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Sergeant Pedro Antonio "Pete" Cainas

Hialeah Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, November 19, 1992

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Reflections for Sergeant Pedro Antonio "Pete" Cainas

Hey big guy! I was at your place of rest at the cemetery recently. Placed some flowers for you and your dad as I always do when I go. You know I cant go for 1 unless I bring for everyone I know and love that is resting there as well. I think about you often, and spend time with your mom when we meet for police events or COPS meetings. I was so proud of her at the last meeting. She actually spoke in english, and stated how and when she lost you. She never does that. I made sure she knew I was very proud of her. I sort of adopted you with regards to showing up at events if your mom isnt there. Im happy to do it.

I wish we could visit with your brother more.


friend and coworker

June 22, 2008

SGT. Cainas your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

April 28, 2008

Hey Pete!
Seems weird to write this down, since i talk to you every day.
I miss you every day of my life, but i know you are watching over me. Do you like my new memorial tattoo for you? I know you know this. Every day of my life we have that connection and you know what it is......the number 13. Funny how when i bought season football tickets, my seat was 13. Season marlin tickets, seat 13. Season panthers tickets, yep. Now we can get to the others, my assigned work locker, that they didnt want to give me because the number was 13. I told them that was my number and i wanted it anyway. Then theres the concert tickets....yep, you know. My hire date is on my hospital ID and i just figured out the date in red letters on top is 13. You know how i say "Hey Pete, miss ya" whenever this comes up, which is daily. I know its you Pete. Thank You for being there for me even now. You always were.
You made such a HUGE impression on my life by the way you lived yours, and the way you always put your family first. Remember when i used to hang with you after family dinner and talk, or hanging with you while you worked on your awsome muscle cars? Remember the Firebird you gave me while i was in nursing school? I have never, and will never forget you Pete. You are my HERO! Chris misses you terribly. He looked up to you, and respected you, and listened to you, more than anybody on this earth. His whole life changed the day he lost his beloved uncle Pete. Hes been lost ever since, but i think hes finally getting better, and getting his life back in order. I know you are proud of him. I cant wait to see you in heaven. When i come walking up to you, i will have my little angel with me. Im picking her up at the rainbow bridge on my way. How was the rainbow bridge Pete? I am looking forward to that day. I know its selfish, cuz your in a much better place, but my heart will always miss YOU! I carry you with me in heart and on my tattoo always. Love & Miss You Pete! XOXO

Joan Hastey
Your Forever Sister-in-Law

April 26, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 27, 2007

Hey Pete, 15 yrs and all your friends still remember you. We are here for your mom, she is ok. Please, say hi to your dad for me and give Emilio a big hug...we all miss you guys.

Happy Thanskgiving.

Terry Miyares, surviving spouse
Officer Emilio Miyares, Hialeah PD, Fl 11/6/86

November 21, 2007

You have not been forgotten my friend. You are still thought of very very often even after 15 long years.

Kathy Alvarez Retired 911 calltaker
Hialeah PD

November 12, 2007

"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

October 2, 2007

Pete, You do not know me and have never met me, but you have been an inspiration and my motivation to become not only a police officer but a practicing attorney. You have not been forgotten and though you may not know it, you have become an inspiration to those that know your story and are committed to both the law enforcement and attorney profession.

Deputy Sheriff Julio Perez
Hendry County Sheriff's Office

June 30, 2007

Pete, my brother!

I still have the image of that Sunday, when I saw you at the report room after you came back. Remember, that I told you that I thought I was seeing a vision. You knew, that I did not know you had come back. Brother, till this day, I don't know what that meant. You were standing infront of me, and I did not see you. You laughed when I started rubbing my eyes and told you that I was going crazy. I have always appreciated your friendship. I am so glad, that I had the opportunity to work we you out there in sector five during most of your last days after your return from the State Attorney's Office. I also remember the accident report you wrote when I had the accident infront of the Goodwill at Palm and 5th Street. It was text, attorney written. You were sharp, sharp, man. I am proud of you, brother! You have not and will not be forgotten...

Detective Ricky Garcia
Hialeah Police Department

June 1, 2007

Pete, we are thinking of you today and always. I will be calling your mom today, she knows that we all care and love her, she is part of our family. Please, say hi to Emilio for me...


Terry Miyares, surviving spouse
Officer Emilio Miyares, Hialeah PD, Fl 11/6/86

November 19, 2006


A day doesn't go by that I don't think about you. I really miss you brother you were a good friend and I loved and respected you very much. I still have some great pictures of you and me training dogs and I look at them often and I remeber those fun times. It's funny that a 43 year old former police officer, married father of three, still cries when he sees those pictures. When you passed away Tosh jr (Fuse) the German Shepherd that I gave you passed away a month later. I guess he missed you too much and I hope he is with you. Someday we will see each other again and that day will be a happy one. Take care my brother...

Jorge Angulo

Jorge Angulo

July 30, 2006

pete, you and i went through almost four years of school at FIU together, then you went on to law school at UM and i went to Nova. after all these years you still aren't forgotten, bro. rest well.


March 6, 2006

Hey Pete, I was just going through Emilio's reflections and wanted to say hi to you. I want to let you know that your mom is ok, she will be going with me and my family to our COPS Party next Saturday, she went to Washington last year with me and my family, my mother in law, Ofelia Gonzalez(Evelyn Gorts mom,Miami Dade PD, also killed in line of duty) and your mom had a great time up there during Police Week in May, we are all planning to go again this year, as long as they want to go and I can take them, they will be there to be with the other survivors and to see their kids names on the wall. Please, say hi to Emilio, Hugo, Rene and Ted, and watchec over all of us and all your brothers and sisters who are still Protecting and Serving, and to "el viejo"(your dad) tell him that we all miss him a lot.

Love and take care,


Terry Miyares, surviving spouse
Officer Emilio MIyares, Hialeh PD, Fl 11/6/86

January 7, 2006

I met you on my second week of my riding assignment back in 1984. You extended your friendship and we remained friends throughout the years. I will always remember you brother and I will always watch over your brother Bobby. As we are now best friends and brothers for life. Love you Chuck

Retired Police Officer
Hialeah Police Department

December 21, 2005


I served for 4 years as unit 4177. Anytime I went into the lobby of the station I couldn't help but look at you, Emilio and Hugo's plaques. I was only 16 when you passed, but stories of you and the others still haunt me. I now protect my home town of Los Angeles and feel that burden everytime everytime I respond to a call for service. Wondering on occasion if this will be my final Watch. I only know you by what I was told and anyone that can leave and comeback to a job that is many a time thankless is a hero to me. God bless you brother. I know I have angels with shining badges watching over me and the rest of my sister and brother officers. Watch over Rene. He didn't wear a badge, but like you he watched over Hialeah with the same amount of compassion. Till we meet at my final 06.

Officer Melisa Leon
Los Angeles Police Dept

December 6, 2005

Pete, although I did not know you I feel close to you because I am also a member of the Hialeah PD. Thank you for your sacrifice, and rest in peace. You will not be forgotten.


November 27, 2004

Not forgotten. Rest in peace.

Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

February 18, 2004

I knew Pete, since High School, even though we were not friends, he was a classmate. A few years later he became a Police Officer and so did my husband Emilio Miyares(also killed in line of duty). Emilio knew Pete and his parents. They both worked at the same Police Dept. (Hialeah Florida), Emilio was killed Nov. 6, 1986 and Pete was shot on Nov. 12, 1992(almost 6 years to the date of Emilio's death) Pete died on Nov. 19, 1992. After Pete's death I met his parents, beautiful people, they still very upset about his death, they attend Memorial's for Pete and all the other officers killed in line of duty.

Pete we all remember you, Emilio and Hugo and you guys will never be forgotten.

Terry Miyares

Officer Emilio Miyares, widow

Hialeah Police Dept.

4/24/59- 11/6/86

terry Miyares
Hialeah Police Dept.

Cainas, working afternoon shift in the early eighties with you was the best time of my life. Thanks for backing me up on all those calls.


Dear Pete,
Although we never met, your death hurt. Not only as an officer loosing his life in a senseless manner, but you were a Hialeah Officer.. and now there would be 3. You joined Emilio and my Dad and that hurt. Please trust in knowing that you will not be forgotton and you're death will not have been in vain. I'm sorry for the recent loss of your father, but now he is with you and I'm sure you were greeting him with open arms. Please keep protecting us from above. I am committed with Terri to keep your memories alive. We will not let them forget.
Thank you for your protection and paying the ultimate price.
God Bless you...

Ann Becker Alexandrino, Daughter
Detective Hugo M. Becker, Hialeah Police Dept, EOW 6/25/66

Thank you to the person that found a picture of Pete. Pete was my friend before I myself became a police officer. We would take our cars to the drag races at Hollywood speed way in Pembroke Pines. In fact I will never forget Pete’s funeral, His red Pontiac GTO was taken to show how much he loved cars. Well, I then became a Hialeah Gardens cop and Pete went to work at the State Attorney’s Office and we stayed in contact because Pete had bought a house in the Estate area of Hialeah Gardens. I would go over his house all the time and we would talk about cars and whatever else. I will never for get the day Pete when back to Hialeah PD, Pete stop me in the middle of the road to tell me how happy he was to return to the streets as a cop. That day will stay on my mind forever. I also will never forget the day Pete was shot; I visited him everyday while he was in the hospital alive. Pete my friend, I since have moved on to the Miami Police Department, I will never forget you and I placed a candle this year by your name in Washington DC at the Police Memorial. Pete your name is also on top of my desk in the Homicide Office. We will meet again, God bless you.

Det. Sergio Diez
Miami Police Department

Detective Sergio Diez
Miami Police Department

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