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Sergeant Patrick Joseph Riley

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, March 11, 1994

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Reflections for Sergeant Patrick Joseph Riley

It's been 30 years since you left us.
I miss you terribly and Love you more than life itself, I always will.
I am so sorry I did not protect you more, and this would never have happened.
After we talked and you shared why you had no choice about doing off duty jobs, I should have addressed it more with you.
I have not forgiven myself to this day and never will.
I felt very uneasy that morning, and I was pacing back and forth and had no idea why, until the phone rang and I got the horrible news that you were gone! I completely fell apart, and blamed myself immediately and still do and will until we meet again.
My health is not the best this last 5 years, so who knows when I will see you.
Please look out for Buddy, my Best Friend, my yellow lab that just passed away from a brain infection, you will Love him, in fact, you have already met him, he died Dec 17th, 23, which just ripped my heart out, just like when I lost you!
I was mad at you for a long time Pat, for dying on me, and it took a very long time to come to terms with it all.
You were very smart, in most things, except one, which cost you your life.
We were all hurt repeatedly after your death.
It tore Mom apart and was very hurtful to all of your family.
I Love you and Miss you more than anything every day, and as you know I always talk to you when it's a full moon.
One day I will make sure of the truth, you deserve that, and you know I am good for it!
Mom is with you now, I don't have to tell you, and also pls look out for Buddy, I miss and love him so very much!
Love you always Pat, I will see you when it's God's time!
Speak your mind from now on, it cost you everything!
Love, Mike

Michael C Riley(Pat's Twin)
Lt U.S. Army
30th Anniversary of Pat's avoidable death!
I should have protected you more, I'm sorry Pat!
I love/miss you!

February 25, 2024

I want to thank you for the impact you had on my life. I met you during the investigation of the 1991 Wat Promkunaram murders. Several times I let you into the temple, but didn't get to know you well. I remember you as a very polite, soft spoken man. At your burial as I stood over your grave, something happened that since has made me Law Enforcements biggest supporter! I dedicate my FB site and everything I do in honor to You Pat!
Thank you!

Barbra Heller
Support For Law Enforcement Officers and Their Families

March 11, 2022

Rest in peace Sergeant Riley.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 27, 2020


I remember all of the times we had working District One and in Homicide. You were always a good friend and a good cop. You will always be remembered in my mind as the "Last Boy Scout..." Rest easy my friend.

Eric Siweck
DEA-Retired (MCSO-730)

November 12, 2019

Sgt. Riley,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Maricopa County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 11, 2019

I need your help. I need to talk to Laurie.
We miss you & love you.

Nikki Riley

January 16, 2019

I’d like to reply to Officer CJ Just

Thank you for always remembering Pat.
He was a wonderful officer and a wonderful man.
I never thought it was strange to receive a letter from a young person.
Honestly, getting letters and notes from people helped me in so many ways.
Thank you for being one of the people who helped me heal.

Wife of Patrick Riley

September 15, 2018

Over the years I still think of this Officer. I was 16 when I wrote to Laurie. She wrote me back. That was probably weird for her to get a condolence letter from a kid, but what a wonderful heart to take the time to write me. I think of her, and happy to see her note above that she is happy and married.

Officer CJ Just
Winters Police Department

September 14, 2018

Pat and I worked both in Homicide and in District 1. I knew Pat very well and enjoyed his friendship. He was a standup guy and a pretty damn good cop. His death was senseless. RIP Pat. Eric Siweck, Former MSCO Deputy/Detective #730

Former Deputy Sheriff Eric Siweck #730
Former MCSO Deputy

June 13, 2018

Worked with you in District 4. RIP

Former Posseman Mike Martin

March 11, 2015

I worked with you when I was a Posseman in District 4. RIP

Former Posseman Mike Martin

March 11, 2015

It's been 20 years today little brother. I miss you so very much and can't hardly wait to see you again. I pray to our Lord God Almighty for the day we are all back together again. It is good to know that you don't suffer anymore. I Love You Patrick. God Bless You. Brian


March 11, 2014

Sgt. Riley,
On today, the 19th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Maricopa County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 11, 2013

Tomorrow will be 19 years since you went to live with Our Lord God and Our Savior Jesus. I think about you everyday and still miss talking with you. I Love You more today than ever and pray for the day we get to talk with each other again. God Rest Your Beautiful Soul little brother. You know I always used that term "little brother" only out of complete Love and Respect for you. See you soon. Love, Brian

Brian Riley
Oldest brother

March 10, 2013

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

August 19, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 18th anniversary 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family and your friends for sharing their memoireis and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

March 11, 2012

On the 16th anniversary of Sergeant Riley's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing 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. Sergeant Riley is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

March 12, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 11, 2010

Patrick, as I sit here looking at your picture I still cry and my heart still breaks from losing you. It seems like just yesterday not 15 years ago that you were taken from us so suddenly. I pray for the safety of all Law Enforcement Officers and especially one that is so dear to me and that is your nephew. He always said he was going to follow in your footsteps and he has indeed done that. You are so missed and loved. Kim


March 10, 2009



April 7, 2008

It is hard to believe that Pat has been gone for almost 14 years.
Pat was a wonderful man and husband. I was always so proud of him. He was very good at his job and I can tell you that he loved his job and all of the people he worked with.
I am remarried now. I know Pat would definitely like my husband, I am sure they would make each other laugh!
Even though I am remarried, Pat is still very much a part of my life. That will never change.
His picture is up in our home and my husband and son know all about him and feel they know him.
I have had so much support from so many people through the years. Pat would have been proud of you all!
Pat is still very much missed, I always think about him and smile. He would love that!


February 19, 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

November 14, 2007

It's hard to leave reflections because there's not much that I remember about you. I was only 7 when you died and now am 21. But I miss you just as much as I did then. My most vivid memory is of our family playing in the swimming pool. With you and my dad throwing AJ back and forth. Or you swimming into the deep end with me or AJ on your back. I miss you so much and think of you often. I wish you could see me now. I wish you could be at my wedding in a couple weeks. I know you would be really proud of me and I know you would really like Brandon. Laurie will be there and I know she will think the same even though I know she is happy with Jim and their son.

I love you, miss you and look forward to the day we meet again.

Melynda Coffey

August 29, 2007

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Riley. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 14, 2007

Dear Pat...
You have touched SO many peoples lives...
One of which was your niece Christina; whom you had never had the chance meet in person. But, through so many phone conversations... You teased her so, that she couldn't be in Law Enforcement, "that she was just a Little Girl !!! "
You proded her into finishing school early, getting 2 scholarships and going to college for Law Enforcement.
She became a Level III Peace Officer all before the age of 18 and now is a Correctional Officer for a Sheriff's Dept.
We are so PROUD of her for this, Thanks to You!!!
To honor you for this, she has given her first born son the middle name of Patrick.
Though, she has chosen to spell it differently to show that he & she are both individuals.
The meaning behind it is still the same.
He knows, he was named after his Poppa's brother,
his Uncle Patrick...
We love you... We miss you...
Brian & Nikki

Brian & Nikki Riley
Brother + Sister-in-Law

March 6, 2007

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