Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corrections Officer Manuel Ariza Gonzalez, Jr.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch Monday, January 10, 2005

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Reflections for Corrections Officer Manuel Ariza Gonzalez, Jr.

Rest in peace Corrections Officer Gonzalez.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 19, 2023

Rest in peace from Anaheim General Hospital

Miss Janet Henke
Mayor of Whittier

December 15, 2021

It breaks my heart driving on the highway and seeing your name beside it. Although a great tribute, it is a constant reminder of the tragic events that took place over 15 years ago.

Thank you for your service, Officer Gonzalez. May you rest in peace.

Officer S. Rizvi
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

May 13, 2020

Within your spirit holds the flame which ignites the torch within my heart. I will tie my boots just like you and continue the fight throughout the night. Rest in peace father. You will always be my hero


February 2, 2020

Officer Gonzalez,
On today, the 15th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of California. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 10, 2020

Hey "Ganzita." Yes I know you used to get mad when I called you that. It was all in having fun with you my friend. I won't mention the names you used to call me. Hahahha. Hey my friend, today marks our 30th year should we had still been in CDC. Thirty years ago today we were in Galt, California getting yelled at, at the Richard A. McGee training center. Those were fun times. Wherever you are today my friend, enjoy this wonderful day and reminisce our younger years.

Sergeant Manuel Delgado

November 12, 2018

Gonzo, it’s coming up on what would have been your 30th year in the Department and probably your retirement. It was a pleasure being your partner at Chino. with toothpick in mouth. I always think about you and your family. You were a great Officer. May you Rest In Peace Brother.

Timothy Ramos

August 6, 2018

I remember the day that you Died deputy Ortiz.. It saddens me to this day that you had to give the ultimate sacrifice, God bless you and your family and may you rest in peace. God bless you corrections officer Gonzalez and may your sacrifice never go on noticed and may you rest in peace with your brother-in-law.

Sergeant John F Davies retired
Long Beach Police Department

May 7, 2018

I remember the day that you Died deputy Ortiz.. It saddens me to this day that you had to give the ultimate sacrifice, God bless you and your family and may you rest in peace.

Sergeant John F Davies retired
Long Beach Police Department

May 7, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service. May the cowards who took your life suffer and rot.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 10, 2018

Rest in peace brother you will not be forgotten

Correctional Officer Retired Eric Perry

February 12, 2017

May California remember that they lost a son and true hero. May God bless you and your family, and that they assuage their bereavement in their loss of family members.

N.Y.P.D. Lt. Ray Flores (Ret.)

January 10, 2017

Lord, when it’s time to go inside,
That place of steel and stone.
I pray that you will keep me safe,
So I won’t walk alone.
Help me to do my duty,
Please watch me on my rounds.
Amongst those perilous places
And slamming steel door sounds.
God, Keep my fellow Officers
Well and free from harm.
Let them know I’ll be there too,
Whenever there’s alarm.
Above all when I walk my beat,
No matter where I roam.
Let me go back whence I came,
To family and home.

RIP We have the watch now

Correctional Officer 84804
California Dept.Of Corrections

July 6, 2016

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 18, 2015

May you rest in peace my bother in green, always remembered for your heroism and sacrifice.

Correctional Officer Striker

December 5, 2014

Gonzo. Just wanted to let you know that we have not or never will forget you. Thank You for your service. Every time I'm in Washington at the Memorial, I make a point to swing by, say hello and touch your name. Rest In Peace Brother.

H.J. Montoya Jr. Correctional Officer
Ca. Dept.of Corrections Southern Transportation Unit

October 2, 2014

I dedicated the officer down ice water bucket challenge in your memory today Manuel Gonzalez. I attended your funeral services and hope my dedication to your life today pays it forward to families of those fallen.

Your sister in CDC

Suzanne Wun
CDCR DAPO Parole Agent I, Adult Parole

July 28, 2014

Hey Gonzo just wanted to remind you that today, twenty-five years ago, we found ourselves at the Richard A. McGee Correctional training center in Galt. Those were fun times especially because we were so full of youth and enthusiasm. Hard to believe all this time has gone by.

Happy 25th anniversary my friend.

Class 11/88

Police Officer Manuel Delgado

November 12, 2013

I worked with Manny in 4A3R, Corcoran SHU, 3rd watch, in 9'2 and '93. He was always upbeat, with a great sense of humor, and a pleasure to work with.

I still can hardly believe this happened to my old partner.

Rest in peace Manny. We miss you.

Officer Dave Freeman
CDCE Retired

July 12, 2013

My brother how I miss you so much, not one day goes by that I dont cry for you. Its been 8 years and it seems as if it just happened, That was the worse day of our familes life. Tomorrow they will host the 8th Annual Harley run in your memory. You became a grandfather last year, you have a grandson, you would have been the best grandfather in the world and you were the best father to your 6 kids. This year Jaimez will become a father to a lil girl Brooklny is what they will name her and im so excited I can see my son be as good a father as you were. I miss you so much words can not express it. I will always love and miss you, my life is so incomplete with out you here...Love you always me!

Rosalinda Jaimez
Manuel's Sister

January 18, 2013

Whats up Manny, I remember we used to carpool from East L.A. to L.A.C prison-Lancaster. You welcomed me and my friends at the Sandwhich Bar and we always had a great time. Just want to say i think about you everyday at the unpleasant SH#T hole called work. Your old yard "C". Again i appreciate your partnership and the training you gave me. Take care . D.I. Moreno

Correctional Officer-CDC

December 19, 2012

Hey my friend Gonzo. Just wanted to say its been twenty-four years since we went to the Academy in Gault. It was November 12, 1988. I was a young 23 year old boy, still scared of what we were getting into. How time flies and at times brings us happiness and others sadness. I remember going to Paso Robles with you the day Roxy was born just to buy some little soldiers.

Thank you for driving me all the way to Fresno after we got off work, from morning watch, so I could get surgery. You waited for me in the waiting room the entire surgery and recovery. All you wanted was a hamburger. Thank you my friend.

Police Officer

November 22, 2012

I often stop by to view your page I get so choked up I don't know what to say. Battling through these tears reading others messages seeing the impact you left behind and how far it streches. An amazing man to all that knew you even to those who have only heard of you. Snored like a bear and would passout on any couch sitting strait up with a toothpick in your mouth. As tired as you were you always had time for your kids working doubles all the time I still wonder how you did it? I miss you dad and cant wait to see you until then old man ill be right here remembering all those good times we had.


May 28, 2012

Thinking of you, your sacrifice, your parents, children, siblings, and friends today on this seventh anniverary date of your brutal murder. Manny, your selflessness and valor will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service in protecting all the citizens of California.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 10, 2012

Rest in peace brother...Watch over us.

NYS Correction

October 6, 2011

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