Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Jose Ismael Chavez

Hatch Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Friday, August 12, 2016

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Reflections for Police Officer Jose Ismael Chavez

Sending my sincere thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co workers of Officer Chavez. I am so very sorry for the loss of your HERO..

Officer Chavez, thank you for your dedication, loyalty and selfless service to your community. May God bless you and keep you..


Gina Miller, Washington State Patrol
Surviving Fiance WSP Trooper Tony V. Radulescu EOW 2-23-2012

August 15, 2016

Rest in peace brother.

Corporal (Retired) Glenn Elliott
Temple Police Department--Temple,Tx

August 15, 2016

Rest in Peace My Brother. Our Prayers go out to your family, friends and agency.

Investigator Esrael Silva
Deaf Smith County Criminal District Attorney Office, Hereford, Texas

August 15, 2016

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Chavez. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Hatch Police Department.

U.S. Postal Inspector Scott Horne
U.S. Postal Inspection Service

August 15, 2016

Rest in peace Officer Chavez. I ask Our Heavenly Father to comfort and watch over your family, friends and the Hatch Police Department. Thank you for your service. God's speed brother.

Chief Jack Cavanaugh
Lee County Port Authority Police Department

August 15, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

ASAC, Thomas H. Kelly Jr.
Federal Air Marshal Service

August 15, 2016

Rest in Peace My Brother in Blue. Evil will never prosper as long as Brave Men such as yourself stand for good.

"Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be Called Sons of God."
Matthew 5:9

A/ Detective D. Vaquero
San Diego Police Department

August 15, 2016

Officer Chavez,
May you rest in Heavenly Peace. May your family be forever watched over and blessed. May your friends and colleagues find comfort. Please watch over us from on high.
We will see you again dear Sir.
Thank you for your service. I will never forget your sacrifice or the sacrifice of your family.
Greater Love Hath No Man....
Prayers for all involved.

Surviving Daughter of Special Agent J. Robert Porter
Federal Bureau of Investigation
E.O.W. 8/9/79

August 14, 2016

"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

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 (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

August 14, 2016

As a frequent attendee of New Mexico Tech, I often travelled through the pastoral little town of Hatch. It became one of my favorite places, because of the friendly people and the fantastic food. Officer Chavez' devotion to duty and his sacrifice in protecting his town will stand to eternity as a testament to his courage, and to the indomitable spirit of the wonderful people of the town of Hatch, and of the great State of New Mexico.

John Spain
East Ridge, Tennessee Police Department

August 14, 2016

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for over five years. Feel those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

August 14, 2016

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 Hatch Police department. Our country is much less safe without you. Rest in Peace, vaya con Dios Hermano!


August 14, 2016

Rest In Peace Brother.

Det. Andreoli
NYPD-108 pct

August 14, 2016

On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Police Officer Jose Chavez and the extended law enforcement family of the Hatch, New Mexico Police Department

End of Watch: Friday, August 12, 2016, 2016.

Rest in Peace brother and watch over us.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

August 14, 2016

Rest well Ofcr. Chavez

Honor Guard School

August 14, 2016

Rest easy brother, for we now have the watch.

Captain Kevin Clark
Denton County Sheriff's Office

August 14, 2016

Rest in peace.

Sergeant/ Investigator Larry Reeves

August 14, 2016

Thanknyou for your service and keeping your citizens safe. May God Bless you my brother in blue

Chief of Police (Ret.) Raymond Mondragon
Clovis Police Department

August 14, 2016

Rest in peace, Officer Chavez. You deserve your divine reward.

May God comfort your family, friends, and fellow officers at this difficult time.

God bless and protect the Thin Blue Line that protects us all.

Private Citizen Kathryn Felts
Mother of & Family Member of Law Enforcement

August 14, 2016

Rest in peace my brother.

Former officer Andrew M
Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD

August 14, 2016

God bless the officers who put their lives out there everyday. i am thinking of the Hatch officers today, their families, and their sorrow. This has to stop. The animals are burning Milwaukee over the killing of an armed thug by officers. We have to return to law and order in this country. Try to stay safe. Wear those jackets. A fan in Texas

Mrs. Mickey Mathis
interested citizen

August 14, 2016

The ultimate sacrifice my brother. Rest in peace. I pray for God to comfort your family as they try to go through this life without you. Thank you for wearing the badge.

Police officer Donna Richter
Albuquerque Police Department.

August 14, 2016

God speed brother

Officer James Taylor
Berry PD

August 14, 2016

God rest his soul.

Sgt. Robert A. Henne/Retired
Jersey City Police Dept.

August 14, 2016

RIP Brother, may your sacrifice and memory never fade

Deputy Ron Buchholz
Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office NM

August 14, 2016

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