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Police Officer Steven Phillips

Westminster Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, January 29, 2004

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Reflections for Police Officer Steven Phillips

Officer Phillips,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Air Force. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

January 29, 2024

Tomorrow it will be 15 years since your death. I think of you and your mentorship often. In December 2018, I attended Blue Courage Leadership Training at LASD and walked to a table with two Commanders who happened to be from Westminster and both knew you. One was your protégé as a young motorcycle rookie. I know 100% that was you pushing me to that table and now over a year later I’ve embarked on a new career as an EM and we will head off to Texas. Thank you for being a father figure and mentor to so many Defenders and Police Officers. Tomorrow the kids and I will play some Barry Manilow and The Beatles and smile!

Never forgotten!

SMSgt (retired), USAF

January 28, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Phillips.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 18, 2019

Remembering you this week and every year as I lead my Air Force Airmen and IMAs. Your mentorship, leadership and wisdom was as important to me in 2001 at Vandenberg as it is today at my new assignment leading Law Enforcement operations. You may be gone, but you are never forgotten! Everytime my family and I here Barry Manilow we smile!

Erin Rose
60 SFS, Travis AFB

May 14, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 29, 2018

Rest well brother are in a better place. May God continue to watch over you and your family.

Lieutenant Ray Flores (Ret.)

January 29, 2017

Hey Buddy! I was thinking about you today and re-read about your passing. I just wanted you to know your not forgotten. Remember that incident at Vandenberg AFB when you were staying in TLF for your IMA days. I think from time to time and laugh. You're missed dude.

Officer/MSgt (Ret) USAF Ed Vance
Aurora Police Dept, Aurora CO

October 18, 2016

Hey buddy you're in my thoughts today only to learn that you wanted a companion with you, and called "PJ" to be by your side... You're making a tough day... tougher man.

Officer Jeffrey T Huss (Retired)
Huntington Beach (CA) PD

January 30, 2016

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers today Sir. You are never forgotten and I am grateful to have served with you.

Aaron Kimmel
Flagstaff Police Dept

January 29, 2014

We had some good times brutha. Still remember our conversation on my final day. Wishing it had come true. We'd be laughing our asses off and tipping a cold one. Rest in Peace my friend.

Brian Sawyer
Former WPD Officer

February 18, 2013

Rest in Peace, Officer Phillips. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 23, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 7th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 29, 2011

Forgive me for missing the anniversary of your E.O.W., but I felt as though I could not continue to read about so many tragedies. I now realize the visit each day to leave a word of encouragement and hope to the loved ones of others, helps me to remember that I am not alone with my pain and heartbreak. So may I say to your friends and loved ones that my thoughts and prayers are with them now and always. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol and may they know you will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 20, 2009

Steve, you are always in my heart. You will never be forgotten. I look at your police picture all the time and I am pround of knowing you. I think of the good times at Vandenberg AFB. You had a huge impact on all of the younger guys on the Law Enforcement Section in the Air Force. Most of us became police officers. You taught me alot about being a good person and being a police officer. When my day comes I want people to look at me like they look at you. You will be missed but remembered.


Detective Neil Vadnais
Long Beach Police Department

February 6, 2009

Thinking of your loved one today on the 5th anniversary of his EOW and letting
his loved ones know he is remembered and admired.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


January 29, 2009

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Continue to watch over them and protect them. You have not been forgotten as true heroes never die.

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

January 29, 2009

I am with some of Your former "OC Cohorts," while in the local "watering holes." You were the "First," for the City of Westminster.

Officer Phillips, may Your Soul Rest-In-Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor

January 29, 2008



January 26, 2008

While on a visit to California in 1990 I was invited to go on a ride-a-long with Steve. I only knew him for the brief period of the shift, and for a few drinks after, but we hit it off well. I was shocked and saddened when informed of his death by a friend in the HBPD.
Deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

D Williamson
Former New Zealand officer

December 14, 2007

"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 6, 2007

Steve it has been 3 years I will always have you in my thoughts and will always remeber you. While at Vandenburg you were fun to work with. I will always rember you stopping by to check on me while I had gate duty in the Air Force. I have your picture hanging up in my locker to remind me how precious life is and I just wanted to say thanks again. My prayers are with you and your family.

Police Officer Neil Vadnais
Long Beach Poilce Depatment

June 9, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this 3rd anniversary of your end of watch. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You are a hero and will never be forgotten.

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

January 29, 2007

Rest in Peace Motorman. You are not forgotten.

Motor Officer Danny Johnson
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

January 29, 2007

Still not forgotten on the anniversary of your EOW. Thank you for your service

January 29, 2007

Remembering you today, Officer Phillips, on the third anniversary of your EOW. Thank you, sir. You will not be forgotten.

A grateful citizen

January 29, 2007

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