Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Hector A. Silva

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, October 2, 2001

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Reflections for Sergeant Hector A. Silva

It has been a lot of years but you still are alive in our hearts. We still play golf in Indiana. Sadly we lost a few more friends along the way. Tommy Brand, Jack Banks and most recently , Rich Remnus. I personally want to thank you for sharing part of your life with me both on and off the job.

CPD - 014

June 28, 2022

Oh Hector,
I can’t believe it was so long ago. You have been gone longer that you were on the job. You were always a Gentleman and were well liked and respected.

Thinking of you and your family.


October 11, 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)

October 2, 2020

Hector. We were raised up as cousins. I then had the honor of being your partner for a short time. Not a day has gone by that I don't think about you and your family. Today i retire and as always you are with me. I love and miss you.


November 15, 2019

Sergeant Silva rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 3, 2019



September 11, 2018


Illinois Antique Emergency Vehicle Assn.

June 24, 2015

I can't believe it's been this long. I miss you brother. I'm a sergeant now and think of how you handled situations in 025 and SOS. We had a lot of fun. Miss you bro


December 30, 2013

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Silva. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 27, 2012

Sgt. Silva, although time has passed I keep you and your family in my prayers.


November 28, 2011

Remembering your service. . .

Thank you Sir, and thank you to Sgt. Silva's family, department and friends for your example in love, honor and diligence.


October 4, 2010

We will always remember your CPD service.

Detective Thomas Downes

September 28, 2010

R.I.P., Sarge!

Police Officer
Chicago Police Department

March 11, 2009


I woke up this morning,
As I normally do.
Started off with some breakfast,
As I normally do.
Played with the kids and conversed with my wife.
Who knew today would be the last of my life.
I put on my blue, looking spit shined and new.
I was proud of who I was.
I had a hard job to do.
I reported to the station,
As I normally do.
Talked awhile with some friends,
Some old, some new.
Hitting the streets now,
As I normally do.
Got to be alert, on my P's and Q's.
Stopped another bad guy,
As I normally do.
Who knew this would be the last thing I'd ever do.
I have given my life for the badge that I wore.
Won't come back to my wife and kids anymore.
I know tears will be shed, and I will miss you too,
But always remember this was the job I chose to do,
To make this place safe for me and for you.
All of those red and blue lights,
What a sight to see.
Who knew someday this would all be for me.
As you lay me down to my final resting place,
Just remember the smile that was always on my face.
And, if you are not too busy,
Take a moment or two,
And say a prayer for my family,
As I would normally do.

Thank you for your service. Even training exercises can be dangerous.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


November 20, 2008

On todays date, the First Responder Unit of the U.S. Capitol Police honored Officer Silva's service during roll call by reading his 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.

Lieutenant Ted O'Donnell
U.S. Capitol Police

October 6, 2008

To Sgt. Hector Silva and his loved ones:

On this the seventh anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Sgt. Silva.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Hector gave to his community and the citizens of Illinois, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 2, 2001.

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


October 2, 2008

SGT. Silva your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

April 17, 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

December 30, 2007

You aare remembered today and thank you Sir for your service.


October 14, 2007

Six years have passed and you have not been forgotten. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol guarding over the Thin Blue Line. You are a true hero.

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

October 2, 2007

Hector was an Executive Board member of the Latin American Police Assn. One of his greatest contributions was assisting with the study group for officers preparing for promotional exams. He was a role model to our younger members and this is now memorialized every time LAPA bestows the "Hector A. Silva Award of Valor." i was lucky to know (and depend on) Hector and think of him every time i start my tour of duty. Vaya Con Dios, Hector!

Ptlm Salvador Martinez
Highwood Police Dept.

August 15, 2007

Today is National Law Enforcement Memorial Day and on this day I salute you for your bravery and dedication to law enforcement and the citizens of Chicago. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still on patrol in the City. You have not been forgotten.

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

May 15, 2007

You are an amazing man for several reasons which I scratch the surface to list a few: Loyal to serve and protect the people; A man who provides unconditional love and dedication to his family and friends; A man with many charming characteristic of which there’s not enough room to list ;). You made many people proud and we all miss you dearly.

In honor of you, I will commemorate you at my company’s Diversity Fair.

Anita Lopez

Anita Lopez
Relative to the Lopez Family

May 11, 2007

Merry Christmas Hector. We LOVE you. Never forgotten

Brothers in blue

December 25, 2006

Miss you Hector. Such a sweetie!

P.O. A. Sullivan

December 18, 2006

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