Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Benjamin Herrera

Farmington Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Saturday, March 31, 1962

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Reflections for Officer Benjamin Herrera

I remember this awful day when Officer Herrera was killed.
The community and those around Farmington were very saddened.
You and your integrity, heroism have never been forgotten.


July 24, 2022

Officer Herrera,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 31, 2022

Thanks for your faithful and distinguished service to the citizens of Farmington and to the great state of New Mexico. As a fellow veteran, I thank you as well for your service in WWII. I'm happy to see your grandsons followed in your footsteps. Thanks again for your sacrifice and humble service in our most honorable of professions.

Jim Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (ret) & NVD
Washoe County Sheriff (Reno, Nv.) & NVDPS

March 31, 2022

Today I was pondering the current opinions of police officers. I was born on Jan. 12, 1962, Officer Benjamin Herrera was my god-father. Later in life I found out that he was killed in the line of duty during a domestic dispute. My mom and dad (who served in WWII as well) must have thought highly of Officer Herrera, and he my parents to agree to be my god-father.
Some day, we will meet. Thank you Herrera family for your sacrifice.

Elaine Murphy

September 2, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Herrera.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 21, 2019

Officer Herrera,

What a honor its been to serve this great department with both of your grandsons. Im sure their great qualities are the same you displayed while working in this department. Your legacy has been passed on through my co-workers and will continue into the future. Thank you sir for your dedication and service to our community.

Officer Kristopher Chavez
Farmington Police Department

April 18, 2017

Officer Herrera, what a fine man you must have been, in every way! The love, respect and admiration of your family and friends shines through in these reflections. Time will never diminish your legacy and your name will be remembered always. You live on in the minds and hearts of everyone who values honor and dedication.

Tina Lewis Rowe
Captain, Denver Police Department (ret.)
U.S. Marshal, Colorado (ret.)

April 3, 2017

Unless your killer was a 11 year old, 10 years is nothing for killing a cop.


August 12, 2016

Never a day goes by I don't think about you and how I hope I am living up to your expectations. I know you are in good company up there. Someday I will see you again..
I love you .

Matthew Herrera

June 25, 2015

Oficer Herrera,
On today, the 53rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served during WW II. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 31, 2015

From the niece who never had the joy of meeting you, I recently had the pleasure of meeting your family (my Aunt, cousins, 2nd cousins and so on) left behind to celebrate your life. You would be very proud of the people they have become and you would have been honored to see the legacy you created before your passing! I'm sure the love they have for you is every bit as strong today and it was when they were forced to say "until I see you again"! I feel privileged to have witnessed it at the memorial they had for you! Love, Melissa (Ramona's daughter)

Melissa Benton

May 3, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 50th 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 who 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 for sharing their memories 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

April 1, 2012

To My Uncle Ben from your nephew Jesse Herrera. Wasn't born yet would have loved to have met you. You looked so much like my Dad there was a time when I was younger I couldn't tell you too apart. To my cousins wish we could have stayed in touch all these years gone by and don't remember anyone. Love you all take care.
Jesse Herrera son of Delphine Herrera.

Jesse Herrera

March 25, 2012

My dearest father - today is the 49th anniversary of the day that changed my life forever. I truly miss you and wish you were here to see all of the grandchildren and great grandchildren we have blessed mom with. I love you dad - with all of my heart. Stan


March 31, 2011

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 31, 2010


I've spent weeks trying to think of something to say that is poignant and meaningful. I still find myself at a loss, because to describe how appreciative and thankful we are of you and all that you have contributed to us is not really anything of which to say in a simple paragraph or two. I continue to find myself in awe and inspiration because of you and your life. I could only imagine the stories that you could have told about your experiences.

I find you so much of an interest, even after having heard some of the stories about your life by those who knew you, the police report on this sad event, and everything else that I've been able to find out. I thank you for doing what you did, in WWII, as a school principal, as a police officer, as a father, as a husband. You sir leave a great life of character which we will carry on and pass down to our own children and grandchildren. Thank you always and forever Grandfather. It is an honour knowing that you still live on in our spirits and mind.

Anthony Herrera

June 18, 2008

I have always felt so honored to be your daughter; I am so grateful for this gift, a gift that not even death can take away. Physically you are gone, spiritually you continue live in each of my brothers and sisters. The older we get the more I see you in them. Your presence with us has given us strength to endure, no not just endure, to thrive!
Thank you for the legacy you left us, may we pass it on to your grandchildren and your great-grandchildren.
I love you,
Your daughter, Valerie Victoria (Herrera) Kwietniak

Valerie Kwietniak (Herrera)

May 26, 2008



February 28, 2008

I can't wait to talk to you.............

Your Son

Matt Herrera

February 19, 2008

I was given this website by Chris to review the reflections of your life and what it meant to all of us "your family". As you know, we all have to live our lives without you in person, but still have you in our parents and spirit. As you know, I am following in your big footsteps and have been with the Farmington Police Department for 4 years. I have read numerous articles about the tragic incident and wish the outcome was different. In fact, I deal with a lot of violent people who hate Police and have intentions to hurt or possibly kill Officers. I was involved in an incident where a DWI suspect fled from me, fought me, and tried to take my gun away. With all the training that has been provided to me, ie SWAT, etc... I went home that night and thank God everyday for that. I know you are with our heavenly father, and I will be able to meet you someday. I have been involved this last year in the giving out of your annual award "Ben Herrera distingushed award". It was an honor to hold your award, let alone give it to a deserved Patrol Officer. I do this job with dedication as you did and hope to receive your award one day. I know you are watching over Chad and I as we continue to keep the "bad guys" off the streets and serve our respectable community. Grandpa, I love you and can't wait to see you in spirit.


February 15, 2008

I know we have never met but I feel you are with us everyday. Not a day goes by that I dont think about you or reflecting on my own son who also carries your name. Its amazing that I still meet people who know my last name and have nothing but nice things to say and have the highest respect in what you accomplished in your life. I will always hold you dear in my life and take the teachings that you passed to your children from my father always. I know that one day I will see you... you are never gone nor forgotten...

Christopher Herrera

February 11, 2008


You are and always will be a part of my life. Every breath I take is part of you. I see you everyday in the eyes and spirits of my children and grandchildren. I know you are here with me and have always been. I am and always will be very proud of you; your compassion for people filled your everyday. I love you so very much. I will see you one day.

Deborah A. Macdonell/Herrera
Oldest Child/Daughter

August 28, 2007

My dearest father,
As I reflect upon the last 44 years, your memories are still a part of my everyday life. I can appreciate your love of life, family and God. Your dedication to your community and country will never be forgotten.

I only wish you were alive today to see all of your grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the happiness they have brought to me and my siblings.

We will continue to take care of your wife, our dear mother and will never forget all that you taught us during your life with us.

Thank you for who you are and what you have given me in my life.

Your son,

Stan Herrera

Stan Herrera
Oldest surviving son

May 14, 2006

Officer Herrera,
On today, the 44th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your community, but for our Country as well when you served during WWII. I think it's a crime that your murderer served only 10 years, for killing you and wounding your partner.


March 31, 2006

Officer Herrera, you are not forgotten

March 31, 2005

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