Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Joaquin Montijo, Jr.

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, June 15, 1990

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Reflections for Police Officer Joaquin Montijo, Jr.

You've left the world a better place. Thank you for your service.

David Sonak
Father of a CO in Michigan

June 15, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Montijo.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 29, 2020

Every day for the past seven years I passed the plaque dedicated to your sacrifice in the 25th District and told my officers to remember our fallen and continue the traditions . Rest in Peace Brother.

Cpl. Joseph Connerton
Philadelphia Police Department

December 21, 2018

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

A Hero in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand

June 15, 2015

Not a day goes by without you on my mind. Just looking into our son's eye'sit's just a reflection of you.Oh how I truly miss you. You were and always be my one true Love.No one has ever taken your place in my heart. I've had such a broken empty feeling for so so many years.But for the past 3 yrs my heart has found such a wonderful feeling. Our grandson was born.I live every moment for him.My love he is so much you.His love for car's like grandpa love's the color green like you. You would of been so proud of him. He is our son's twin as so as yours. He knows you and we'll always. For you well always be here with us .Ur picture is the first thing he see every morning and every nite before his bed time.He knows his Abuelito is in heaven.We love you my Waco.Te Amo now an always.♡♡♡

Carmen López Montijo

January 24, 2015

Rest In Peace Officer Montijo, you are remembered.

Sgt. Jarrod L. Wilson / K9 Officer
West Virginia Division Of Corrections

June 15, 2014

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones. You have not been forgotten.

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

June 15, 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 22nd 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 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 the solace of 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 friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

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

June 15, 2012

Officer Montijo, you are and will never be forgotten. You are in my daily prayers along with all our Fallen heros God Bless you sir, as you continue to sleep in God's Love and in His Arms. Thank you for the sacrifices you gave to Philadelphia to make it safer for the people there.

Kathi Halligan, Phila. wife and mom of Leo's

Kathi Halligan
Philadelphia PA

February 6, 2011


It has been 20yrs since I last saw you I want you to know that you will not be forgotten and that my son will know of you and what you believed in a died for thank you.

Love always your eldest son,

Francisco Montijo


June 18, 2010

You are rememembered today...thank you.

Citizen of Commonwealth of PA

June 15, 2009

Thankyou for your service OFFICER MONTIJO, you are a hero who will never be forgotten. God bless your family


December 4, 2008

May you always rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

June 15, 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

January 24, 2008

I can't believe it was 17 years ago that you were killed. Worked side by side with you, upper end 25th. Had the biggest sector and handled it well. I remember being on a scene once with you and despite the severity of the incident, you always tried to ease the tension of the circumstances. You were truly a peace Officer. Miss you Jack and think of you often, RIP.
RPC 2519

Det. AM Cleary
Philadelphia Police Dept.

June 20, 2007

Rest in peace. Thank you.

P/O 5099
Phila. police dept.

June 15, 2007

Never forgotten my friend.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

June 15, 2007

Rest well, Sir.

Sergeant Jim Morace

June 15, 2006

God bless brother, You are NOT forgotten.

S/A James Finnegan
CSX Police Dept. X-PPD

June 15, 2006

P/O Montijo, you are not forgotten, brother.

P/O #5434
Phila PD

May 28, 2006



June 16, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

June 15, 2005

Officer Montijo,

You stood and faced what people run from.
You died a hero. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.
God Bless.

Retired Detective
Baltimore County Police

June 15, 2004

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