Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Adrian Lopez, Sr.

White Mountain Apache Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Thursday, June 2, 2022

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Reflections for Officer Adrian Lopez, Sr.

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 1, 2022

Officer Adrian Lopez, Sr., thank you for your service to America and the citizens of your community. To Adrian's family, friends and coworkers, I am terribly sorry for your loss. God's Speed Sir!

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

June 25, 2022

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Lopez, Sr. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at White Mountain Apache Tribal Police Department.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

June 22, 2022

In our quiet corner of the world under pine trees and starry nights, no one would believe such terrible things would happen to good people. You were just doing the job you loved. You moved from Wyoming to help the people of Northern Arizona. You gave your ultimate service. Prayers for your family and your young babies. Rest Easy Sir.

Susan Witt (Reeves family)
Great niece to Deputy John C Reeves (1928)
Tucson, AZ

June 20, 2022

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, Adrian Lopez, Sr., 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. Our Prayers and Thoughts to the other Officer who was wounded for a safe and speedy recovery. Our Prayers and Thoughts to the United States Department of the Interior-Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services in Wind River Wyoming where Officer Lopez had previously served. We thank Officer Lopez for his service as a United States Army Veteran.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

June 17, 2022

Rest in Peace Officer Lopez. 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

June 16, 2022

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

Abraham Lincoln

Captain E.Kemmer
Nevada State Police

June 13, 2022

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.
Assistant Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (ASAC)
New York Field Office
Federal Air Marshal Service

June 13, 2022

God Bless You, Your Family, & Friends.
Thank you for your unselfish commitment to protect your community.

James P. Waggle, Jr.
US Army Veteran (SFC)
Civilian

June 13, 2022

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Officer Adrian Lopez. I am truly sorry for your great loss. The service and sacrifice of Officer Lopez will not be forgotten.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs
Maryland

June 12, 2022

Rest, brother.

Sgt. Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

June 9, 2022

Rest In Peace brother. Your courage and service will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and department during this tragic time. Matthew 5:9

Lieutenant Don Barton
Garden City PD, MI

June 7, 2022

Rest In Peace…

Retired Detective Ed Falkowski
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

June 7, 2022

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

June 7, 2022

Condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Adrian Lopez. Another tragic death of an American hero, willing to stand against evil in our nation. It is very sad to have lost such a good man.

Sgt. James Mair (Ret.)
LASD/Denver PD

June 7, 2022

May your journey be well brother warrior. Comfort to your family and all.

Sgt. Mark McDonald
Green River Wyoming Police Department (Retired)

June 6, 2022

Thank you for your service, brother. RIP.

Lieutenant Brian J. Wills II
Oswego County Sheriff's Office
New York

June 6, 2022

Rest in Peace

A fellow copper
St. Louis Police Department

June 6, 2022

Rest In Peace Brother.

Det. Andreoli
NYPD-Retired

June 6, 2022

R.I.P.

Vincent Sinnott, ret Detective
NYPD

June 6, 2022

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

June 6, 2022

So sad & tragic, RIP Sheepdog. May God bless and comfort your wife and children, as well as your brothers & sisters with WMATPD. Well done thou good & faithful servant.

Mike Nixon
High Point, NC Police Dept, Retired

June 6, 2022

Rest in peace Brother.

Captain A. Hoopes
Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Va.

June 6, 2022

On behalf of Session 73 from the Zone Five Academy in New York State, We send out our condolences to the friends and family of Officer Adrian Lopez and White Mountain Apache Tribal Police Department.

Recruit, M. Gootz
Zone Five

June 6, 2022

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OFOFFICER LOPEZ, AND ALL THOSE WHO MOURN THE LOSS OF OFFICER LOPEZ. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
HIS SERVICE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND HIS DEEDS NEVER FORGOTTEN.
GOD BLESS

Retired Officer David Herbert
Toronto Police Service

June 6, 2022

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