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Police Officer Joseph Anthony Santana

El Monte Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, June 14, 2022

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Reflections for Police Officer Joseph Anthony Santana

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

Rest, brother.

Sgt. Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

June 26, 2022

Rest In Peace young man. Thank you for your service. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas B.
Rockland county, ny

June 26, 2022

To the family, friends and coworkers of Officer Joseph Anthony Santana, my deepest sympathy for your loss. God will watch over you all during this terrible time. God's Speed Sir!

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

June 25, 2022

"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 suspect who shot him will stand up in court, with counsel demanding his rights,
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids and spend alone many long nights.
The beat that he walked was a battlefield, too, just as if he'd 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.
Yes, somebody killed a policeman today, it happened 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 a beat on a dark city street, and he stands at each new rookie's side.
He answered the call and gave us his all, and a part of America died."

Author unknown

E.C.Proft Chief Criminal Deputy (Retired)
Island County Sheriff's Office

June 22, 2022

May Our Lord Have a Special place in His Heavenly Home for this "TRUE HERO", Officer Joseph Santana, and Corporal Michael Domingo Paredes. Mu Deepest Sympathies go out to the Families of Officer Santana and Corporal Paredes and their department.

Retired Chicago Police Officer Michael T
Chicago Police Department, 9th District

June 22, 2022

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Santana. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at El Monte Police Department.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

June 22, 2022

My deepest condolences to his family and to his department. May Joseph's soul forever rest in peace.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

June 22, 2022

RIP Officer Santana. Thank you for your service to the citizens of El Monte and San Bernardino County

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

June 22, 2022

My deepest sympathy & condolences to both Officers Santana’s & Corporal Parades’ families, friends and fellow colleagues. May you both pass through the gates of heaven with open arms, love and gratitude for the honorable service that you both have provided. Although I’m not a law enforcement officer, I am nevertheless an avid lifelong civilian supporter of all law enforcement officers and am truly sorry to learn of this most unfortunate situation. Please accept my sincere

D. ZUCKER

June 21, 2022

Rest in Peace my Brother in Arms

Anrae G Godley-Cooper
U.S. Army Military Police

June 21, 2022

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

June 21, 2022

On behalf of POINT 27, we would like to offer condolences for Police Officer Joseph Santana. Please know we are eternally grateful for Joseph’s service and his ultimate sacrifice.

To honor Police Officer Santana, POINT 27 sent 27 Thin Blue Line Dog Tag Necklaces, engraved with “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called children of God” Matthew 5:9, to the El Monte Police Department in El Monte, California for Joseph’s partner and fellow officers. POINT 27 sent a Folded Flag Necklace engraved with “Greater Love has no one than this; than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” John 15:13 for Police Officer Joseph Santana’s wife.

POINT 27 is a Non-Profit organization with a mission to strengthen and encourage members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, and their families, by sharing scripture on Dog Tags and Jewelry called Shields of Strength.

We will never forget and we are forever grateful.

Respectfully,

Colonel David Dodd,
United States Army Retired
Executive Director-POINT 27

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes #R309
Dallas Police Department-Reserve Division
POINT 27 National Outreach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison
[email protected]
214-908-2617

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department Reserve Division
POINT 27- National Out Reach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison

June 19, 2022

Thinking of you and your partner and all the innocent lives affected by one individual who also wasted his life. You and your partner are true heroes and will never be forgotten. Continue to keep watch over your family.

Robert Gordon, Retired Deputy Chief
Father of Officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

June 19, 2022

Rest in Peace my brother.

Captain Bernard Flint
Department of Defense Police Division

June 19, 2022

Officer Santana, our world is full of evil people, and yet, you dedicated your life to protecting others that they may be safe. Our Lord, who sees all and knows all, will reward you abundantly for your courage, dedication and selfless service. May God immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa
Civilian

June 19, 2022

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

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

June 19, 2022

Your courage and sacrifice shall not be forgotten. RIP brother.

Deputy Caleb Crow
Madera County Sheriffs Office, CA

June 19, 2022

To the family, friends, and co-workers of Police Officer Joseph Santana, I am very sorry for the loss of a good man and a brave protector of the community. Please know that Joseph's sacrifice will be remembered and that he and his family will be in prayer. Rest In Peace Officer Santana.

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

June 19, 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, Joseph Santana, 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 San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office where Officer Santana had previously served.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

June 18, 2022

We graduated the academy together and brother you will be missed by all of you class 211 family. We will carry on your memory in our hearts while faithfully carry out our duties. I wish that I could go back in time to the last time I saw you and tell you how much I’d miss you. I love you brother and until Valhalla

Anonymous
SBSO class 211

June 18, 2022

RIP BROTHER!! GOD SPEED TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!

Stephen Bruet, Probation Officer
North Carolina Department of Public Safety

June 17, 2022

Lord Jesus, as we watch our nation’s brave law enforcement officers succumb to the wicked and evil in this world, it becomes difficult for us to pick up and move forward. Our communities are on the brink of exploding with tension. In light of the law enforcement officers who are no longer with us, I pray for endurance for our communities and law enforcement agencies. Carry us through this time of strife, that through our struggles, our bonds may grow even more unbreakable. In Your mighty and holy name, I pray. Amen.

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” [Isaiah 6:8 ESV]

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” [Psalm 23:4 ESV]

”Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his (her) life for his (her) friends.” [John 15:13 ESV]

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4 ESV]

Chaplain Steven Robert Closs, DDiv, MBS, NCCA
Ordained / Licensed Independent Outreach Minister of the Christian Harvest Church

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

June 17, 2022

On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Police Officer Joseph Santana and the extended law enforcement family of El Monte Police Department, California.


End of Watch Tuesday, June 14, 2022.


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 Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

June 17, 2022

All give some, some give all. Rest in Peace!

Ptl B L Waltz (Ret)
Avon Lake PD OH

June 17, 2022

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