Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Special Agent Eddie Benitez

United States Department of the Treasury - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, July 12, 1983

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Reflections for Special Agent Eddie Benitez

Thank you for service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 12, 2020

Eddie and I were in Class #22 at FLETC. We were in the same study group and running group. I talked to him often after we graduated. I was in CA and he in FL. Miami was a very dangerous place in the 80’s. I have never forgotten Eddie and think of him often, to this day. Rest In Peace, my friend. You are a true hero.

Terry Simoni
Former ATF Agent

June 10, 2019

Rest in peace Special Agent Benitez. Your Inspector's Funeral was held at St. Mary's Cathedral along with four other honorable, brave and humble servants. You won't be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 12, 2017

Eddie, a true hero who only wanted to serve. Your are missed but never forgotten.

Special Agent Edgar Domenech

September 17, 2015

A true hero who is missed everyday by your friends and family.

Special Agent Edgar Domenech

September 17, 2015

Rest in peace Eddie. You will never be forgotten.

None Anonymous Anonymous

July 12, 2015

rest easy. your memory lives on, your sacrifice not forgotten. i hope the passage of time has allowed your family to find peace.

SA - MFD, retired

July 12, 2014

Rest in peace Eddie. Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.


July 11, 2014

Rest in Peace Eddie. You will never be forgotten. I can't believe it has been 30 years.

Anonymous Friend

July 12, 2013

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 30, 2013

My name is Kenneth Michael McQuiston , I am the son of Eddie Benitez I never met him because my mother , his fiancé was three months pregnant with me when he was shot on july of 1983 I've never met his side of the family, but if anyone could help me locate them I would be foever thankful

Kenny McQuiston
Unknown son

November 11, 2012

Rest in Peace my Brother!
"Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9

Jack Garcia, Retired FBI Agent

July 14, 2012

God Bless Eddie and all the Fallen Warriors. Hard to imagine it's been almost three decades. You're very missed.


July 12, 2012

Agent Benitez,
On today, the 29th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

July 12, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th 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

July 12, 2010

Agent Benitez, your efforts to help protect this nation from illegal firearms in the hands of criminals have not been forgotten. Your sacrifice, made 27 years ago today, has also not been forgotten. My hat is off to all the ATF agents out there who make that effort day in and day out. You are all heroes, but today, a special recognition goes to Agent Benitez. Thank you for your service.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

July 12, 2010

"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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 19, 2008

Eddie's cause lives on in other ATF Agents


February 1, 2008

You were my friend from the first day we met while working midnights in Central District. You helped me through some rough times and always believed in me. Every July I remember the day you were shot, and I remember the day you died, and every Ocotober I remember your birthday. It is hard to believe that 24 years have passed since the day you gave your life for the protection of others, and I will never forget you. You gave me the courage and the strength to carry on and I was able to retire. I know that I could not have made without knowing you and having you in my life. You will always be my hero!

Police Officer-Elizabeth
Miami Dade Police Dept/Ret

September 14, 2007

Eddie, even though I never met you, I had the pleasure of meeting your mom and sisters. My husband Emilio, was killed in line of duty in 1986(florida) and I could not attend NPW to Honor him that first year (1987) but your mom was there in DC for the first time and she placed the flower for Emilio, how happy I was that she did, your family and Emilio's had a lot in commom, a Cuban family who raised their kids in Hialeah and that one of the kids grew up to "Serve and Protect" and that gave their all for the community and this country. I still see one of your sisters at the County memorial each year and your mom left us a few years ago..she is with you. Eddie, thank you for what you did and thank you for sharing your mom to Honor my husband in 1987.

Terry Miyares, surviving spouse
Officer Emilio Miyares, Hialeah PD, Fl 11/6/86

June 28, 2007

I knew Eddie well in the police academy. He was young, baby faced, idealistic (weren't we all?) and always took the kidding with a great sense of humor. We graduated with honors, one of the best academy classes ever. I never had a chance to say 'so long' as we all went our separate ways to join the ranks of the many agencies represented. Seven years later, he was gone. I couldn't believe it then, and still can't, even 20+ years later. I still remember the funeral as one of the largest in Miami-Dade County history, with officers from almost everywhere in the nation and every federal agency represented.

Eddie, looks like the rest of us from Basic Law Enforcement 31 made it through. One even made Director of Miami-Dade Police (Carlos). He retired, I retired, and I imagine we're all retired by now. But none of us have forgotten you, your smile, your friendship, your accomplishments, and most of all, your bravery.

Rest in Peace, my friend.

Lt. Paul Patti (ret.) Lake Worth, FL PD
Lake Worth, FL PD / Academy mate Dade County BLE 31

April 1, 2007

23 yrs ago I was standing over you waiting for Miami Fire Rescue to arive at the Central Shopping Plaza. I arrived while the other Agent were shooting into the Mustang the suspect was in when he shot you. I'll never forget that day, nor your funeral. God Bless your family and know you will never be forgotten my brother, rest in peace!

Ret. PO
City of Miami PD

July 12, 2006

I met Eddie when we were going through FLETC in 1980. We used to hang out on weekends on St. Simons Island. He was the first officer down that I personally knew after I started on the job. Eddie wanted to be an ATF agent more than anything else in the world. He was destined for greatness in that job. He worked in Miami during the heydey of its narcotics trafficking violence, doing very dangerous undercover work.

Chief Inspector Rudy Friederich (Ret.)
U.S. Marshals Service

July 3, 2005

No crisp uniform of honor did he wear
Nor golden badge of glory did his chest bear
Only troubling thoughts of money, guns and drugs
Fighting back the tears as he collected his nightly hugs

In this secret life he chose, he clearly was the best
But his uneasy path was much different then the rest
He knelt in prayer with his family at night
Before he quietly went out to carry on his fight

They kept a scrapbook of his many feats
But his true worth is not captured on these sheets
He knew that he was a soldier in a losing war
And his return to those who love him was unsure

His futile fight to save a city block by block
Resulted one night in that tragic knock
His friends sadly called upon his loving wife
With a tearful message of how he lost his life

One last time his brothers gave him praise
But only half way up Old Glory did they raise
And in the end the bugler played his solemn tune
With prayers that his soul will enter soon

God bless you, brave warrior!

Private citizen
U. S. A.

October 17, 2004


You were an outstanding ATF Agent, and a wonderful person . . . you gave your "all" protecting the citizens of Miami and the rest of the United States. You will always be remembered. I will always honor you, your name, service and mostly, for your sacrifice. With brotherly love and respect, Jim Crotty (Former Richmond, Virginia Policeman).

Special Agent Jim Crotty
ATF (SA, Retired)

February 28, 2004

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