20, 2003

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Reflections for Agent Angel Gonzalez-Fontanez

Rest in peace Agent Fontanez.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 17, 2020

Descansa en paz. Rest in peace.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

April 20, 2019

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

May 6, 2018

Thankyou for you dedication to law enforcement and others. You have not been forgotten.

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

April 20, 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 on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

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

April 20, 2010

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

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 21, 2009

Agent Angel Gonzalez-Fontanez you are a hero. Thank you for your service to the citzens of Puerto Rico. Rest in peace my brother. May God bless your family.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

April 20, 2006

My fiance, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure Angel did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and Angel be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Agent Gonzalez-Fontanez's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all, especially to his wife. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that Angel is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain Angel was well respected and well loved.

Thank you for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiance Dennis for me.

Peace, Love, Luck, and Happiness!

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Deputy Sheriff Dennis McElderry's fiancee - EOW (01/03/03)

April 25, 2004

Please remember the fallen officers we have lost. Remember the men and women who died trying to make this world a safer and better place for us all to live in. Thank you Agent Gonzalez-Fontanez for a job well done. Please continue to watch over us and protect us as only you can. You will forever be at our side and in our hearts.

For those of you who still have loved ones with us please take the time to tell them how much you appreciate and care about them.

IF I KNEW

If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.

Anonymous

April 21, 2004

GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY WITH LOVE AND STRENGH AT THIS VERY HARD AND DIFFUCULT TIMES .OUR PRAYERS GO TO THE ENTIRE GONZALES-FONTANES FAMILY ,FROM THE NEWARK POLICE DEPT. / QUE DIOS BENDIGA A SU FAMILIA CON AMOR Y FUERZA EN ESTOS TIEMPO DE DOLOR, REZAMOS POR SU FAMILIA ,DESCANZA EN PAZ MI HERMANO...TE LOS MERESES...

P/O JASON ORTIZ
NEWARK POLICE N.J.

February 18, 2004

You made the ultimate sacrifice. May the memory of your service, heroism and sacrifice remain forever. We are proud of you and thankful for all of your service. May God bless you, your family and brother/sister officers.

Trooper
Pennsylvania State Police

February 17, 2004

It is a sad momment when I hear of a fellow officer has given his/her life in the effort to keep the community and others safe. We will continue your fight with you now watching us from above and rest to sure that we will never forget what you have given for us. To your family I give my deepest condolences, Rest in peace and take your place walking heaven's beat.

Patrol Officer II T. Vincent
asheboro pd NC

February 17, 2004

Thank-you for protecting us. You are truly a Hero.

May God take you and yours under His forgiving hands.

Bless you brother.

Captain Joe L. Gilliland (retired)
Danville Kentucky Police Department

February 17, 2004

“When God made Peace Officers….”

When the lord was creating Peace Officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, Have you read the spec on this order? A Peace Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn’t touch, and not wrinkle their uniform.

They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half- eaten meals. And they have to have six pairs of hands.

The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands….No Way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me the problems,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have.”

That’s on the standard model? asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, “May I see what’s in there sir?” (When they already know and wishes they had taken that accounting job.) Another pair here in the side of their head for their partners’ safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, “ You’ll be alright ma’am, when they know it isn’t so.”

“Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve,” rest and work tomorrow.”

“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on civil service paycheck.”

The angel circled the model of the Peace Officer very slowly, “Can it think?” she asked.

“You bet,” said the Lord, “It can tell you elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in it’s sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five judges to debate the legality of the stop…and still it keeps it’s sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with crime scenes painted in HELL, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim’s family’ and then read in the daily paper how Law Enforcement isn’t sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Peace Officer. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

“What’s the tear for?” asked the angel.

“It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, and for justice.”

“You’re a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked sober. “I didn’t put it there,” he said.


Anonymous

Senior Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

February 17, 2004

Rest In Peace.....

Constable Dave Austin
Dekalb Co. Alabama Constable/K9 Handler

February 14, 2004

BUFFALO, NEW YORK

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE OFFICERS
WISH TO SEND OUR CONDOLENCES. OUR THOUGHTS
AND PRAYERS ARE WITH AGENT FONTANEZ, HIS FAMILY
AND CO-WORKERS.

GOD BLESS...

PO ERNEST G. PENN
DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE

February 14, 2004

Rest in peace sir.

Shannon
private citizen

February 13, 2004

May GOD bless the family of Agent Angel Gonzalez-Fontanez.


The Men and Women of the Amtrak Police Department extends our deepest sympathy to the San Juan (PR) Municipal Police Department and to the family of Agent Gonzalez-Fontanez.

GOD bless!!!

Criminal Investigator
Amtrak Police Department NY & NJ Division

February 13, 2004

Rest easy brother the watch is ours now
God bless you and your family

Officer
Atlanta Police

February 13, 2004

Yet another hero has been taken too soon. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Agent Gonzalez-Fontanez. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time.
Rest in peace for your watch here is over; walk in heavens beat and guide us all to protect and serve others safely

US Ranger Catroppa
National Park Service Kennesaw GA

February 13, 2004

Day is done,
gone the sun.
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Godspeed to you and your family

LT. JAMES A. WILLIAMS
N.Y.P.D.

February 13, 2004

On behalf of the men and women who serve and work for the Georgia Perimeter College Police Department, our thoughts and prayers are with Agent Angel Gonzalez-Fontanez's family, friends, and co-workers with the San Juan Municipal Police Department.

God bless. Now you can walk Heaven's beat.

Officer Johns
Georgia Perimeter College Police Department

February 12, 2004

Rest easy, Brother, you are not forgotten.


Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, In.l

February 12, 2004

Agent Angel Gonzalez-Fontanez ,

You truly are a hero! Your brothers in blue could only hope to be as strong as you. My prayers are with you and your family and all the members of the San Juan Municipal Police Department. RIP.

Ofc. B.M. Damon
T/ Manlius PD, NY

February 12, 2004

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

February 12, 2004

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