Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant Sidney A. Zaffuto

Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Thursday, January 8, 2004

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Reflections for Lieutenant Sidney A. Zaffuto

Dear loved ones, lean on God now. We will get to see Sidney again when we go home. My Prayers are with you.

Corporal Jim Davis
Arkansas State Police

January 14, 2004

May God watch over your family, the Orleans Parish Sheriff Office, and the community that you dedicated yourself to for many years

Cpl William White
Lafayette City Police Department (Lafayette, La)

January 13, 2004

We have lost another Brother. I will keep the family and fellow deputies in my thoughts and prayers.
Rest in Peace Brother

Det G.R. Snead
Albemarle County PD--VA

January 13, 2004

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Deputy Zaffuto, he will be missed. He has done so much, to help so many, God rest his soul.

Deputy Charles J. McGovern, Jr.
Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office

January 12, 2004

Day is done,
gone the sun.
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Godspeed to you and your family


January 12, 2004

To the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Zaffuto:

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that God gives you comfort and strength in the weeks and months ahead.

I know the loss you are feeling and that there are no words that will make this pain any less. I lost my dad, Ptl. William B. Bell, on 11-19-02. He died in service to his community at the hands of a repeat offender who tried to use his "disability" as an excuse for his actions, and so I know the pain senseless crimes can cause.

You will find that this law enforcement family is like no other. You will receive such love and support, and it will help carry you through this. When my dad died, the love and support from my dad's co-workers and friends and from our community was overwhelming. It was truly beautiful to see that his life and his service did not go unappreciated or unnoticed. And you'll find that your loved one will have made a similar impact on the lives of SO many people. The love that you shared with him and the service he gave to his community will be of great comfort and pride.

Again, I am sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers.

Valarie Bell Wright
Daughter of Ptl. William B. Bell
EOW 11-19-02

January 12, 2004

Our condolences for the wife and children of this brave hero, who left us at the hands of waste of space cowards. Hell has a special place for cowards. Rest in peace blue angel.

concerned citizen

January 12, 2004

God Bless you Deputy Sheriff Sidney A. Zaffuto
and your family and friends.
Thank you for your many years of service. Your dedication to LE will be missed. God Bless you.

Deputy Constable LC Downing
Wharton Co. Texas Pct 2

January 12, 2004

Your family, department, and community are in my prayers.

Officer S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol

January 12, 2004

I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the Zaffuto family and the members of the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office. Stay strong in your time of grief.
May god bless his soul.

Detective Rafael Ramos
Gang Squad, NYPD

January 12, 2004

Thank you Deputy Zaffuto for the sacrifice you have made in the protection of all those around you. My prayers are with your family, friends, co-workers, and community. This is truly a tragedy, and I pray God bring justice to those who have taken you from the ones who love you. God Bless you.

Det. D. L. Akins
Liberty Police- Liberty,NC

January 12, 2004

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Deputy Zaffuto. May God give you peace in this trying time. Thank you Deputy Zaffuto for the years you spent protecting.

LaDonna Porter
Friend of Sgt. Larry Russell EOW 1-2-2004

January 12, 2004

God bless the blue angels.
Those willing to go, everyday into the valley of the shadow.
and those who now find peaceful shelter on the other side.
You are forever in our hearts and prayers.


January 12, 2004

Thank You for your years of service. Rest in peace.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.

January 12, 2004

Your dedication and service should never be forgotten.

The shame is that we have lost you in the protection of the people. The hope is that you will be the last to leave.

May God Bless you and your survivors.

Captain Joe L. Gilliland (retired)
Danville Kentucky Police Department

January 12, 2004

Another Hero gone. Another brother in blue working a second job to make ends meet. Another family planning a funeral because some criminal doesn't want to get a job like the rest of society. Thank you Deputy Zaffuto, you will be remembered by everyone who puts a badge on and works among the enemy. My sincere condolences to his family, friends, and co-workers. Find comfort in the fact that he is in God's hands now and you will meet him again at Heaven's Gate to enjoy eternity.

KY Peace Officer
Isaiah 40:31

January 12, 2004

“When God made Peace Officers….”

When the lord was creating Peace Officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, Have you read the spec on this order? A Peace Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn’t touch, and not wrinkle their uniform.

They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half- eaten meals. And they have to have six pairs of hands.

The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands….No Way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me the problems,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs if eyes and officer has to have.”

That’s on the standard model? asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, “May I see what’s in there sir?” (When they already know and wishes in that they had taken that accounting job.) Another pair here in the side of their head for their partners’ safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, “ You’ll be alright ma’am, when they know it isn’t so.”

“Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve,” rest and work tomorrow.”

“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on civil service paycheck.”

The angel circled the model of the Peace Officer very slowly, “Can it think?” she asked.

“You bet,” said the Lord, “It can tell you elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in it’s sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five judges to debate the legality of the stop…and still it keeps it’s sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with crime scenes painted in HELL, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim’s family’ and then read in the daily paper how Law Enforcement isn’t sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Peace Officer. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

“What’s the tear for?” asked the angel.

“It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, for justice.”

“You’re a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked sober. “I didn’t put it there,” he said.


Senior Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

January 12, 2004

Rest in peace brother in blue.
The watch is ours now.

God bless your family and your department.
Thanks for your dedication and service.

Pennsylvania State Police

January 12, 2004

On the behalf of your OPP family I want you to know how proud we are of you and we love and miss you dearly.You were indeed a fighter and I know that this is how you would have wanted to spend the last moments of your life, protecting the lives of others.Rest easy for you have earned it.

Deputy Tasha Lewis
Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office

January 11, 2004

From all of us at the Oelwein Police Department:

Our prayers are with you and your family Deputy.
Thank you for being so brave.

Ptlm. Ronald B. Voshell Jr.
Oelwein, IA Police Department

January 11, 2004

My thoughts and prayers go out to your family, and friends, also the coworkers.You were well loved among us all.Sidney you helped and taught so many of us.I thank you for being who you were, and all you've done for us in our Department.

Deputy Kevin Hoffman
Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office

January 11, 2004

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Rest in peace, brother, your job is done.

Res. Deputy James Junot, Jr.
Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office

January 11, 2004

To the family and friends of Deputy Zaffuto,

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I hope that you can come together during this difficult time to comfort each other and keep the memory of this hero alive. God bless and help you through this time.


January 11, 2004

God Bless you and your family.

Deputy Sheriff Frank N. Felicetta III
Pinellas County Sheriffs Office, Florida

January 11, 2004

The loss of a loved one can ever ever filled with words of deeds, it just is and will remain. My heartfelt wishes of your contined strenght. May you find a renewed purpose amidst this tragedy. For we know that all things are not good, but we have promised that all things will work together for good, for we who are the called according to His purpose.Keeping the faith.
Rest in peace Deputy Zaffuto. May God bless all you left behind.

Teresa Goss
Shadco. Jax.Fl

January 11, 2004

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