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Deputy Sheriff Sheila Gail Pyle

Trinity County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Friday, November 3, 2000

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Sheila Gail Pyle

I'll never forget as a young teenager living in Groveton, my mom called the police on me and you were the officer that responded to the call!! You came into our trailer home, sat down and had a talk with me and never made me feel like I was a bad kid!! Because of your encouraging words, you'll forever be a stain on my brain!! It's crazy because I just told my 3 kids this whole story!! May your beautiful soul continue to rest in peace!!

Crystal Mark

November 5, 2022

It’s been just over 20 years and not one day goes by that I don’t think of you. I come here from time to time and read through the comments/reflections. You are so loved and missed. Being an officer in itself is worthy of being thought of as a hero but you were a hero to me for so many other reasons and I thought it was time for me to leave my own comment after all these years. You gave everything you had for everyone you knew, no matter their “status” and you loved with all your heart and did whatever you had to do to make everyone feel safe and never alone. I met a man at a convenience store in town and he told me his daughter was a dispatcher wanting to become a police officer but he was scared because she’s a female and he feared for her. He proceeded to tell me that he was in a bad way many years ago and a female officer helped to get him home, even letting him ride in the front seat even though he didn’t deserve it and anyone else would’ve taken him to jail. He said they drove for what seemed like forever until they found his house and she treated him more like a human being, in his state, than anyone else ever had. After telling me how many years it had been and that the officer had short, blonde hair.. I knew it was you. After all, you were the only female officer in our area at the time. And, we live in a rural area where something like that never fit anyone’s agenda but us who knew you know that you never put up with being told “no”. You paved the way for so many here in more ways than one. Not only because you were an officer but because of everything you overcame in life and still managed to raise 4 children and make time for everyone else that needed you. You’ll be loved and missed as long as I breathe.


December 27, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

November 3, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Pyle.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 15, 2019

Rest In Peace Sister LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

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

November 3, 2018

Always remembered.

Police Officer - -
Mesquite (TX) Police Department

November 3, 2015

Sheila called me and told me I had the job when I was hired at Trinity County back in the 90's. Sheila was always gracious & Kind. She was a very good person with a knack for Police work. I worked with Sheila for 9 months. Our kids are still friends today with Jessica, one of Sheila's 4 children. RIP & thanks for your service

Chief of Police
Johnson City Police Department

May 15, 2014

Heroes live forever, Deputy Pyle, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Trinity County and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

November 3, 2013

Rest in peace, Deputy Pyle. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Trinity County and the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

November 3, 2012

Rest in peace, Deputy Pyle. You're not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

November 3, 2011

We are carrying for you in your absence from us. Rest in Peace and may Gods love be with your family.

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Dorsey
Pitt County Sheriffs Office

November 3, 2010

Deputy Sheriff Pyle,
On today, the 9th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Trinity County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



November 3, 2009


I can't believe its been 8 years. As I attended the funeral today of Sheriff Brent Lee I remember attending your funeral which seems like it was yesterday. You were such an inspiration to me when we worked together at TCSO. You are so greatly missed! One day, we will see each other again!

CSI Celestina Rossi Archer
Montgomery County S.O. Conroe TX

December 2, 2008

You have not been forgotten. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones, protect them from harm and guide them as they walk lifes path. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

November 3, 2008

God Speed, Sister.

Union PD, NJ

August 30, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

March 5, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Deputy for your service

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

October 31, 2007

May you Rest safe with Our Lord and may He bless your loved ones.

November 3, 2006

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Sheila Gail Pyle!!!

November 2, 2006



December 30, 2005

To the family and friends of Deputy Shiela Pyle, her fellow officers, and most especially to Deputy Pyle:

On this the fifth anniversary week of your tragic death, we honor and remember you. Rest in Peace, Deputy Pyle.

On behalf of our entire family, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Deputy Pyle died in the line of duty. In reading the reflections, it is obvious she was well-loved by many and well-respected by her peers as reflected in the loving reflections left for her.

May her loved ones continued to be supported by their law enforcement family and other police survivors. Our family grieves with you and for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the years of distinquished service Sheila gave to her community and the citizens of Texas, and the supreme sacrifice she and her family made on November 3, 2000.

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

November 4, 2005

May we never forget this Blue Angels sacrifice....On this anniversary date, May God Bless her children, and may they know neither she nor them will be forgotten...

Officer Debra McFall Ross
East Buffalo Twp Police Dept

November 3, 2005

I wanted to stop in on the 5th anniversary of your being called away from duty to let you know that you have not been forgotten. Keep watch over your children. They know as I do, you will always be a true hero.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon

November 2, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace.

November 3, 2004

Though I did not know Deputy Sheriff Pyle, I know some of the reasons that she became a pioneer female police officer and went to work every day. We at the International Association of Women Police salute you Deputy Pyle. We send our deepest condolences to your family, friends and co-workers. You are all in our prayers. Godspeed, Sheila.

Officer Donna C. Hillier
Purdue University Calumet Police Department, IN

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