“This is a time to remember all law enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty,” Bolcik said. “There are two officers here in the county who sacrificed their lives for the people in Refugio County.”
Lt. Ronald Berry died on Oct. 31, 1992. On Oct. 30, 1992, Berry was escorting a high school football team to a game when he suffered a heart attack.
He lost control of his car and hit a tree. Berry died the following day of injuries received in the accident.
Chief Deputy Peter Lantermo was killed while trying to apprehend carjacking suspects. The Goliad County Sheriff’s Office was pursuing the vehicle and requested the Refugio County Sheriff’s Office to set up a roadblock.
Suspects Faustina Silva and Robert Cena of Cuero attempted to run through the roadblock and ran to a field where they exchanged gunfire with the deputies from two counties. Cena was killed in the gunfight; Silva was captured after he shot himself in an attempt to commit suicide; and Latermo was caught in the crossfire.
He was shot in the face and chest and died at the scene on Aug. 1, 1951.
“This week, we recognize Lt. Berry and Chief Deputy Lantermo and will keep them in our prayers.”