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.

Somebody Killed a Correctional Officer today and A Part of America died. A piece of our country he swore to protect will be buried with him at his side. The inmate that killed him will stand up in court, with counsel demanding his rights, While a young widowed mother must work for her kids, and spend many long, lonely nights. The beat that he walked was a battlefield too, Just as if he'd gone off to war. Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast, To his name they will add a gold star. Yes, Somebody Killed A Correctional Officer today, In your town or mine. While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors, A Correctional Officer put his life on the line. Now his ghost walks the toughest beat in nation, and he stands at each new rookie's side. He answered the call, of himself gave his all, And a Part of America died. God Bless !!!!

Unknown Writer

Very Sad Correctional Officer
California Department of Corrections

April 7, 2005

God Bless Officer Gonzalez,his families and the California Department Of Corrections!You will be missed by ALL and forgotten by NONE!My Thoughts and Prayers are with Officer Gonzalez,His families,and this Department!Thank you Brother for Service well done,Rest In Peace now until we see you again in Heaven !

Deputy Sheriff
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office , Louisville Kentucky

April 1, 2005


March 27, 2005

This goes out with great respect to Manuel and his family...
Their is no words that can express the feeling of losing a member of our family.
We have all feel great pain in our hearts with the loss of Manuel.
Manual you gave 17 years, it is your time to rest, we will continue to give with our heads held high and you in our hearts.
You will not be forgotton...
Sgt. Williams

Sgt. Williams
CDC- Calipatria State Prison

March 26, 2005

Rest in peace my fellow officer. You have done a thankless job for 17 years.A job that very few can do or want to do. God Bless you and your family.

Detention Sgt. W.W.Swecker

March 19, 2005

well only someone like myself understand what risk we take everyday and noone give credit hell some don't even consider what we important but let this crimal live among you and you will understand how important is our job god bless you" you gave all

Sr. Corrections offficer

March 15, 2005

I don't understand it.

Thank you for being a true hero and doing your duty to keep the people of California and our great nation protected from those deserving to be behind bars.

Thank you.... thank you.

English Teacher

March 2, 2005

God Bless you.

March 1, 2005

I first met Manuel when he came to CIM and was working in the MSF Culinary. Manuel was always kind to all, had a smile for everyone he greeted. He was always there to help someone in there time of need. I was fortunate to have Manuel as a friend and co-worker. I will miss him deeply!

D. Lowry Correctional Officer

February 27, 2005

i am sergeant howie stevensons neice and i just wanted to send my condulences to your family because ik what they are going through and i wanted to let you know you are greatly appreciated for your actions! god bless.

sovauhna ferguson

February 22, 2005

Dear Friends and family your loss is a great one, and Gonzalez will be missed by all.. Even thoses who have never had the pleasure to meet you.

Please keep all officers who work the toughest beat CDC be in all prayers.

May god please watch over Officer Gonzalez, and the Family.

My thoughts and our prayers are with you.

God Bless with love,
A Co's Wife

Wife of CDC Officer Guirnalda

February 16, 2005

Gonzo, I miss you brother. I'm hurting everyday. I pray for you and and your family every single day. My mission now is that when this goes to court, I'm at my best so this piece of crap gets what he has coming. Love, Your Partner,. J. Loera

Correctional Officer J. Loera

February 14, 2005

Dear Brother in brown,
You have fought the good fight. Rest in Peace and may God be with you and your family.

Officer Dreher #5162
Pima County Sheriff's Department

February 14, 2005

Every Prison Cop

They go to prison everyday
But they'er not doing time,

They keep the peace beyond all costs, Knowing what they do, Serves the public they protect and every prisoner too.

So next time you get on your knees And pray for crime to stop. Don't forget to say a prayer For every prison cop....

My thoughts and prayers for the family and friends of C.O. Manuel Gonzalez..

P.O. James Markham
Detroit P.D. 9th precinct

February 12, 2005

A Brother Warrior has fell and died today in battle.

This Brother Warrior has made the ultimate sacrifice.

He has given his life for his Fellow Warriors, his family and friends too.

Brother Warrior, pass your sword to us, so we can keep your spirit alive.

You, my Brother Warrior will not be forgotten.

God Bless you, your family and your friends.

We honor and respect all of the Fallen Warriors who have gone before us.

We ask you, Brother Warriors to guide us, protect us and pray for us.

We will meet again my Brother Warriors.

For this time not to fight another battle, but to live in eternal peace.

God bless all of the Warriors, past, present and future.

Sgt. Chad McDaniel

February 12, 2005

Rest in Peace brother in brown, you will not be forgotten. May your wife and children know you are the most brave, you walked the line without a weapon and never flinched, tolerated the most terrible insults and were still able to love, and and did your 17 flat knowing you had to go back the next day, for them. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Rick and Allisen Altamirano
Arizona DOC/Phoenix PD

February 11, 2005

My deepest sympathy. My heart goes out to the Gonzalez' family and friends. May God look over him and the family. God bless all officers that work in the jail.

SCO H. Espejo
NJ Department of Correction

February 11, 2005

My words can not express what I feel inside over this senseless murder! Please know you are in the thoughts and prayers of many - may you find some comfort in that. This is a terrible road you have to walk now - just know you are not alone, there are many people who care and are there for you.
a mother of slain officer 1998

February 10, 2005

To the family and friends of Officer Gonzalez,
This is such a sad and horrible tragedy. I wish I could say something magical here to make everything better, but if you can remember just one thing during all of this...YOU ARE NOT ALONE. My prayers are indeed with you during this difficult time.

Shani Lake, former DOC Officer and fianc

February 5, 2005

Our deepest condolences go out to your wife and children. Manny, your dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest in peace bro.

Officer J. Petersen
Pelican Bay State Prison

February 4, 2005

May God bless the family in their time of need. Sad, but true, the Good Die Young. You will never be forgotten Manny. From your CDC Family at SATF.

Sgt. G. Zinani

Sgt. G. Zinani

January 30, 2005

I did not know Officer Gonzalez. To his family my prayers are with you.

Sergeant Tim Routen
Alaska Department Of Corrections

January 30, 2005

My condolences go out to the family and friends of Officer Gonzalez. May he rest in peace and not be forgotten.

Corrections Officer, Dani DeLaBarre
Kansas Department of Corrections

January 27, 2005

I first met C/O Gonzalez in 1997 at CIM. I was impressed with his demeanor, his being. Gonzo's uniform was always pressed and his boots and brass glistened as did his pride in the profession he had chosen. Gonzo always presented himself with pride, dignity and respect. The last time I saw him he was doing an overtime shift at RC West. He was telling me of how proud he was of his kids (ALL OF THEM). He always spoke so true of his children. As I look back I am so happy to have worked that shift with him that night knowing what we know now. I will forever be able to remember him as the good person and professional Correctional Officer that he was. Correctional Officer Gonzalez will forever be in our hearts, our souls and he will forever have our backs as we walk amongst the worst of the worst. God Bless you Gonzo and your family as well. With respect.

L. Pina Correctional Sergeant

January 27, 2005

Here in Louiville we would like to say "THANK YOU" to Officer Gonzales for serving your city, state, and country with pride, integrity and honor. The F.O.P. lodge #77 Louisville Metro Corrections is deeply saddened by the loss of yet another law enforcement officer, and we all pray for the family and friends of this courageous man.

F.O.P. Lodge # 77 Louisville, Ky.
Louisville Metro Department of Corrections

January 27, 2005

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