Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Shannon Lee Distel

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Wednesday, August 27, 2003

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Reflections for Officer Shannon Lee Distel

This unfortunate accident left a great void in many lives, but Officer Shannon Distel must have been a great man for so many to note his passing with the wonderful comments left here. He will never be forgotten.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

August 27, 2017

Dad, i love you and miss you! I wish I could of grown up with you. I was 5 months olsd when it happened. Now i'm 14. miss you lots!

Brody
son

May 25, 2017

I was Shannon's friend in the Marine Corps. We were both Air Traffic Control operators at MCAS El Toro in Orange Co. He played the drums and was pretty great. I will never forget your smile: RIP brother Shannon. You are not forgotten!

Cpl. Jaramillo, Andres A. USMC 3rd MAW
Good Friend, USMC brother

September 6, 2016

RIP. You will never be forgotten.

Deputy Sheriff LASD
Class 295

August 28, 2016

Here we are again. Another year has past. I still think of you all the time, and remember all the great times of the past. Until we meet again, my friend. "Hang On."

P.O. Matt Deerwester
Columbus Police / Friend

August 27, 2016

I think about you each day....I miss you so....as long as I am alive you will never, ever be forgotten.
A huge piece of my heart went with you the day you went to Heaven. Continue to watch over us, my son...until we meet again. I love you.

C Distel
Mom

March 24, 2016

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”

Euripides

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 24, 2015

Hard to believe that another year has passed. I still think about you all the time. I see all of the pictures posted on line of your family, and I know you would be proud! I miss the days of just hanging out back in the day, and look forward to another chance in the future. Until then, "hang on".

P.O. Matt Deerwester
Columbus Police / Friend

August 27, 2015

Shannon... CTC I-97 Company A Squad Commander...Missed by all that knew him... True leader... Marine...Air Traffic Controller... And most importantly a Father... He loved his kids and talked about them all the time... We got this... Rest and ill see you when I get there...

Officer Brian Clemann #15338
California Highway Patrol

May 7, 2015

How can it be 11 years? My mind still cannot comprehend the sad fact that you are gone. In my mind I still see your smile and sometimes I can almost hear your laughter. My son, you will never be forgotten. I miss you each day and love you with all of my heart and soul.

Mom

August 28, 2014

Another year has past, and I still think of you all the time. I am looking forward to the day we get a chance to catch up. Until then, "Hang On".

P.O. Matt Deerwester
Columbus Police / Friend

August 27, 2014

A NEIGHBOR AND FELLOW CHP MOTOR RIDER, PARTICIPATING IN HIS FUNERAL WAS AN HONOR, ME YOU RIP. 01/21.2014.

MOTORCYCLE OFFICER ANTHONY ( CHILECHOKER ) HERRERA # 9878 CHP A FOREVER FRIEND.

January 21, 2014

Ten years later. We still remember. Rest easy, your light still burns down here.

Dave Thomas

August 28, 2013

For a time, we were family. You were an amazing man and great brother-in-law to me. I miss so many things about you. Looking heavenward, I know you are looking down on the rest of us. Hearing of your death ten years ago today is a day I will never forget. We all miss you so very much!

Crystal Campbell
Sister-in-law

August 27, 2013

10 years ago today I got the call that all CHP wives pray will never come. The only difference was I was no longer your wife, someone else was - but that didn't matter, the call was still the same. My heart sank. I couldn't breath. You were gone. The tears poured down my face and I thought of all the things I wish I had told you.

Rest in peace Shannon. Keep watching over us and know that although you are gone, you are never forgotten.

Michelle Fryer

August 27, 2013

I can't believe it has been 10 years. I told my daughter today is the 10 year anniversary of your death, and she reminded me of the day she saw daddy cry...she was 3 at the time. I still think about the great times we had growing up and want to kick myself for letting so much time pass after losing touch. I think about you all the time. Thanks to one of the guys on my unit, I now have a rubbing of your name from the memorial in DC (thanks Kurt). I can only say that I miss talking to you and one day we will meet again. Until then, "Hang On".

P.O. Matt Deerwester
Columbus Police / Friend

August 27, 2013

Happy Birthday Shannon... Think about you often and know you are looking down on all the people you care about... Smiles for all :)

Crystal
Friend

August 7, 2013

Remembering you on your birthday. Thinking back on all of the precious moments. I miss you so very much and love you with all of my heart.

Mom

August 7, 2013

Shannon, I remember when I was at the Academy and I did my ride-along as a cadet as I was going to become an officer in about 4 weeks. I did my ride-along at the Santa Ana Area and I knew that I was heading to Riverside as my first assignment. I remember meeting you and Maurice Walker on your motors at the 241 and SR-91. This was in 2002 and it was the first time I met you and I was still a cadet. We were both Marines and we conversated for some time. A few weeks later I was assigned to Riverside and we worked together for several years. You were a great man Shannon. I attended that same Training Day and was heading home the same way, but unknowingly, I was ahead of you and didn't hear about your incident until I was almost home. God bless your heart brother, and God bless your family. I miss ya, and RIP partner.

Officer Somervill
CHP

December 31, 2012

Even though we had lost touch, it broke my heart when I heard about the accident. I still think about you today and miss your sense of humor, sense of family, and your wonderful heart. You were loved by many. You will never be forgotten as you touched so many lives.

Crystal Campbell
Ex Sister in Law

October 28, 2012

I don't want you to think I forgot about you on the 27th. I posted a reflection, but it never made it to it's intended destination. I think of you everyday when I start my shift. The locker next to mine has a pencil rubbing from the Police Memorial of the name of one of our fallen officers. One day I hope to get there myself and get a rubbing of your name to place on mine. You were a great friend and are missed by all who knew you! We will meet again someday, but until then, "hang on".

P.O. Matt Deerwester
Columbus Police / Friend

September 5, 2012

Sending my love heavenward to you Shannon on your birthday. I miss you so very much. There is nothing, nothing like a mother's love for her child. I just have to believe that you know how much you are loved & missed by so many here on earth. Forty years ago today, my life was changed in the most amazing and wonderful way when you were born....you made my life worth living, my beautiful son. I will love you forever.

Mom

August 7, 2012

Looking back at previous Reflections...I realize I always remember your birthday :) Today would have been your 40th... I am sure we would have had quite the celebration, probably similar to your 30th! I still have the pictures... Every time I pass your sign, I hope you see me wave. I think of you often as I spend time with Dee and the kids. Brody is quite the character and my son Brennan absolutely loves him! Anyway, was just thinking about you today... hope your blowing out some candles up in heaven. ~Crystal

Crystal
Good Friend

August 7, 2012

Hello Mr. Distel,

A few months ago I came across Deanna's facebook page. I enjoyed looking at your family's pictures. The kids have really grown up since the last time I had seen them. I was so glad to see that they are all doing well and I know you are always with them to guide them. I felt really emotional as I saw a picture of the kids releasing balloons up in the air to celebrate your birthday. I got a chance to talk to Brionna for a little bit. Her eyes and her smile (specially) reminds me so much of you. I googled your name soon after and I came across this page. I read every single reflection and I was in tears after reading post from miss dee, your kids, from your sisters and brothers and your mom.

Every time I'm on Van Buren and I pass the location of the accident I pray for your family's safety. I often think about you and your family. I know you are so proud of all their accomplishments.

I just want you to know that you are not forgotten, Shannon. We miss u Shandiggity!

Jillymae Medina
Step daughter of CHP Officer Maurice Walker. Shannon's good friend

September 13, 2011

Remembering you and your smile. I love and miss you so very much. I wish that I could hear your voice again.
Until we see each other once more; continue to watch over us.

Cindy Distel
Mom

September 2, 2011

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