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Deputy Sheriff Sylvester Castillo Villa

Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Sunday, January 25, 1948

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Sylvester Castillo Villa

Deputy Sheriff Villa,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Yuma County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 25, 2023

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Villa.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 23, 2022

Deputy Sheriff Villa will never ever be forgotten. RIP sir.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police - Troop D

August 4, 2020

I never knew you but I am proud to call you my great grandfather.

Gabriella I. Moran
Great granddaughter

May 14, 2016

Reading the wonderful words of people that have been touched by Silvestre brings tears to my eyes. And gratitude for the honor that has been placed on him through the memories and the Sylvester Villa Match. Thank you for remembering and valuing the sacrifice he made that night so long ago.
I am mom to Esai Moran and Gabby Moran, children of Ralph Moran, son of Beatrice Villa Moran, daughter of Alfredo Villa, son of Silvestre Villa.

Elvira Moran
Daughter-in-law of Beatrice Villa Moran

May 14, 2016

The promise... Always honored, never forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones.
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

January 25, 2015

To all of the Villa family, in memory of grandpa, great grandpa, and great great grandpa whom we all love and honor for his service. We are all proud.

To all of the Villa family in memory of grandpa, great grandpa and great great grandpa whom we all love and honor for his service. We are all proud.

November 25, 2014

Thanks To a man who lived a amazing life through what he believed in. This generation of many lives came about through him. I am honored to be called one of his great granddaughters many times over. I pray someday i will be able to meet with more of our family who you inspired to live a life of service, it continues in my family on. Thank you grandpa for all you did and is to come.
Great many times over,
Stephanie Villa Mueller
James J Mueller (spouse)
Blaine T Walker (son)
Kory W Mueller (son)

USAF Senior Master SGT (husband)
Great great great grandaughter

August 4, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 64th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered. .

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 25, 2012

It has been over 60 years but you have not been forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/08

July 13, 2008

Rest in Peace, Deputy Villa. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 19, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 22, 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

August 1, 2007

You would be so surprised at how much has changed in Yuma and in the Sheriff's Office since you served. Every day when I report for duty I think of you, and the others who have gone on before me. I hope that we are carrying on in a manner that would make you proud. Rest in peace,Sir.

Al Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office

December 30, 2006

Great Grand Dad,
How proud I am to call you by name, I never had the opportunity to meet you, but through the many stories that my grandmother (your daughter Senaida) and (son-in-law Martin) told us I feel like I do know you, I was told of your love for your family and occupation and of your bravery, I have paper clippings of you from the Yuma Daily Sun, most of them are from your last night on duty. I have shared the stories of you with your great great grandchildren and they are amazed by them, one of my boys shared them with their classmates as a class report and said of how proud he felt giving his report about you.We are proud to call you Great Grand Dad and even though we personally never meet, we will always love you and you will live in our hearts forever.

With great respect & Love
Your Great Grand Daughter
Marissa Cordova (Doten)

July 21, 2005

I have heard many stories of your bravery form other family members, especially from my late grandmother and grandfather, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Garcia (your daughter and son-in-law). I live in Los Angeles and often speak proudly of you to friends and strangers. May God bless you, Sgt. A. Whitney and all others from the Yuma County Sheriff's Office.

Your Great grandson,

Randy Doten

Randy Doten

July 20, 2005

We carry on in memory of you. Each year, we are reminded of you with the shooting match. Rest in peace.

Sgt. A. Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Yuma, AZ

November 29, 2004

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