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

Although I didn't know you, you are my BOP brother. I will pray for your family, friends and girlfriend. God Bless.

SOS, Diane Morgan
USP Hazelton, BOP

June 24, 2008

Its a sad day in the bureau that one of our own was killed in the line of duty by a bunch of thugs. I only pray that JUSTICE will be done (death penalty) for these two cowards.
May officer Rivera family know that the lost of him will forever touch every correction officer and staff member through out the Bureau and all other prisons in the United States.

officer Maffeo
Federal Bureau of Prisons

June 24, 2008

May God receive you as he knows your heart as a correctional officer. I regret to lose you brother and I will not forget you.

USP Beaumont

June 24, 2008

Such a senseless act... But aren't they all? It doesn't matter how a tragedy like this occurs, it still shakes us all in some way. God bless you and your family.

NC State Highway Patrol

June 24, 2008

I did not know you; Now I will never forget you. May you be at peace brother; I pray for your family and there great loss;

S.O.S Patrick Gourn

June 24, 2008

I walk down halls, of concrete and stares.
Among the monsters, worse than nightmares.
With endless exposure to shanks and disease.
And to all of these felons, I still must say please.
The public is sheltered, kept safe from any harm.
While my heart is racing, I respond to the alarm.
A man is lying, face down on the floor.
Inmates are yelling, cut him some more.
With bare hands, and courage from above.
The disturbance is quelled without raising a glove.
We clear the compound, and lock down the range.
For us inside, this is normal, not strange.
Behind these walls I’ve seen my share.
To the most horrible acts, I don’t seem to care.
Violence and bloodshed are now part of my life.
I pray to God, don’t let me take this home to my wife.
We spend our lives working in Hell.
Our stories are secret, we’ve no one to tell.
We serve in silence, no cheers or parades.
Yet the country is safer, by the service we made.

God speed Brother.

Brothers and Sisters

June 24, 2008

You are among a unique type of person, a correctional officer, the kind of person who would run into an area when all others wanted to get out. You were one of the few to answer the call of the public who wanted people placed in prison but did not want to be the ones to keep them there. You insured your family and the public were protected. In these difficult times may your family remember the son, friend and boyfriend that many of us never knew. "Fair winds and following seas"

Fellow Correctional Worker and family
Federal Bureau of Prisons

June 24, 2008

May you rest in peace BROTHER. We will pray for you and your family. Thank you for your service and God Bless.


June 24, 2008

Put your trust in the Lord and he will carry you this difficult time.

Charles l. Griffin, Case Manager
Bureau of Prisons

June 24, 2008

This is a great loss for BOP and his family. God bless his soul. My heart goes out to the family. It is very sad for all of us.

LT Khan

June 24, 2008

I worked at USP atwater from March 2005 through May 9, 2008, and had first hand experience on the type of inmates we deal with on a daily basis. It is a tragedy to learn of the death of this young officer who did his best each and every day. He looked the part, and was professional to the end. I had the pleasure to have worked with him, and I am sure he also gave it his best as a soldier in Iraq. There are a lot of good people in our agency, and it shows every day. May God receive you, Officer Rivera with open arms, and peace and blessings to your family.

R. Cortez, Food Service Administrator
Fed. Bureau of Prisons, FCC Victorville

June 24, 2008

My prayers to the family and dept of Officer Rivera. Thank you Mr. Rivera for your dedication and service to the dept. of corrections. Well done!! Until we meet in Heaven may you rest in peace.

Ventura Calif. Police Dept.

June 24, 2008

"After the mission the dark soldiers would melt back into the shadow. If you asked them about how they made it happen, they wouldn't tell. They didn't even exist, see? They were noble, silent and invisible. They did Americas most important work, yet shunned recognition, fame and fortune. They were modern knights and true. True to their mission, true to themselves, but most of all, true to each other and to their team."

You served your country well and will forever remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Special Operations Response Team
FCC, Florence

June 24, 2008

It is a great tragedy that we must loose one of our own. I did not personally know Officer Rivera but none the less, he was my brother. My sympathy goes out to his family.

GS-11 Ron White
FCC Victorville

June 24, 2008

RIP Brother!
God bless your family.


June 24, 2008

I am sending this message offering my condolences. Always
remember that God has it all in control. Your son does not have any more worries. Time will heal all wounds. Keep the faith and always pray. May God continue to bless you and your family in your time of need.

GS-11 Ed. Spec. Cheryl Cook Chavis

June 24, 2008

Our heart felt sorry goes out to the friends, family, and co-workers of fallen officer Jose Rivera, who paid the ultimate sacrifice. He will be remember each and every day as we enter and exist our instituiton.

Case Manager
USP Beaumont, Texas

June 24, 2008

My prayers and deepest sympathy goes out to family, friends and fellow Correctional Officers of Jose Rivera.

Senior Officer/ W. Smith
BOP/ Butner, NC

June 24, 2008

My condolences to the family, friends and fellow co-workers of Senior Offcier Jose Rivera. May you never forget the time you spent with Jose, and may you all find comfort together in this trying time. Know that the rest of the BOP stands behind you with support. May God Bless you All.

Lieutenant T. Engle

June 24, 2008

As a former employee of the FBOP I understand the dangers and challenges within this area of the law enforcement arena. I have known several people who have died in the line of duty. You all share hero status for paying the ultimate price in keeping us all safe.

May God bless you Officer Rivera and may He bless the family you leave behind. Please know your brothers and sisters in the U.S. Marshals Service are praying for you and your family.

Supervisory Deputy Paul Sever
United States Marshals Service

June 24, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are definitely with you and your family. May God bless and keep you all.

T. Manning, RN
FBOP, FMC Butner

June 24, 2008

My deepest sympathy to Officer Rivera's loved ones. Our agency has suffered a tremendous loss. Officer Rivera will be remembered as the courageous hero that he was. God bless you, Officer Rivera.


June 24, 2008

God bless you and your family, we have all lost a honorable brother.

CO-II B.Rollon
Orange County Probation Dept.

June 24, 2008

Our hearts go out to your family. Losing someone by senseless acts of others is especially hard. Just know for sure that many accross the BOP will remember his sacrifice for the rest of our lives. God bless all those directly affected by this tragedy.

With the Very Deepest Sympathy,
FCI II, Butner, North Carolina

GS-11, Andrea Towe

June 24, 2008

"Here I am creating new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart."

Isaiah 65:17

Eric Vogt, Instructor

June 24, 2008

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