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Detective Juan Alfonso "John" Delgado

Bay City Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, July 15, 2021

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Reflections for Detective Juan Alfonso "John" Delgado

Det. Juan Delgado,

I knew him by another name, “Dad” or “Pop”. He was my mentor and my role model. I wanted to be you. You are and forever will be my hero. I remember growing up he taught me the medical skills he learned from the Army, the basics of handgun safety, and tactics of room clearing. Instilling in me to never quit and to fight for the weak even at the cost of my own life.

Even as I was young I knew I was learning something important and things that I would take with me for the rest of my life. Some kids learned to fish or work on cars, he taught me to dress my wounds and that in a fight for your life, there are no rules, one person gets to walk away and that person better be me.

I once asked my father, why he wasn't into traditional hobbies like hunting. He said that during his years, he had gone after dangerous men and after that nothing really compared. This only solidified my awe of the man my father was. I saw my father as a man who went after dangerous men who were put in his path head on, and came back every time. Maybe scared or bruised but he came back.

More so than this man who taught me at a young age how to fight, how to apply law, how to lead, my father was the best father anyone could ask for. He was tough, he was a hard man with high standards, but he was loving, forgiving, and showed all of his family how to be a father. He always walked his family to the car and said “Watch your Ass” as you headed home.

My two siblings and I all entered law enforcement as part of the sense of duty he had instilled in all of us. We try everyday to make him proud.

I’ll see you on the other side Pop, but until then I’ll watch my ass like you taught me. Love you Dad.

Sergeant John David Delgado #314
Rosenberg Police Department

August 25, 2021

Detective Delgado,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

August 22, 2021

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

Deputy Parole Administrator Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

August 11, 2021

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

"This We'll Defend"

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

August 6, 2021



August 3, 2021

We will remember.

Miss Eleanore Trupkiewicz
Civilian Supporter of Law Enforcement

August 2, 2021

Rest in peace brother, we'll take it from here. Thank you for your service, you will not be forgotten. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Det Delgado during this time of tragic and painful loss.

Donnie Meaders
Retired Oklahoma LEO

July 31, 2021

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 31, 2021

Detective Delgado, for many years, you dedicated your life to protecting others that they may be safe. It took a small virus to take your life. Our Lord, who sees all and knows all, will reward you abundantly for your courage, dedication and selfless service. May He immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

July 29, 2021

I am sad to learn of the passing of a Brother and Hero in Detective Juan Alfonso "John" Delgado. I believe our Heavenly Father has welcomed him home into his loving arms where he will now patrol the Golden Streets of Heaven. May the Lord deliver Blessings, Comfort and Peace to his Family, Friends and all Members of the Bay City Police Department, Texas.

Retired, T W Martinez
FOP member
State of New Mexico/JJS

July 28, 2021

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Detective Delgado and the Bay City Police Department during this time. Thank you, Detective Delgado, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

July 28, 2021

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 28, 2021

RIP Detective Delgado. Thank you for your service to the Country and to the citizens of Bay City, Port Lavaca, Wharton County and Fort Bend County

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

July 28, 2021

Praying for peace and comfort today and in the days ahead. With deepest sympathy,

Rita Rocker
Deputy Executive Director
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles

July 28, 2021

Delgado family and friends may God grant all of you with a speedy healing. Det. Delgado thank you for your service to your Community and Department. Most of all thank you for your Ultimate Sacrifice in the Line of Duty.

Rudy Jones ( Retired )
Former Reserve Cuyahoga Falls Police Department

July 28, 2021

may HIS light shine perpetual upon his face

Chief Jim Allen (retired)
Mobile County Child Support

July 28, 2021

I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Detective Delgado. I am so very sorry for your loss. Detective Delgado lived a life of service to his fellow citizens. He will be remembered. I am praying for your comfort and peace.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

July 27, 2021

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Detective Delgado. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Bay City Police Department.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

July 27, 2021

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 27, 2021

Rest in peace brother

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

July 27, 2021

Rest in Peace Detective Delgado. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Delgado Family and the Bay City Police Department.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office New Jersey

July 27, 2021

God bless you Officer Juan Alfonso Delgado, for your service and sacrifice. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends, and to your brothers and sisters from the Bay City Police Department. Rest In Peace Brother.

Officer Jim Drabos (Retired)
San Gabriel (CA) Police Department

July 27, 2021

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

LT. Joseph Ward, Ret
Jackson, NJ PD

July 27, 2021

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Detective, Juan Alfonso "John" Delgado, from complications of the COVID-19 Virus. It is always a huge loss when a fellow Detective succumbs from this deadly virus. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed. Our Prayers and Thoughts to the Port Lavaca Police Department, , Wharton County and Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office where Detective Delgado had previously served. We also thank Detective Delgado for his service as a United States Army Veteran.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

July 27, 2021

R.I.P Detective John Delgado

Brian Molyneaux

July 27, 2021

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