Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Captain Raul M. Monte

Virginia Department of Corrections, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, November 22, 1971

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Reflections for Captain Raul M. Monte

Capt. Monte,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of West Virginia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


United States Border Patrol

November 22, 2021

Not only was he a great officer /father / brother/uncle /husband. He was a caring man who would go out of his way to help any one, not only his family. Whether it was teaching me how to top a tree, or stopping to pick up a woman and her child to give them a ride in the pouring rain. He took classes to help understand people. He would ask me an my brothers if we were incarcerated what things could be in to the system to improve the imprisonment, activities for the inmates etc. When my mother received letters from the inmates, everyone of them said that Captain Monte treated them like human beings. The caring and respect that they showed was humbling.

David Monte

November 20, 2019

Rest in peace Captain Monte.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 14, 2019

Grandfather, today is thanksgiving and the anniversary of your death. You will always be my hero. Today I will be in uniform, walking the very same hallways you walked wearing the Monte name proudly. I will make you proud and can only hope to be as great of a person as you were.

Officer S. Monte

November 22, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 22, 2010

37 years have passed and you are still not forgotten. Thank you for keeping the community safe on that fatefull day. You are a hero. Rest in peace, Mr. Monte, we have the watch.

The Correctional Officers’ Prayer

Lord, I ask for courage...
Courage to face my own fears.
Courage to take me where others will not go.

I ask for strength...
Strength of the body to protect others.
Strength of spirit to lead others.

I ask for dedication...
Dedication to my job to do it well.
Dedication to my community to keep it safe.

Give me, Lord, concern...
For all those who trust me and
Compassion for all those who need me.

And, please, Lord...
Through it all,
Be at my side.

DB, Lieutenant
Federal Bureau of Prisons

November 21, 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

April 8, 2008

My brother Raul was the kindest person you could meet. He touched so many lives in his short time here. After all these years he is still remembered by Family and Friends and all the wonderful times we had growing up together. He will never be forgotten. Your Sister Irene

irene monte visone

January 14, 2008

I remember my uncle as a kind, patient man who was concerned about my welfare as a child. I haven't seen his family in years, but he and they are always a part of my thoughts and life.

Paul James

January 9, 2008

Rest in peace hero

manchester, nh

November 29, 2007

To the loved ones, friends, and co-workers of Capt. Monte, I offer my heartfelt condolences. I hope that the memories of happier times with him has helped to ease the pain of his loss.

Sgt. Barbara Beland
Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, In.

November 22, 2003

To the loved ones, friends, and co-workers of Capt. Monte, I offer my heartfelt condolences on this sad anniversary. I don't know how your officer died, but I pray that the memories you have of him in happier times has helped to ease the pain of his loss. He is in a safe place now, and surely watches over you still.

Sgt. Barbara Beland
Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, In.

November 22, 2003

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