Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff David Anthony Abella

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, April 21, 2004

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff David Anthony Abella



April 21, 2004

To the family of Officer Abella, I know all too well your pain. My husband was also killed in the line of duty while responding to a convenience store robbery and he too, struck a utility pole where he passed away instantly on Feb 5, 2004. We were only married 5 months.

It always brings me to tears when another officer loses his life. I can honestly say my heart aches for your family. I know you dont want to hear (and neither did I) anyone say "He's in a better place" because as surviving family, we think that the "better place" is here on this earth with US.

Officer Abella has made the ultimate sacrifice and has left this world a true hero. You have to believe that he is your new guardian angel. God only takes the best and he will take special care of him. Officer Abella and his family will be kept in my thoughts and in my heart.

Always keep this special man alive in your heart, through your love, and through your memories. And please remember, you WILL be together again someday.

Denise Zimmerman
Surviving Spouse of New Jersey State Trooper Bert Zimmerman 02-05-2004

Denise Zimmerman
Surviving Spouse of NJ State Trooper Bertram Zimmerman 02-05-04

April 21, 2004

To those I Love and Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, Let me go
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.

I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it's time I traveled alone.

So grieve a while for if grieve you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part
So bless the memories within your heart,

I won't be far away, for life goes on
So if you need me, call and I will come
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near
And if you listen wih your heart, you'll
Hear all of my love around you soft and clear

And when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and say,
"Welcome Home"

We too lost a very dear friend that was an officer almost a year ago. May u rest in peace young man


April 21, 2004

I check this site daily hoping there is not an addition. I was deeply saddened when I heard the news this morning. David was well liked throughout the Sheriff's Office even though he was only with us for a short time. Thank you David for sharing your time with us, you will be missed. May god bless you and your family.

Detective Troy J. Morgan
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

April 21, 2004

Deputy Abella, R.I.P. brother. You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer
Clearwater P.D., FL

April 21, 2004

May God bless Deputy Abella,his family and the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office.Rest in peace brother.

Texas Peace Officer
University of Houston Downtown Law Enforcement Academy Class 89

April 21, 2004

Unfortunately I didn't know Deputy Abella personnally, but my heart sank when I awoke this morning to the news at the loss of one of our own in Hillsborough County. I thought all day of the close calls that I have had responding to incidents in the middle of the night and making it home at the end of the shift. It was only by the grace of God that keep me safe. It's been 16 yrs. since we have lost a deputy in the line of duty and I thank God it's been that long. I hope that we never lose another, but if that time comes may it be another looooong 16 yrs. To Deputy Abella's family your loss is our agency's loss and we feel your pain. Be proud of David's work with the agency, I have heard nothing but great things him and his ability for catching the bad guys. My sympathy to all of you. We will never forget him.
May God Bless You.

Cpl. Bryan Taylor
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Tampa, Fl. D-III/Patrol

April 21, 2004

God Bless the Abella Family and the H.C. S.O.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

God Bless you.

Police Officers Wife & Family
Newark CA

April 21, 2004

Another fine hero taken from us today. Know, that his work will continue among the officers in blue. Rest in peace.


April 21, 2004

My family would like to extend our deepest heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends, & co-workers of Deputy Sheriff David Abella. May God give you the strength to go on and watch over all of you. You're all in our thoughts & prayers.

Gail M Pabst
Aunt of Fallen P.O. Fettig eow 2/16/04

April 21, 2004

The members of the Royal Palm Beach Police Department wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family, coworkers, and friends of Deputy Sheriff David Abella. He has fought the good fight and has now gone to his reward. Many of our brothers and sisters are gone, but none are ever forgotten.

SErgeant T. E. Murphy
Royal Palm Beach, Fl. P. D.

April 21, 2004

Rest Easy Brother David, the Watch is Ours Now and Yours was with Honor. Our Thoughts and Prayers are
with your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.

APD #128
Altoona Police Dept. Altoona, Pa

April 21, 2004

My heart goes out to the family and co-workers of Deputy Abella. God bless you all during this tragic time. Though it was only a brief journey, thank you Deputy Abella for the job that you did.

Deputy Doug Sullivan
Fresno County Sheriffs Dept.

April 21, 2004

To the family, friends and coworkers of Deputy Abella my heart and prayers are with you all in this terrible time of loss. May God be with you all. Rest in peace Deputy, and thank you for a job well done.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee D. Azure, EOW 08/06/02

April 21, 2004

Dep. Abella,

You truly are a hero. Your brothers in blue could only wish to be as strong as you. My prayers are with you and your family and all the members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. RIP.

Ofc. BM Damon
T/ Manlius PD, NY

April 21, 2004

It is always sad to hear of a LEO passing, especially in the line of duty. Thank you Deputy Abella for serving and protecting our county. Although you were one of our guardians only for a short while, you chose to make a positive difference in our county and you gave your life doing so. Rest assured your that your brother and sister deputies will carry on where you left off.

A Greatful Citizen
Hillsborogh County Resident

April 21, 2004

Rest in Peace. Bless your family and department...

Police Officer
Syracuse Police Dept,NY

April 21, 2004

Rest in peace Brother David, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73


April 21, 2004


watch commander-A.DUMAS

April 21, 2004

Rest in Peace, you did your job well. we'll take over now!

Training Officer
H.C.S. Mpls. MN

April 21, 2004

I stop by this site everyday after the death of my brother. I am so thnkful for everyday that goes by a name is not added, and yet i am very saddend when I see a name added.

I extend my sincerest symapthies to the family, freinds, and co-workers of Deputy Abella. May god be your comfort and know that the thoughts and prayers of many are with you.

Deputy Abella Thank you for your selfless acts, sacrifice, dedication, and courage you will not be forgotton.


Emory, Ephrata, WA
brother of Ferry County WA Undersheriff Matt Lane EOW 5/30/03

April 21, 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.


April 21, 2004

Another Blue Angel to watch over us all. May God Bless Deputy Sheriff Abella, His family and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

L.E.O. Wife

April 21, 2004

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003). Unfortunately, I had to add the name of another friend. Deputy Jeffrey Hewitt, Buncombe County (NC) Sheriff’s Department, E.O.W. April 4, 2004.

I am saddened to see the name of another young deputy added to this list today.

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti Ingle (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 21, 2004

Our deepest condolences to the Family, friends, and co-workers of Deputy Abella

Newark NJ PD Auto Theft Task Force

April 21, 2004

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