Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant Patrick Libertone

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Reflections for Lieutenant Patrick Libertone

Rest In Peace

Nick mottola

August 12, 2020

Rest in peace always knowing that your memory, service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 12, 2020

The photo on Pat’s page doesn’t begin to capture the personality of the man it represents. Pat had an easy, yet gregarious laugh when he found something to be amusing, which was actually quite often.

Pat and I were members of LASD Academy Class 216, and we graduated 31 years to the day before Pat’s untimely death. We then worked together at Men’s Central Jail, which at the time housed almost 7,000 inmates who were mostly incarcerated for violent crimes. We transferred, again together, to our first patrol assignment two years later and worked our butts off to successfully complete the field training program. We each eventually transferred to specialized units and lost track of each other for long periods of time.

It’s easy to lose contact with old friends in a department of 8500 sworn deputies that covers such a large geographical area and includes myriad assignments, but our paths crossed occasionally. As always on these occasions, Pat’s warm smile and inviting nature made each meeting joyful and memorable. Friendly greetings, jokes, the exchange of fond memories and good natured ribbings were always in order when Pat encountered a friend, of which I was fortunate to be counted.

I know you are missed terribly by your family, but you are also missed by the guys who ran countless miles with you through the hills of East L.A. in 1983.

In conclusion, we yelled this “Jody” as a class while we ran up and down the hilly streets of East L.A. and it really summed up Pat’s career:

18 weeks of living hell
just work the county jail
but I won’t cry and I won’t moan
cause soon I’ll be at Firestone (a kick ass patrol station back in the day)
well we’ll hook and we’ll book and we’ll do it right
we’ll write reports till the morning light
if I die in a riot zone (ahead of us in 1992)
box me up and ship me home
pin my medals upon my chest and tell my honey I did my best

Well done Pat. You lived the creed and made a difference in the world.

Retired Lieutenant
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department

January 16, 2020

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 12, 2018

Rest In Peace brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

August 12, 2018

Rest in Peace

Houston Police Dept.

June 16, 2016

I am a Los Angeles Sheriff Deputy Trainee, class 413 at Biscaluz training center. I am in my 12th week and I wanted to take the time to say, I am saddened for your loss and that I am praying for you and your family.

Class 413 Raffi Azizian

April 16, 2016

I was saddened to learn of your death. Somehow it seems like only yesterday we were young and wondering what we had gotten ourselves into on day one of the academy. I really enjoyed our 25th reunion and talking with you about our careers. You have served honorably.

My condolences to you wife and family. Godspeed brother.

Investigator Kris Nelsen (retired)
Bishop Police Department, California

March 18, 2016

Rest in peace, my friend.

Det. Christine Ostrander
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

April 10, 2015

My prayers are with you and your children this Christmas. Thank you for your friendship when we were at Montclair High School.
Love, Angie Scheffer (Moreno).

Angie Scheffer-Moreno

December 10, 2014

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

PTLM Frank Kapusta
Mohawk PD

November 3, 2014

Rest in piece Lieu . You are in a better place. See you later at the roll call of heroes up in heaven.

Sergeant Yalcin Kiyar
NYPD retired

October 28, 2014

RIP Brother, My prayers for you, your family and your agency. Job well done. HEROES NEVER DIE. God Bless you...

Philip Callas, Detective Retired Secaucus, NJ PD

October 27, 2014

May God comfort your family, friends and co-workers. Thank you for your bravery and dedication to duty. You will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten.

Sergeant, Retired
Fayetteville, AR Police Department

October 25, 2014

RIP my fellow Brother in Blue. My prayers go to your Family, Friends, and Co-Workers. Rest easy now Sir, we have the watch from here.

Retired Detective Don Vine #5896
Phoenix Police Department

October 25, 2014

Rest In Peace, Brother.

P.O. Randy Evans
Kansas City Missouri Police Department
Son of Patrolman Robert Wayne Evans
E.O.W 10/14/1971

October 25, 2014

I have laid down my life in service to all of you.
I have been a part of the fabric that has held the line between your safety and your victimization. I have given my life so that others may live in peace. I have lived my life as a dedicated member of the greatest profession. There is no greater honor.

As I now become a part of the rich history of law enforcement, please remember me always for I have left behind those who loved and depended upon me.
My partners and my agency, please remember my family, their loss, and don’t let time soften your compassion for them.

You guard the gate now and I will continue my watch from above.


Doug Gist, Captain (ret) Washoe NV. SO
Silver State National Peace Officers Museum, Virginia City, NV.

October 25, 2014

So sorry to hear of Patrick's heart attack.
My Family sends condolences to Family, Friends, Department,
Community & Countryman ...
The "Purple Heart Candles " In our Family's 9/11 Memorial will
burn this day for him & others that have died today 10/24/14, & This Past Week ...
R.I.P. Son of Valor with Honor !!!
Gone From Our Arms ... Forever in Our Hearts !!!

Ms. Karen Morgan ,Psy & LE , Grad.
Eagels Wing Baptist Church, Lake Traverse, SD

October 24, 2014

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

October 24, 2014

A police officer should be remembered not by how he died, but how he lived! A great man has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!


October 24, 2014

Rest in Peace Brother, you will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, NC

October 24, 2014

My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Lieutenant Patrick Libertone as well as to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Rest in peace Lieutenant Liberatone, you are gone but will not be forgotten...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

October 24, 2014

"The Final Inspection"

The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."

Author Unknown

New Visions Criminal Justice Class of 2015
Syracuse, New York

October 24, 2014

Rest in peace Lt. Thank you for your dedicated service.

PO Olasokan
NYS University Police

October 24, 2014

Another member of the family taken too soon. My prayers are with his wife and four children. So long as they keep him alive in their hearts and minds, he will never truly be gone.

God Bless and may Lt. Libertone forever Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

October 23, 2014

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