Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Correctional Officer Jose Rivera

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, June 20, 2008

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Reflections for Correctional Officer Jose Rivera

I'm sorry for this great loss to the Rivera family. My thoughts and sympathy go out to this unforgotten hero. Its every officers nightmare to hear that a fellow brother did not make it out to see another day. I pray that the Rivera family will stay strong and know that though very young he's in a better place. I too started with the Bureau at that same age, thank you for your bravery Officer Jose Rivera.

Senior Officer G. Grimaldo
BOP FCI 1 Butner, NC

June 26, 2008



June 26, 2008

Rest in peace brother..

Lt. Joseph Ward, Ret.
Jackson, NJ PD

June 26, 2008

Officer Jose Rivera is truly a hero. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Jose will NEVER be forgotten.

May you find comfort in Our Lord's loving hands.

Ann Jacobs
FPC Yankton

June 26, 2008

My deepest thoughts and prayers are with Officer Rivera's family, friends and co-workers. I was married to Alabama State Trooper Brian Nichols EOW 2/17/2002 and I am now married to Washington County Deputy Sheriff Aaron Carpenter. All of your C.O.P.S. family is here for you and hurting for you. We all became a family when our loved ones became police officers and now we have even a stronger bond when one of our family members goes down. We are here for you to help you along this journey you now have joined with us. God bless you all.

Denise Nichols Caprenter

June 26, 2008

I never knew Mr Rivera but wanted to extend my deepest sympathy to his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Very Respectfully
Darren Hearn

LTJG Hearn
FCC Butner

June 26, 2008

I know this hurts. I hope in time we will find strength to understand God's Will. He makes no mistakes. The best news is knowing Officer Rivera is in a better place with people just like him who have sacrificed their lives for the good of mankind. No greater love is this, that a man lay down his life for his fellow man. Please take care.

Michael Lockamy
FMC Butner

June 26, 2008

Officer Rivera represents all that is good with our country and made the supreme sacrifice. May he rest in peace and his family know his Bureau Family is praying for him and them. Although we are becoming a big agency, anytime we lose one of our own, it hurts and I want to pledge my and my families prayers during this difficult time.

Marie Wynia, Business Administrator
Federal Bureau of Prisonsm - FCC Butner

June 26, 2008

I am praying for the family of Officer Jose Rivera. May God bless and keep you in your time of need.

Crystal Woods, Secretary
FCI Talladega

June 26, 2008

My sincere condolesence goes out to the Rivera Family. I pray your hearts will heal in time and the warmth of GOD love comfort you. Though I never met Officer Rivera, he'still family. My heart hurt so bad to hear of his tragic death. His death is a sad reminder of the elements in which we deal with daily. To my fellow BOP family please be safe and mindful of your surroundings.


June 26, 2008

I am so sorry for your loss. I know that you are going through a terrible time and I will keep you and your family in my prayers. May God Bless and Comfort you during this time.

Cynthia Shields, Unit Manager
Bureau Staff Member

June 26, 2008

I am at a loss for words. Please know that Officer Rivera will always be honored and remembered. He will forever hold a special place in the hearts of many. It simply is not possible to express the respect and appreciation I have for one who has given his life in service to his country.

J. L. Smith, SOE
FCC Butner

June 26, 2008

Officer Rivera thank you for your service to our country in the U.S. Navy and BOP. You will not be forgotten.

Lieutenant Jeff Hartman
retired BOP

June 26, 2008

My heart goes out to brother Rivera and his family during this tragedy. Please keep GOD in your hearts and know that HE is watching over all of us. Again my condolences go to The Rivera Family .... Brother Jose, you will be missed.

Senior Officer Michael Johnson
FCI Pekin

June 25, 2008

May you rest in peace brother and may justice come swiftly
to the inmates responsible. May God grant your love ones comfort and peace.


June 25, 2008

Although I did not know you personally, we all share a strong brotherhood. Rest in peace brother.

Senior Officer
Federal Bureau of Prisons FCI-Gilmer

June 25, 2008

As a correctional officer i understand the risk of working at a prison. Our deepest sympathy and prayers goes out to the family and friends of Officer J.Rivera.

Reeves County Detention Center

correctional officer Adrian Montano
federal immigration detention center

June 25, 2008

We shall never forget the men and women who gave there lives ...Rest in peace my brother . semper fi

byron adkins

June 25, 2008

Officer Jose V. Rivera, We are very sadden to have lost your dedication and professionalism to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Our hearts hurts very deeply. Our eyes are dry from our tears. We have sleepless nights. Each day we enter USP Atwater, we look at your picture in our Front Lobby. You are in our thoughts in all we do. Our prayers goes out to your family, especially your Mother (Terry), girlfriend, and siblings. May the family find peace...knowing so many of us care.

Our Deepest Sympathy
The Jones Family

Mr. & Mrs. Jones
Federal Bureau of Prisons

June 25, 2008

My heart goes out to all of the officers who put their life on the line each and every day. It sadden me to hear of a life cut short in such a way. My prayers are with the family of Officer Rivera as well as all officers within the Prison System. Be safe, God Bless, stay strong!

Mother of an Officer at USP Florence

June 25, 2008

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family,friends and co-workers of fallen officer Jose Rivera. I personally never knew Rivera but know that in the line we work, we are all family and somehow connected. Its a shame and we're deeply saddened that we lost a man of great honor and courage.
God Bless

Case Manager
RCDC I & II, Texas

June 25, 2008

May the strong loving arms of the Lord help your family and friends through this time. May you rest in peace Officer Rivera. You will not be forgotten.

Lisa Jump, Nurse
Former FBOP

June 25, 2008



June 25, 2008

Lord, when it is time to go inside,

That place of steel and stone.

I pray that you will keep me safe,

So I don't walk alone.

Help me to do my duty,

Please watch me on my rounds.

Amoungst those perilous places

And slamming steel door sounds.

God, keep my fellow Officers

Well and free from harm.

Let them know I will be there too,

Whenever there is alarm.

Above all when I walk my beat,

No matter where I roam.

Let me go back whence I came,

To my family and home

In Jesus Christ Amen

FCC Victorville/FCI-1

June 25, 2008

We all take that walk everyday. Officer Rivera may not have been an Officer for long but he paid the ultimate sacrifice for ALL of us. My thoughts and prayers are with the Rivera family. What affects one in the BOP, affects ALL of us. Stay safe!

Senior Officer Fred Repp
Federal Bureau of Prisons FCI Fairton, NJ

June 25, 2008

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