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

So very sorry, our hearts and prayers for the family.

Maryland State Police

It sickens me to see another brother fallen by useless thugs. God bless you and your family. Rest in peace brother

Officer Dean Hammond
Lexington Fayette UC Police (KY)




Rest easy brother. Our Prayers are with you.

Patrolman P.K. Harding
Binghamton (NY) PD

To a brave man who love God, who love to help childern in need I pray to our heavenly father up above that your soul may rest in peace. my heart go out to you and your family and friends
you are my hero

Explorer William Auguste
Broward county sheriff office

Not too much older than I. You are a brave man. Godspeed and rest my brother. You will not be forgotten.

Andi -Criminal Justice Student

Must Jesus bare the Cross alone
And all the world go Free
No! There is a Cross for everyone
There is a Cross for You and Me!

To the entire staff of Broward Sheriff's Office, and the bereaved family of the late Deputy Phillip Billings, Jr., we would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere condolences to you and yours. We know that your hearts will never be the same. We know that the void in your hearts will never be filled. However, if you look to the Hills...which cometh your help. You will realize Phillip in now in a better place. A place where no hurt, harm, nor danger will come upon him. A place where he will be forever and eternity because we (the law enforcement community and the entire police explorer post) loved him most, but now Jesus loves him best.

-God Bless.

Police Explorer Post # 526
Miami-Dade Police Deptartment

My heart and prayers are with you. I lost my son
Sgt. David P. Land in a motorcycle accident own
April 26. 2003. And There is a plate missing from
my table that can never be replaced.
Thinking of The Family
Linda B. Land

Mother, Linda B. Land
Forsyth Sheriff Dept

Our hearts and prayers are with your family.
Rest easy my brother, we have the watch now.

Deputy K. Strausser
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Another tragic and senseless event has taken the life of one of our own. As I sat in attendance of your memorial service,I like many others who wear their uniforms so proudly each and every day, felt anger, sadness and several other emotions that are very difficult to put into words at this moment. Deputy Billings,Rest In Peace my brother. The eternal flame will always shine bright for you knowing that we as law enforcement officers will always be family. May God bless you and your family and always keep you in his care.

Deputy Sheriff Merrill W. Riou,Jr.
Palm Beach County Sheriffs Off.

May God bless the family and friends of Officer Billings. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Officer Billings may you rest in peace

Don Jones
Brother of Prentiss Police Officer Ron Jones eow 12/26/01

Thank you brother for your sacrafice. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers durring this time.

Ofc. M. Wilhelm
Georgetown University Police

Rest in peace. God bless the family, friends, and coworkers of this fallen hero.

Baltimore City Police

For those of you that didn't know him, Phillip was 25 years old and a deputy from the Broward Sheriff's Office. He was born in Bolivia and came to the US for school in the late 90s. He graduated from the Criminal Justice Institute in Broward County Florida in Class 208. He was a blond haired, blue-eyed Spanish speaking awesome guy and was my academy mate. Phillip represented our class motto, "Standing as many, united as one, 208, second to none". We are all due to get off of probabtion at our different agencies about a week before, during and after he was murdered.

Life certainly isn't fair, but somehow it was made better knowing that before we buried him, his killers were found dead. Apparently, the killer who pulled the trigger shot his friend (the getaway person) in the face and then turned the gun on himself. The car was also rigged with a hose from the muffler into the car in case any of the bullets missed. I will not lie and say that I feel sorry for the killers. In fact, I think it's a shame that they didn't suffer more. I am just grateful that their bodies were found dead before we buried Phillip.

Thank you to all of the officers who though extremely exhausted never stopped looking for the killers. As officers, we are often given orders, but no one had to be ordered to help. It helps me as a new officer to know that. Thanks to all of the officers and people who have sent prayers and words of comfort. They certainly help.

Phillip was murdered before he had a chance to propose to his girlfriend and soulmate Rita. And for the family, they were robbed of more time with him. We as his friends, were robbed of our co-worker and friend over 2 sets of rims from two Cadillac Escalades worth about $4,600 each. For all of us, Phillip was like the Visa commerical...priceless.

To the family, friends and police personnel, I am sorry that you lost a son, brother, fiancee, nephew, cousin, fellow student, co-worker and friend. Phillip touched many lives in his too short 25 years. I hope that everyone took some comfort seeing the amount of people who showed up to his memorial service. I certainly did. There had to be at least 150 motorcycle units, 800-1,000 police vehicles, K-9 officers, fire trucks, 2,000 uniformed personnel, over 400 honor guard members from multiple agencies, and people who not only traveled from local places, but from New York, Bolivia and Africa too. My classmates and I all thought that it would be at least five years before we had to go to a police funeral. We certainly never thought it would be our classmate. It helped me to see how police love each other and depend on each other for comfort. But I hope that the times we get together for funerals are far and few between. I've already grown to hate the sound of bagpipes and the 10-7 tone.

Miss you Phillip.


This is truly a tradegy. Another young officer in blue taken to the heavens above. May God Bless Deputy Billings family. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

a officer's wife

Hooyah warrior, you're in a better place now, but rest assured we will carry on your fight, our fight, until we join you, to make the world we know a better place. Godspeed Phillip, and God bless your family.

MIDN Nelson
U.S. Navy

As I sit here and read the comments left concerning all of our fallen Bretheren my heart saddens for the family. Know that they have fallen honorably and now walk with the ultimate judge. They will be seen again...
Take care Phil and know that you're family are in our hearts and prayers.

Your LEO Bretheren on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Cpl Matthew Cook
Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, Salisbury Maryland

Over the last week, since his very senseless death, I have been asked by many people, "Did you know him?" or "Was he a friend of yours?" My first reaction to all of these people was to say, of course I knew him, he IS a cop, he IS a brother, he IS one of my immediate family. These questions were from people that don't know the bond that we all know about.
I DID know him since he worked in the area directly next to where I work and got the chance to meet him a few times in the short time that he worked there.
But even if I never had the chance to meet him, it is still a very sad loss to all of Law Enforcement. From all of the stories that I have heard about him over the past week, he made the most of his short time on this earth and now is where he can help us all by looking over us and making sure that we are safe out there.
God Bless You Deputy Philip G. Billings. You will ALWAYS be in our hearts and on our minds as we patrol the streets.


On behalf of the Gallup Police Department, Gallup, New Mexico we send our condolences to the family of Deputy Billings and to the Broward County Sheriff's Office. We too lost a beloved fellow officer in May of 2001 and know what it's like to lose a loved one. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Let the joy of the Lord be your strength. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

GPD Administration
Gallup Police Department

To the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Billings, my deepest condolences. What a tragic loss. Know that we all grieve with you.

Jamie Johnson, surviving sister of
Officer Jon Cook
San Francisco Police Dept.

Thank you Deputy Billings for your service to your city, state, and country. There is a special place in heaven for those who serve others. God bless you and your family.

Special Agent
FBI - Washington, DC

You are a true hero. May you rest in peace and continue to watch over us from heaven.

Day is done ... Gone the sun ....
From the lakes ... From the hills... From the sky ...
All is well ... Safely rest ... God is nigh.

Fading light ... Dims the sight ...
And a star ... Gems the sky...Gleaming bright ...
From afar ... Drawing nigh .. Falls the night .

Thanks and praise .... For our days ...
Neath the sun .... Neath the stars,.. Neath the sky ...
As we go ... This we know ... God is nigh.

Carrol Graves
wife of a LEO

Carrol Graves

Today, we join Philip’s loved ones, friends and fellow officers in mourning his passing. Philip was a member of a class that respected and admired him, as much then as we do today. Although he was sometimes quiet and rarely spoke of his own accomplishments, it was well known among us that he possessed knowledge, experience and caring characteristics beyond his young age, thus earning him the heartfelt nickname “El Doctor.” Not a day went by that Philip was not seen smiling, cracking jokes, or in serous situations, being a role model. He was then and will always be an inspiration for us to live our lives to the fullest and to continue the mission of protecting and serving our communities in the same honorable fashion he did each day.

Today, our hearts are heavy as we recall our class motto, “Standing as many, United as one.” Philip, please know that you will always be one with us, as our hero and loved friend.

From Philip's fellow academy classmates
Broward Institute of Public Safety, 208th Academy

Heaven needed another officer. Rest in peace Brother Billings.

Officer Kevin R Turley
Jacksonville Police Department (Alabama)

I, as many others, offer my greatess gratitude to Dep. Billings for his sacrifice and dedication. My greatess condolences to the Billings family for their ultimate loss. Rest now, came home on your Shield and we will continue the fight for you.

May the Peace and Blessings of Allah (God) be upon you, Broward Sheriff Deputy Philip Guy Billings

Ofc. Archibald Claudius Pinder, IV
Pembroke Pines P.D.
Broward County Police Academy #209

Ofc. A. Pinder
Pembroke Pines P.D.

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