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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

CO Rivera,

It was a sorrow and honor to make an all-call for your name at FMC Devens Control after the end of your watch. I wish the best for your family in the future. Thank your for your service to this great nation.

Federal Air Marshal Service

January 29, 2012


Lord, when it's time to go inside,
That Place of steel and stone.
I pray that you will keep me safe,
So I won't walk alone.

Help me to do my duty,
Please watch me on my rounds.
Amongst those perilous places,
And slamming steel door sounds.

God, keep my fellow Officers
Well and free from harm.
Let them know I'll be there too,
Whenever there's alarm.

Above all when I walk my beat,
No matter where I roam.
Let me go back whence I came,
To family and home.

Officer Rivera, please keep a watchful eye on us while we conduct our daily duties and keep us safe from harm.

Federal Bureau of Prisons

August 4, 2011

You are still in all our thoughts brother. Your mom is a very special woman. She writes on her facebook everyday that she misses you. You are a true hero from serving your country and from serving us. Rest in peace my friend.

Senior Officer
FCI Pekin

August 4, 2011

You will always be remembered my brother. We will put on the uniform and walk the beat every day in your honor. It is a shame you had to work for an agency that did not want to equip you with the tools to do your job. You will always be in our hearts and we will continue to walk this beat in you honor.

Corrections Officer
California Dept Of Corrections

August 1, 2011


Officer Rivera will always be remembered. He proudly served 2 tours of duty in iraq serving our country in the u.s. navy. Officer Rivera bravely walked the toughest mile in any law enforcement beat. Though his career was cut short, he will keep back up from the highest tower up in heaven over us.
The men and women of the FBOP are forever grateful for your service and dedication. Officer Rivera you will never be forgotten. KOE958 - all radio units clear. Resume normal operations. We'll take it from here.


June 26, 2011

You will never be forgotten brother. Join us on your Memorial Ride on 6/18/2011.

R. Mitchell Senior Officer
USP Atwater

May 30, 2011

i still remember the conference call informing that you had passed in peace brother

Senior Officer Wes Howard
FBOP USP Big Sandy

May 16, 2011

Even though we had never met I am proud to be wearing the same colors as you. You will never be forgotten R.I.P Officer Rivera

D. Hopkins, Rookie C/O
FCC Pollock

January 9, 2011

Just dropping by to pay my respects brother. You will never be forgotten. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.

Federal Officer
FBOP, FCC Butner

September 18, 2010

RIP My Brother

Senior Officer Specialist L. Nelson

July 19, 2010

Today we rang a bell for You this Correctional Officers Week. God Bless


May 5, 2010

You are not forgotten and highly remembered this week during CWW.

Dawn Johnson
BOP, Butner, NC

May 5, 2010

you're not forgotten brother

Rutgers Police

March 29, 2010

Let me tell you this story. I was once being held hostage inside the state prison where I worked as a correctional officer. The inmates had taken over the cell house and I was alone inside. It is a known fact that there were over eighty inmates involved in this particular situation. My fellow officers were outside negotiating for my release. A point came, however, when the negotiations broke down and they were afraid my life would be taken. These men, my brothers, came into the cell house that night, rescued me and took back the cell house. Those men were feeling great fear that night, I have no doubt, but they chose to face that fear, for me. They knew the danger involved, but they did it anyway, for a fellow officer. It has been said that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for your brother. It happens all the time in prison and in law enforcement in general. Those are heros.
I tell this story to demonstrate the character of the men and woman working on the inside. Jose was one of those. I didn’t know Jose personally, but I knew a lot of people like him. He walked into that prison every day and put his fear behind him so he could do his part. He made a contribution grater than most. He gave it all. He has my respect and my gratitude.
To the family, may I offer my deepest sympathy. I want you to know, however, that Jose was part of something much bigger than himself. He was a part of us. We will always Remember him.

Federal Bureau of Prisons, Retired.

March 9, 2010

I still remember the day when I found out that a fellow correctional officer had been killed. And nearly 2 years later it seem just like yesterday that you were taken away. You are never too far away from my thoughts. You may be gone, but certainly not forgotten. Rest in Officer Rivera.

Sunny Armenta
Former Correctional Officer- Fresno Sheriff's Dept.

March 4, 2010

I was just surfing the ODMP and came across you again. Still thinking of you BROTHER. Keep an eye on all of us down here still walking the compounds.

Floyd Mullens, Sr.
FCI El Reno, Oklahoma

February 8, 2010

Officer Rivera,
When I applied for my position with the BOP in June of 2008 my facility had a large pic and memorial of you. From that day on, through my training in Glynco, I remember your sacrifice everyday I walk my USP. I will always think of you as the brother I never got to meet. I know you will watch over us all on the highest of teirs. Thank you.
Rookie Officer Greer

Rookie Officer
USP Big Sandy

October 31, 2009



August 25, 2009

Officer Rivera has never and will never be forgotten by his brothers/sisters in uniform. Each day as we put on the uniform, we proudly serve the citizens of our great country and honor those whom have made the ultimate sacrifice. To the family, our condolences are with you and you will never be alone. Officer Rivera, rest in peace for we will continue to walk your beat proud to have served with you.

Fellow BOP Staff Member

July 27, 2009

well i am jose v rivera mother i want thank you all for everything .i love you son

terry rivera

July 13, 2009

Officer Rivera,

From the day I started here at the BOP I have heard your name. I am honored and proud to be in the same position as you. I hope that I can do my job here as well as you did. Your ultimate sacrifice and dedication to your country and family keep me motivated and strong. You and your family will always be in my families prayers. We pray that you are in a safe place and that your family is taken care of. R.I.P my fellow Officer.

FCC Coleman, USP 2

July 10, 2009

I wore your name on my running bib at this years National Police Week 5k Memorial Run in Washington D.C. I tried to do you proud brother, rest easy.

Virginia State Police

June 26, 2009

Your loss has touched so many. You will never be forgotten. ~~God Speed~~


June 20, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the first anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya


June 20, 2009

To Correctional Officer Jose Rivera, his family and his fellow officers with the United States Department of Justice-Federal Bureau of Prisons:

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

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

June 20, 2009

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