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.

Manuel,

Not a day goes by that I don't cry for you. I will always love you and I know that I will see you again.

Connie

Anonymous

October 15, 2009

Rest in Peace, Officer Gonzalez. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

June 8, 2009

Forgive me for missing the anniversary of your E.O.W., but I felt as though I could not continue to read about so many tragedies. I now realize the visit each day to leave a word of encouragement and hope to the loved ones of others, helps me to remember that I am not alone with my pain and heartbreak. So may I say to your friends and loved ones that my thoughts and prayers are with them now and always. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol and may they know you will never be forgotten.

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

February 20, 2009

hey uncle,
well i just wanted to say that its going to be 4 years on saturday and i really miss you. theres not a day that goes by where i dont think of u. i see ur picture everyday and think of you. i remember one day when we all watched the USC game and me and my dad went. roxanna, jessica and me were really bored watching it so we left to the mall and when we cameback u guys were asleep and man...we thought u guys loved football lol...well i miss you uncle manuel i will always remember the good times with you and u are forever in my heart. I LOVE YOU!!

victoria gonzalez (tori)
niece

January 7, 2009

Hey my friend "Ganzita." It's Christmas 2008, and on every Christmas I remember you. I will never forget sitting above you in the Corcoran SHU housing unit, 1989. I was the Control Room Officer and you were the Floor Officer. We were on first watch and we discovered we could make outside calls. I always remember you calling your brother and saying Ho Ho Ho, pretending to be Santa Clause. You bring fond memories. In my Office I have a picture of you with a poem next to it. It couldn't fit better, as you were a brave admirable man who couldn't imagine the worst. The poem is written by an LAPD Sergeant.
"I NEVER DREAMED IT WOULD BE ME; MY
NAME FOR ALL ETERNITY; RECORDED HERE
AT THIS HOLLOWED PLACE; ALAS, MY NAME
NO MORE MY FACE. "IN THE LINE OF DUTY
I HEAR THEM SAY; MY FAMILY NOW THE THE
THE PRICE WILL PAY; MY FOLDED FLAG
STAINED WITH THEIR TEARS; WE ONLY HAD
THOSE FEW SHORT YEARS. THE BADGE NO
LONGER ON MY CHEST; I SLEEP NOW IN
ETERNAL REST. MY SWORD I PASS TO
THOSE BEHIND; AND PRAY THEY KEEP
THIS THOUGHT IN MIND. I NEVER DREAMED
IT WOULD BE ME; AND WITH HEAVY HEART
AND BENDED KNEE; I ASK FOR ALL HERE
FROM THE PAST; DEAR GOD, LET MY NAME
BE THE LAST."
I still have your "WAR" casette tape. I never got a chance to give it back. Sorry.

Your coworker, neighbor and friend: Manuel Delgado

Police Officer Former C/O
Los Angeles Police Department

December 26, 2008

I thank you for your service. I thank you for your courage. I thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. I know you look after us as we walk the blocks, and tiers. You will never be forgotten, brother.

Deputy
Virginia

December 14, 2008

It has been four years since I heard of your death and three years since I posted a comment, but some how your tragedy has stayed with me. I walk the dorms and halls of our unit and sometimes think of your family and wonder if I may join you one day; your legacy of service and duty keeps me vigilant bro.

Peace and love to your family.

COIV Steven Redondo
Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice

December 9, 2008

HI Manuel just wanted to wish you a Happy B Day today Sept 15th & same to My Bro Jerry Sept 16th. You are both always in my PRAYERS.

J."ART"ORTIZ
L.A.Co.Probation/BRO. in LAW

September 15, 2008

You shall always be remembered, loved, and missed by all.

Anonymous

September 13, 2008

My anger has somewhat subsided.

I still have a CDC-R documentary that details the thankless job, the dangers, and that fateful day in Chino.

I still discuss that fateful day in Hawaiian Gardens with less-tenured personnel.

I will NEVER forget the names Jose Luis Orozco and John Blaylock, what they did, and what happened to the two of You.

I also will NEVER stop being hard on my buddy who is CDC-R, reminding him to hone his skills.

May the two of You, Rest - In - Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD

June 24, 2008

I was there that day. It was the worst day of my twenty-five year career. I always hoped I could retire without seeing a fellow co-worker murdered. I failed in that hope. To those of you coming onboard read this and take heed: This is NOT just a paycheck, or just a job. These people mean business and so should you! RIP, Manny. We all have to walk that "GREEN MILE!" Some sooner. Some later.

Correctional Counselor/J. Schick
CDCR CIM (Retired)

April 4, 2008

one year you picked me and steven up from a party when we were hammerd,lol, you took me into your home and treated me like i was one of your own. i was feeling sick as a dog and you made sure steven and i were ok. you were a die hard raider fan with a passion for collecting cars. you were a good father and husband for the time that i've gotten to know you. i wish you were here so that we can dicuss football over a nice cold beer. and even though i'm not a raider fan anymore, i hope that they make it to the super bowl next year in honor of your loyalty to the team and the game. well Mr. Gonzales, i hope to see you again someday and that you'll be there at the gates of heaven when i go home with god. till then my frien, rest in peace and god bless. P.S... Say hello to the big guy for me. your friend
Raymond Casas

Raymond Casas
Friend of son Steven Gonzales

February 26, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 3, 2008

THANKS FOR SERVICE RIP SIR

A.HERMAN
SON OF FALLEN OFFICER LYLE HERMAN CDC EOW 1988

October 14, 2007

Hope YOU had a wonderful B-Day (Sept15th) & also with JERRY on his B-Day(Sept.16th). YOU are both always in my prayers. Your Bro. In Law "ART"

J."ART'ORTIZ
LA Co.Prob

September 16, 2007

Hey uncle i just discovered this page of reflections... Its been a little over two and a half years now and not a day goes by that i don't think of you... as you know i took your advice and applied with CDC... I now see what you did on an every day basis for 17 years...i walk the same tiers that you walked.... i just want to thank you for everything that you have done for me... from taling me disneyland every year for my birthday when i was young... to taking time to talk to me and inspire me... you are the greatest person i have ever known...

I miss you Uncle

Correctional Officer D. Jaimez
Family Member

July 24, 2007

Rest in Peace.

Correction Officer Stephen Celestino
Westchester County Dept. of Correction, New York

April 10, 2007

Well Gonzo, it's been two years now. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. This job is a lot harder without you. God Bless you and family...

Correctional Officer J. Loera
CDC

January 10, 2007

Officer Gonzalez,

You are in the hearts of a lot of Correctional Officers. Our heart go out to your family on this very sad day. You will never be forgotten. Keep looking out for us in Heaven. "WE WALK A TOUGH BEAT" God Bless

Correctional Officer/Sister in Green
California Department Of Corrections

January 10, 2007

HI MANUEL,I just wanted to let YOU know on this 2 year anniv. of the day YOU were taken from US that YOU have always been in MY PRAYERS. Keep watch over the FAMILY from up in HEAVEN & WE will do our best to watch over YOUR KIDS for YOU. GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS, YOUR BRO.IN LAW "ART".

J."ART"ORTIZ
L.A.Co.Probation

January 10, 2007

May Our Lord bless you and your loved ones.

January 10, 2007

NEVER forgotten.

Joanie
Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEOs

January 10, 2007

The Family Of Officer Gonzalez

In the beginning, I wondered if I would ever make it through. There were periods of anger, sadness, pain, and grief, times when I wondered, "WHY ME"?. But one day, there was a glinmpse of light, and then another. The clouds began to break apart, and I started to see beyond them. The times when I felt happy and safe began to outnumber the times when I felt sad and frightened. New friendships were formed, feelings of trust and resolution began to replace past feelings of hopelessness and self-doubt. I seemed to emerge from the darkness into the light with a new sense of empowerment. I now realize that there are things about my past that I cannot change, but I can stop them from controlling my life and my happiness. I know that this part of my life will never go away entirely, but it has begun to take a less prominent place in my existence. I have begun to allow other thoughts to enter my mind, and I have a better understanding of myself. My Strengths and weaknesses. I'm not afraid to set limits. I've begun to enjoy life again and to think about the future. I can now look back on this time for what it was, a period of growth, self-discovery, and healing!!!! God Bless.

Correctional Officer
California Department of Corrections

January 7, 2007

Hi Manuel,
I just wanted to wish both YOU MANUEL(Sept.15th)& MY BRO. JERRY (Sept.16th) a HAPPY B-DAY. WE all miss both of YOU & will never forget YOU.
GOD BLESS YOU & ALWAYS IN OUR PRAYERS,
LOVE YOUR BRO. IN-LAW "ART"

J."ART"ORTIZ
L.A.Co. Probation

September 16, 2006

Well Manuel, I just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday. I know that you and Jerry , both celebrating your birthdays a day apart, are having a great day in heaven. You and Jerry both keep watch from up in heaven. May God bless you.
*Mike

Mike Ortiz
Brother in Law

September 15, 2006

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