Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Correctional Officer Pedro J. Rodríguez-Mateo

Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Puerto Rico

End of Watch Thursday, August 1, 2019

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Reflections for Correctional Officer Pedro J. Rodríguez-Mateo

"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
Powell, Wyoming

October 5, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Rodriguez-Mateo. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends, and the members of the PRDOC during this most difficult and tragic time.

Sgt. Scott Seitz
Plainsboro Township NJ Police Department

September 10, 2019

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Pedro was killed in the line of duty

To Pedro's family, fellow correctional officers, and all who call Pedro 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. I hope that that you receive that same kind of support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Correctional Officer Rodiguez-Mateo gave to his community and the citizens of Puerto Rico and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 1, 2019.

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

September 9, 2019

RIP. Only to tell you brother, the inmate who attacked you has died in prison under unknown circumstances.

US Army CID Special Agent Marcos Claudio
Former PR Police Department (Class 206th)

September 8, 2019

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray Psalm 91 over all LEO’s and this prayer also:

“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.”

I know that God sends those angels to watch over our officers, sometimes to protect them and sometimes to whisk our officers into His presence.

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 your family to God every morning for over eight years. I pray that Pedro's life and death will bring glory to His name.

Trust 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 28, 2019

"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
Powell, Wyoming

August 27, 2019

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

August 18, 2019

May God be with you. My condolences to your spouse and extended family. Very sad to hear of fallen officers.

Frank Fidelibus
Detective/ Sergeant
Friendswood Texas
Retired

August 16, 2019

On behalf of the Kentucky Peace Officers' Association please accept our condolences on the tragic death of Officer Rodriguez-Mateo.

Chip Nowlin
Kentucky Peace Officers' Association

August 14, 2019

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Rodriguez-Mateo. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations.

US Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

August 12, 2019

Hermano, se hará justicia. Dios te bendiga y descanse en paz.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

August 10, 2019

Rest in peace Brother! We have the watch from here. May God Bless your family and friends.

Lt. A. Orozco
ADOT/ECD

August 9, 2019

Rest In Peace !

Ofc George Ralp George
D.C. Metropolitan Police Department

August 9, 2019

On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Correctional Officer Pedro J. Rodríguez-Mateo and the extended law enforcement family of the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Puerto Rico.


End of Watch Thursday, August 1, 2019.


Rest in Peace brother and watch over us. We will protect and serve from here on in your honor.

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."

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

August 8, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother!!

Lieutenant Vic Manata
Newark Police Department , Newark NJ

August 8, 2019

Thank you for your service sir GOD BLESS.

Mrs.C Singleton /Concern Citizen

August 8, 2019

Rest In Peace brother! Prayers to the family of the brave public servant.

Marcy Anderson
Federal Bureau of Prisons- FCI SEA retired

August 8, 2019

Sleep in Peace; May God comfort to your family

Sandra Thompson, RN
Bureau of Prison, Butner NC

August 8, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Rodriguez-Mateo!
You will not be forgotten!

Willie Bell Hopewell VA!
Friend Of All Law Enforcement Officers!

August 8, 2019

Your Brave Service To The Citizens Of Puerto Rico Will Not Be Forgotten. Rest Peacefully Brother. God Bless.

Retired Corrections G.S. Siegrist
Bucks Co. PA.

August 7, 2019

God rest his soul.

Sgt. Robert A. Henne
Jersey City PD/Retired

August 7, 2019

Rest in Peace Officer Rodríguez-Mateo. May the Lord grant your family, friends and co-workers peace during this difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Deputy Parole Administrator Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

August 7, 2019

Rest in Peace my brother.

Captain Bernard Flint
Department of Defense Police Division

August 7, 2019

Rest in Peace my Brother in Arms

Anrae Godley-Cooper
U.S. Army Military Police

August 6, 2019

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.

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

August 6, 2019

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