Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff David Lance Holguin

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, September 5, 1984

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff David Lance Holguin

We caught JDD. Still in jail. Fighting to keep him there.
We talk about you all the time.

Mike Sgt. Ret.

March 7, 2023

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 5, 2020

Worked with Dave 'Boo Boo ' at OCSO before he lateraled to LASO. He was one of those genuinely nice guys we all would have liked to be. Hard to believe it's been 34 years, a lifetime. Lot of water has flowed under the bridge. Kids have grown up, married and many of us have grandchildren. By stopping to help the child that night, he sacrificed all, not getting the chance to see all we have been blessed to see. I think if he was able to be asked right now if he would do it again, he'd answer "YES!!!".

Dave Sossaman CoP retired
One of many

December 24, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 34th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

September 5, 2018

Just saw an article on Moon's retired deputy list about you. I became a Reserve LASD Deputy Sheriff in 1981 and remember the night you were killed. You went above and beyond. RIP my brother.

Lt. GJG (Retired - Reserve)
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.

August 14, 2018

Dave, your attention to your duties while off duty and your ultimate sacrifice has been reviewed and replayed numerous times by several people. It in effect has saved countless lives. We honor this day in your memory always.

Deputy Sheriff LASD

September 5, 2017

Such a sad set of circumstances, too young to die, then reading the reflection of the other Deputy David Holguin just made tears stream down my face. Wishing you, David #2 a happy retirement and thank you for your service, and Rest well in Paradise David #1.

LET Florence Hobson
Los Angeles County Sheriff, Lancaster Station

October 19, 2016

This is really tough for me to do because we share the same first and last name. I too am David Holguin, but our paths started opposite each other. I started out with L.A.S.D and went to O.C.S.D. Where I'm set to retire in two more years. When I was in the academy class#247 at star center, one of the tac officers removed me from class one day and walked me out to the wall of names, their is where I first saw my our name up on that wall. I remember what he told me that day and it lasted my whole career. He said he knew you and that their would not be two David Holguins on this wall. Over the years, I've come across some of the people who knew you and they shared stories. Thank you Dave for your service and your guidance through my career as a Deputy Sheriff, and God willing we may finally meet someday.

Deputy David C. Holguin
Orange County Sheriff Department

March 28, 2015


It was 30 years ago today that your young life was taken by that POS. You didn't have to stop to help that child, but you did because that's the kind of guy you were.

We worked the old St. Francis ER in Lynwood together in '77-'78. Remember those great times? Remember talking about becoming LASD deputy sheriffs? I joined in '79 and you joined in '83.

I'll never forget the night you were shot. Not only did we lose a brother deputy, but I lost my friend. Many of your friends from St. Francis were at your funeral.

When I was a sergeant at Century I drove by the intersection a couple of times and walked by your picture every day.

Rest in peace brother. My best to your family. God bless you.

Charles Smith, Lt. (Ret)

September 5, 2014

Dave, it's been 30 years since you were taken from us. You are missed and never forgotten. Your classmates from the Orange County California Sheriff's Academy Class 52 loved and respected you. Rest in peace Booboo.

Lieutenant Retired
Riverside County Sheriff's Department

September 5, 2014

Dave, We both got our start as private ambulance jockeys back in the early 80's. We had a great time as partners and I cherished our friendship. I think of you often and I owe so much to you. I would not be blessed with my family today if it wasn't for you introducing me to my future wife. It brings me to tears to think of what was taken from you and the future you could have had if your life was not cut short so senselessly. My only consolation is that you are forever enjoying your heavenly reward in the presence of God. Thank you brother and you will always be remembered

Andre B. Raya Captain II
Los Angeles City Fire Department

June 21, 2013


You'll always be remembered and never forgotten. Our friendship, time together on the streets of Lynwood, Willowbrook, & Compton in the late 70's & early 80's were epic. Until we partner again my friend.

Sergeant John T. Fredendall
L.A.S.D. Homicide Bureau

March 2, 2013

Thank you sir for your service... Passed by your picture in the hall yesterday... EMs had their ties on... We will always remember this day.


September 5, 2012

thank you sir, for your service. i grew up in the area where you patrolled. thank you again and to all who have put themselves in danger to serve and protect us at the firestone station.

C. Gutierrez

September 6, 2011

Rest in Peace, Deputy Holguin. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 23, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

The circumstances of your murder were heartbreaking and justice was woefully inadequate.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 8, 2009

Each time that I drive by the location of the LASD Re-Enactment, I can't help but think of You.......

Maj M. B. Parlor

January 21, 2009

David, it was an honor to attend the Orange County Sheriff's Academy with you (Class 52). I think of you frequently. I cherished your friendship.

Academy Class/Friend

August 20, 2008

We (Stoneyboys) have never forgotten you Lance... none of us has. We looked all night for your killer... The brass wouldnt let us be on the entry team... they know too well what it meant to be a Firestone Deputy and how tight a group we were.. and what would have happened to your killer

We think of you often Lance.... be safe FPK brother

We'll see you again

Cam-Sergeant-Fellow FPK deputy

May 25, 2008

David and I graduated from Venice High in 1979. I miss you, you were like my brother. I pray that GOD will keep you and bless and comfort your family.


Police Officer/Pilot
Glendale Police Department (CA)

January 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

September 12, 2007

Fifteen years!!? You have got to be kidding me. Thanks for your service.

Angry Citizen

April 11, 2007

On your 22nd anniversary, thank you for your dedication, service and your ultimate sacrifice with your life. may God continue to craddle you in His loving arms.

September 5, 2006

I knew you when you were a Police Explorer with the LAPD Venice Division. I was your Captain and you were one of my sergeants. It is a shame that this puke took you from the life of service that you so were looking forward to. Rest in peace and guard over us all.

Lieutenant Chuck Griffitts
Riverside Police Department

February 14, 2006

Deputy Sheriff Holguin,
On today, the 21st anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Los Angeles County. How could the scumbag that murdered you could only be sentenced to 15 years boggles my mind.


September 5, 2005

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