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Detective Darrel Dale Cate

Buena Park Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, September 21, 1972

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Reflections for Detective Darrel Dale Cate

Det. Cate,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Buena Park. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 21, 2022

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

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

September 21, 2020

Bud I can’t believe it’s been 47 years that you went to heaven. I remember you like it was yesterday. I was often at your house playing with Kelly. You are forever in my heart ❤️

Suzi Costanza (Neighbor)
Daughter of Louis Costanza BPPD (Ret)

September 28, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother, it's been 45 years and your not forgotten

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

September 21, 2017

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 17, 2015

I know Kevin well from my work. He is a regular at the place where we all eat during our break. He is a friend to our department and us. What makes me the most upset is that the guy who killed his father only got 9 years and went on to be a career criminal and child molester.

Kevin is a good guy dispite all he has overcome.

Narcotics Investigator E. Rivera
Montclair PD

September 22, 2013

Knew the Cate family from church. Darrell had 6 boys. I was involved with his youngest Kevin at 12 years old with the boy scouts. They had a very hard time over coming that. I still get upset every time I think about it and it's been 41 years ago.

Dennis Peterson

September 10, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 21, 2010

It has been almost thirty-eight (38) years since you were brutally murdered by a career criminal. I simply can't understand how he was only jailed for ten (10) years for murdering you. Thank God, this bad guy is back in a cage where he belongs. I hope the next time he leave the joint it is in a pine box. May God bless and comfort your friends and family. You will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten.

SGT Mark B. Hanna, Retired
Fayetteville, AR PD

September 16, 2010

God bless you, detective.

Virginia State Police

June 6, 2010

Suspect has been caught just recently by US Marshals in Merced, CA for failure to register as a sex offender in Virginia. It appears this case was reviewed on America's Most Wanted.

Lawrence Borges
Concerned citizen

June 6, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


September 22, 2009

Det. Cate - Your killer has made the U.S. Marshal's top 15. Rest assured, he will be captured and sent back for the remainder of his life for the crimes he committed after he took your life, including the time he truly deserved back then. Rest in peace, sir.

Ofc. DW

September 7, 2009

Rest in Peace, Detective Cate. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

June 8, 2009

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 9, 2007

Your tour of duty has ended but your dedicated service will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

"Justice will prevail." I promise you that sir.

Anthony Oliver
California Fugitive Warrants

February 15, 2007

God Bless you brother, rest in peace.

Special Agent

December 3, 2006

Detective Cate,
Is it a coincidence that Tyler so deeply respected you that he arranged your Memorial at the BPPD, for all whom entered to see. Is it also God's plan that Tyler should leave us on the same date as He took you? Your memory lives on in all of the men and women at that Department, and for all who knew you. Now, you AND Tyler share Heavens watch. Thank you for touching his life.

Deron & Lorie Pinchot

December 14, 2004

You have not been forgotten.

Sgt. A. Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Yuma, AZ

September 23, 2003

Rest easy knowing you are a hero. And never to be forgotten.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

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