Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal Lawrence Rudy Cadena, Sr.

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, December 13, 1988

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Reflections for Corporal Lawrence Rudy Cadena, Sr.

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

December 13, 2020

Larry... I heard about your loss for many years. My dad, Sr Corporal Rolando Sanchez, was your partner. It hurts him to this day that he was not there.

Jeremy Sanchez
Sgt, Harris County Sheriffs Office

Sergeant Jeremy Sanchez
Harris County Sheriff

May 12, 2020

It is difficult to believe 30 years ago on this night you were taken from us. Without you, the road has been difficult. I could have capitulated many time, but you taught me never give up, even when facing overwhelming odds. I am what I am because of you. I know you can see your beautiful and amazing talented grandchildren. How I wish you could have carried them, have them wash your windows, and cut your grass (just like you compelled me to do every time I visited).

I would like to thank everyone for your prayers and my God bless you all.

Lawrence (Larry) Cadena

December 13, 2018

Cpl. Cadena,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Dallas. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 13, 2018

Never forgotten.

Police Officer - -
Mesquite (TX) Police Department

December 13, 2014

I worked with Larry at DPD, became close while attend another officers death in Larrys home, San Antonio. I think of him often even after all these years, he was a good friend and co-worker, DPD badge no. 3116.

Detective William Cox
Anchorage, Alaska Police Dept.

November 26, 2014

For me you'll always be eighteen
And beautiful
And dancing away with me heart


July 20, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 21rst anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 13, 2009

Rest in peace Brother. You are not forgotten.

Brother in Blue
Dallas Police Department

January 11, 2009

You are a true hero, sir. Rest in peace.

William Woodburn
Private Citizen

February 19, 2008

"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 whos 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

February 5, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service, this writer is pleased that justice was appropriately served on your behalf.

manchester, nh

December 7, 2007

Gone only from earthly sight.G-d Bless.

December 13, 2006

Heroes and the sacrifices they make are never forgotten. Corporal Cadena, you are a true hero and you are not forgotten.

Salem, Va

December 13, 2006

As an aspiring and future law enforcer I look to those past and can only hope to make them proud. Your memory lives on in those who love you.

December 7, 2005

Thanks Larry! Wish there were more like you here. You have not been gone long enough yet for me to still not miss you lots! Peace bro and to your family!


March 3, 2004

Rest in Peace are not forgotten


I hope there is peace now for the family of Cpl. Cadena now that his killer has been executed. Let's not forget the brazen nature of this attack. As Mexico grieves a killer, a family grieves a loved one lost and all those things that could've been. May God watch over us all!


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