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Deputy Sheriff Philip Anthony Rodriguez

Mohave County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Saturday, April 21, 2007

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Philip Anthony Rodriguez

I couldn't believe my eyes when I read of Philip Rodriguez funeral in the online edition of the Mohave Daily News. What a tragedy to have the life of such a fine young man snuffed out at such a tender age.

I am a Canadian who winters in Mohave County and Philip came into our lives very briefly this spring to do an accident report. There was a mix up in the paperwork and he called us early one Saturday morning and admitted to us that the mistake was his fault and that he had been a trainee when he had first taken the report. We were quite taken by his candor and humbleness and very impressed that he wasn't afraid to admit he had made a mistake.

My father-in-law who was a career RCMP memeber once told me that police work was a vocation and the impression that Philip made on my wife and I convinced us that he had the vocation.

So to Sheriff Sheahhan, Lt. Sonier and Sgt. Wilson, you have lost a fine young Deputy and to his family when your sorrow eases I am sure that your pride in such a fine person will gradually fill your hearts.

God bless;

Frank May

Frank May

May 2, 2007

P-Rod. Protect in Peace. You are missed. Its our turn to take the watch.

Cpl. Ragan

May 2, 2007

Deputy Rodgriguez,
May God welcome you into heaven for offering your life in service to your community. May God the merciful father grant your family and friends comfort and consolation during this difficult time. May God continue to watch over, proctect and console all of the MCSO family. You will be missed, but you will not be forgotten.

Chaplain Arthur Nave Jr
Mundelein Fire Dept/ Seminarian for the Diocese of Phoenix

May 2, 2007

I will remember your bright eyes and beautiful smile, always.
GOD bless you and your family.

MCSO Civil Division

May 2, 2007


phoenix police

May 2, 2007

The service today was wonderful. There are so many that miss you smiling face. You touched the life of everyone you met for the better. I only knew you a short time but I will never forget you. Rest in peace P-rod.

Mohave County Sheriff's D 3

May 1, 2007

It was a great service for you on a symbolic overcast day. A lot of brothers came to pay their respects and be there for your family, and I'm sure you were there. Look after us from time to time brother. God Bless.


May 1, 2007

Every time an officer is lost, it takes a little away from all of us. Thank you to every officer, from whatever agency, who puts on the uniform every day, knowing the risk and the possibility of tragedy. You put it on the line every day for us. Thank you.

Tom Meadows
Private Citizen--School Teacher

May 1, 2007

The highest of distinctions is service to others. -King George VI

Deputy Rodriguez -- Your dedication to the good of your community will not be forgotten.

To all those touched by the loss of Deputy Rodriguez -- Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Colorado Springs (CO) Police Protective Association

May 1, 2007

My thoughts and prayers to those who knew and now miss Deputy Rodriguez.

May God lay His healing hands upon the family.

Retired Captain Joe L. Gilliland
Danville, KY PD

May 1, 2007

Thank You for your service. My prayers go out to Rodrigues family and to his brothers and sisters in blue. He will not be forgotten.

P.O. B. Shelley

P.O. B. Shelley
Reading Oh.

May 1, 2007

My prayers go out to you and your family. Phillip will never really be far away, he is an near as the memories we hold of him.

R.I.P. Phillip

Anita Perez C11 Dispatcher
kingman police department

May 1, 2007


Chief Hector Sanchez
Mathis Police Department (Texas)

April 30, 2007

Dear Melody and family- you have been in our prayers for the last month- what with everything that has been happening to you during that time. I know you had to have been very proud of Philip and what a beautiful smile he had. Please know that there are a great many people whocare for you all- even though we only know our precious Melody.

Hugs and Prayers-
Lynn and Aubrey

Lynn and Aubrey Costa
Twin Cities Church

April 30, 2007

Phil you were taken from us way to soon
we miss you


April 30, 2007

Just a quick memory of from the lady next door..

We knew him as Phil the boy next door. We were always so proud that he grew up and did something so great with his life. When we heard the terrible news, I was flooded with memories of the boy next door who was just like any other boy, but there was always something more. I would watch Phil day after day come home on the late bus from softball practice, and then go to his back yard to toss the soft ball around a but more-sometimes alone sometimes with his friends...then a smile came to my face as I remembered time after time how Phil would lose his ball over our fence and stand at the fence line debating on whether he should jump the fence to retrieve his ball since he would have to face and avoid our huge Rottweiler. It only took him a few seconds to stand up to the challenge he would leap the fence with ease and dart off to retrieve his ball. I mean Phil moved fast he had a plan-get his ball and get back to home safe.. within minutes he was back over the fence staring face to face with the huge dog..he would always tell her afterwards good dog and she would huff alittle but looked real pleased with the game..That was phil always up to the challenge..and humbled by his victory's.

My teenage son put's it best Phil was always the cool kid on the block all of the kids around adored him..and it wasn't because he drove a cool car, or had anything that made him stand out materially..Phil was just one of those guys you want to grow up to be like, and had that personality and character that made people see him and remember him.

To Phil's family..Phil was a wonderful person that won't be forgotten even now that he's been removed from this world. He left deep impression's in peoples lives and we are all better for knowing him..My son is now following in Phil's footsteps and is joining the Sherriff's explorer program in his memory and Phil is his Hero, and we are glad because Phil was a mother's dream and our hearts go out for her in this time of her great loss. May you find some peace knowing that our son's are out there hoping to follow in your son's footsteps..

May God comfort you and give you peace during this time of healing.

Dorothys & Dennys Salazar

April 30, 2007

Thank you for your time and dedication in protecting others...You will be remembered. May the Lord be with all who loved and knew you.

Glendale Police Department

April 30, 2007

To a fallen deputy, rest in peace, I regret our paths will not cross more often in the future.

Deputy Tarkowski
Mohave County Sheriff's Office

April 30, 2007

What a tragic end to a promising young life. Our department had a devastating loss this week as well so I know the pain you are going through. He was a hero and to be commended for bravery and selflessness. I pray that in the days and weeks to come you all will find healing. Know that though he is gone, he will NEVER be forgotten.

R.I.P. Sheriff Rodriguez. Watch over your brothers and sisters in uniform.

Wife of a MCPD, Maryland Officer

April 29, 2007

Peace be with you always...

Natalie Jensen
surviving spouse, Detective Jared Jensen, EOW 2/22/06

April 29, 2007

"...And from the darkness comes a smile that reaches out for many miles...touching everyone. No more shadows of the past. Your spirit free to fly at last, shining in the sun." - Whitesnake - Judgement Day

You have blessed us with your life and service, however short, and now your spirit lights a path for you to heaven. You have touched everyone with your love and your life. You will be missed and never forgotten. God bless.

Neart, Gra agus Onior (Strength, love and honor)

CSS K. Martin B1162
Scottsdale PD - Crime Scene Unit

April 29, 2007

I know from my step son that you were a very well respected human being and a great deputy. We are so sorry for your family and our heartfelt sincere sympathy to your family.


Charles and Jennifer Kerr,
Sonora, California

Jennifer Kerr
friend of a friend

April 28, 2007

Deputy Rodriguez, thank you for your sacrifice. It is terrible to see a young man like you leave us. It is scary because i knowi will be in your shoes in a few short months. watch over us down here.


April 28, 2007

At the loving arms of God the completed your watch and you heard God say, "Job well done my good and faithful Come home...your mansion is finished...." You shall be missed....may we soon be reunited with you....May we remember your life that was well will never be forgotten....
Under His care and behind HIS wing of protection
Chaplain Darlene Danninger
Glendale Police Department
Glendale AZ

Chaplain Darlene Danninger
Glendale Police Department

April 28, 2007

To the family and loved ones of Deputy Philip A. Rodriquez and his fellow officers with the Mojave County Sheriff's Office:

On behalf of our family, I want to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Deputy Rodriquez was tragically killed. In reading the reflections, I can see Philip was an amazing young man who touched many lives in a positive way. I can see that he is so loved and will be missed by so many.

To his parents, I share your agony in losing a cherished child and know that the lives of everyone who called Philip beloved have been forever changed. To all his family members, I pray that you find comfort in your faith, each other and your friends as you struggle with this devastating loss. May you be embraced by your law enforcement family and other police survivors who share this journey with you.

May Philip's spirit continue to soar and his memory continue to inspire. May God hold Philip and his family in the warmest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul. Heaven has another hero today.

Our family lost our cherished Larry when he was ambushed and fatally shot during a foot pursuit of two robbery suspects on April 23, 2005. Our family was supported and comforted by the brotherhood and sisterhood of law enforcement, and that wonderful community will be there for you. Nothing takes away the pain of your loss, but the comfort of the law enforcement community will help you endure what will seem at times unendurable.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Philip gave to his community and the citizens of Arizona, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 21, 2007.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater of the Pittsburg, Ca PD eow 4/24/05

April 28, 2007

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