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 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

Officer Rodriguez-Mateo, it breaks my heart whenever a police officer's life is taken away by forces of evil, but I know also that nothing in this world happens without the permission of our good Lord. He knows all about you - your plans for the future, your dreams, your relationship with your family and friends - but He has His own plans for you, and it is good. May He immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa
Civilian

August 6, 2019

Rest in peace Brother.

Lieutenant A. B. Hoopes
Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Va.

August 5, 2019

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, my brother.

Retired Chief of police Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

August 5, 2019

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 whose 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

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

August 5, 2019

I'm sorry about ur lose and an now praying for every one...my God be with us all...respectz

Anonymous
None

August 5, 2019

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Correctional Officer, Pedro Rodriguez-Mateo, in the line of duty. A Correctional Officer's position is a very dangerous job and the men and women who perform this duty are very important in what they do. Correctional Officer Rodriguez-Mateo, with his bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

August 5, 2019

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