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 severed as a Patrol Officer in Maryland before I joined the New Jersey State Department of Correction. I know both sides of law enforcement and found that DOC is a much more dangerous job. I honor Jose's dedication to his duty and the community. I lost my best friend/brother Officer Wayne Clark on January 10th, 2006 after twenty three years. We severed together for nineteen years in NJDOC. I hope everyone understands the pride Jose had while doing what he loved. I pray for those Jose left behind and know that he still love you and will be with you everyday. I understand the pain, but know that the hurt will diminish. It will never stop but his memory will also be yours to keep for ever. Remember Jose's smile and love for you and everyone.

During a bad time when I missed my partner I think of a poem “Pennies from Heaven”. I think of this poem when I find a penny. I think;

Today on the ground I found a penny,
but not just a penny.
This penny was from an Angle in Heaven.
When the Angle misses you and
he will just toss one down just to cheer you up.

Take a moment and smile and save the penny. You to will find that Jose will send you pennies. These pennies are from your special Angle in Heaven.

Jose may God be with you and all you love.

No te preocupes herman mio, que nostros seguiresmos la lucha contra el mal en tu nombre.

Luis A. Caldero, Sgt. Retired
New Jersey DOC

October 10, 2008

To the family and friends of Correctional Officer Jose Rivera and the members of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and most especially to Jose:

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

To Officer Rivera'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.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Jose gave to his community and the citizens of our country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on June 20, 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 Officer Rivera, my heart goes to you all. 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 Jose 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 Officer Rivera 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"

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

September 21, 2008

You gave the ultimate sacrifice, you will not be forgotten may god be with you and your family on your journey home.

Senior Officer Donnell White
Federal Bureau of Prisons

September 6, 2008

as a former BOP C/O in MCC NY, i often wonder how my guys are doing in there? rest in peace brother, you won't be forgotten!

TROOPER
NJSP

August 28, 2008

To the family of our fallen officer,keep your head up for your loved one has served his time on earth,and the lord had bigger and better plans for him,and he knows best.May god be with you and we'll keep you'll in our thoughts and prays.Gone But Not Forgotten.

Cook Foreman P. Strong
Federal Bureau Of Prisons

August 1, 2008

CO's CREED

We are the keepers of the kept.
Societies special breed,
that they speak of only in whispers.
Forever vigilant in our duties at hand.
Maintaining order,
where there once was none.
Our fallen brothers you are not forgotten...
You are our motivation to keep on going.
LIES & DECEIT,
we will not tolerate from those that we are tasked to watch over.
We will be firm but fair,
and when need be forceful in our demands for conformity to the rules of this house.

Blessed father watch over us,
your soldiers,
and keep us strong.

SOS BROD
MDC BROOKLYN

July 29, 2008

Officer Rivera, be assured that your place in heaven has already been prepared for you. You served your country with distingtion and your community and family also. GOD BLESS YOU SON. YOU WILL ALLWAYS BE REMEMBERED IN THE TRUEST SENSE OF THE WORD "SACRAFICE"

s.o.s. marty black
federal bureau of prisions

July 24, 2008

You paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting us and it will never be forgotten. To the family and friends of Officer Rivera, my prayers are with you.

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

July 21, 2008

To the Rivera Family-
Please know that today more than ever you are held so very close in my thoughts and prayers.

P. M. Omelson
FCC Beaumont

July 20, 2008

I am sending this reflection to the loved ones of Officer Rivera, and hope that during this difficult time and beyond that the Lord carries them and embraces them in his arms. Pls know that Mr. Rivera will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Angelique

Angelique Hardin-Cassel, Case Mgr
Bureau of Prisons - staff

July 17, 2008

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

#101
EPPD MN

July 14, 2008

I am very sorry for the family. MY prayers and best wishes are with the family. MY heart goes out for the family. My Father worked for the California Dept. of Corrections for over 20 years. I had 2 Uncles do the same amount of time. I just lost a cousin in the line of duty Officer Erik Hite (EOW 6/2/2008). I feel the families pain. Officer Rivera was a Brave man, may he REST IN PEACE for he had "THE TOUGHEST BEAT" BEST WISHES TO THE FAMILY.

RICHARD MORREIRA

July 13, 2008

What a great guy I am a better person for knowing him. I haven't met a harder working guy who would never stop smiling. He was a pleasure to be around and I am greatful for all he did for the USS NASSAU and Deck Department. I miss you shipmate take care

BMC Lowe

BMC
His shipmate from 04-07

July 12, 2008

May he now guard the gates to heaven and protect all who enter! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Cherish the wonderful memories!

Kathy Nelson, Unit Manager
Federal Prison Camp, Yankton, SD

July 12, 2008

The day to day running of prisons are dangerous it takes very special people to be able to this type of work. My heart goes out to Jose's family friends & colleagues.

Tony Dove

UK prison service

Senior Officer
HMP Service UK

July 9, 2008

So sorry from a collegue from the British Prison Service

Officer Gwyneth Welsh (Retired)
HMP Downview (British Prison Service)

July 8, 2008

Wishing the family all of our condolences here at FCC Butner. Such a tragic loss for them and for us. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Sally Maire - Registered Nurse
FCC Butner

July 8, 2008

R.I.P Brother. Even if we were from other prisons we were still family. Our prayers going out to your loved ones. They should know you are a HERO and will be MISSED. It is sad to say that somehting has to happen to a Correctional Officer for people to open their eyes.

MCC CHICAGO (Correctional Officers)

July 8, 2008

My heart goes out to the Family & Friends of Office Jose Rivera. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Teresa Mack
FCI Pekin

July 8, 2008

Rest in Peace brother; Your tour was short, but brave. 10 months in hell, now you can spend eternity in heaven. God Bless You bro.

DEPUTY SHERIFF
MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE (FLA)

July 8, 2008

Last night as I lay sleeping, I died or so it seemed
Then I went to heaven, but only in my dreams

Up there St Peter met me, standing at the pearly gates,
He said "I must check you record, please stand here and wait"

He turned and said "Your record is covered in flaws,
On earth I see you rallied for every losing cause."

I see that you drank alcohol and smoked and partied too,
Fact is, you've done everything a good person should never do.

We can't have people like you up here, your life was full of sin,
Then he paused as he read the last of my record, took my hand and said "Come on in."

He led me up to the Big Boss and said, "Take him in and treat him well.
He used to work in prison, so he's done his time in hell"
"A Poem, Author Unknown"
God bless you, Jose. May the Lord watch over us all as we enter every USP, ADX, FCI, FMC, detention center and even FPC.

Patricia Ziemann
Federal Bureau of Prison

July 7, 2008

I've never had the honor of meeting Jose but I'm deeply hurt and sadden by his tragedy. I feel this way every time a fellow brother/sister gets hurt or looses his/her life. My sincere condolences go to Jose's family and friends. May the The Lord comfort you in this hour of grief and sorrow. I will keep you in my prayers.

Carlos E. Perez
Federal Bureau of Prisons, FCI, Pekin, IL

July 7, 2008

NEVER FORGET.

Old Hack
B.O.P., Victorville

July 5, 2008

This young man died a hero. He dedicated his life to serving his country in the military, and in law enforcement. This could have happened to anyone of us as corrcetional officers, and should really open our eyes to the realities of our chosen profession. Rivera you are a true american hero. My prayers go out to Rivera's family and loved ones. You will always be remembered.

Officer Juan Nieto
FCI Herlong

July 5, 2008

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