Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Ricardo Galvez

Downey Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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Reflections for Police Officer Ricardo Galvez

This week my class was given the task of preparing a note in memory of a fallen officer on the grinder by our RTU staff. For some reason, your name stuck out like a sore thumb from the many names on the wall. I could not explain it at the time why your name stuck out from the bunch, but a gut feeling told me that I had to look up your story. After some research on what had happened that led to your end of watch, I understood that gut feeling I was getting. Even now, it is difficult to convey my thoughts into words as I try to type this.

I remember a while back before starting the academy, a friend of mine who is a peace officer told me that this job is unforgiving and that I should always keep my head on a swivel regardless if I'm on or off duty. The perpetrators who targeted you were not even aware that you were a police officer and according to news sources, you were not in uniform nor armed. The perpetrators were apparently fleeing a scene and just wanted to rob you. Such incidents like this upset me because I think why is it that the best people are always taken away by people who shouldn't be around. I regularly remind myself that I too must always keep my head on a swivel and made it a daily habit to always be aware of my surroundings. It is my hope that one day I too can live up to the positive qualities you had for your fellow officers and community.

Recruit Perez
LASD CLASS 437

April 5, 2019

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 4, 2018

May you Rest In Peace. Thank you for your service.

Landeros

May 14, 2018

I had the honor to attend your funeral sir, it was an eye opening experience and even though I did not know you personally, I felt like if I had lost someone close to me. At the time I was a Police Explorer for the City of South Gate but know I am a current recruit for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. I am learning that Law emformcement is not just any job but a giganitc family. A family that looks out for each other no matter what, we will always have each others six and if it comes to it we would give our life to defend each other. Thank you for your service and we will alwasy remember you. Rest in Peace.

Recruit Tepale
LASD CLASS 429

February 25, 2018

Respectfully,
My name is Ortega, Jonathan. I am currently a recruit for the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department, we were given the privilege to prepare a small note in memory of a fallen Officer in the line of duty. When given the task, the first fallen Officer that came to mind was police Officer Ricardo Galvez due to the fact that it was so close to home. Although I personally did not know officer Galvez his story was heard all over the nation. I had just graduated from Downey High school the year before the incident, I recall taking a run to the station a few days later after the incident and seeing the memorial, full of flowers ,candles, and loved ones. Officer Galvez was a true hero, a person who was loved respected and honored. I hope one day I have the same privilege of wearing a uniform and making a difference one day at a time. My deepest condolences

Recruit Ortega Class 429
Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department

February 25, 2018

Sir,
I knew you were a good person and had a kind heart through mutual friends. I had the privilege to honor you during a run at a LASD memorial torch run in May 13, 2016. Honoring you during the run made me realize how one person can influence myself as well as others. Now that I'm attending the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy, it has given me the opportunity to continue to honor your remembrance with greater pride. Thank you for your service, Just know you are never forgotten.

Recruit Saldivar
LASD CLASS 429

February 24, 2018

I miss you every day brother. We have not forgotten you. Rest In Peace #172

Ward
Downey PD

February 16, 2018

I miss you every day brother. We have not forgotten you. Rest In Peace #172

Ward
Downey PD

February 15, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother. You are remembered and honored today on the 2nd anniversary of your E.O.W. Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice to this country.

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

November 18, 2017

Rest in peace my brother. May God always keep your loving family safe from harm, and continue to give them strength for their loss of a hero.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

November 18, 2017

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

To the Galvez family, fellow officers, and all who call Ricardo beloved, 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 our 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.

My son was your brother in green as well as blue, and I thank Ricardo for his service in the Corps and bid him temper fi.


This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Officer Galvez gave to his community and the citizens of California and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on November 18, 2015.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of Pittsburg fallen officer Larry Laster, how 4/24/05

June 22, 2016

Rest in Peace my Brother! #172

Sergeant Raul Salazar Jr.
Downey PD
California

February 17, 2016

GOD BLESS

TROOPER JAYNES
ARIZONA STATE TROOPERS

December 9, 2015

My heart goes out to the friends, family and fellow officers of officer Galvez. Officer Galvez, you served with pride and you will be missed by everyone that knows you. Your fellow officers have the watch now. I know you will watch over them from above. Thank you for your service sir.

A. Pratt
Son of Pasadena, CA PD (Ret. Sgt)

December 7, 2015

I had the privilege and honor to serve with you overseas. I never had the opportunity to tell you that you are great Marine and our unit was very fortunate to have you. We will miss your big smile and your enthusiasm. Heaven is a safer place with you. Godspeed, fair winds and following seas Marine.

Officer Rod Solo
Beverly Hills

December 6, 2015

Rest in Peace brother! We have the watch from here. May God Bless your Family and Friends.

Sgt. A. OROZCO
ADOT/ECD

December 4, 2015

R.I.P brother...

DEPUTY J ACEITUNO
LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S

December 4, 2015

Matthew 5:9

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Thank you, Officer Galvez, for your service. Your legacy will live on in future generations of LE Officers.

Semper Fi, Brother

Sgt. Dan Holliday
Bellefonte Borough PD

December 2, 2015

R.I.P. Brother Semper Fidelis

Civilian Mark Rodriguez
Civilian

November 30, 2015

I am truly sorry for the lose of this officer! God be with those who mourn! Comfort them Lord and give them peace! Hold them close and help them in their pain! God bless all his family and friends and fellow officers as they go on with out this loving man! I pray that those that are guilty of this officers death will pay the full price and justice will be done!

Carolyn Doyle
A sister in Christ

November 29, 2015

Rest in peace brother. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and fellow Downey Police Officers. You lived your life well.

Deputy Ernie Stratis
San Diego County Sheriff

November 29, 2015

My deepest condolences to the family, friends and fellow Officers of the Downey, Ca. Police Dept. Whereas I never mer Officer Gálvez, I have been to Downey on a couple of times to see family & friends. I have been told what a fine Officer you were, and your loss to your community will be a difficult task but will be accomplished with a heavy heart. RIP brother.

Retired Sergeant Jim Kehoe
Chicago Police Dept.

November 29, 2015

Dear Almighty God.
With all respect and prayers for strength.
Thank You Marine; Thank You Officer.
Godspeed.

Citizen Volunteer
Los Angeles Police Department

November 29, 2015

My deepest sympathy's to Officer Galvez's family and the Downey Police Dept. May God's arm hold you close.

Patrolman Eric Allen
Green Bay Police

November 28, 2015

Thank you for your service. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and your law enforcement family. You will not be forgotten. You will always be honored.... Rest easy...
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Coral Springs Police Department, FL

November 28, 2015

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