Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman James L. Prieto

Pennsylvania State Capitol Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, April 19, 1981

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Reflections for Patrolman James L. Prieto

An Officer I didn't meet in person, but one who's legacy lives in the hearts of the Officers who worked with him during his watch, and of course the family he left behind.

The stories I was told about the type of man he was, his character, and his dedication. I can only hope to leave such a legacy when my watch is over.

Rest in peace Officer Prieto!

Lt. Robert L. Williams
Pa. Capitol Police

February 18, 2016

A Hero in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand
PA C.O.P.S.

April 19, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today on the 33rd 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you in their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 19, 2012

Still think about you buddy. We tried our best but the Lord needed you.

Sergeant (retired) T.J. Chiricos
Pennsylvania Capitol Police

January 19, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

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

April 19, 2010

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 23, 2008

Jimmie,Jimmie,Jimmie, Thought of you the day before yesterday! Saw many of the "ole farts" at Jim F.'s funeral. Yes your old buddie Andy is coming to help you stand watch. You two were a team upstairs! Oh yes I saw Walt also and he too is retired now.Jeanette was there. She misses licking her finger and smearing your glasses.My boy is 21 now and I would bet that you could not lift him up and carry him to the Coke machine and ask him "which one ya want". I often wish that Frank and I could have done more for you. We had you back for a few seconds but I guess god needed a good man to help out up there. RIP Jimmie!

Sergeant-Retired
Pennsylvania Capitol Police

October 27, 2007

Never forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

April 19, 2007

To uphold the law is the job that he picked,
with such high aspirations, why must some die so quick?

He left behind loved ones, family and friends,
after his life met such a tragic end.

Our Heavenly Father has called him home,
no more these dark halls and streets will he roam.

Through trial and error he gave his best,
please Lord, now grant him eternal rest.

Yet once again the Thin Blue Line is diminished,
an officers final tour of duty is finished.

16 Years have come and passed
since you patroled last.

We Remember and Honor your Servce.

Ret. Chief Hal Roach
A Fellow Pa. Police Officer

April 13, 2007

It is coming up on 15 years since I lost my buddy Jimmie. I remember it like it was yesterday! I which there were more we could have done to save my buddy but God needed him and called him home.

Sgt. Thomas J. Chiricos
Pennsylvania Capitol Police

February 12, 2006

Cops can be taken in all sorts of ways and for all sorts of reasons. None of the reasons are good, but no matter, if a cop goes doing the job, he goes a hero.

Patrolman Prieto, Pennsylvania owes you a big Thank You. I'd also like to say thank you. Job well done.

God Bless and Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

November 15, 2005

No officer on ODMP should go without relfection, for we are all brothers of a brotherhood no one will ever know.

Officer
ISU DPS

April 19, 2004

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