Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Border Patrol Agent Luis A. Santiago

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, March 28, 1995

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Reflections for Border Patrol Agent Luis A. Santiago

Rest in peace Border Agent Santiago.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 28, 2019

At the main entrance to the Ramey Sector Border Patrol facilities in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico stands retired Law Enforcement Patrol Vessel PB-3 W1002. It was named the Luis A. Santiago and proudly stands as a monument remembering and honoring his sacrifice for his family, Puerto Rico and the USA.

Edwin I. Millan Border Patrol Agent
CBP-Border Patrol

June 15, 2012

I am at the chaplain academy. I have been assigned to write a eulogy about your life. I pray I honor you as the agent and friend you were to so many.

BPA Stines
Border Patrol

September 14, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the fourteenth 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. Rest In Peace.

To Juan: I can see from your reflections how much you miss your beloved brother. You and your family are in my heart's embrace today.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 28, 2009

Rest In Peace Brother. We have the line. You wont be forgotten.

TCA/DGL US Border Patrol

March 28, 2009

Once again we gather to remember you on this special day... We miss you more and more.

Juan L. Alvarado

November 9, 2008

As I look at the faces of the men and women here, I see the faces of my co-workers. I can imagine each of them shooting the bull and swapping war stories at choir practice as the meat sizzles on the grill. I see them laughing, pranking and teasing their fellow agents, as we often do when we relieve stress. I wish that each of them were still here to share the good times.

And I feel compelled to look at each of the faces here and remember…to remember that each of them made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country and we should NEVER forget them or their service.

Too often the sacrifices of those who serve our country are overlooked or casually dismissed by the very public they served so selflessly. But WE should never forget them…each and every one of them. May they each rest in peace eternally in God’s loving embrace.

SBPA James Doran
US Border Patrol

July 21, 2008

It's been 13 years and it all seems like yesterday. We all took some time once again to remember you. "The best memories are those we keep alive". You'll live forever more on our hearts. We miss you so much, Papo.

Juan L. Alvarado

March 31, 2008

Can't believe it's been 13 years! The memories still vivid in my mind when they kept calling you star number over and over on the radio only to hear silence. I still remember when you guys took over my assigned area that night at the Dam, I know that could have been me instead of you. Gracias por todo my friend.

Deportation Officer Miguel Davis
Former BP and Friend of Luisito

March 29, 2008

On today, the 13th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not only as a BPA but also when you served in the U.S. Navy as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas
A fellow BPA


March 28, 2008

Thank you for your dedicated service to our Country and keepkng us safe. You are a true hero. Continue to keep watch ovr all of your loved ones for I know they think of you every day. Wrap your wings around them and protect them and help them with their grief. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

March 28, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

March 19, 2008



February 26, 2008

We miss you so much! We can't help ourselves to cry everytime we think of you. Your letters, your photos, your awards... it's a reminder of a great life in the making cut short. We pray, looking for comfort... R.I.P

Juan L. Alvarado

February 7, 2008

Thank you for patroling are borders and keeping all U.S.A. citizens safe during your patrols. May you rest in peace.

John Healy
Delaware Dept of Corrections

January 23, 2008

Thank you for keeping are borders safe may you rest in peace. I know you are patroling heavens gates.

John Healy

January 22, 2008

We may not have worked alongside of each other but we were assigned to the same Brownfield Station on that fateful day in 1995. I was in a different Patrol Group and we only crossed paths on rare occasions. It's been almost twelve years since that tragic morning but I still remember the beautiful memorial in Balboa Park. It was a sunny day...quite the contrast to the somber mood of your fellow agents. I remember Janet Reno and other government
officials in attendance. The one memory that stands out was the expressions on your colleagues' faces. Many of them patrolled the same terrain and deep down inside I gather they understood the perils of the job and knew this easily could have happened to any one of them. Rest in peace knowing you are not forgotten.

Senior Officer Specialist W. Toledo
Federal Bureau of Prisons

November 2, 2007

Cada ves que muere un policia penso en ti. Espero que estes en una mejor vida. Tu gran amigo Ivan.....

Special Agent Ivan J. Rios-Grajales
DEA/ Served in the NAVY together

August 14, 2007

Thank you for your service.

Grand Rapids, MI

August 1, 2007

It feels like everything happened just yesterday. I miss you so much... always!


July 30, 2007

G-d Bless.

March 28, 2007

Twelve years have passed since your EOW, you have not been forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated service. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

March 27, 2007

It's been 11 years since your death and we think about you very often. We missed you. We are very proud of you and all the sacrifices it took to acomplish your dreams. Your story it has been passed down on our entire family and your memory would never fade. We love you, Papo.

Juan L. Alvarado

June 23, 2006

Santiago Family,
I was the first Border Patrol EMT who was on scene with Luis the night of his death. I did not get the chance to meet any of you, but I have never forgotten that night, and I want you to know that Luis is not forgotten, and that I pray for your fammily.

May God bless you.

John Fitzpatrick Border Patrol Agent
US Border Patrol

March 22, 2006

Rest in peace brother.


March 28, 2005

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