Letters to the Sheriff...

Successful Back-to-School Health Fair

On behalf of the La Salle County Health Fair Committee we would like to express our most sincere "Thank You" to all the vendors who participated in our health fair, August 2, 2016.

Because of you, it was a huge success. We had a total of 502 individuals who came to the event, including 339 students, 148 parents and 15 community members.

Thanks again; we appreciate all that you do for our community! See you all next year!

Alicia Ramirez, RN
Wesley Nurse, First United Methodist Church - Cotulla

On the death of K9 Ledger

Dear Sheriff Rodriguez, staff and family,

As one of God’s wonderful creations, pets are special to those who grow to love them; for their companionship and for the joy they bring to life. Losing them can seem like losing a part of the family.

May it help to know that others understand and care.
I was very sad to hear that your wonderful dog, K9 Ledger, has passed on. He was beautiful.

God bless you and give you comfort.

With heartfelt sympathy,
Paulette Penzes
Middleburg Heights, Ohio

Dear Sheriff Rodriguez and colleagues of K9 Ledger,

We are thinking of you during your time of loss.

Jackie and Susan Bacher-Bartulevicius
Cranston, Rhode Island

Dear Sheriff Rodriguez,

May God’s presence bring a sense of peace and an assurance that you are always in his loving care.

Your agency is in our thoughts during this difficult time.

RIP K9 Ledger.

Lewisville Police Department
Lewisville, Texas

Dear Sheriff Rodriguez,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your entire organization.

Federal Reserve Police,
7th District
Chicago, Illinois
Dear Sheriff Rodriguez,

On behalf of the men and women of the Dumfries Police Department, I would like to extend our sincerest sympathy to all members of the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office in regard to the tragic death of K9 Ledger, who died accidentally on May 29, 2016, while on duty.

Not only is the death of a law enforcement K9 a traumatic and emotional event for the family members, but it is for all law enforcement. Members of our agency, too, have known this type of tragedy and truly understand the pain and sense of loss the members of your agency must be experiencing during this difficult time.

Mere words cannot express our feelings of grief and sadness. We know the loss of your friend and colleague is extremely difficult. May your fondness and cherished memories of K9 Ledger be a source of comfort and live in your hearts forever.

K9 Ledger’s efforts in law enforcement, dedication to service and duty, and the ultimate sacrifice he made while serving his community will never be forgotten.

In an effort to provide some measure of comfort and support, please convey the heartfelt condolences of all Dumfries Police Department members to K9 Ledger’s handler, Sergeant Richard Gonzales, and his family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers will be with them as well as all members of the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office.

With sincerest regards,
Rebecca S. Edwards
Chief of Police

Dumfries, Virginia
To the Staff of the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office,

May the concern and sympathy of those who care help you through this difficult time.

Our K9’s are such a big part of our law enforcement family. We are so sorry for your loss. All dogs go to heaven. Remember DOG spelled backwards is GOD. Ledger is now in heaven watching over our fallen. That is a big 10-4.

Cathy Leininger, Corrections Specialist Supervisor, Retd.
and Bruce Leininger Deputy Sheriff, Corrections Bureau, Retd.
Salinas, California

Dear Sheriff Rodriguez,

My deepest condolences to K9 Ledger’s partner, as well as the entire La Salle County Sheriff’s Office family.

Tragic accidents happen, even with the most sophisticated safeguards.

Let your heart heal, knowing he is at peace.

Martha’s Mutt Movers
Lakemore, Ohio

Dear Sheriff Rodriguez,

The officers and members of the Monticello Police Department join in extending heartfelt sympathy to you and your family at this time of sorrow.

John Carter
Chief of Police
Monticello, Illinois

Dear Sheriff Rodriguez,

K9 Ledger: End of Watch, May 29, 2016.

With strength and courage, they protect and serve; with loyalty and companionship they bend in love. They are heroes, guardians and friends, until the very end.

Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your service dog, K9 Ledger.

Joseph H. Lumpkin Sr.
and the officers and members
of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department
Savannah, Georgia

Dear Sheriff Rodriguez,

The bond we share helps our sorrow fade. We send our thoughts and prayers while you heal and strengthen your family.

With deepest sympathy,
Your 911 Family,

Grand Junction, Colorado
Dear Sheriff Rodriguez,

I’ve been following the news about the tragic and sad death of K9 Ledger and wanted to send condolences. The circumstances are tough but I don’t feel I can judge Sgt. Gonzales.

I don’t understand how something like this can happen. I just know how special K9 officers are and I pray Ledger didn’t suffer in the end. I hope he was guarded by angels in his last moments.

My dad was shot and killed in the line of duty when I was seven years old. It has made me appreciate officers, even K9 officers, much more.

It is my prayer that Ledger’s life and service not be in vain. I hope he runs freely and happily through the heavens until we meet him again.

God bless,
Kristi Porter
Mesa, Arizona
Daughter of Special Agent J. Robert Porter, Federal Bureau of Investigation (End of Watch: 8-9-79)

Efficient and professional manner

On Friday morning, March 11, an accident occurred in which the tractor unit of an 18-wheel freight truck rolled backwards onto our property from a nearby garage and collided with a propane fuel tank before crashing into the rear wall of the Country Store Restaurant, causing considerable damage and creating an immediate hazard.

We would like to extend our thanks to the La Salle County Sheriff's Office and to the La Salle Fire & Rescue for their response to the emergency. The officers acted promptly, in the most efficient and professional manner, first to assure the safety of our customers and our staff, and then to help eliminate any threat caused by the collision and the ruptured fuel line.

Our immediate concern was for the well-being of our customers, and we are fortunate that no one was hurt in the accident. We much regret having had to close for repairs during Wild Hog Weekend, but we have been reassured that the officers who serve in La Salle County are among the best, whose dedication to the safety of others is exemplary.

On behalf of our staff, we extend our gratitude to the deputies of the La Salle County Sheriff's Office and to the emergency responders of the La Salle Fire & Rescue for their dedication to duty, their professionalism and their concern for the people of our community.

Jerry & Corley Cox
The Country Store

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