Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Tony Yanniello

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, October 18, 1984

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Tony Yanniello

I was a young girl (now 50) but remember Tony well. My dad was with him that night. Deputy ( at that time) Clayton John Jenkins. Tony and his family were the first people we met when we moved to Florida. My dad passed not long ago, and my brother even more recent. I like to think they are together again watching us all. Thank you Tony for your service and you made impressions on people who will never forget you. #heroforever

Jennifer Kessler
Daughter of former BSO detective

August 18, 2023

God rest his soul.

Sgt. Robert A. Henne
Jersey City PD/Retired

December 16, 2022

Remembering Deputy Sheriff Tony Yanniello.

Tom Collins

October 17, 2022

Another year and another day. You are still remembered.

Tom Collins

October 17, 2021

Still remembered and not forgotten, my friend.

Tom Collins

October 18, 2020

You will always be remembered, my friend.

Tom Collins

October 18, 2019

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Yanniello. I have visited your grave at Southern Memorial Park in North Miami Beach, Florida and your grave is nearthat of Metro-Dade Police Officer Stephen O. Corbett, a young hero who died thirty-six years ago at age 21.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 24, 2019

10/18/2018, 34 years ago I was at your funeral. In the blink of an eye you were gone, lives were changed irreversibly, and just that quick IT IS 34 years later. You are alive in my heart

Brother Deputy CCN 3XX7

October 18, 2018

33 years ago this evening, our lives were shattered. You were only 33 years old...and getting ready to start a new journey in life...but that life was cut short way too soon. I can't express the emptiness I feel without you here; I felt such a connection with you and was truly devastated by this senseless killing.
All my love until we meet again...
Kathy - #BacktheBlue

Kathy Yanniello-Donalds
Loving Sister

October 18, 2017

32 years of not being with you to share wonderful memories. I will always your kind ways; your beautiful eyes and running breakfast with you Saturday mornings at McDonald's. I miss you and think of you every day. Xo my bro-I love you always.

Kathy Yanniello-Donalds

October 19, 2016

It's been 32 years today, that you have left this world, and not a day goes by that I don't think of you my love. You were a man of honor and integrity and whom ever you met, they were a better person because of you and your shining glow of love toward humanity that made you so special, an instrument of peace, doing the Lord's work. I at times read all the cards and love letters you wrote me, and it brings tears to my eyes when I remember you calling the radio station, to dedicate a song for me, and you did it so often the d.j. called you Mr. Romantic! Oh, what I would give to go back in time and have you here again, but God needed you and called you home, you were an angel even before God took you home. Thank you my Love for making this world a much better place and for touching and healing the hearts of all you came in contact with, you are a Hero my Love. Until we are reunited, I'll keep Loving and praying for you.

B.S.O. Retired

October 18, 2016

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

Tony, from the first day we met, it was God's plan to bring us together, and as I sit reading your beautiful cards and letters to me, I am so thankful to God for the time we spent together.You had a most pure, kind spirit about you that drew everyone to you, you certainly were one in a million gentleman, who truly believed he could change the world, and I believed it also. Not a day goes by, that I do not think of you and tell you how much I LOVE YOU, thank you my love for your service and for giving me the happiest year of my life, even though you passed three weeks from our wedding date and should still be here to make this world a much better place.

Frances Hansman B.

March 24, 2016

I met Tony in 1976 he was a manager for McDonalds and so was I
He was the person I called when I was stressed when I needed someone to talk too when I needed help with anything he would come over and help me out. I remember one Halloween he dressed up like Darth Vader and he came into my store I had no idea who was in that costume and he kept trying to hug me scared me to death. when he left McDonalds to become an officer I was so proud of him the week he died that Monday he came to visit me at my store and we had breakfast together he told me he worked in carver Ranches and how he loved it how the kids all loved him and knew his name they called him officer Tony when he left I jokingly said Tony please be careful I don't want to read about something happening to you on the news or see anything on TV imagine my horror when three days later my sister calls me I had fallen asleep and she was crying on the other end of the phone telling me Tony had been killed I had the TV on and when they showed his picture I just cried and cried all night, his funneral was beautiful police officers came from everywhere all I could think of is how much he would have loved it that was one of the saddest days of my life I think of him often and its with such sadness at how he had to die but I feel so Blessed for having the pleasure of having him in my life for 8 years I will always love you my friend

Ana Moreno
Friend and Coworker

May 12, 2015

Thirty years ago today, yet like it was last night....I remember you & Tony Cucchiaro playing raquetball while I was supposs to be working out, everytime I pass the old Sportsrooms that's now a storage place.
we'll all see each other on the other side.

D/S Francesca Migliano
Broward SO

October 18, 2014

It's been almost 30 years since your tragic passing. That night is still clearly in my mind and I can almost recite word for word the radio call from our dispatcher advising that BSO advises that a deputy reporting shots fired and needs help followed by a supplemental call that BSO advises they cannot raise their deputy. At that time, mutual aid was not in place and there was a certain protocol we had to go through to assist another agency but that didn't matter. I rounded the corner and was glad to see several more units from my agency and another deputy already on scene and a BSO chopper hovering over us. I took a position to cover other officers as they jumped the fence to get you out of there, then to the helicopter that set down around the corner to take you to Memorial, praying as it lifted off that you would make it, then taking a position around the house, only to find out that you didn't.

Your passing has left yet another hole in the law enforcement community but you shall never be forgotten. R.I.P. Tony!

P.O. Joseph Dalton #1667 (ret.)
Hollywood P.D.

May 27, 2014

Not a day goes by, that I dont think of TY. That night refuses to leave me. I don't remember who had their radio at the range. Hearing the call, then your car to car with you know who, who was supposed to take the call, I had to get out of there & get to Carver's Ranches...
It was the most publicly emotional police funeral I'd ever attended. I met an officer who was sent from a Dept in Montana.... I chose a yucca tree to plant based on an inside joke, but where I planned to plant it, they wouldnt let me. After carrying the tree around in a pot for several months, I decided that the tree was apparently meant for my yard, and there it was planted. It's been trimmed and pruned and the cuts have yielded new growth trees. The original tree has yielded 10 children trees. Additionally, I now do Neuro Rehab with special needs kiddies and our sensory room is called the Tony Yanniello Room, or the TY Room for short.
Whenever I pass the building that used to be Plantation Sportsrooms, which is pretty often, I remember the mornings with the other Tony for raquetball and breakfast. Good times. Yes, your physical presence is missed, but in another way, you're always with us.
It is just hard for me to believe that your mission here was complete.
Former BSO Deputy CCN 2xx5
and Former FL State Ofc

Francesca Catherine Migliano
BSO /State of Florida

October 18, 2013

Tony, I visited you today and was reminscing about us. You & your wife were at my wedding in Oct 1983. Less than
1 year later in Oct 1984, my wife & I were at your funeral.
I remember how we covered for 1 another when there were
conflicts with off duty jobs. I remember how Pat French & I
visited your parents and gave them money to pay the tow bill after IDIOT BSO DUI Task Force SWOPE arrested your sister after you had been killed. It has been 28 years 2 1/2 months since you left us. You are gone but never forgotten, and I can still see your bright smile. I miss you my friend You will always be in my heart.
A Former Fellow BSO Deputy CCN (3xx7)

Former Deputy
Broward County Sheriff's Office

January 10, 2013

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all, and you sir are a hero. Continue to rest in peace Deputy Yanniello.

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

October 18, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 5, 2012

I went through the Broward County Police Academy with Tony. He was a great person and friend. He was a kind and compationate person that has been missed.

We can not say enough to show how Tony left a little peice of his kindness with all that knew him. We will always remember him and feel the warm of his smile.

May G-d Bless all of his family and those that serve, here and abroad to protect of country.

Audrey Collins
retired Sunrise PD

October 23, 2011

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you sir are a hero. May you continue to rest in peace Deputy Yanniello and thank you for a job well done.

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


October 18, 2011

I was the dispatcher 27 years ago, the night that Tony was taken. I will never forget the sound of his last words spoken over the radio or the utter sadness thereafter. He was not just revered for the uniform, but for the character of the man wearing it. His death will never be forgotten. My prayers remain with the Yanniello family.

Maryann Sanders, JPO Supervisor
FL Department of Juvenile Justice

June 24, 2011

To The Family Of Deputy Yaniello:
I wanted to offer my sympathies on your loved ones tragic death. Deputy Yaniello's courage and bravery will never be forgotten. I worked with his in laws at the post office in Miami. my dad was a New York City Policeman for almost 40 years with the 102 precinct. I have visited his grave at Southern Memorial Park in North Miami Beach and he is buried near Officer Stephen Corbett, a rookie Metro Officer hit and killed by a car at the age of 21. Rest in peace Deputy Yaniello, your sacrifice on behalf of Broward County citizens will not be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 23, 2011

Another year has gone by. I feel so sad to not have had the opportunity to share my beautiful children with you; my wonderful husband; to joke and giggle with you. I love you and miss you dearly. Rest in peace and know you will never be forgotten.

Kathy Yanniello-Donalds

October 18, 2010

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