Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Ismael Z. Chavez

McAllen Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, July 11, 2020

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Reflections for Police Officer Ismael Z. Chavez

Rest in Peace Officer Chavez, my sincere condolences to your family and to your department. God speed as you now patrol the streets of gold. Your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.


July 12, 2020

A Part Of America Died

Somebody killed a policeman today
And a part of America died...
A piece of our country he swore to protect
Will be buried with him at his side.
The beat that he walked was a battlefield, too,
Just as if he had gone off to war;
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half-mast
To his name they will add a gold star.
The suspect that shot him will stand up in court
With counsel demanding his rights,
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids
And spend many long, lonely nights.
Yes, somebody killed a policeman today...
Maybe in your town or mine,
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors
A cop put his life on the line.
Now his ghost walks the beat on a dark city street,
And he stands at each new rookie's side;
He answered the call... of himself gave his all,
And a part of America died...
~~Author Unknown~~

Patrolman IV (Retired) Alfredo Gonzalez
Brownsville Police Dept.

July 12, 2020

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

July 12, 2020


Retired Officer David Herbert
Toronto Police Service, Canada

July 12, 2020

Rest in eternal Peace, good and faithful public servant.
God has already reserved a special place for our peacemakers.
Please continue your careful and diligent watch over us.
When Law Enforcement perishes, a proud and caring nation mourns.
Thank you for your heroic sacrifice!
Thank you for your selfless service!
Thank you for your guardian protection!

Our prayers to the family and department.

Charles F. Holloway, Jr.
Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
Elizabethtown Police Department

July 12, 2020

Rest in peace Brother....My thoughts are with your family, friends, and the members of the MPD during this most difficult and tragic time...

LT. Joseph Ward, Ret
Jackson, NJ PD

July 12, 2020

So sad to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Police Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

July 12, 2020

God rest his soul.

Sgt. Robert A. Henne
Jersey City PD/Retired

July 12, 2020

Deepest Sympathy to the family of Officer Chavez and to his Brothers and Sisters of the McAllen Police Department,Texas . May God give comfort and understanding to the family and associates Officer Chavez . RIP Brother we got the Watch.

Chaplain Terry L. Longacre (Ret.Manor Tw
Red Rose Lodge FOP# 16 Lancaster, County Pennsylvanianbiu hasMa

July 12, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Chavez.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 12, 2020

My family and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fellow co-workers of Police Officer Ismael Chavez during this difficult time. May they find comfort and support from those around them. May happy moments from the past bring forth precious memories to cherish for a lifetime. May God help heal their aching hearts. Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace Police Officer Ismael Chavez.

Gail M. Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit Police Officer Jennifer Fettig eow 2/16/04

July 12, 2020

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

Douglas J. Maykowski
Fraternal Order Of Police Central Macomb Lodge #187 Macomb County Mich

July 12, 2020

God bless the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Chavez with hope, comfort and strength as they mourn his loss, Amen. I am so sorry for your loss.

Wife of Lt. Kevin Clyde Mainhart EOW 5/11/2017

July 12, 2020

The nation lost another hero. Rest in Peace, Ofc. Chavez. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Assistant Chief Roberto Filice
Salinas Police Department

July 12, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family of Officer Ismael Chavez for he will never ever be forgotten. May his soul forever rest peacefully in Heaven.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb, New York State Police.

July 12, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Chavez!
You will not be forgotten!

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

July 12, 2020

R I P Brother

Herbie Buck Ret. Officer

July 12, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Ismael Chavez.
Prayers & Condolences for family & friends.

Sgt. Randy Keenan ~ (Retired)
City of Alameda, CA Police Department

July 12, 2020

May the Lord comfort the families, friends and coworkers of these fine officers. May they rest in peace. They have paid the ultimate price for doing their job. God has a special place in Heaven for these heroes.

Sergeant David Sheetz (retired)
Houston Police Dept.

July 12, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Police Officer Ismael Chavez on their tragic loss. May our Lord give you all the strength and comfort needed during this difficult time. Thank you for your dedication and service to your community. Rest in peace Police Officer Ismael Chavez.

CBP Officer(retired) Luis Otero
DHS/Bureau Of Customs And Border Protection

July 12, 2020

R. I. P. Brother.

Retired Interim Chief Larry E. Price
Jackson, Tn. P. D. 38302

July 12, 2020

R.I.P Officer Ismael Chavez

Brian Molyneaux

July 12, 2020

Rest In Peace...

Retired Detective
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

July 12, 2020

Rest in Peace Officer Chavez. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, coworkers and friends.

Lieutenant Robert T. Mote (ret)
Buena Park, CA Police Department

July 12, 2020

Rest in Peace Officer Chavez. May God bless you, your family and colleagues at this tragic time.

Blair M. Gluba, Special Agent (Ret)
Naval Criminal Investigative Service (Retired)

July 12, 2020

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