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Police Officer Isaac Anthony Espinoza

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, April 10, 2004

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Reflections for Police Officer Isaac Anthony Espinoza

Hey Cuz: I was reminded of your birthday yesterday when my sister had false labor last night, we hope she delivers tomorrow on your bday or Saturday on my dads. Either way, we miss you and we love you. Thinking of you, and thank you for putting good thoughts out there for me with my new job at the SFPD. So much has happened for me, finished my BA in psychology on Thursday, started a new job, things just keep getting better and better, I wish you were here so I could tell you.. Love ya!

Big Cousin

July 15, 2008

There's a stirring in my soul.
Memories of your birth are upon me.
Happy memories of days gone by.

Aching in my body
Those days no more.
How quickly life
comes and goes.

Four years already since
that devastating night.
The grief still lingers on.

Remember me.
I will remember you.

I love you, Mom

Mom

July 14, 2008

Always with a memory in our hearts, and always in our prayers.

Sonia

June 27, 2008

Thinking about you on Father's Day and every day.

I miss you,
Mom

June 15, 2008

We celebrated Regina's birthday this past weekend. We missed you. We talked about you and laughed with joy remembering precious moments shared with you.

I love you,
Mom

June 11, 2008

Always on my mind, always in my heart. I love you.
Auntie

June 10, 2008

One of the things why people love and admire you is because your life exemplified how you were on a daily basis, You treated people with love and respect, and you showed us that what matters most, what will be remembered is how we treat each other on a daily basis here on earth & that is what really counts.

You cared about others and went the extra mile for your fellow person in your daily life & you treated everyone fairly and with respect.

June 9, 2008

I put a candle on the wall by your name in DC during Police Week. I touched your name and breathed a prayer for you and your family. We never forget.

Linda Rittenhouse, Matt's Mom
Matthew Rittenhouse EOW 9/16/2004

June 5, 2008

This was sent to me today by someone close who yesterday lost their mother who was also like a mom to me. This made me think of you when I read the part about the smiles and happy times:

AFTERGLOW

I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one,
I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when day is gone.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times, and laughing times, and bright
and sunny days.

I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before
the sun, Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

(Unknown)

June 4, 2008

I miss you!

May 30, 2008

Remembering you and all the good times we shared on Memorial Day. You live in our hearts and the memories you left behind.

I love you,
Mom

May 26, 2008

Thank you for protecting and caring for us. God Bless you and your family.

May 26, 2008

Dear Son:

I'm back from the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial in Washington, D.C. One of the most profound things I heard was just before the Roll Call of Heroes for 2008, at the Memorial Service in front of our Nation's Capitol. It was, "Let me go. I will be waiting here for you with all the heroes."

You know I have been working on letting go and acceptance.
You are my son, my motivator, my gift, my true friend. The following is one of the thoughts that have come up for me during my process of trying to find acceptance.

You were never mine.
I offered you up to God
in your first month of life.

I became accustomed
to having you around.
I thought you would
always be there.

As the years passed
I forgot you weren't
really mine.

The shock of your sudden
and violent death
shattered my being.

Now I must let you go,
and with you,
the love, hope and joy
of you here on Earth.

Until we meet again,
I WILL REMEMBER YOU.

I miss you.
Mom

May 18, 2008

Issac,

I want you and your family to know how sorry I am that I have not left a reflection for a long time. We should never be to busy to at least write that we are thinking of you. I think of you and your wonderful family every day. Your picture with all of your brothers in blue behind you, is still my screen saver on my computer. For the past three years, plus, you have been a constant reminder of what a true hero you are to many. I cannot bring myself to change the screen saver...actually, I don't even think I have ever considered changing it!

I will see your family in June, a day I truly look forward to. I know Damian will be there this week for the Sacramento Memorial and I have to say, I am jealous that he gets to spend time with your family. I wish I could be there too.

We just had our fifth motorcycle rally fundraiser for Deputy Jeff Mitchell's son and I know you were looking down on us with the other officers we have honored, including Jeff. I know you saw the commitment that the recruits and staff have made to the Officer Down Memorial program that Officer Jackson started. Thank you for playing a pivotal roll in Damian's life that would change him from the inside out and lead him to start this dedication program that started with you. You will NEVER be forgotten.

At church our pastor tells us to let go and give Jesus the steering wheel of our lives...to guide us down the road we were meant to go down. Whatever it is that is in store for your family, friends, people who were fortunate to be a part of your life and all of us here who honor you, one thing I know for sure is that the steering wheel of our lives will lead us to you.

God Bless you and your family.

Shanon Dreyer, Supervisor
Palomar College Police Academy

May 7, 2008

Isaac: It's five days before Jean and I go to Washington, DC,for Nat'l Police Week. I was just thinking about you tonight, how Jean and I looked forward to seeing you when we visited with Derrick and Buffy in San Francisco. Your personality and smile would always warm our hearts, and we were so thankful that you would take the time to stop by and visit with us while we were there. Thank you for your dedicated service to the San Francisco Police Dept. God bless you and your wonderful family. We miss you.. Ed Hill

Ed Hill

May 4, 2008

YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

May 1, 2008

A Warrior’s Prayer

Today is the day the Lord has made…

I prepare and ready myself for war, awaiting battle and what it holds for me.

Not because I am a seeker of oppression or the taking of another, because these are the true tests and measures of my faith and love for my God.

Lord I pray; Let my compassion and understanding run swifter than my judgments, but in moments of duress and where innocents fall underfoot, let your sword of justice destroy my enemy by my hands. And in all my endeavors, let my actions and my words glorify your name.

Daily will I face the works and the very army of satan himself and witness the horrors and evils of non-believers and the twisted motivations of the lost who seek to undermine you and hinder my aim, though none shall deter my cause for I know my calling.

Like the symbol of the eagle, the branch of peace extends first for those who seek it, but the arrows stand ready to take flight when provoked. And when provoked and tested, I will fear nothing, for I am eternally protected by my faith in you and covered in the armor of your blood.

Lord, you are my guide, my purpose and my shelter from the destructions of evil men. My Every move is according to your plan.

As a soldier for Saint Michael, satan’s armies will be trampled beneath me in your name and through all doubts cast and burdens bore will I rise again, if even in death.

For as it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.

In this, I pray.

Amen

Officer Damian Jackson
Escondido PD

April 30, 2008

Hey Cousin: I was down at the HOJ the other day, and I stopped to look for you on the wall which had the group pics from the various academy classes, and got excited, cuz I found you and immediately got the chills, in your picture, you were the only one giving your side profile, almost like you were looking up at God and on your cap there was a bright light shining down on it, like you were picked out of that group for some reason. I was blown away to see that, it was almost like a sign, were you the star, we'd say so of course, but I am amazed to see that and laughed to see you sporting your side profile, always in a class of your own my dear, love you and miss you! oh, I ran into Hans in uniform and that was nice to see, he was rushing off to be in court, wow, lots of friendly faces, watch over him, Dave, Crystal, and the others pls keep them safe. I/We know you will. Love YOU always!

Big Cousin

April 23, 2008

Miss u more than you know...

April 21, 2008

You are a hero and I have come to believe that:

God sends heroes into the world.
He gives just the right parents and families to
welcome, love and encourage each hero.
God blesses their lives together on Earth
with more love, joy and happiness than
could be imagined.

God surrounds each hero with true friends
to laugh with and share their way.
He blesses them with brotherly love
and treasured days.

Heroes are called to be
warriors in the Army of Christ
and are armed with His power and might.
Heroes shine with the Light of Life,
and bring God's love, hope and joy
to all they meet.

God gives His heroes work
to serve and protect His people.

Sadly, God doesn't tell them their time
on Earth will be too short.
Heroes simply follow His call,
lay down their lives for their friends,
and are missed dearly.

I am grateful that I was chosen to be your mother,
a mother of a hero.

I love you,
Mom

April 15, 2008

I WENT TO SEE YOU TODAY AND HOPE YOU LIKE THE FLOWERS I COULDNT MANKE IT LAST NIGHT DUR TO MY WORK SCHEDULE BUT I WAS SO RESTLESS I COULDNT SLEEP BECAUSE MY THOUGHTS WERE OF YOUR FAMILY AT THE MEMORIAL YOUR OM SAID IT WAS BEAUTIFUL I JUST FELT NOT RIGHT NOT BEING THERE BUT YOU WERE SO MUCH IN MY THOUGHTS. THEN I READ THE PAPER TODAY AND THERE WAS YOUR FACE WITH A STORY ON LAST NIGHT. WATCH OVER ALL OF US AND GIL TOO IN HEAVEN. MARIAN

April 11, 2008

No matter if Im here or there, Know I love you and think about you, always, especially today. I know you are rooting for me, you know whats coming up, I know you will put a good word in for me up there, I'll need all the help I can get. We are strong and will fight till the end, that's what makes us who we are, right! You will forever be honored and respected because you were a good person, honest, and cared about everyone genuinely, no games, nothing phoney, just you, and that how I live my life. I will make you proud of me, and I will never let you be forgotten. Always, Your Cousin

April 11, 2008

Hey Isaac,

I just got off work and it was kind of surreal today, as it has become each April 10th in patrol. Thanks for riding shotgun with me each day and watching my back and guiding me toward good decisions in every aspect of my life. Thanks for being the best and giving us all something to work for. You're a stand up guy, a warrior and a man of honor. I am eternally thankful to have been inspired by you at that perfect point in my life and for your continued presence, pushing me to be the best I can possibly be; at work, at home and at life.

Next month marks a year since I lost my mom. If you see her up there, give her a hug for me and remind her how much I love her. She would be so happy to meet you.

Take care, brother, and thank you...

Officer Damian Jackson
Escondido PD / Palomar Police Academy

April 10, 2008

ISAAC ESPINOZA

I never got to meet you
For our paths had never crossed
My son had joined your police force
Two years before you were lost

I remember when this happened
My son had heard the call
You had been shot, we were in shock
And prayed you would not fall

Our prayers were never answered
For your life just wasn’t spared
Your family was forced to suffer
And the killer never cared

Little did I know that night
My son would follow you
Two heroes killed while doing their job
There was nothing we could do

I now have met your family
And they have all met mine
You must have been an angel
For your family is divine

I know today’s the four year mark
Of that terrible heart-wrenching day
May you know my thoughts are with you
As I pray with your family today

Isaac……May the love in your heart continue to shine through Isabelle. I sincerely hope you are patrolling the gates of heaven with my precious son, S F Police Officer Bryan Tuvera – EOW 12/23/2006. There is nothing that eases our pain down here, but knowing that Bryan is with you, one of S F Police’s finest officers, I get a little comfort. You two are both angels in my eyes.

Sandy Tuvera
Mother of fallen SF Police Officer Bryan Tuvera #1941 EOW 12/23/2006

Sandy Tuvera
mother of another fallen S F police officer

April 10, 2008

I remember and honor you today. I wear your star near my heart. I missed your face among the others on Easter, at family gatherings. I miss your smile. I miss you everyday, every year. The pain, the loss I feel is never ending when I think of you. But I must remember, you are with the Lord, in his army now, protecting from above, and that gives me peace.
Auntie

Sgt. Poni
SFSD, Retired

April 10, 2008

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