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School Safety Agent

Vivian A. Samuels-Benjamin

New York City Police Department - Division of School Safety, New York

End of Watch: Friday, December 16, 2005
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Reflections for School Safety Agent Vivian A. Samuels-Benjamin


My deepest sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of SSA Samuels-Benjamin. As I prepare to embark on the Police Unity Tour ride next month I was reviewing the circumstances that took this dedicated public servant from us. She held the highest trust and guarded our greatest treasures, our children. It is in honor of her service and sacrifice that I will be riding in her name. I hope to meet her family and friends to express my sympathies in person. God bless.

Corporal David C. Baker
Norfolk P.D. Norfolk, Va.
April 3, 2006

To School Safety Agent Vivian A. Samuels, her loved ones and her fellow officers with the New York City Police Department:

I was so saddened to learn of the death of another dedicated officer in the line of duty. On behalf of our entire family, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences for the grievous loss you suffered when Vivian tragically died.

Vivian, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.

Vivian, you safeguarded our students and teachers for twenty four years. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Vivian.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of distinquished service Vivian gave to her community and the citizens of New York, and for the supreme sacrifice she and her family made on December 16,2005.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 8, 2006

To Vivian's family friends and coworkers of the NYPD .As an expression of deepest sympathy Officer Vivian A.Samuels-Benjamin will be remembered in a mass at the National Shrine of our Lady of Snows.Also , A votive candle will be lit at the shrine in remembrance.May you be comforted by your faith.Sincerely ,A.P.O. Sullivan #12911 @ 105 Pct.

aux/police officer william sullivan
nypd 105pct.
February 10, 2006

Rest in peace. you are the mother of school safety

February 6, 2006

My heart is still broken. I miss you dearly. Vivian I will always remember the scent of your perfume that filled the halls and everyone knew you were there somewhere. "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall obtain mercy."

SSA1 Tabitha Price
January 26, 2006


January 23, 2006


January 23, 2006

God be with your family and department during this time. RIP Officer Samuels-Benjamin

Sr Disp B J Kendrick
Chesapeake Police Department VA
January 14, 2006

My condolences to the family, friends, and coworkers of Agent Samuels-Benjamin. God Bless.

Lt. Robert Davis
NYC Hospital Police
January 9, 2006

Words will never be able to truly express my appreciation for you Officer Samuels-Benjamin. My heart and best wishes go out to your family. Thank you for working to make the schools safe for the children. You will not be forgotten.

January 8, 2006


January 4, 2006

You will not be forgotten. Thank you for your many years of service.

See you at the final roll call....

Officer R Amore
Wayne PD, MI
January 1, 2006

School Safety and Teamsters Local 237 have lost a courageous and dedicated colleague and friend who gave her life doing what she loved -- protecting the children of New York City's public schools.

Agent Vivian Samuels, we salute you.

Gregory Floyd, Secretary-Treasurer
Teamsters Local 237
December 31, 2005

Words can not say enough but, we mourn another hero that has been taken from us. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time. Remember these few verses taken from the KJB. In I Samuel 20:3 it says, And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly [as] the LORD liveth, and [as] thy soul liveth, [there is] but a step between me and death. In John 3:17 it says, For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. And in Philippians 1:21 it says, 21 For to me to live [is] Christ, and to die [is] gain.

Missionary Joe Taylor
Former Florida LEO/Missionary to Law Enforcement Officers

Joe Taylor (Former FL LEO)
December 31, 2005

My deepest heartfelt condolances are extended to Vivian's family, friends and all of her colleagues of the NYPD-SSD.

Your actions were noble, your heart: pure.. Your passing is not viewed as "just another death", but actions of bravery for a common cause.

Rest easy my sister.

Lt. Paul Sanzone
December 30, 2005

im sorry for the loss of a loved one to the family they have my sympathy.

Explorer Patrolman Gunther Warren
Enfield Police Explorer
December 29, 2005

"He givth power to the faint; and to them that have no might;He increaseth strength." May God bless you all.

Pfc Glenn Hall
December 29, 2005

You don't remember me, do you...?
I was the one who unlocked your car after you accidentally locked the keys and your baby up at the mall.
I was the one who gave you a ride to the gas station when you ran out of gas on that back road.
I was the one who changed your tire because you couldn't figure out how to work the stupid scissor jack.
I was the one who directed you safely through that busy intersection when the traffic signals weren't working.
I was the one who gave you a jump-start after you left your lights on.

You don't remember me, do you...?
I was the one who found the item that identified the guy who raped your daughter.
I was the one who spent my days off in court to testify and help convict the man who beat your son so badly.
I was the one who located your grandmother in the woods that night when it was 22 degrees and she had wandered away from the nursing home.
I was the one who loaned you the raincoat the night we stood and watched your house burn.
I was the one who talked with you for two hours about your son running away from home.

You don't remember me, do you...?
I was the one who held your hand, wiped the blood out of you eyes, and calmed you down while the Fire Department cut you out of what was left of your car.
I was the one who called you at 2 a.m. to come pick up your 16 year old daughter because she had been drinking too much.
I was the one who knocked on your door at 4 a.m. to let you know your 16 year old daughter would never be coming home again.
I was the one who did CPR on your 3 year old after you found him in the pool.
I was the one who helped deliver your new baby when you didn't quite make it to the ER.

You don't remember me, do you...?
I was the one who got that snake out of your bathroom around midnight.
I was the one who got my knees and elbows scraped up fighting with the shoplifter with your carton of cigarettes.
I was the one who took your son for a "ride-along" so he could see what it was really like.
I was the one who gave you the right directions so you wouldn't miss that business meeting.
I was the one who stopped you to let you know your right rear tire was going flat.

You don't remember me, do you...?
I was the one who escorted your son's funeral procession from the church to the cemetery and cried behind my sunglasses because he was my friend, too.
I was the one watched over your place while you were on vacation.
I was the one who worked for you on Christmas Day so you could be off with your family.
I was the one who joked around with you after your truck got hit by a train and you walked away without a scratch.
I was the one was able to talk your husband into going into counseling with you.

You don't remember me, do you...?
I was the one who got shot when I pulled over a car for a traffic violation and the driver turned out to be an escaped convict who had sworn he would never go back to prison.
Oh, by the way, my memorial service is at 2 p.m.

Will you remember me now?

I will remember you!! RIP

Patrolman Jason Shelby
Lexington Police Department, TN
December 29, 2005

I am sorry to here of the loss of Agent Vivian A. Samuels-Benjamin. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. The world ia a better place because of you. R.I.P.

Patrolman Mike Wilkins
Mayflower Police Department, AR
December 29, 2005

It never fails. Every single time I look at the officer down memorial page there is a new name on the list.

It never fails. I cry as if I've lost another family member-because I have.

What can I say to comfort? What can I say to heal? An officer's death touches so many people. I start to feel overwhelmed when I think about all of the families who are suffering behind selfish, stupid acts.

Please know that there are many with you, on your side. Reach out and someone will take your hand.

Fellow Officer
Wichita Kansas Police Department
December 27, 2005

Your efforts throughout your career probably set many kids on the straight and narrow and set a great example to all. You worked in a difficult enviroment, part cop, part teacher and you gave the ultimate effort.

God Bless you, may you Rest in Peace and may the girl who caused this tragedy come to realize the dire consequences of her actions.

Ptl. Jim Leahy Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
December 27, 2005

My very deepest symapthy to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Samuels-Benjamin.

Denise Parker, wife of LEO
December 27, 2005

G-d Speed My Sister

odps Inv Unit
December 26, 2005

Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes.

Be at peace Sister.

Heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Agent Samuels-Benjamin.

Ofc. Scott Bachman
Baltimore County (MD) PD
December 26, 2005

My fiancé, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis was a Deputy Sheriff with the Davis County Sheriff's Office in SE Iowa. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure Vivian did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and Vivian be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Agent Samuels-Benjamin's family, friends, and co-workers are going through in losing him. My heart goes out to you all. No one can truly understand the pain of loss until they've walked in our shoes. Please know that my thoughts are with you and that you are not alone in your "journey". Should you ever need anything please do not hesitate to contact me. (The Davis County Sheriff's Office will always know how to reach me or write jocelyne1974 at canada dot com)

As a fallen officer "survivor" and a friend, please accept my condolences on behalf of myself and the McElderry family. I never got the opportunity to know Vivian but, I am certain she was well respected and well loved. Vivian will live on in the hearts of all the lives she touched. You were all blessed to have been able to know and love Vivian, even for a short time. I pray that Vivian, Dennis, and all the other fallen officers will continue to watch over us all as only they can.

Thank you Agent Samuels-Benjamin for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiancé Dennis for me.

Wishing you and all those who's lives you touched brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Wherever a beautiful soul has been ... there is a trail of beautiful memories."

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancée of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)
December 26, 2005


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