Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Senior Officer Juan Rincon Prieto

Corpus Christi Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, February 2, 1993

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Reflections for Senior Officer Juan Rincon Prieto

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

October 1, 2018

He is my #1 always and forever. He was my most wonderful dad and hero. He left us with only beautiful memories. I was so blessed to have him as my dad. I miss and love you so much.


September 8, 2013

Heroes live forever, Officer Prieto, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Corpus Christi and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

February 2, 2013

You are honored today Sir, RIP.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 2, 2012

Rest in peace, Officer Prieto. Greater Houston C.O.P.S. will never forget your service to the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

February 2, 2012

Remembering you on your anniversary!

Citizen NJ


February 2, 2011

I worked with Officer Prieto in the late '60s and early '70s and found him to be an exceptionally courteous, helpful and effective peace officer. He was a credit to both the department and the profession and will be sorely missed by those who who knew and worked with him. Rest in Peace, Juan, you were a shining example to us all.

PREVIOUSLY, Sgt. Richard Spencer

November 30, 2010

To the family and friends of Senior Officer Juan Prieto and his fellow officers:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to pay honor to Juan's memory on the sixthteenth anniversary of the day Juan so tragically lost his life. His heroism, valor and bravery will be forever remembered.

May you be continue to be comforted by the support and caring of your law enforcement family, and other police survivors. We grieve for you and with you. Our family lost our beloved Larry Lasater when he was fatally shot in April of 2005 during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, so we know the anquish you are still experiencing.

Please know that the brotherhood and sisterhood of law enforcement and police survivors will always be by your side on each step of the journey.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the years of service Juan gave to his community and the citizens of Texas, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 2, 1993.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg, CA PD eow 4/24/05


February 2, 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

February 5, 2008



January 28, 2008

Comrade, your promotion to the higher plain is but a sad thing to those of us here, but I know that today as yesterday, you and J.D. are together with God's Army of the very finest. Sometimes I think He takes only the best. You are missed and never to be forgotten.

Patrolman Scott Parker
Itasca Police Department, Texas

September 13, 2005

I thank Senior Officer Juan Prieto for making the ultimate sacrifice while serving his city. May God's blessings be on the family, friends and co-workers of this fine man.

Patrolman Doug Hutchison
Irving Police Department, Texas, retired.

April 20, 2005

officer Prieto your service to Texas will never be forgotten

officer sutherland
Commerce P.D. TX

March 8, 2004

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