Somebody killed a policeman today, and a part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect, will be buried with him at his side.

The suspect who shot him will stand up in court, with counsel demanding his rights,
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids, and spend alone many long nights.

The beat that he walked was a battlefield too, just as if he’d gone off to war.
Though the flag of our nation won’t fly at half mast, to his name they will add a gold star.

Yes, somebody killed a policeman today, It Happened in your town or mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors, a cop put his life on the line.

Now his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street, and he stands at each new rookie’s side.
He answered the call, and gave us his all, and a part of America died.

~Unknown

JOHN PARRAZ, FOUNDER
Sacramento County
Sheriff’s Office, CA
End of Watch March 31, 1979

CARLOS CRUZ

JOHN PARRAZ, FOUNDER
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, CA
Founder and LPOA (National) President 1974 & 1975
End of Watch March 31, 1979
NLPOA Sacramento County Chapter, CA

SGT. RICHARD P. REYES, FOUNDER
San Jose Police Department, CA
End of Watch April 29, 1995

CARLOS CRUZ

SGT. RICHARD P. REYES, FOUNDER
San Jose Police Department, CA
End of Watch April 29, 1995

CARLOS CRUZ
Past NLPOA National President
End of Watch:  August 6, 2016

CARLOS CRUZ

 

Carlos Cruz
Past NLPOA National President
End of Watch:  August 6, 2016

Carlos Cruz, 76, born on June 30, 1940, in New York, New York, passed away August 6, 2016. He had an extremely productive and interesting life. He took many new paths courageously and enthusiastically. My father had an eclectic array of careers varying from the Marine Corp to law enforcement, specifically LAPD and CHP. His first career was actually as a tailor in New York. After retiring from the CHP and a short stint as a forest ranger, he became an entrepreneur. He went back to school, got a degree in fashion design and began his own successful business as a tailor/designer out of his home. My father is survived by his lovely wife Jackie Cruz, his brother Richard and sister Gina. He has 4 surviving children, his oldest child Maria having passed in infancy; Theresa (TC) Fontenot, Cynthia (Cindy) Van Vleet, Philip & Sara Cruz. Carlos has three grandchildren; Arielle Briggs, Marcus and Dominic Fontenot. He has also been blessed with 5 great granddaughters; Gabriella (8) & Isabella (4) Briggs, Elizabeth Fontenot (5), and Julia (23 mos) & Teresa (6 mos) Fontenot. He resided in Fillmore, California at the time of his passing.

Jackie asked that in lieu of flowers that a donation be made to the NLPOAVC Scholarship Fund at www.nlpoaventuracounty.com

Jackie wants to thank all of you for your thoughtful words.

http://forestlawn.tributes.com/obituary/show/Carlos-Cruz-103850026

JESS MARTINEZ
Kings County NLPOA member
End of Watch:  July 24, 2016

JESS MARTINEZ


Jess Martinez
Kings County NLPOA member
End of Watch:  July 24,2016, 4:30 P.M.
Jess Martinez was a long time member of the NLPOA

 

Joey Amador, Ruben Diaz NLPOA Fresno County President, Cindy Rodriguez NLPOA National President, and Vincente Calderon NLPOA National Founder at Jess Martinez memorial service

Rick Birmias King County, Cindy Rodriguez NLPOA National President, Vincente Calderon NLPOA National Founder and Steve Fajardo at Jess Martinez memorial service

Andrew Cruz
Former National President
End of Watch 3-17-2016

Andrew Cruz

 

Andrew J. Cruz
Former National President
End of Watch 3-17-2016

 

Dear Members,

It is with great sadness to inform you that former National President Andy J. Cruz passed away today at approximately 1518 hours after a long battle with an illness. He leaves behind his wife Estella Cruz, his daughter Paula, and two sons Jeremiah and Andy Junior.

Andrew J. Cruz, is retired from the Sacramento Police Department, a former National President of the National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA) from 1996 to 1998, webmaster, historian, and was awarded a Lifetime Membership in March of 2015.

Andy was very strong in his faith, and our prayers go out to him and his family. Additional information regarding services will be posted as it is received.

Thank you,

Andrew P. Peralta
National President – NLPOA
Phone: 1-702-204-6383
Email: nlpoanatpres20@gmail.com

 

Richard ” Tio ” Velasquez
End of Watch
January 5, 2016

Richard -Tio- Velasquez

 

End of Watch
January 5, 2016Richard ” Tio ” Velasquez

 

Richard was employed with the Tulare County Sheriffs Department as a Deputy. Richard retired: California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement,Fresno Office. End of Watch on January 5, 2016, at his home in Reedley, California, after a long battle with cancer. Richard was a former NLPOA member of the Tulare Chapter.

 

 

Ralph Diaz
NLPOA Lifetime Member
End of Watch 11-5-2015

Ralph Diaz

 

Ralph Diaz
NLPOA Lifetime Member
End of Watch 11-5-2015

 

Ralph (Ralphie) Diaz was born on May 19, 1945 and passed away in Visalia, California on November 5, 2015. His wife Mirtha, Sons, Ralph and Andrew Diaz and his daughter Delilah Martinez, survives Ralph.

He served in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division in 1970 and was honorably discharged from the Army in 1972 with the rank of Specialist E-4. Shortly thereafter upon returning home to Visalia he joined the Tulare County Sheriffs Department as a Deputy Sheriff were he earned the position of homicide sergeant and retired in 2004. After retiring, he took a position with the Tulare County District Attorney as Chief Investigations Officer. In this new position, Ralph investigated many “cold cases” which took him to Mexico and various states in the United States. His outstanding abilities as an investigator cleared many cold cases for Tulare County Law Enforcement Agencies. Ralph was also a member of the “Vietnam Veterans”.

 

 

Deputy Sheriff Manuel Steve Gomez
End of Watch 10-20-2015

Manuel Steve Gomez

 

Deputy Sheriff Manuel Steve Gomez
End of Watch 10-20-2015

 

It is with great sadness and with a heavy heart to report that Deputy Manuel Steve Gomez and Dallas County Chapter Board member passed away today at 5:18 pm. We ask each of you to keep Steve and his Family in our prayers during this difficult time.

Deputy Sheriff Manuel Steve Gomez
Born January 1969 and end of watch October 20, 2015

Comments of condolences can be left on the Chapter website nlpoadcc.com

Mike Ramirez
Texas State President

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Long
Orlando Master Police Officer
End of Watch 10-10-2015

Karen Long

 

Karen Long
Orlando Master Police Officer
End of Watch 10-10-2015

The Central Florida National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA) lost one of their members to Stage IV Cancer on October 10, 2015. Master Police Officer Karen Long, 41, was a 15-year-officer with the Orlando Police Department. She was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2007 at the age of 33 and fought a very public battle with the deadly disease.

During her tenure Karen was assigned as a patrol officer, a Special Victims Unit detective, a school resource officer, and a commissioner liaison in our Community Involvement Division. She was involved in numerous community projects throughout the years, including Shop with a Cop and Three Kings. She ran the Marine Corps Marathon and participated in many charity running events while undergoing aggressive medical treatments.

Karen was an inspiration to many and shared her journey with her friends and family via social media and a blog. She participated in numerous awareness campaigns for breast cancer, and was a gracious spokesperson and gave hope to a lot of women. She demonstrated an extremely bright outlook on life and gave credit to her strong faith and belief in God’s plan.

Karen is survived by her husband, Bill and their two children, Sam & Bella. Bill is also a sworn member of the Orlando Police Department.

 

 

Jose Miramontes
NLPOA National President 2000-2004
End of Watch 10-6-2015

 

Officer Kerrie Orozco
End of Watch
May 20, 2015

Sheriff Detective James Wise
Dallas County Sheriff Detective
End of Watch May 23, 2015

Sheriff Detective James Wise

 

Sheriff Detective James Wise
NLPOA Member
Dallas County Sheriff Detective
End of Watch May 23, 2015

 

 

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Dallas County Sheriff Detective and NLPOA member James Wise. James passed away on Saturday (May 23, 2015) from complications after a long and courageous battle from cancer. We ask that you keep James and his Family in our thoughts and prayers.

Mike Ramirez
Texas State President

 

 

 

Chuck Arellano
NLPOA Member
End of Watch:  3-22-2016


Chuck Arellano
NLPOA Member
End of Watch:  3-22-2016

Dear Members,

It is with great sadness to inform you that Chuck Arellano passed away today at his home. He was born 03/23/1955, and retired from the Stockton Police Department in 2006 as a Sr. Sgt. He was a devoted NLPOA member. Chuck is survived by his only daughter Alison Arellano.

Chuck has been a member of the NLPOA since 1994
Chuck was a Founders of the NLPOA San Joaquin Chapter, CA.
Served as the president for many years of that chapter.
Served as an NLPOA California State Central Vice President

Please say a prayer for Chuck and his family.
Thank you,

Andrew P. Peralta
National President – NLPOA
Phone: 1-702-204-6383
Email: nlpoanatpres20@gmail.com

 

Richard Delgado
NLPOA Member
End of Watch:  4-21-2016


Richard Delgado
NLPOA Member
End of Watch:  4-21-2016

Richard Delgado honorably served on the first executive board of the ELA chapter of the NLPOA as sergeant at arms in 1994.

Richard has spent one year in the hospital. Richard was medically retired from the California Highway Patrol in 2013. Since then he has been battling some serious health issues.

His medical bills have depleted all his funds. Any assistance that you can give will be greatly appreciated. You can send the donations to Evangelina Liza Delgado (Richard’s wife) to 23746 Via Segovia, Murrieta, CA. 92562. An official trust fund is in the process of being set up.

If you need additional information you can contact Al Perez, CHP (retired) and NLPOA ELA chapter alumni 1994 Executive board, Parliamentarian at 760 578 4795 or email me at pilas1478@gmail.com.
May GOD bless each an every one of you, and please stay safe.

Al Perez

 

Detective Rafael Segarra, Jr.
End of Watch
May 24, 2010

Detective Rafael Segarra, Jr.
End of Watch
May 24, 2010

At 44 years of age, Detective Rafael Segarra, Jr. tragically passed away on the evening of Monday, May 24th, 2010. Rafael Segarra, a beloved husband and father of three, was born on November 11, 1965. The New Haven Police Department, Connecticut, fortunately hired Rafael on January 24, 1992, where he made a significant impact in the Department. During his 44 years on earth, he made several accomplishments such as: being a graduate of Warren Harding High School (June 1984) and a graduate of Municipal Police Training Course (July 1992).

In addition, he was on patrol for the years of 1992-1994. In December of 1994, Rafael became part of the Investigative Services/Intelligence Program. On November 19, 1995, Rafael Segarra was promoted to Detective. His duties with Investigative Services consisted of assignments in the Arson Unit, Intelligence, and Major Crimes Unit. He was also assigned to Internal Affairs (June 2003-June 2006). Detective Rafael Segarra, Jr. was presented with awards throughout his time with New Haven Police Department. His strong work ethic granted him four Certificates of Commendation (September 1994, November 1995, June 1998, and January 2004) as well as Secretary of State’s 2005 Public Service Award.

Rafael Segarra, Jr. has been an NLPOA member since 1996 and served as the NLPOA Connecticut Chapter Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Rafael was also elected to serve on the National NLPOA Board of Directors from 2005-2006, as the National NLPOA Historian.

Detective Rafael Segarra, Jr. will be forever missed and will always be remembered as a loving husband and father.

 

Richard Delgado
NLPOA Member
End of Watch:  4-21-2016



Officer Michael V. Rhonda
December 2, 2010
New Castle County Police Department, DE

Officer Raul Elizondo
January 30, 1995
End of Watch


Officer Raul Elizondo
January 30, 1995
End of Watch

Officer Patrick Metzler
End of Watch
October 22, 2002

Officer Patrick Metzler
End of Watch
October 22, 2002

Officer Ignacio Pulido
End of Watch
October 3, 2009

Officer Ignacio Pulido
End of Watch
October 3, 2009

Sgt.Henry Prendes
End of Watch
February 1, 2006



Sgt.Henry Prendes
End of Watch
February 1, 2006

Jaime J. Zapata, Special Agent
End of Watch
February 15, 2011

Jaime J. Zapata, Special Agent
End of Watch
February 15, 2011

Robert Avila
End of Watch
April 27, 2018

Robert Avila
End of Watch
April 27, 2018

Rodolfo Gil
End of Watch
May 4, 2018

Rodolfo Gil
End of Watch
May 4, 2018

Officer Adolfo M. Hernandez
End of Watch
End of Watch June 27, 1975

Officer Adolfo M. Hernandez
End of Watch
End of Watch June 27, 1975

Officer Saul Martinez
End of Watch
May 14, 1997

Officer Saul Martinez
California Highway Patrol
End of Watch May 14, 1997

Yolanda Flores
End of Watch
June 14, 2002

Yolanda Flores
NLPOA Sacramento Chapter

End of Watch
June 14, 2002

John Galvez
End of Watch
January 21, 2005

John Galvez
California Youth Parole
Founding Member of the NLPOA Sacramento Chapter
End of Watch
January 21, 2005

Isaac Anthony Espinoza
End of Watch
April 10, 2004

Isaac Anthony Espinoza
San Francisco Police
End of Watch April 10, 2004

David Murguia, Sgt.
End of Watch
2000

David Murguia, Sgt.
End of Watch
2000

Gilbert O. Parra, Detective
End of Watch
Oct. 19, 2003

Gilbert O. Parra, Detective
End of Watch
Oct. 19, 2003

End of Watch
June 14, 2002

Eduardo T. Medina
End of Watch
March 4, 2004

Eduardo T. Medina
End of Watch
March 4, 2004

Miguel Juarez
End of Watch
March 6, 2003

Miguel Juarez
End of Watch
March 6, 2003

Joab O. Pacillas
End of Watch
May 1996

Joab O. Pacillas
Retired Corrections Officer, U.S. Bureau of Prisons
End of Watch May 1, 1996
Past LPOA Editor 1973 to 1990
NLPOA Santa Clara County Chapter, CA

Albert Rivera, Jr.
Corrections Officer
End of Watch 2009

Albert Rivera, Jr.,
Corrections Officer
California Department of Corrections
End of Watch 2009

 

Raymond Mendiola
San Jose Police Department, CA
LPOA (National) President 1978

Raymond Mendiola
Retired Officer, San Jose Police Department, CA
LPOA (National) President 1978
End of Watch
NLPOA Santa Clara County Chapter, CA

Tony Coultress
NLPOA San Joaquin Chapter, CA
End of Watch September 10, 2000

Tony Coultress
San Joaquin Police Dept. CA
NLPOA San Joaquin Chapter, CA
End of Watch September 10, 2000

 

Jose A. Santiago, Lt
End of Watch
January 19, 2007

Jose A. Santiago, Lt
End of Watch
January 19, 2007

Julie Monsivais
End of Watch
June 18, 2009

Julie Monsivais
End of Watch
June 18, 2009

 

Kyle Eng
End of Watch
July19, 2018

Kyle Eng, Corrections Officer
Department of Public Safety
City of Las Vegas
End of Watch July 19, 2018

Raul Martinez
End of Watch
July 6, 2018

Raul Martinez
End of Watch
July 6, 2018

San Jose Police Department, CA

 

Homero Carl Calderon
End of Watch
January 29, 2018

Homero Carl Calderon, Deputy
Dallas County Sheriff’s Dept., TX
End of Watch June 29, 2018

Ruben F. Rios
End of Watch
October 27, 1997

Ruben F. Rios, Sr., Officer
California Highway Patrol
End of Watch October 27, 1997

 

Larry J. Jaramillo
End of Watch
June 22, 1993

Larry J. Jaramillo, Officer
California Highway Patrol
End of Watch June 22, 1993

 

Albert Rivera, Jr., Corrections Officer
End of Watch
June 22, 2009

Albert Rivera, Jr., Corrections Officer
CA Dept. of Corrections
End of Watch June 22, 2009

 

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