Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Ivan Mauricio Lopez

Mount Vernon Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Monday, August 22, 2022

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Police Officer Ivan Mauricio Lopez

Junior, your attitude and your personality are missed so much around here. I was proud to say you were my partner, I loved working with you. I miss hearing you say "Buford T. Justice!" every time I'd walk in the door. A great deal of joy is gone from here because you're not here to provide it. It's really hard coming in to work knowing that my partner won't be here.

When Chief called me that night, I could tell he had something bad to tell me. I really thought he was about to tell me I had been fired, I wish that's what he was calling to tell me because I can find another job, but we'll never find another Lopez.

I love you and miss you my brother....until we meet again

Officer First Class Jason A. Shaw, Sr. "Buford T. Justice"
Partner to Officer Ivan Lopez "Junior"
Mount Vernon Police Department, Mount Vernon, AL

September 24, 2022

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

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

September 23, 2022

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

September 21, 2022

Officer Lopez,

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

September 2, 2022

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

September 1, 2022

Officer Lopez, for many years, 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. My heart breaks for the sorrow that your loved ones are experiencing. May God immerse you and them in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa
Civilian

August 27, 2022

Rest in peace

Alvin Dumas(retired)
Bishop state police, mobile al.

August 26, 2022

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to your entire department and to the family of Officer Ivan Lopez. May you be blessed with fond memories of him, as well as comfort & peace at this difficult time.

Liane Johnson, #53-66
Monroe County Sheriff's Office
Indiana
U.S.A.

August 26, 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

August 26, 2022

Thank you for your service to your community. I'm sure in those 12 years, you touched many lives. We got it from here. Prayers for your family and the Mt. Vernon Police who have lost a brother.

Lieutenant Scott Worsham
Owens Cross Roads, AL Police

August 26, 2022

Deepest sympathy to the family of Officer Lopez and to his Brothers and Sisters of the Mount VernonPolice Department,Alabama. May GOD give peace, comfort, and understanding to his family, friends , and associates for their loss. RIP Brother.

Chaplain Terry Longacre
Manor Township Police Department (Retired), Lancaster, County, Pennsyl

August 25, 2022

Thank you for your service, brother. RIP.

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

August 25, 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 Department of Public Safety

August 25, 2022

Rest In Peace…

Retired Detective Ed Falkowski
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

August 25, 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

August 25, 2022

Rest In Peace my brother. You will be missed. My condolence to your family.

Officer L. Johnson
Alabama Port Authority (Mobile)

August 25, 2022

Requiescat in Paces

Sergean Mike O'Connor
Branford CT PD

August 24, 2022

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

August 24, 2022

Rest In Peace, Officer Lopez. Praying for your loved ones.

Officer C Curione (Retired)
Rochester Police Department, NY

August 24, 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

August 24, 2022

Rest In Peace Brother

Retired Steve Durfee
Retired

August 24, 2022

Rest in Peace Police Officer Ivan Mauricio Lopez! Thank you for your 12 years of service with the Mount Vernon Police Department, in Alabama. We thank you for your devotion and your sacrifices, and also to your family and friends for their sacrifices. Our hearts break for your wife and your two daughters during this terrible tragedy, and we want them to know that you will never be forgotten! Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the rest of your family and to all of your sisters and brothers in Blue that protect us. God bless you all!! (Matthew 5:9)

Kelly & Eddie King

August 24, 2022

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

Mike Nixon
High Point, NC Police Dept, Retired

August 24, 2022

God rest his soul.

Sgt. Robert A. Henne
Jersey City PD/Retired

August 24, 2022

Officer Ivan Mauricio Lopez, your sacrifice will not be forgotten! God will watch over you, your family, friends and coworkers during this terrible time. God's Speed Sir!

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

August 24, 2022

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.