Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Elias Martinez, Jr.

Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, September 17, 2017

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Reflections for Police Officer Elias Martinez, Jr.

RIP, prayers for the family.

Sgt. Ron Cromer
Martin Co. Sheriff's Office

September 19, 2017

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Officer, Elias Martinez, in the line of duty. It is always a huge loss when a fellow officer makes the ultimate sacrifice. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

September 19, 2017

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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 who’s 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

September 19, 2017

I have had the pleasure to have known Sonny form the time he came to Metro PD. I was one of his Field training officers when he hired on. He could always get you laughing and then he would have this cheesy smile only he could do. I rode with him when I was a solo officer working extra jobs and when I promoted to Sgt I had the pleasure of Sonny working with me. If I needed an assignment done I could alway count on Sonny. The City of Houston lost not only a good officer but to many who knew Sonny we lost a friend. Rest In Peace my Brother.

B. Leonard Wagner
Retired Sgt. Metro Police-Houston

September 19, 2017

My family and I would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Police Officer Elias Martinez during this difficult time. May they find comfort and support from those around them. May God help heal their aching hearts. Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace Officer Martinez.

Gail M Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig eow 2/16/2004

September 19, 2017

Rest in peace Brother.

Joe Patterson, Director
Arkansas 15th Drug Task Force

September 19, 2017

Sonny was my first friend, growing up next to him at 137 Hoffman back in 1961. I remember his parents Eli, (a Houston Firefighter) and his mother used to come over and visit my parents (Joe and Rachel Sanchez) and Sonny and i would play together. We moved from Denver Harbor 4 years later and I only saw him sporadically afterwards. A great family the Martinez's, his uncle Raul Houston's first Mexican American police officer. We will pray for his surviving family.

Andrew Sanchez
Friend

September 19, 2017

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

September 19, 2017

"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

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police Department

September 19, 2017

Rest in Peace, Hero. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. May God hold your family and friends tight in His loving arms. God Bless You.

Noranne Stubbs Lenox - Office Coordinato
Ariozna Departmetn of Public Safety

September 19, 2017

Officer Elias "Sonny" Martinez, rest in peace.

Sincere condolences to family and friends.

Sgt. Randy Keenan (Ret)
City of Alameda, CA Police Deptartment

September 19, 2017

Rest in peace brother.

Officer Kyle Groose
Laramie PD, WY

September 19, 2017

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 Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Department. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother! Vaya con Dios Hemano.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

September 19, 2017

May the good lord welcome you with open arms, for you have done your job well.

Chaplain Douglas J. Maykowski
Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge #187 Mt. Clemens Michigan.

September 19, 2017

I just heard the news today of Sonny's passing. My deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. May God give you the peace that you seek.

Lucina Gonzalez
Friend of the family

September 19, 2017

Rest in peace brother. You are a true hero.

Deputy J Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

September 19, 2017

RIP Sonny boy, you will be missed dearly

Motor Officer Tim Parnell
Katy PD

September 19, 2017

I am sorry for your loss to the Family, Fellow Officers, and Friends. I will keep all of you in my prayers. RIP.

FrankJ.CorasanitiII,Lieutenant,retired
Balto. City Fire Dept.

September 19, 2017

Officer Martinez, losing you, after all that has happened is simply the reverse of the icing on the cake. There, you have something good compounded by something better. In this tragedy, you have something bad compounded by something worse.

Our prayers are with you and your family, your WHOLE family but most especially your wife and children. So long as they keep you in their hearts and minds, you will never truly be gone, but that is of little consolation at this time, I know.

God Bless you, Brother, and may you forever Rest in Peace.

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

September 19, 2017

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service and dedication.

Cpl. M. Davis #2614
Prince George's County Police

September 19, 2017

RIP HERO

NONE
NONE

September 19, 2017

MAY THE LORD COMFORT YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS AT THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.
REST IN PEACE.

DON'T CRY BECAUSE I'M GONE--SMILE BECAUSE I WAS HERE.

SERGEANT DAVID SHEETZ (RETIRED)
HOUSTON POLICE DEPT.

September 19, 2017

God, filled with mercy, dwelling in the heavens' heights,
bring proper rest beneath the wings of your Lord,
amid the ranks of the holy and the pure,
illuminating like the brilliance of the skies the soul of Elias Martinez who went to his eternal place of rest.
May You who are the source of mercy shelter him beneath Your wings eternally,
and bind his soul among the living, that he may rest in peace. And let us say: Amen.

Bill Mann
Civilian Supporter
South Pasadena, CA

September 19, 2017

Sonny was one of the best and a good friend of mine! He was always a straight shooter and spoke his mind to whomever, whenever regardless of rank. Rest in peace Sonny you will be missed.

Inv. Andre Hines
Harris County Constable #3

September 19, 2017

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Officer Martinez and the Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Department during this time. Thank you, Officer Martinez, for your service.

Administration
National Police Wives Association

September 19, 2017

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