Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Albert Ochoa Garza

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Monday, July 30, 1979

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Albert Ochoa Garza

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

July 30, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Garza.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 22, 2020

40 years, wow. You would be proud of your kids, grandkids and wife. They have lived proudly in the reflection of the leader in their family.

Miss you Uncle Al

Eddie Muniz

July 30, 2019

Rest in Peace Officer John M. Cain. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Harris County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends, Co-Workers and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your foot steps protecting the public. I also Pray that the thugs who murdered you all rot in hell.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

August 4, 2016

I have the pleasure to have met your wonderful son Warren...a wonderful man and great human being...a reflection of his father...may you rest in peace Sir...

Deputy Y. C. Huerta

July 30, 2014

34 years ago, can't believe it has been that long, we were all so young. Many a weekend with family will never be forgotten. Miss you uncle Al.

Eddie Muniz
Nephew / July 30, 2013

July 30, 2013

Heroes live forever, Deputy Garza, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Harris County and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

July 30, 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 34th 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 rememer you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

January 23, 2013

Rest in peace, Deputy Garza. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Harris County and the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

July 30, 2012

I read that the murderer of Deputy Garza, John Selvage, died in prison. He has been on death row and received a stay of execution FIVE times. I hope this will bring some closure to the family and friends of Deputy Garza. I salute you, sir, for your bravery, courage and ultimate sacrifice. You will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten!

SGT Mark B. Hanna, Retired
Fayetteville, AR Police Department

November 3, 2011

Thank you for your service, Deputy Sheriff. I remember the shock and disbelief in my heart the moment that your daughter called to tell me what happened on that fateful day. I still remember with sadness every time I pass the scene where it all took place and I think of you and of my friend, Judi.

May God forever bless you and your beautiful family.

~ Lourdes

Lourdes Garcia

September 9, 2011

Rest in Peace Deputy Sheriff Albert Garza. You are not forgotten.

Cheryl Railsback, President
Greater Houston Concerns of Police Survivors

July 30, 2011

I can't believe it's been 30 years since that awful day. I remember it like it was yesterday - J.R. was still so little. Just another senseless waste of life and for what? Thank you Deputy for leading by example and never hesitating. You are missed.

Laura Yanez

August 13, 2009

Happ Birthday Dad, we love you and miss you.....

J.R. Garza

July 30, 2009


I have often thought of you and the irony of your demise. I had asked you if you wanted to work an extra job the Friday before your death and you had declined because you did not want the extra exposure at that point in your career. When God calls you home it doesn't matter where you are at. You answered the call to duty and God called you home. God bless and rest in peace brother.

Detective John R. Hill (Retired)

December 2, 2008

You will never be forgoten brother


July 30, 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

February 7, 2008

Officer Garza, thank you for your service to Harris County, and To The Great State Of Texas. RIP brother you did your job well.

Pecos Police Department
Pecos, Texas.

July 31, 2007

Deputy Sheriff Garza,
On today, the 26th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Harris County.


July 30, 2005

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