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Regional Administrator Rodolfo Felix Guillen, Jr.

Virginia Department of Corrections, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, June 14, 1982

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Reflections for Regional Administrator Rodolfo Felix Guillen, Jr.

On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Virginia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 14, 2022

Rest in peace Regional Administrator Guillen.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 24, 2021

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 15, 2015

My father, Fred Finkbeiner, worked for VADOC for almost 20 years before being appointed chief deputy secretary of public safety. He knew Rudy Guillen, and was pretty sure about who killed him. In fact, he later worked with the guy who likely killed him. I won't give the guy's name. I was only 5 when Mr. Guillen was killed, but I remember my dad talking about him, and I remember my parents going to his funeral. My dad was a great man, and considered Mr. Guillen a friend, so he must have been a good man too. R.I.P.

Christian Finkbeiner
Son of Fred Finkbeiner (warden, Buckingham CC; AW, Mecklenburg CC)

August 1, 2014

Thanks to those that care and to the ones that have fallen in the line of duty. Your memory is always present and not a single day goes by that you are not thought of. May God be with and may He bless you all.


January 2, 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 30th anniversary year 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 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 solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 20, 2012

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 8, 2008

I was just coming on for the day shift at STBCC when our shift supervisor announced that Rudy Guillen had been found shot to death in his office in Suffolk, by his secretary. I could not hear anything except breathing for almost a full minute, around me. We all realized, without it being said, that our task and occupation, had just taken on a new and frightening form.

Senior Correctional Officer Paul Wickrow
Saint Brides Correctional Center

August 18, 2005

Thank you for your service, You will never be forgotten. REST IN PEACE


June 14, 2004

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