Public events, community functions, festivals and other activities
involving officers and staff of the
La Salle County Sheriff's Office

These are
good times

The Madison Pointe apartment complex in Cotulla hosted its first celebration of the National Night Out event on Wednesday evening, October 10, with food and refreshments for residents of all ages, and games and activities for children. On hand to help celebrate, to meet the youngsters and to help encourage neighborliness as well as reinforce the 'If You See Something, Say Something' message were La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez and his deputies as well as the county's K9 Officer, and firefighters and paramedics of the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS.

Back-to-School Health Fair,
August 1

Crisis de-escalation training for regional law enforcement officers, jailers and emergency dispatchers,
Wednesday, July 25

Independence Day Parade
hosted by
Cotulla Main Street Program and City Hall
Saturday, June 30

Painting for a Cause:
Fundraiser for the Children's Alliance of South Texas and Child Advocacy Center, Cotulla,
Tuesday, June 12

'Safety Rocks' presentation at Cotulla schools

La Salle County Fire Rescue & EMS member Zane Bumpass joined geologist Matthew Price and Soteria Solutions representative Michelle Joseph in giving presentations to students in different grades at the Ramirez/Burks and Encinal elementary schools and at Cotulla High School during the last week of May with the ‘Safety Rocks’ program that includes a video presentation on the creation of the shale beneath South Texas soil over several million years and the recession of the inland sea whose organisms and corals were compressed to form the oil-rich layer being tapped today by the energy industry operating in the Eagle Ford region. Instruction included details of the prehistoric marine life of the onetime sea and displays of fossils that have been discovered in the area as proof of the life that was once abundant in the region. Attention was then turned to advice on safety around oil and gas drilling equipment, storage tanks, pipelines and other fixtures, some of which are not fenced to keep out trespassers. Students were reminded of the dangers of venturing close to worksites and of interfering with energy industry equipment, the hazards of toxic gases and liquids associated with the energy industry, and flammable materials. The ‘Safety Rocks’ education component is designed to complement the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills curriculum at the schools, combining elements of geology, geography, science, social studies and current events. The program will soon be made available to the public at the Alexander Memorial Library and will include a fossil display.
Members of the US Border Patrol and the US Army arrive in Cotulla (photo above), carrying the
Special Olympics torch over the Nueces River Bridge to meet the Cotulla participants (below)

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Texas,
Cotulla, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Cotulla High School students Aaliyah Charo, Josue Perez, Sonny Aldaco, Carlos Alba and Mariah Molina join the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and community members in making the run through Cotulla in support of Special Olympics

Police Appreciation Week at Cotulla's Ramirez/Burks Elementrary School

For all that you do

Law enforcement officers from across La Salle County were invited to a special Police Appreciation Week schedule of events Friday, May 18, by faculty and students of the Ramirez/Burks Elementary School Honor Society in Cotulla to share breakfast with the students in the George Hopkins Cafeteria, after which the officers visited classrooms at all grade levels and discussed their work, the qualifications required for law enforcement, and the reasons they enjoy their careers. In exchange, students presented the officers with handwritten notes thanking them for their service, impromptu portraits with messages of thanks, artwork and goodie bags, and invited them to take part in craft projects. Those taking part included La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, deputies and reserve deputies, county constables, Chief Roy Vallejo and the Encinal Police Department, troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, Texas Rangers, and agents of the US Border Patrol. The day continued with a luncheon for all the officers hosted by the school, and the presentation of a banner in front of the county courthouse by Cotulla ISD's Kindergarten students.

Good Times at the Encinal Parade
​for Cinco de Mayo

This is 
who we 
always are

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, Chief Deputy Earl Heath, Sgt. Investigator Esmeralda Gonzalez, Investigator Homar Olivarez, and DPS Highway Patrol Cpl Robert Ayala joined Cotulla Woman's Club members Dorothy Kinsel, Vicki Rodriguez, Melanie Ayala, Maria Sobrevilla, Courtney Llewellyn, Louisa Franklin and Novella Byrd - school staff among them - at the Ramirez/Burks and Encinal elementary schools on Wednesday, April 25, for the annual Kindergarten student fingerprinting project, a safety program that includes an identity kit that is sent home to parents and contains a child's detailed description and identifiers for use in the event of an emergency or disaster, or in case a child is missing. The Cotulla ISD youngsters observed their identity cards being completed and interacted at length with their campus visitors. The national program is sponsored by the club, which is a member of the National Federation of Woman's Clubs and plays an active community role in promoting family safety.     

April is Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month

Student members of the Cotulla High School Chapter of the National Honor Society gathered on the lawn of the La Salle County Courthouse with county government officials and representatives of the Wintergarden Womens Shelter on Friday morning, April 6, to plant blue pinwheels in front of children's silhouettes in commemoration of April as Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month, a time during which law enforcement personnel, healthcare and social services providers, advocacy groups, counselors, religious and civic leaders focus on promoting education in the ways in which abuse and neglect of minors persists in society and remains a threat to the vulnerable in the community; and encouraging intervention in crimes of abuse and neglect, and services to the victims.  

It's a Bunny Good Time
at the
Cotulla Easter Egg Hunt,
Thursday, March 29

Family fun at the
Encinal Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday, March 25

"Medieval Swine" on Wild Hog Cook-Off Weekend!
Cotulla Parade, Saturday, March 10

Wild Hog Weekend, March 9-11: Administrators, Officers and Reserves prepare for the La Salle County Fair, Wild Hog Parade and Cook-Off, Junior Livestock Show & Ranch Rodeo

Auction day...

Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez gives opening remarks before Sgt. Rickey Galvan takes bids on thirty cars, trucks and vans in a public auction at the impound yard on Feb. 16, assisted by Treasurer Thelma Trevino, administrative staff Rosario Morales, Norma Miranda and Amanda Carbajal, Lt. Mike Bostwick, Chief Deputy Earl Heath, and Deputy Juan Mirelez.  


La Salle County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Elvira Gonzales was joined by Deputies Cesar Villarreal and Christian Beyer in a special visit to the Kids Are First / Headstart Center in Cotulla on Tuesday, January 30, to meet the youngsters enrolled at the education center, introduce themselves, outline their duties to protect and serve the community and ensure the children’s safety,and  remind the students always to play safely and listen to their teachers; and to spend time enjoying some ball games and outdoor activities during a recreation break at the school.   

Ramirez/Burks Elementary School Storybook Parade, Friday, Nov. 17 -
Featuring the La Salle County Sheriff's Office, Fire Rescue & EMS, the Texas Highway Patrol
​and the Cotulla High School Band Percussion (oh, plus Santa on a fire truck)

Saturday, November 11, Cotulla Veterans Park

American Legion Post 409 Commander ET Page welcomes all current and former armed forces personnel to the Veterans Day Ceremony at Cotulla on November 11. Those present included veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Iraq, Afghanistan, Panama, East Timor, Somalia, Kosovo, Bosnia, the Cold War, and US postings in the Pacific and Western Europe.
Presentation of the colors by representatives of the La Salle County Sheriff's Office and the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS; trumpet solo by Jaime Rios, Cotulla High School Band; Cotulla Mayor Javier Garcia, announcing the dedication of a city street to World War 2 veteran Pedro Garcia Sr.; and keynote speaker Mike Bostwick, Sheriff's Office lieutenant, former US Army Special Forces and Army Ranger, decorated wounded veteran of three tours in Vietnam.
Master of ceremonies Cameron Bell; presentation by Mayor Javier Garcia of a street sign plaque to Pedro Garcia Sr., Brush Country Historical Commission representative Nora Mae Tyler receives a commemorative plaque on the 20th anniversary of the museum's opening at its current location; and city councilors Tanis Lopez, Trish Garcia, Mary Koraleski and Juan Garcia and Mayor Javier Garcia join Pedro Garcia and his son to congratulate him on his street dedication.
Future Farmers of America students from the Cotulla High School Capter distributed care packages to all armed forces veterans at the ceremony; CHS Band Director with trumpet soloists Jaime Rios and Kelcey Garza; and family friend Geronima Garza joins World War 2 veteran Pedro Garcia on stage and introduces him to the community, offering a biography and a description of the grueling ordeal he underwent as a young US Army corporal from Cotulla, fighting in the Pacific theater of war and being captured by the Japanese after the battle of Corregidor on the Philippines in May 1942. 

To the shores of Tripoli

Members of the La Salle County Sheriff's Office and the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS were joined by local residents who are all veterans of the United States Marine Corps for the organization's 242nd birthday celebration in the fire station at Martinez Park in Cotulla on Thursday, November 9. The event included a cake-serving tradition in which the oldest Marine present serves the youngest, in this case Larry Whitten and Branden Mulholland. The USMC veterans heard celebratory proclamations from Lt. General John A. Lejeune, 13th commandant, and current Commandant Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, and sang the Marine Corps anthem. Present from the sheriff's office were Sgt. Rickey Galvan and Deputy Jose Avila; Fire & Rescue veteran Marines included Chief Daniel Mendez, master of ceremonies, and firefighters Mulholland and Lupe Hernandez; USMC veterans from the community included Whitten, Sylvano Gonzalez, Julio Alvarado and Scott Norris. All other US armed forces veterans attending the event were also recognized; service histories from all those present ranged from the early 1960s to as recent as 2014. 

PEP Center Halloween Parade

For the little ones

La Salle County government, law enforcement, school and community organizations were represented at Trick or Treat booths on the grounds of the Kids Are First school in Cotulla on Friday, October 28. The young children paraded in costume, enjoyed goodies from all the donors and took turns at a pinata. Parents and teachers also took up the theme, dressing in costume for the event. 


Cotulla High School Homecoming Parade
Thursday, Sept. 21


La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez and his deputies and officers of the Cotulla Patrol Division as well as agents of the US Border Patrol were special guests at the Cotulla High School pep rally for the varsity football team in the CHS gymnasium on Friday morning, September 8, where they joined the cheers and presented the Spirit Stick to the senior class.

All that
you need

Students and parents thronged the AB Alexander Convention Center in Cotulla by the hundreds on Tuesday afternoon, August 1, for the annual La Salle County Back-to-School Health Fair, which included scores of booths hosted by health and wellness agencies, medical service providers, advocacy groups, local businesses, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency responders, and the energy industry, to help provide children with supplies for the new school year as well as valuable information for family wellness, diet and fitness, and resources for special services. All students attending the fair were given free backpacks, binders, pens and pencils, art supplies and other materials to help encourage them to begin the new academic year on a positive footing. Healthcare providers offered screening; a dental service offered free checkups; and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center hosted a blood drive at the same time. Following the fair, many attendees met again at Myers Memorial Stadium on the Cotulla High School campus for the annual Fun Walk & Run, which served to encourage outdoor exercise in a family-friendly environment.

Our time
to shine

Downtown Cotulla was decorated in full patriotic colors on Saturday, July 1, for the annual Independence Day parade and festival, hosted by the Cotulla Main Street Program. The parade at 10 a.m. included representatives of law enforcement and emergency responders, civic organizations, county government, City Hall and Main Street, ambassadors of La Salle County and Encinal, local businesses, and this year's grand marshal, Dr. Richard Hood, retired US Air Force colonel and veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The day's festivities continued at Veterans Park downtown with games, food and refreshments, live music including the Texas Tornados, Ricky Naranjo, and Elaine Garcia; and the traditional fireworks display above the La Salle County Courthouse.