Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Benjamin LeMont Zirbel

Clay County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Benjamin LeMont Zirbel

RIP brother. God be with you.

FTO Samuel Steinmetz (Retired)
Venice Police Department

September 12, 2018

May you rest in Heavenly Peace. May your family be forever watched over and blessed. May your friends and colleagues find comfort. Please watch over us from on high.
We will see you again dear Sir.
Thank you for your service. I will never forget your sacrifice or the sacrifice of your family.
Greater Love Hath No Man....
Prayers for all involved.

Surviving Daughter of Special Agent J. Robert Porter
Federal Bureau of Investigation
E.O.W. 8/9/79

September 10, 2018

The thoughts, hearts and prayers of everyone here at CCPD go out to the families, both blood and blue, of Deputy Zirbel. May the Good Lord give you strength, comfort and peace.
He swore an oath to serve and protect and he made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of that oath.

Lt. Michael Caldwell, Chaplain
Cape Carteret Police Department, Cape Carteret, NC.

September 8, 2018

Rest in peace brother. You are a true hero.

Jamie D Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

September 8, 2018

God Bless this young Officer and his fellow Deputies and family members. It is so sad when an law enforcement is killed in the line of duty. I know first hand how it feels to lose an fellow officer.
I too was nearly Killed in the line of duty while I was deployed in the Los Angeles County riots in 1992. By the grace of God I survived. God bless this Deputy and may be rest in peace. Blessed are the Peace Makers for they are the children of God.

Retired San Bernardino County Sheriff's
San Bernardino County Sheriff

September 4, 2018

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray Psalm 91 over all LEO’s and this prayer also:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

I know that God sends those angels to watch over our officers, sometimes to protect them and sometimes to whisk our officers into His presence.

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

I have lifted your family to God every morning for over seven years. I pray that Ben's life and death will bring glory to God.

Trust those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

September 4, 2018

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Deputy Sheriff Benjamin LeMont Zirbel. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Clay County Sheriff's Office.

U.S. Postal Inspector Scott Horne
U.S. Postal Inspection Service

September 4, 2018

Rest in peace brother. We have the watch from here. May God Bless your family and friends.

LT. A. Orozco

September 4, 2018

Brother, I honor you for your service and I ask God for peace for your family. now we will watch over yours. Rest in peace

Sgto. Roberto Mercado
Puerto Rico Police Dept.

September 3, 2018

Thank you for your dedicated service Deputy Sheriff Benjamin LeMont Zirbel. My condolences go out to your family, friends and the Clay County Sheriff's Office. May you rest in eternal peace.⏺️

PSO A. Marwaha
Campus Public Safety

September 2, 2018

So saddened to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

August 30, 2018

Deepest Sympathy to the family of Deputy Sheriff Ben Zirkle and to the Brothers and Sisters of the Clay County Sheriff ‘s Office,Florida. Day is done EOW you will not be forgotten,May you RIP.

Chaplain Terry L. Longacre (Ret.Manor Tw
Red RoseLodge FOP#16Lancaster Co. Pa.

August 29, 2018

The law-officer on motor patrol is on one of the most dangerous battlefields - a United State highway. The daily routine of patrol, especially on two wheels, presents added danger to the law-officer performing his/her duty. What is the start of a normal tour-of-duty can, in seconds, result in a chain of events that brings horrendous circumstances involving serious injury or death.

We regret learning of DS Ben Zirbel's demise in this horrible traffic crash. Added sadness is recognizing, too, that he was in the prime of his life and career and that it was forfeited during the protection of others. Our thoughts are with his young family and the resultant hardship and challenge they now face to bring their lives back to as close to normal as possible.

Rest in peace, Ben, and enter that place where those who've worn a badge, and have already departed, now wait to welcome you as a hero among them.

We sadly render Ben a final salute, as we highlight Ben's desire to make a difference in the lives of the people he served. Our response should include rededicating ourselves to stricter traffic enforcement with the intent to save all lives, to include others officers exposed to similar conditions.

Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza (Ret.)
Pennsylvania State Police

August 29, 2018

RIP Sir, Saint Michael protect you and yours.


August 29, 2018

Rest in peace brother. You are a true hero.

Jamie D Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

August 28, 2018

On behalf of the men & women of the Abilene Police Department, I extend sympathy to the Clay County Sheriff's Office following the death of Deputy Sheriff Ben Zirbel. We are saddened at your loss, and mindful of the repercussions this carries as you strive to move forward. We are thankful for Sheriff Zirbel's service which continues to give, even in death.

Beth Reeves, Chaplain
Abilene Police Department

August 28, 2018

God bless you and your family brother. Well take it from here.

Cpl. Kevin Duck Kevin Duck

August 28, 2018

Thank you for your service Deputy Zirbel.
Praying for your family and the entire CCSO family at this difficult time.
R.I.P Motor Man.

Wm Jean-Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP, Traffic & Escort Unit

August 28, 2018

RIP, Deputy Zirbel. Praying for you and your loved ones.

Officer C Curione
Rochester Police Department, NY

August 27, 2018

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Ben was killed.

To the Zirbel family, fellow officers, and all who call Ben beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Deputy Zirbel gave to his community and the citizens of Florida and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 21, 2018.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

August 27, 2018

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, my brother.

Retired Chief of police Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

August 27, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr., ASAC
Federal Air Marshal Service

August 27, 2018

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
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Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police department
Powell, Wyoming

August 27, 2018

I am sorry to learn of the passing of a brother and hero in Deputy Sheriff Ben Zirbel. I know our Heavenly Father has welcomed him home where he will now patrol the golden streets of Heaven. May the Lord deliver blessings, comfort and peace to his family, friends and peers.

T W Martinez, Retired and FOP member
State of New Mexico/JJS

August 26, 2018

Rest easy Brother. Prayers for family, friends and coworkers.

Career Officer (Ret.) Victor Agosto
Chesterfield County Police (Va.)

August 25, 2018

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