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Deputy Sheriff Ernest Calvillo

Pima County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

End of Watch Thursday, July 21, 1983

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Ernest Calvillo

Ernie was a really cool guy. He provided off-duty/in-uniform security at my high school football games, and always busted my chops as we headed out onto the field. I was actually at the place where he was killed about 4 hours earlier that day, and my mom, an ER Nurse, told me the shocking news the next morning. Ernie was way too young to be robbed of his life like that, and I'm thankful that the other Deputy took his killer out on the spot.

Charles Mote
A friend of Ernie's

January 2, 2021

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 21, 2020

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

July 9, 2012

Ernie, the years have passed but I think of you often. I remember our good times on the golf course and interesting moments we had working our patrol beats together. You will never be forgotten by those who served with you and were fortunate enough to call you friend. I will see you again at roll-call in that big briefing room in the sky. RIP my brother.

Deputy Marcus Lynch #392 (Retired)
Pima County Sheriff's Department

January 29, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 21, 2010

Deputy Sheriff Calvillo,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pima County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



July 21, 2008

Rest in Peace, Deputy Calvillo. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 17, 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

August 1, 2007

Hey Ernie, just wanted to let you know you aren't forgotten.

Former Deputy Bill Young #412
Pima County SO

June 9, 2007

Thank you for your service and dedication. May you rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

January 8, 2007

Ernie,you've been missed,your classmate
of Academy 73-1, Star number 229,may you
rest in eternal peace.

Deputy Sheriff Johann Bayer
Pima County Sheriff's Department

January 13, 2005

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