Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Cheryl W. Seiden

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, July 28, 1982

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Reflections for Police Officer Cheryl W. Seiden

Dear Cheryl,
It was 38 years ago this week that I received that dreaded call as a Rookie Police Officer, I'll never forget how calm you were in the face of danger and severe injury, I'll never forget the next day when I honorably guarded you at the hospital and you thanked me for being there, It is I that thanks you for your service and sacrifice, not a day goes by that I don't think of you.
Rest in Peace.

Paul Kuiper Reired MDPD
Miami Dade Police Department

July 31, 2020

I went to your gravesite yesterday to reflect upon the difference your life has made. Your service, dedication, compassion and bravery continue to impact us. I know you continue protect those you love. Thank you


July 28, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 28, 2020

Rest in peace and olav hashalom Lt. Seiden. A true and trusted Dade County heroine.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 28, 2020

Cheryl: I pause today to remember that smile of yours which was always on your face from our academy days through the later years on the department. You seemed to always be up beat despite the trying times of policing in Dade County back then. As I've said before knowing that you're looking down on us from above is a positive thought especially today when we lost you 38 years ago. Peace to you, Mark, your family and those of us that worked with you and knew you.

Former officer current ASA
DCPSD, MSPD, Broward SAO and Fifth Circuit SAO

July 28, 2020

Rest In Peace Sister LEO. Thank you Hero and your family for your sacrifice and service. Never forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

July 28, 2019

Tomorrow is the 37th anniversary of your tragic passing, Lt. Seiden, rest in peace and Olav Hashalom. A true Dade County heroine!

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 27, 2019

Continue to rest easy my sister. Thank you for your service to your department, and a heroic act. May you continue to watch over your family and friends who will remember you always.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

July 28, 2017

Today, I visited your grave at Lakeside Memorial Park. I was attending a service for a friend. Rest in peace Lt. Seiden, your courage and character won't be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 20, 2017

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

I've never forgotten about you!! I know that you are resting in peace girl

Det. Ron Heacock
Buncombe County Sheriffs Office, NC

December 20, 2014

Dear Cheryl,
I was only 12 years old when you passed away that horrible day. I still remember what my mother went through as a close friend and co-worker of yours at MDPD. My family and I will visit your name at the Memorial in May 2014 for Police week.
Love always,

Officer Eric Reynolds
Boynton Beach Police Department

January 23, 2014

HEROES live forever and you are a hero.. We will never forget the sacrifice that you made for all of us. Continue to rest in peace Officer Seiden.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

July 28, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Seiden. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

Officer Seiden, you are a true hero that we will never forget. Your dedication, service, protection and sacrifice will forever be remembered. My prayers are with your family as they face another EOW without you. Continue to rest in peace HERO...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


July 28, 2011

On the 28th anniversary of Officer Seiden's death, we honored her service in our patrol briefing by reading her entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Officer Seiden is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

July 28, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 28th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 28, 2010

To the Family of Lt. Seiden:

I just wanted to leave a short reflection. Your senseless loss to your family, community and fellow offices will never be forgotten.The world that we live a filled with so much violence and hatred it is so tragic. My dad who was one of NYCPD's finest officers for almost 40 years would be shocked at all the mayhem. I have visited your grave in the Deganis section of Lakeside Cemetery near the grave of Det. Rakow and Officer Kramer and in the Ararat II section where Hollywood police officer Phillip Yourman is buried. No one was more of a true hero than you were Lt. Seiden. You should rest in peace knowing you were an officer and hero to the end saving your friend and your community.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 18, 2010

God Speed, Sister.

Union PD, NJ

January 21, 2009

For fellow historians:
On April 8, 2004, Gov. Jeb Bush signed the "Officer Cheryl Seiden Act" into law making it illegal for State Prosecutors to negotiate a plea deal that would prohibit law enforcement officers from testifying at a parole hearings. The legislation also prohibits plea agreements that preclude a law enforcement officer who's a victim of an offense, or an authorized representative of the officer's employing agency, from appearing or providing a statement at the sentencing hearing.

Officer Seiden:

You are most certainly not forgotten.

Maj M. B. Parlor

July 28, 2008

Officer Seiden you are a hero. It has been 26 years since the end of your watch and you have not been forgotten. May God continue to bless you and your loved ones. Rest in peace my sister.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

July 28, 2008

Officer Seiden,
On today, the 26th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Dade County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



July 28, 2008

The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 3, 2007

As tomorrow marks the silver anniversary of your loss to us I reflect back to our early days as Bill put it,"with a smile on your face". You were always upbeat. We all had the attitude to make Dade a better place as we worked. Hopefully we did.
Knowing that you continue to look over us and protect us from above helps us in the tough times. We are all better having worked with you and had you as a friend. Thanks

Former co-worker, later ASA

July 27, 2007

Dearest Cheryl,
I still think of you often along with others we've shared time with. You were so much fun to be around while we attended the police academy as PSO's in (1975). I was thrilled that you were assigned to JMH along with me, instead of the airport. Seeing your photo here brings me right back to that moment in time. And, I really appreciated seeing you and June R. at my wedding too. You were a good friend. The thing I remember most is your compassion. You were all about helping people, and what a perfect place JMH was for you. Your crazy antics made me laugh so many times, and I can still see you cutting-up and acting silly out in front of the ER where we were often assigned. Thanks so much for the great memories...
I was devasted to learn of the shooting that ultimately took your life; but saw you on TV with a smile on your face, even after being shot. I just knew you were going to be alright. But, it was not to be, in the end. Your Mom was devastated, as were the rest of us. Your memory has served as an inspiration to me, that we need to make the best out of life while we can, and never let adversity get us down. Thank you so much for being my friend. I will never forget you. Rest in peace Sweet Lady.
Big Bill

Big Bill
Fellow LEO - Co-worker

March 19, 2007

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