Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Philip Guy Billings

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, April 6, 2003

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Philip Guy Billings

Philip was my youth leader at a Spanish church that used to be on Oakland park near 441 called ICC International Christian center that’s right I said Spanish , Philip learned to speak Spanish very well. He influenced the youth in so many ways I can’t even begin to describe. Philip had a pure heart even till this day I have tears in my eyes thinking of how great he was with us. When he pulled up in his squad car he would show us his equipment we would all be so intrigued heck he even inspired me to want to become Swat until they took him from us. I was 13years old when the tragic event happened I’m 32 years old now and still reflect on his greatness. When we heard the news we were all broken and devastated, I still am. We love you dearly Philip. Miss you my boy.

Ahmad Castellanos
Youth group

February 27, 2022

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Billings. So young and heroic I never forgot you! My dad was a New York City officer for 38 years. From 1928 until 1966 with the 102nd precinct.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 6, 2021

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

April 6, 2020

Phil -
We still can't believe you're gone. Seventeen years and our heart still hurts. We miss you, and wish so much that you were still a part of our lives. You'd think our kids are a hoot and I know they'd love their Uncle Phil.
Nothing in this world could replace your smile and your infectious giggle.

Mindy Chandler

April 6, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Billings. So young and humble. I read you were getting engaged were engaged really sad:(

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 5, 2020

I was just thinking about you today and I remember you as a highly intelligent, multi-lingual man. You had a good, kind and happy spirit about you and I'm sure you carried that with you into the beyond. I know we only spent a short time together while on-duty, but that last day I spent with you will always remain with me. I will always remember you, Philip. I see your face in my mind's eye and wish I knew more about you before you left this world. Thank you for making my time on earth a better experience by meeting you and spending the short time we had together. You will always remain my brother law enforcement officer. I hope to see you some day and spend some time together in the after-world. God Bless you, Philip. God Bless you. God Bless your family who raised you to be a brave and intelligent person.

Detective *retired) Richard Kreuter
Broward Sheriff's Office

April 4, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Billings. Young, brave and full of prideful humility!

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 18, 2019

Wish I could have met you

Zackary Billings

May 19, 2019

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Billings. Too young. Too soon. Forever humble, humane and heroic! A cherished and deeply honored soul of goodwill and serenity.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 26, 2019

My best man.
Too early, too soon.
We will keep on.


January 13, 2019

Deputy Billings may you rest in peace in the arms of Our Creator who made heaven and earth and fine young and strong public servants of honor, integrity and humility. Too young to be taken with a family and a fiancee. Destiny lies in God's amazing graces. It's where heroes and heroines like yourself, Deputy Philip Guy Billings sleep soundly where no harm will ever come your direction ever.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 14, 2018

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

Just spoke with a fellow officer on my department who used to be a BSO deputy and worked with you. He had nothing but good things to say about you. After reading these other numerous reflections, it is obvious that he was not exaggerating. You were taken from your family and friends way too soon. I hope they are doing well and time has heeled their pain somewhat. RIP young man.

Sergeant John Dimitres
Mashpee, MA Police Department

March 25, 2014

another member of the BSO family was called home to God last nite. I'm sure u were there to welcome him with open arms. everytime another officer is called home it makes me think of u and all the good u did and i'm sure u still do good from above. keep an eye on ur brother's family, they're gonna need it during this difficult time. ur missed so much by those whose life u touched. u still inspire me to keep doing more and keep bettering myself. I am truly blessed to say I got the chance to know u and I thank u for everything u did for me, some of which u probably never realized at the time. until we meet again my brother.


September 22, 2013

Last time I wrote here it was 2009 and I was in the academy. Now I'm an FTO at a Sheriffs Office. I haven't forgotten you.. At your funeral I heard about how you had called the mother of a 16 year old that was speeding, rather than writing him a ticket. I tried that, it worked wonders and I thought of you when I did it. Thanks for that. I tell my trainees of your sacrifice and what I know about you. They don't really get it and I don't think they will. I'll never forget the day you were murdered or your funeral. When I went to your funeral, my dad (a LEO) told me I couldn't handle it. He was right, and to this day I still think I'd break down the same way I did 10 years ago. Thank you for your service. I will never forget you.

B. Vick 0684
Citrus County Sheriffs Office

June 5, 2013

Hey Philip, I want you to know I'm retired now, but I still think about the night you were murdered, getting that call at 2 am and coming in to help. All of us in District 9 were devastated. You were a bright shining star and STILL ARE BRO! I still carry your memorial card in my wallet, even in death you're an inspiration!
Take care," Keep a swivel head newbie! "


April 13, 2013

hey phil,
it's so hard to believe it's been 10 years since God called u home, the nite u left us is permanently etched into my memory... i think of u often and wish u were still here. i know that ur still keeping an eye on me just like u used to do, u were the big brother i didn't have. until we meet again, i will continue to remember all of the good u did and especially all of the good u taught me. miss u my brother.


April 6, 2013

I can't help but think of u during this time of year. Everyone is supposed to be happy and cheerful and spending time with their families but I can't help remember u. I really miss u, knowing that u were just a phone call away if i needed advice or needed to vent or just wanted to say hi. I still don't understand why u had to leave us all so soon or why in such a tragic and senseless way. I know u are still taking care of people up in heaven and watching over those of us still on earth. I just wish it all made sense somehow, why such a young man with so much to offer those around him... why were u taken so soon? U changed my life the day i met u, u made me believe that there were still good people in the world and that there was hope. Now when i'm facing tough times i just repeat what u used to tell me and somehow i instantly gain the strength to do what i need to do. It's almost as if ur standing there next to me lending a helping hand. Thank u for everything u did for me while u were here and for everything that u continue to do for me from above. Keep an eye on my dad for me, i know he's up there with u keeping an eye on me too. I miss you both so much but i know i have two angels watching over me. Until we meet again, i will continue to cherish the time i had with u and be thankful that God allowed u to be in my life even for the short 18 months i knew u. Thank u for everything...


December 10, 2012

I can still remember you coming into my office everyday to report any problems and activity on my property. You were so funny and sweet all the time. I think of you often and always pray that your family has found peace in their hearts. You were taken way too young in such a senseless way.

Continue on in your journey to protect others and know that still, 9 years later, you are thought of and missed!

Much Love and Light always

Ginger Bogle, Prior Property Manager
Whispering Isles, Pompano Fl

August 25, 2012

Just wanted to stop by and let u know i was thinking of u... i still can't believe you've been gone for 9 years already. i still remember the nite u left everyone who cared about u and loved u. to this day i can still say u were one of my best friends. i know ur up in heaven watching over us all and i'm thankful that i can truly say that i have an angel watching over me and everyone of ur friends from ur old district. continue ur watch from above, until we meet again i will remain thankful for ur watchful eye.

friend from district 9

April 23, 2012


Nine years ago you left us with a lot of pain and a lot of questions. I would be lying if I said that it hasn't been difficult. Your death was especially hard on Mom, and rightfully so. No parent should ever have to bury their child.

As your older brother I still miss you dearly but the anger and pain that I used to feel are no longer there. Also know that Mom, Dad, and Pam are all doing much better. We talk about you often but always with a sense of jealousy because you made it to heaven before any of us. We will have our family reunion some day.

I love you.

Your brother....Jim

Jim Billings

April 9, 2012

Continue to rest in peace Deputy Billings, we will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us and you sir are a hero... My heart and prayers are with your parents and family today and always.

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

April 6, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 5, 2012

Thinking of you always..
May God bless and watch over your family this holiday season.


December 27, 2011

To the Billings family we have not forgotten your hero, I know that the pain in your hearts is as strong today as it was that dreaded day in 2003. God truly called a hero home that day. Deputy Billings, continue to rest in peace...

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


April 6, 2011

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