A sea of red and blue lights went through the City of Alice Tuesday afternoon as officers from several agencies escorted former Jim Wells County Chief Deputy Reynaldo Gilberto Ramon to Rosas Funeral Home.
Ramon, 58, lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday and the news traveled fast through several agencies around the area.
“It was a sad day for the law enforcement community,” said Alice Police Chief Rex Ramon. “He was a legend in the law enforcement community.”
Ramon was escorted by officers from the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department, Alice Police Department and the Department of Public Safety.
With tears in their eyes, officers lined up to escort Ramon's body into the funeral home.
Ramon worked with several agencies throughout his career. He started with the JWC Sheriff's Department as dispatcher at the age of 18 and was commissioned as a peace officer at 19.
“I want to thank the Rey Ramon's family for lending us our brother in Christ,” said JWC Sheriff Oscar Lopez. “He was a good man, a good person to work with. There are no words to describe him other than he was the best.”
Ramon joined the DPS in 1981, as a Texas Highway Patrolman and he served as a Texas Ranger from 1995 to 2009. He worked out of Company “D” in Eagle Pass, Kingsville and Alice. After retiring from the Texas Rangers in 2009, Ramon became Chief Deputy of the JWC Sheriff’s Department.
“(Ramon) was a good friend and an incredible supervisor,” said JWC Chief Deputy Louie Valadez. “It's hard to put into words what he meant to myself and to this department.”
According to his law enforcement family, Ramon worked hard and treated everyone equally regardless of their social status or job description.
“He was what everyone should strive to be,” said JWC Lt. Rey Aguilar.
“Our Chief was fair in everything he did,” said JWC Asst. Chief Deputy Brandon Torres. “Every decision he made had the best interest of the department and the taxpayers. He never made a decision on a whim.”
Ramon's battle with cancer never kept him from his law enforcement family.
“Even though he was sick he would call the department to see how we were doing,” Torres said. “He called us from the hospital to congratulate investigators on their work on (high profile cases).”
He was an active member of St. Pius X Church in Sandia, Texas. He was a CCD teacher, lector and Eucharistic minister. He was also a participant of the ACTS retreat.
He leaves behind a legacy with his wife of 37 years, Elizabeth Ramon, his children, grandchildren and with his fellow officers.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 15, 2016, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Rosas Funeral Home Chapel in Alice, Texas with a Rosary at 7 p.m. The funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Orange Grove. Burial will follow at the St. John of the Cross Cemetery in Orange Grove.