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Officer Philip H. Chacon

Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Wednesday, September 10, 1980

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Reflections for Officer Philip H. Chacon

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)

September 10, 2020

I was remembering doing a fun run when I was 9 years old I ran with my dad and I couldn't remember what it was called I knew it was a memorial run but it came to me because I remembered I had a blue T-shirt with the name on it. I knew it was a fallen officer and I remember getting 2nd place in the women's division because the lady who got first passed me during the run haha. I remember receiving a spaghetti dinner and my big t-shirt and feeling proud of myself I didn't know Phil Chacon, but for some reason my dad signed us up for that fun run so it's funny that I was thinking about this in September. RIP officer Chacon.

Lynn
No relation

September 28, 2018

May Philip H. Chacon soul rest in paradise. As a young Marine, I remembered when he died, because I was still in the Corps when this officer-related shooting took place in Albuquerque, NM. It was two years later after I left the Marine Corps that I met my first cop killer "wolve" at the Penitentiary of NM when I was employed as a Correctional Officer. I remember this convict, because he was in my cell block and was a high-profile one to keep an eye on. Said that, I will always keep Phil's soul in my prayer's and honor him for the "sheepdog" that he was for the Albuquerque Police Department. May his family stay close to God and keep them safe. - Chappy Jose+J

Jose L. Villegas, Sr.
Police Chaplain

September 10, 2018

There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn't exist in the world and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn't know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep. Then you've got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak. They're the wolves. And then there are those blessed with the gift of aggression, an overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog. …You know who you are. You know your purpose.

Citizen of ABQ
Son of an APD officer

October 30, 2015

Gary Iverson and my self were thinking of you today. May the Lord bless you and your family always.

T W Martiinez YCS3
CYFD/JJS

August 9, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 33rd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

May 4, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

January 27, 2013

Phil was my training officer when I came out of the 42nd cadet class. I rode with him in the downtown district called 101 starting in April 1975. He was a great training officer and taught me everything I know for survival on the street. He was a strong, but kind man who was ready to help or arrest, as the situation called for. Phil and I would get up after our graveyard tour, run around tingley beach and then go to the departmment and lift weights. He was the strongest guy I ever knew. His death was a shock to me, I was gone to the FBI by the time he died. God bless and keep him and his family. He is and will always be my hero.

P 1/C APD
former APD officer

April 18, 2011

What could have been ,we will never know.
My APD brothers will always be held close to my heart.

Freddie Wingate
EX APD Officer

May 18, 2010

I remember the time you set up a basketball game with the Albuquerque job corps, Police against students.You were always setting up some type of a P.R.program in the community.What was funny about the game was the entrance we made.We all entered following a mascot you brought,a pig. all the fans attending thought that was funny.That's the kind of man you were Phil. you are missed,see you in haven some day.

Sgt.A.P.D. P.R. Otero
Ret. A.P.D.

April 21, 2009

On the 28th anniversary of Officer Chacon’s death, we honored his service during roll call by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job.

Officer Chacon may be gone, but is not forgotten.

Sergeant Jeffrey W. Timmons
First Responder Unit
United States Capitol Police
Washington, D.C.

Anonymous

September 10, 2008

"People sleep peacably in their beds only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf" - George Orwell

Officer Chacon was that type of man - much like many in Law Enforcement and military service. It is only because of men like him we all can rest a little easier.

Even though it has been 27 years since his passing, I know his family loves him - and I know they will see him again in heaven.

The Lord Jesus hold you steady and srong until that day.

Douglas M. Wiencek
Police Officer
CPT, SC, USAR (Ret)


Metra Police Department, Chicago, IL

April 6, 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
Sergeant
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

December 13, 2007

My thoughts and prayers are with the Chacon family and families of all fallen heroes. I was working as a gate sentry at Kirtland Air Force Base, Wyoming Blvd enterance the night Officer Chacon was slain. I think of that horrible night often.

MSgt David Bruce, USAF (retired)

October 1, 2006

You are loved and missed by all your loved ones. Rest in Peace

Jen

April 13, 2006

25 years have gone by, and yet your fellow brothers gather to remember you. I was very proud to attend your memorial service on 9/10.

Rest in peace and comfort.

L Robertson
Wife of APD officer

September 21, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

April 13, 2005

Why the good are taken this way is something I will never know. I wish I had never heard your name, a brother lost, another mourned.
Rest in Peace my friend. Safe shift.

a colleague from the UK

September 10, 2004

It has been 24 years since you left us. I will never forget how you would come to our house and turn on the lights of your patrol car, or take me for a ride around the block. Pretty exciting stuff for a 7 year old. You are the reason I got into Law Enforcement, and I will never forget you.

Andrew Griego

September 10, 2004

Phil, it is nearly 24 years to the date of your passing. Yet, I cannot forget the night you were the officer that arrived after I had been beaten. To this day I think of you and all those who have served since. You were a courageous and honorable man. You are missed.

S. Pierce

September 4, 2004

"Conviction overturned on a technicality" NOW I remember why I was such a jerk as an officer. Hey Phillip, as you now know, Jesus Loves You, so do we!

Ret Officer RB Wade
Richmond,Va Police

October 18, 2003

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