Sheriff Marian Brown July 1, 2018
Dallas County Sheriff’s Department
On behalf of the National Latino Peace Officers Association Executive Board we want to offer our deepest condolences for the loss of your Deputy Sheriff Homero “Cal” Calderon. I read your personal statement after you received word that your Deputy had taken his life. It was evident to me that you are truly a “cop’s cop” and you understand the pain and guilt that officers feel when one of their brothers or sisters takes their own life.
I am writing to you because of inquiries about your policy on honors for suicide deaths by law enforcement deputies, which are unclear. If you have not already, I implore you to consider modified honors by providing 2-4 honor guard members to accompany the family to the memorial, during the memorial and an escort to his final resting place or something similar to this modified honors plan.
I have been in contact with the local NLPOA Chapter who spoke to Officer Calderon’s wife last night and she wanted her husband to be recognized by his Sheriff’s Department with honors. I do not believe it is too much to ask to provide modified honors for a gentleman who sacrificed eighteen years of his life to his department and his community. This act of compassion by you and your commanders would be an immense token of solidarity and support for all those left behind and show your employees how much you care about their health and welfare.
Speaking from both personal and professional experience with suicide it leaves an indelible mark on one’s soul. As a retired lieutenant of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and member of the honor guard, it was greatly appreciated when our Sheriff spoke during an officer’s funeral, whether they were taken in the line of duty or due to suicide. It brought us comfort knowing that our rank cared about us, even though a large void was left behind by our officers’ loss. Again, I want to offer my condolences and support during this very difficult time and thank you for your consideration.
Cindy M. Rodriguez
National NLPOA President