Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Jose Antonio "Tony" Diaz

Yolo County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Sunday, June 15, 2008

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Jose Antonio "Tony" Diaz

To Deouty Jose Antonio Diaz, his family and his fellow officers with the Yolo County Sheriff's Department:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Deputy Diaz’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Deputy Diaz and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc.
Members and Staff

June 15, 2009

It's been one year since you have been gone. Not a day goes by that we do not think of you. We all miss you and know that from where you are, you are looking down upon us protecting us. You can see that all of your family and friends are trying their best to take care of your wife Silvia & your three daughters in your absence.

WE MISS YOU!

Anonymous

June 15, 2009

We all miss you Tony.

Erin
Yolo Courts

June 12, 2009

To the family of Deputy Tony Diaz,

I was reading the reflections that have been left by family friends, co-workers, Tony sounds like an awesome officer, father and friend. I wish I could have known him.
May God wrap his loving arms around you as you approach the day he was taken to heaven only a year ago. Just know all of Law Enforcement shares you pain and will not forget the sacrifice he made. Gods speed...

Capt. David Platt
Payette Police Idaho

May 22, 2009

The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1

God bless Deputy Sheriff Jose and all who mourn him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08

K.L.

February 28, 2009

May God lay his healing hand upon the family and friends of Deputy Diaz and may they know he will never be forgotten. Thank you Deputy Diaz for your dedicated service to the people of California and the United States.

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

October 18, 2008

Thinking of you! I know you're my guardian angel....Miss you!!!

Anonymous

October 17, 2008

To the family and friends of Deputy Tony Diaz and the members of the Yolo County Sheriff's Office, and most especially to Tony:

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Deputy Diaz was tragically killed.

To Deputy Diaz's family, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in the Bay Area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

In reading the poignant reflections about Tony, I can see that he was an amazing man who lived his life in faith and spirituality, and with a profound sense of duty. Although I did not have the good fortunate to meet him personally, I feel I got to know a little of his heart from reflections written by those who called him beloved or friend.

I pray that his family gets the full measure of justice they deserve.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Tony gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on June 15, 2008.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD (CA), eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

September 23, 2008

To those who loved Deputy Diaz, my heart goes to you all, especially to his fiancee. Know that you're not alone in this journey you walk. I lost my fiance in the line of duty January 2003 and my world was forever changed. It's been a long hard road, and even as time as gone forward, and I've found many reasons and ways to smile, I still have not forgotten the man that he was. Dennis was a beautiful person and he forever has a part of my heart, just as I'm sure Tony will always be a part of yours.

It takes a special person to put their lives on the line everyday to make this world a little safer for us all. I know many of these men never would've thought of themselves as "heroes" but they were in so many ways. It's sad that it they had to lose their lives for some of us to see that. Having said that, thank you Deputy Diaz for helping to make this world a better place. You will not be forgotten here in Winnipeg. I know this isn't a very manly thing to do, but if you happen to run into Dennis up there, please give him a big hug for the kids and I. Dennis was a good man and we miss him more than words can say.

Wishing those who loved you brighter and better days,


Jocelyne

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

PS: To Tony's fiancee, I am on face book. If you need a friend feel free to send me a message. There are a whole group of "significant other" fallen officer survivors I can put you in touch with. *HUGS*

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

September 21, 2008

Hoy en el dia de tu cumpleanos vengo aqui a saludarte. Todavia me cuesta mucho trabajo aceptar que ya no estas en este mundo. A saber que no te vuelvo a ver o escuchar tu voz, siento tanta tristeza. Me doy cuenta de las cosas que me hubiera gustado decirte. Lo primero es lo mucho que significaste para mi y lo mucho que te quise. Estoy tan orgullosa de ti y todo lo que cumpliste en tu vida. Yo se que todavia tenias muchas metas y suenos que quisiste realizar. Siempre lograste tus deseos con tu esfuerzo y determinacion… Gracias por tu trabajo, tu valor y tus sacrificios para proteger a los demas. Todos tus contribuciones a mejorar la comunidad nunca seran olvidados.

Yo se que solo soy una de muchas personas a quien habias tocado el corazon. El tiempo que tuve contigo fue muy poquito pero no llorare por ti, porque en vida me diste muchos recuerdos bonitos. Mejor, guardo tu memoria en el fondo de mi corazon. Te recordare como una chispa de energia... siempre con una sonrisa, y tu forma de ser… tan alegre y travieso. Ahora esa chispa se convirtio en una estrella brillando en el cielo. Como me decias, “Te extrano ‘un chingo’!” Pero en vez de estar triste, tratare de seguir tu ejemplo. A ayudar, a cuidar, a servir, y a hacer reir a los demas cuando mas lo necesiten. A siempre dar lo mejor de mi en todo… asi eras tu.

Doy el mas sincero pesame y rezo por todos tus seres queridos que sufren por esta gran perdida, una muerte tan injusta. Especialmente por tus hijas. Yo se que ellas eran todo para ti. Que Dios les cuide y guie a salir adelante. Que encuentren paz a saber que ya estas al lado de Dios. Que nos sigues protegiendo desde el cielo. Iluminanos… En todo la gloria de tu memoria…Descansa en paz Tony.

Con mucho carino,

Chaparrita

September 20, 2008

In remembrance of you:

I took you a rose today, a red one,one for your grave site and more to go around. I will never forget how it was your favorite and how we were to plant them around our home, now I will have to do that without you.

I hope that everyone who ever loved you or came across your path who was touched by your presents will always be reminded of you when they see a rose, whether its that one thats delivered to thier office or home, the one that they give to their loved one or as they're working in they're yard. I hope that their thoughts will go to you & all the fond memories they shared with you.

Roses for you, my love.

Forever & a Day, Me & Yu

Julie Yu
Fiancee

August 3, 2008

As I read all of these caring and sincere remarks I am reminded of an exerpt from a poem I once read..."Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean". Tony lives on in each and every officer who still puts on a badge. He lives on in every family member who has lost a loved one while performing this job. He lives on in every citizen who took the time to leave a remark here because they cared. I am so proud of Tony and the warrior he was. I am so very proud of every member of the Yolo County Sheriff Department and how they pulled together during such a sad and tragic event.I pray for Tony every night, even though I know he's in a better place and is not hurting or sad to be there. Heaven is a place we should all strive to get to. I just hope and pray for myself that one day I'll see him again because then I'll know I made it to Heaven too. God speed Tony...and say hello to my Arturo for me.

mari alvarez
Deputy, Yolo County Sheriff Dept. (ret)

July 23, 2008

You paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting the people you served and it will never be forgotten. To Deputy Diaz's family, friend and fellow officers, my prayers are with you.

Shanna
Tulare County District Attorney's Office and wife of a police officer

July 21, 2008

Tony was very religious, his faith, our faith in God was strong. After an incident occurred as a child he felt the need to to keep religious trinkets around. Our Tahoe was covered from dash to dash, hidden in various places, in our room they were meticulously placed and on Tony's person he would carefully place them in a opening within his vest. He usually left the vest alone but a short time before his death I remember watching as he placed a new one in. He would kneel before the bed and pray his pray before he went off to work, he would listen as I read verses of the bible to him and when we would pass a church he would form the cross & end it with a kiss.

No, the trinkets did not save his life but they were a message between him & God. It was a constant reminder to God of Tony's faith & devotion. Tony & I both believed that God allows life to live itself & does not intervene unless called upon or at his discretion.

I believe Tony is still with me, with us, close by, watching & listening,just in a different kind of world that we are unable to comprehend. I believe when the time comes for Christ to come back, God will remember Tony's symbol of faith, his trinkets & all his good deeds and Tony will be raised to his Father where his name most definately is written in " THE GREAT BOOK".

To my love, forever & a day, me & yu

Julie Yu
Tony's Fiancee

July 21, 2008

THE PERSON I KNEW AS GRANDPA

THE PERSON I KNEW AS GRANDPA PLAYED WITH ME EVERYDAY.
WHEN HE PUSHED ME IN THE SHOWING CART,I GOT HEAD BUTTED.
HE PLAY SLAPPED ME AND TIED MY SHOE LACES TOGETHER, IT WAS FUN. ONCE I DIDN'T WANT TO SIT ANYMORE AND THREW A FIT, GRANDPA TOOK ME OUT AND RAN ME UP AND DOWN THE WINCO ISLES.

A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE LEFT ME IN MY LIFE AND I DONT TALK
ANYMORE SOME PEOPLE SAY I HAVE PROBLEMS BUT I ALWAYS COMMUNICATED WELL WITH GRANDPA. HE WOULD PUT THE MEXICAN MUSIC ON AND WE WOULD GET DOWN! HE ALWAYS TOLD GRANDMA THAT WAS THE WAY THE COULD REACH ME. I LIKE TO DANCE WITH GRANDPA.

I LIKED MOSTLY WHEN GRANDPA WOULD PLAY KARATA WITH ME, WE WOULD BOTH TAKE OUR KARATA STANCES AND THEN THE FIGHT WAS ON! I WOULD RUN AROUND THE HOUSE GOING FROM ROOM TO ROOM IN A BIG CIRCLE, GRANDPA WOULD CHASE ME AND THEN HIDE SO I COULDN'T FIND HIM. I WOULD PEEK INTO THE ROOM AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN HE WOULD POP OUT OF NO WHERE, WE WOULD FALL ON THE FLOOR AND WRESTLE.

AT CHRISTMAS HE PUT ME IN THE COAT CLOSET, I WOULD PUSH ON THE DOOR TO MAKE IT OPEN AND HE WOULD COME AT ME LIKE HE WAS ATTACKING ME. I LAUGHED AND LAUGHED. I LAUGHED SO HARD IT MADE GRANDPA LAUGH. I THINK HE LIKED THIS GAME TOO BECAUSE HE KEPT PUTTING ME BACK IN THERE, AFTER AWHILE I GOT SMART AND PUT MY OWN SELF IN THERE. I THINK EVERYONE LIKED THE GAME BECAUSE GRANDMA, MY AUNTIES & UNCLE WERE ALL LAUGHING TOO.

DO YOU REMEMBER GRANDPA WHEN YOU WOULD PLAY SOCCER WITH ME OUT BACK,YOU WERE PRETTY TOUGH BUT I TOOK YOU ON.

I WANTED TO TELL YOU THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME HELP YOU BUILD THE BIRD CAGE. ALOT OF PEOPLE THINK IM LITTLE AND WOULDN'T GIVE ME THE CHANCE BUT YOU GAVE ME THE NAILS AND HANDED ME THE HAMMER, WE WORKED HARD TOGETHER.

I LIKE TO LAY IN BED WITH YOU & WATCH OUR MOVIES TOGETHER BUT I CANT FIND YOU ANYMORE, NOW I LAY WITH GRANDMA WITH MY LITTLE HEAD RESTED ON HER. WE DONT WATCH OUR MOVIES BUT SHE SHOWS ME PICTURES OF YOU ON THE COMPUTER SLIDE SHOW. WHERES MY GRANDPA AND WHY ARE YOU NOT HERE ANYMORE?

marvin "isaiah" valenzuela
grandson

July 20, 2008

Tony & I were together for 3 years, we were inseparateble & did everything together. He was my other half, a part of me and I would like to believe, I knew him better than anyone. In the short time God allowed him to be in my life, I knew what a special person I had, what an amazing person he was. There is so much I could sit and write about him but to share a little bit of the man I knew with everyone would be to simple say, he was a gentle, caring,compasionate,loving man who had one of the biggest hearts.Do not misunderstand that to mean he would let people take advantage of him, he was very intelligent and made his decisions wisely or with strategy. Tony had a calming way about him where he was able to disfuse aggravated situations, in his life or on the job. When Tony knew he wanted something, he went after it with perseverance, not allowing anything to stand in his way. He was athletic & loved life. In his young adulthood he was a kick boxer,as a child & an adult he loved soccer & had coached it for years, he was the man I spent many evenings with jogging with in Davis or bike riding with around the neighbor hood, we had just learned to snow ski & salsa (I can still see him hustling on the dance floor with a big ole cheesy smile) and recently we had just picked out 2 ricerockets to go motorcycling. This was him.

Tony was an awsome father, he had 3 biological children and seven soon to be step children, 5 of whom he lived with and raised as his own. He loved kids & last year we had become licensed foster parent.He reffered to himself as Grandpa to my grandson & helped raise him as he were his own. Tony's heart was big. He was always very hands on, you could often find him sitting & doing arts & crafts with the little ones, dancing with them, helping all the children with home work,attending dr's & school meetings and just being there for them. He was playful, no matter what size you were.I can still see him spinning my 16 yr old. He loved to take the children on outings & share his life with them.

Tonys death is not only a deep loss to myself, his family & friends but a loss to the world.He touched so many people,in so many ways. One of his soccer girls wrote. " You were the one who pushed me,since your not here to push me any more about my dream. i have no one. my hero is gone. you were the one who tought me just follow your heart. Where is my hero now?"

I love you, Papi- Forever & a day- Me & Yu

Julie Yu
Tony's Fiancee

July 20, 2008

Below is the speach I delivered at Tony's memorial. I hope that this will serve as my tribute to Tony:

Good morning. My name is Al Williams and I was Tony Diaz’s Sergeant at the time that he was taken from us. I have been asked to share with you a message from some of Tony’s fellow Deputies and then, I would like to also share with you a few of my own thoughts.

MESSAGE FROM TONY’S PARTNERS:

On behalf of the Deputy Sheriff’s of Yolo County…

Deputy Tony Diaz was our partner and, more importantly, he was our friend.

Those of us fortunate enough to know Tony knew him as a kind person with a warm, caring heart. He made it known to all that family came first, no matter what.

Tony decided he wanted to be a police officer and was so determined that he paid his own way, putting himself through the Yuba College Police Academy in 2003, and joining the Sheriff’s Department in 2004.

Tony was proud to be a Deputy Sheriff. His uniform was always pressed, his boots were always shined and his brass was always polished. He began his career as bailiff for Judge Kathleen White and Tony must have been the best bailiff ever.

As a newer Deputy he was the first one to have his name added to the Department 8 Courtroom door, which is quite an honor in the Yolo County Courthouse.

Tony was transferred to the Field Operations Division for Field Training in 2005. After successfully completing training, Tony developed his own unique patrol style. He made an effort to assist and provide cover to his beat partners almost to a fault.

Tony would make traffic stops throughout the night, and each resulted in the same disposition, “10-8, verbal.” Although we would tease him about his lack of statistics, he simply didn’t care. He took time out of his day to stop and talk with members of the community to see how things were going.

We know Tony wasn’t giving warnings out of laziness. His kindness was such that he was almost always willing to give a second chance. Tony believed in the spirit of the law and believed he could make a more positive impact with his words than with a citation or arrest.

Tony was never late for work, but he was never early. Tony had a knack for showing up to the evening patrol briefing at exactly 6:00, keeping the rest of us waiting. We would tease Tony about his timing and watch him laugh it off. Those of us who knew him best understood that it wasn’t that he didn’t want to be at work. Tony wanted to be with his family above all else.

Last summer Tony created a new department policy as he responded code 3 to a vehicle accident. Our newly installed in-car cameras captured his cell phone conversation about his dinner plans as he entered an intersection and damaged his patrol car. Needless to say, we can no longer chat on the phone while making emergency runs.

Prior to attending the academy, Tony worked for the Yolo County Information Technology Department. He didn’t attend a technical college. He was self taught. Tony utilized his skills to prey on the less technically advanced in our department and often sent administrative messages to the computers we were working on so that we all thought we were being spied upon.

Tony loved to make people laugh. Early in his career he learned how to open lockers using various tools. He would vandalize our equipment and uniforms creating mischief anyway he could. Often deputies would show up to briefing with their name tags upside down, Lieutenant bars on their collars, or their duty belt adjusted just a little too tight, all thanks to Tony.

Not long ago Tony ended up with an injury. He was out of work for a couple of months following surgery. We mention this because of the unique way Tony hurt his knee. Tony didn’t injure himself playing soccer, the game he loved so much and he wasn’t hurt reliving his past as a kick-boxer.

Tony was out of work for a knee injury caused by dancing with one of his daughters. It took an incredibly loving father to admit to his fellow Deputies that he had hurt himself dancing, but Tony was proud of every minute he spent with his family.

Tony was proud of his culture and background. He often attempted to teach his partners Spanish and when invited to a bar-b-que, always brought the tortillas, salsa, and carne asada. Tony took a few of us out to a local Mexican deli where he introduced us to Menudo. The rest of us tried to be polite and reluctantly took at least a few bites while he enjoyed the dish he loved.

Being a Spanish speaking officer, Tony was always willing to assist not only fellow Deputies, but other agencies, with his skill. He was proud to serve a community with a large Hispanic population and proud to educate his partners about his culture.

Tony’s pride came from his background. Tony was the son of a field worker and spent time working in the fields himself while he was growing up. He was proud of where he came from, never shying away from talking about his past.

Part of Tony’s pride of his culture was his little blue low rider truck, which he would drive to work everyday. Tony drove a lowered Nissan, with true spoke wheels, diamond tuck interior and a sound system that earned him at least one citation for excessive noise.

The truck often required a jump start due to electrical issues with his parking lights being lit at all times and it had no air conditioning, but Tony was so proud of that truck because it was the first vehicle he ever purchased on his own.

Tony’s passing has left a void in the Sheriff’s Department that will never be filled. Tony was a special person with a big heart and selflessness like no one we will ever know again. He cared more about others than he did about himself. Ultimately, it was his selflessness that took his life.

Tony’s actions on Father’s Day were heroic and brave. Tony’s actions saved the life of an innocent child and the lives of his fellow Deputies responding to assist. Tony stood in the face of danger and protected all of us by refusing to give up. His love of life was evident in his last moments.

Tony, we will miss you, and you will always be in our hearts and memories.


My Message:

Now I would like to share with you my thoughts of Tony. In doing so, I believe that I also speak for the other members of our team, Tony’s closest co-workers.

I would like to speak to you today about a word … privilege. In the United States we have many rights. We are assured of many things from freedom to entitlements and security.

However, we really have few privileges. A privilege is something that you must earn or which is given to you by another. It is not guaranteed and it can be taken as easily at it is granted.

I have two children. Josh is three and Beth is ten. While I sincerely love each of my children equally and they are both special to me in different ways, Beth is my treasure. She is a particularly bright child who is very analytical. Unfortunately for her mother, my wife, she gets that from me.

Last week, after a particularly trying night and morning, I had to do something quite difficult. I had to go to my ten year old daughter and tell her that a friend, Tony Diaz had been taken from us.

Now Tony was no stranger to Beth. On Memorial Day weekend, I held a barbeque for the team. I invited my family to attend and meet the men that I work with. As I’m sure you know, ten-year old girls are very impressionable and easily awed by handsome men in uniforms. Beth left that gathering with fond memories of each of the men that I work with.

So when I told my young daughter that Tony was gone, it was not abstract. It was personal. In Beth’s analytical way, she did not tear up, she stared at me with a puzzled look, then fell into my arms in silent reflection. I assure you that the tears came later.

Privilege

About seven years ago I was sitting in the Sergeant’s office in the Patrol Section when a young man walked in. It was then that I was privileged to meet Tony Diaz for the first time. Tony was a very friendly individual and everyone who met him had no choice but to get to know him.

A few years later, I found that Tony was attending the Yuba College Police Academy. At the time I was the Department Personnel Sergeant and was responsible for recruitment and hiring. I went to the Academy one evening to speak to the class about coming to work for our Department, a Department that I have been privileged to be associated with for 22 years.

When Tony came into the room that evening and saw me, his eyes lit up. Tony’s pride in being associated with Yolo County was obvious. It was then that I knew that we needed to hire Tony. Later, I had the privilege of processing Tony’s application and it was a privilege to know that I was involved in bringing Tony to our department.

Shortly after, I went to night shift and did not see Tony for some time. After a year or so, I ran into Tony again. He was working in our Court Services Section and I had signed up to work some overtime. I recall that Tony was always the life of the office and I had the privilege to work with him from time to time.

Tony eventually completed his field training and came to work in our patrol section. He was assigned to Jim Wolff’s team, a group of unique individuals.

You see, folks who seek jobs in law enforcement are often aggressive, proud men and women. While “C” Team is made up of relatively new deputies, they are really quite mature individuals.

There is a bond between the deputies who were assigned to Tony’s team that you don’t often see among younger individuals. It’s not that they agree with everything that each other does. Rather, there is an apparent compassion for each other that you don’t often find among people with such dominant personalities.

About five months ago, Jim became injured and had to take some time off work. I was assigned to fill in for him. Eventually, we found that Jim’s absence would be prolonged and I inherited the leadership that was his. It was then that I was given the privilege of working with Tony and his team, a privilege that I have slowly grown to cherish.

I had no desire to come before you to speak today and it was not my intention to do so. Feelings we have for those we care about often times need to remain personal and sometimes are best left unsaid.

It was only when I learned something a few nights ago that I found that I had to speak today. You see, a member of Tony’s team told me something that I had not previously known. He informed me that Tony had silently sought my approval. He told me that it was important to Tony to know that he met some standard he perceived I had set for him.

I mentioned earlier that a privilege is something that must be awarded or earned and that it can be taken just as easily as it is received. I sincerely hope that I have earned the privilege of working with Tony Diaz, a privilege that was taken from me a week ago last Sunday night.

I would like each of you to know now that I did approve of Tony Diaz and the work he did for me and for his team. I would like each of you to know that it was my privilege, not Tony’s that we had the opportunity to work together.

I mentioned that one of my greatest burdens was to inform my daughter of our loss of Tony. I also mentioned that, when I did so, she fell into silent reflection. Later that night, Beth came to me with tears in her eyes. She asked me, “Papa … how could something like this happen?”

I have to tell you now what I told her then. God has a path that each of us must follow. We never know what that path is and it is often impossible to understand why we are to follow that path. God laid Tony’s course and Tony followed it. That course led him to where he is today, at the side of God.

God’s final path for Tony may be that he is to provide inspiration to some individual. It may be that he is to stand by the side of each of his partners and protect them in the course of their duties. I believe the latter.

I know that Tony will be with each and everyone of us here as we go about carrying on the work that Tony chose for himself and I know that he will be sitting in the passenger seat of my patrol car and the patrol car of each of his teammates every night when we go 10-8.

Each of us has lost a privilege that we were given, a privilege to know and work with Tony. Tony, it is God’s privilege to be with you now and I pray that God cherishes that privilege as much as I have.

Sgt. Al Williams
Yolo county Sheriff's Department

July 14, 2008

God Speed Brother... we commend and honor your sacrafice!!!

#101
EPPD MN

July 14, 2008

This is the second reflection that I have left in honor of Tony, but I would like anyone who takes the time to read my reflection, to please take the time to please read Sgt. Ken Fisch's reflection. I say this only because I believe it to be the best reflection of Tony that I have heard thus yet. It is so true to Tony's personality, plus it gives the average reader (non-L.E.) the typical mind-set of most of those who do serve their communities everyday.
Thank you for those words Sgt.

R. Carr
Former YCSO Deputy/FTO

July 8, 2008

Deputy Tony Diaz was a great influence to many people out there in the Yolo COunty community he will be greatly missed.

Explorer Jose Gomez
Sacramento County Sheruiff Explorer POST 1036

July 4, 2008

May God receive you into His loving care as you rest in His Peacefulness. May He Bless and comfort your loved ones as they face they sad times. We are proud you are one of us and thank you for your faithfulness,service and dedication to duty.

Bob Johnson U.S. Marshal's (Ret'd)
Blue Knights VA-XVIII

July 3, 2008

Tony, you have paid the ultimate price in service to your community, may your family and friends know that it is appreciated. I know you are 'still on watch'. Rest in peace my warrior friend.Walt Kaiser

Special Agent Suprvisor (RET)
California Dept of Justice

July 3, 2008

We thank you for all your years of service.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the friends, family, and co-workers of Deputy Diaz.

Police Wives Online

July 2, 2008

The ultimate sacrifice of a police officer is giving his life to save ours. As a Mexican-American, who is earning a degree in Criminal Justice and ultimate dream is to become a police officer the sacrifice of Office Diaz is greatly appriciated. When I was only eight years old, my father was murder, he was a Mexican police officer, he gave his life trying to better his society. Today I still feel the pain of my father's dead, and I can relate to the pain of the Diaz's family. The only thing that has helped me move forward in life, is knowing that my father died doing what he loved to do. Now I know that it takes a real man to do what Officer Diaz, my father, and every single police officer in our country have done to help better our world. My condolences go to the Diaz's family and I wish I can meet all of the Diaz family in person. All I can say is that Officer Diaz is now an archetype for many, i know he is mine.

edgar
law enforcement student

July 2, 2008

A Hero Is...
One who never hesitates to tackle the most difficult problems.
One who is always by your side.
One who knows right from wrong.
One who acts with pride.
A HERO touches every one of us,
whether it be word or deed...
Always tending to those who find themselves in need.
When a HERO leaves this earth, yes, it sad but true,
All too many times, the HERO is dressed in blue.

sister of Officer Lizarraga EOW 2/20/04

July 1, 2008

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