Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Ernest Valencia Mendoza

Needville Independent School District Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, January 19, 2007

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Reflections for Chief of Police Ernest Valencia Mendoza

My family would like to send our condolences to the family, friends, and fellow co-workers of Chief Ernest Mendoza~you're in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. May God give you the strength to carry on and help heal your hearts. May you find comfort and support with those around you.
God Bless You & Rest In Peace, Chief Mendoza!

Gail M. Pabst
Aunt of a fallen Michigan P.O.

January 22, 2007

We thank you for your serve. May you rest in peace.

Peace Officer/Bay Constable
New York State Habormaster / Bay Constable Assoc.

January 22, 2007

My thoughts and prayers to all who knew and now miss Chief Mendoza.

May God lay His healing hands upon the family.

Retired Captain Joe L. Gilliland
Danville, KY PD

January 22, 2007

On behalf of MADD Southeast Texas, we want to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Chief Mendoza. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ilka Rosado

January 22, 2007

Rest in peace Chief.

Ofc. Andy Arena
Delray Beach (FL) Police Department

January 22, 2007

Chief Mendoza you are a hero. Thank you for your many years of service to your fellowman. May God bless you and your loved ones. May God grant your loved ones the strength to endure during this difficult time. Rest in peace my brother.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

January 22, 2007

Chief Mendoza, your family and friends will all be in my prayers. Your life was cut short too early. You will never be forgotten..

wife of a michigan deputy

January 22, 2007

We didn’t get our usual friendly wave this morning as we entered the school zone on our way to school. You weren’t there. My son’s words said it so true, “He won’t be here any more to wave to us.” You touched so many lives from young to old and will be greatly missed! May God comfort and bless your family through this very difficult time of learning how to go on without you. Your life and contribution to our community will not be forgotten.

Kim Taylor
N.I.S.D. and a Police Officer's wife

January 22, 2007

im going to miss you so proud of you.i know you and dad watching over there for your famliy.

felipe v mendoza

January 22, 2007

Our condolences to the family of Chief Mendoza and the Needville ISD Police Department. May God give this peacemaker comfort in His Kingdom.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9).


A fellow Texas Peace Officer.

Patrol Officer
El Paso, Texas Police Department

January 22, 2007

Our family grieves with Chief Mendoza's wife and 7 children. What a tragic loss to the small community of Needville, outside of Houston. We recall that our small town supported our family upon our father's LODD, and pray that you will experience the same love and compassion from Needville residents.

Chief Mendoza, you will not be forgotten; rest in peace, sir.

Children of Patrolman Clifton Miller
Rossford, Ohio P.D., EOW 05/14/1966

January 22, 2007

We are never prepared for the loss of a loved one, but God is always prepared to help us through that loss. May His presence begin the healing in your heart and soul, and may His love surround you with the comfort only He can give.

Thank you for your unselfish service to others. You will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace.

Wyoming Citizen

January 22, 2007

I am very saddened to hear of the untimely and senseless loss of this fine man and peace officer. My deepest condolences are extended to his family, friends and colleagues. Chief Mendoza, your service and contributions to protecting children, teachers, staff & visitors to the schools in your jurisdiction will not be forgotten.

It is so tragic that uncaring and selfish criminals continue to drive while impaired by drugs and alcohol. I pray for justice by the legal system concerning the offender in your case. This tragedy underscores several important issues in our society: the dangers of drunken driving (especially by repeat violators), of how many law enforcement officers are killed while discharging seemingly mundane tasks such as operating a patrol vehicle, of how dangerous traffic accidents are to law enforcement officers and a very important and often overlooked point, of what a valuable position the law enforcement officer is when based in America's schools. Please remember that NO police duty is "routine".

Chief Mendoza now patrols the streets and campuses in Heaven with St. Michael, as his final roll call was held here on earth. Be not lost in the sorrow for the death but find joy in the celebration of the life.

Rest easy brother, we have the watch from here. Thanks again from a fellow school district police chief. Be careful out there brother and sister officers.

Chief JA Millan
Avery Co. NC Public Schools Law Enforcement

January 22, 2007

I had the great pleasure of meeting Chief Mendoza December 27,2006 while attending a school in Needville. I send my sympathy and prayers to his family and co-workers. The short time I talked with Chief Mendoza he seamed to really loved his work, the kids he interacted with at the schools. Chief Mendoza you will be missed.

Sgt. Raleigh Ddow
Vidor ISD POlice Department

January 22, 2007

Thank you for your service.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol

January 22, 2007

Thank you for your many years of service. Rest in peace.

Offc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

January 22, 2007

To the family, friends, and officers that knew Chief Mendoza, my thoughts and prayers are with you as you face the trying times ahead of you. Please know your not alone.

Here I am, lost in the light of the moon that comes through my window
Bathed in blue, the walls of my memory divide the thorns from the roses
It's you and the roses

Touch me and I will follow in your afterglow
Heal me from all this sorrow
As I let you go I will find my way when I see your eyes
Now I'm living in your afterglow

Here I am, lost in the ashes of time, but who wants tomorrow?
In between the longing to hold you again
I'm caught in your shadow, I'm losing control
My mind drifts away, we only have today

Touch me and I will follow in your afterglow
Heal me from all this sorrow
As I let you go I will find my way
I will sacrifice 'til the blinding day when I see your eyes
Now I'm living in your afterglow

When the veils are gone as I let you go, as I let you go

Touch me and I will follow in your afterglow
Heal me from all this sorrow
As I let you go I will find my way, I will sacrifice
Now I'm living in your afterglow

Bathed in blue, the walls of my memory divide the thorns from the roses
It's you who is closest

Wife of a CSPD Officer

January 22, 2007

Cheif Mendoza,
Thank you for always being there to watch out for me. You kept me out of more trouble than you know. I will always remember the converstions we had and all the times you helped me. I will miss seeing you on the side the road in that school zone to wave at me. I was very lucky to have had someone like you in my life and I was looking forward to you being there when my daughter started school. You were a schoolmate of my mother and she always spoke nicely of you. To your family, that you for sharing such a great man with rest of us. We will miss you very much. Thank you for touching my life.

Deepest Regards,
Nikki Meyer
NHS class of 2002

Nikki Meyer
Former Student at NISD

January 22, 2007

Rest in peace brother knowing that the rest of us will take it from hear.

Fellow Brother
MPD Montgomery, AL

January 22, 2007

The Florida Police Chiefs Association would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Chief Ernest Mendoza, and the Needville ISD P.D. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great sadness. Please take comfort in knowing that your extended law enforcement family grieves with you. Chief Mendoza, we thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten.

Members and Staff
Florida Police Chiefs Association

January 22, 2007

Rest in peace, brother.

Officer R. Law

January 22, 2007

Chief Mendoza death is a reminder that no matter who we are we are vulnerable, we have no control on the next breath that we take, that our existence is solely up to God and he alone determines how long we will live on this planet. And maybe if we are reminded of that we may come to treat a fellow human being with the same respect that we would want for ourselves.

lt dango

January 22, 2007

We're gonna miss your Ernie! Needville won't
be the same without you.

Kim Poncik

January 22, 2007

May God's peace and love be with Ernest Mendoza's wife and children at this time of terrible tragedy. I pray that his family and also the police family who were close to him and worked with him will be strenghened and comforted during this time of grieving.

Sergeant Wayne McDonald
Knox Police, Melbourne, Australia 3152

January 22, 2007

My prayers are with you and your family. I was nearly involved in a head on collision with a drunk driver, fortunatley god wasn't ready for me yet. I pray that your family will have peace and comfort in the days, weeks, and months to come. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice. It is ridiculous that after four DUI's your killer was still on the road. I am so sorry that this is what had to happen to get him put away. God bless you and thank you from the bottom of my heart.


January 21, 2007

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