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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

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

Officer 11169

February 13, 2012

Lil' David I have tried so many times to come to this website and just shut down the computer instead and watch a stupid TV show that means nothing but a way to not think about reality. I'm sohappy Mamo getscelebrate her first birthday in Heaven with you. It is so hard to cry for her because she has you. Yes I miss her terribly but I know now that she has a new body and a refreshed soul and gets to hug my boy until Iget there. Keep watching over me sweet Angel. I try my best to make you proud of me. Your Alissa and Alexis are so precious Papo bought me and Sandy plane tickets and we got to spend Alexis's birthday with her and her and Alissas best friends. I know you are so proud of your "soulmate" for graduating from college and taking care of people now. I would do anything to have you here. I see you laughing at your babysister and how your precious neices and nephews are. A day doesnt go by that papa doesn't say how he wishes they knew you and the awesome uncle you would be but they all love you as though they have always known you. I know they met you in Heaven before coming here to
Earth because the bond they all have with you. Alissa told me on the first day of school that she put yours and Mamo's picture in her locker. I love you David and I am so thankful that you are my baby. Watch over your brother because I know he misses you as much as anyone else. He wants to be a firefighter now and I have a tough time thinking about it. I love you sweet angel more than words could ever express. I love you and miss you so much.

pamela abella

November 8, 2011

lil david, i had a conversation with a deputy that you were friends with, he couldnt say enough about you , he also told me some very important info. about that night , i just want to let you know that i know and time will continue ticking away, but everything will be brought to the light, i promise. i did see you today in lil darans smile for just a second and i thank you for always being with me and the rest of us, as you know papa is working now and i feel so happy for you to be able to look at him being so busy , im super proud of him as i know you are too. what do you think about abuelas car , doesnt it remind you of when we were kids ? i think of you every time i see her in it ... i love you so much , and thank you for giving me this lil moment in time ...the deepest of love eternally, tio daran


September 29, 2011

never forget never forgotten! Miss you my friend! I will leave one on the bar for you!

Deputy S.Hutsko
Manatee County Sheriffs office / Friend

April 21, 2011

I know the pain in the hearts of those left behind is as strong today as it was that dreaded day in 2004, but may you know that we will never forget your hero and the sacrifice that he made to protect us all. My prayers are with Mrs. Abella, the children, mom, dad and siblings of this hero.

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


April 21, 2011

We were friends growing up in Grand Isle, La. You were one of those people in life that you never forget.You made your mark in this world helping people and God took an angel back to his home!I will miss you BROTHER!

Keith Barthe, Jr

March 22, 2011

Our lives go on without you
But nothing is the same
We have to hide our heartache
When someone speaks your name
Sad are the hearts that love you
Silent are the tears that fall
Living without you
Is the hardest part of all
You did so many things for us
Your heart was so kind and true
And when we needed someone
we could always count on you
The special years will not return
When we are all together
But with the love in our hearts
YOU walk with us forever

Your loving Family

December 29, 2010

Your seventh Christmas in Heaven? How can this be? I know you are in Heaven among the Angels. I see you there but it doesn't make me miss you any less. I want to be able to watch your wedding video but the pain is just too much to endure. If I didnt have Papa to cry with or Aunt Sandy and sister Amanda to talk to about you all the time this earthly life wouldnt but much worth living for. Your legacy goes on with you precious children. I hear you laughing at them all the time. The wonderment of our final gathering brings Joy to my heart because we have so many memories to talk about. Thank you for always being here for us. I love you my sweet Angel.


December 29, 2010

I will never forget you my friend! We all miss you!

Deputy Scott Hutsko
Manatee County Sheriffs office/ Friend

April 21, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

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

April 21, 2010

Hey Day, I love you my sweet angel. I can't believe it has been six years. I continue to thank God for almost 27 years you got to be ours here on earth. We will give two scholarships in your honor at Plant City High again this year I know you are so proud of that. Aunt Sandy, Uncle Bo, Kellie and Bobby along with so many of their friends raised most of the money. Many hearts hurt for you so often. You my son are included in every conversation we have. We are so totally blessed to have your children all of the time. I know you are so proud of Angela for working hard in school and for keeping her promise to you to always let them be a part of our lives. They all love you so much along with your nieces and nephews. Everyday is just one step closer to being with you my son but for now I will do all that I can to make you proud. God Bless you angel of mine.


April 20, 2010

david its been a while that i wrote you here,its just been so hard david.david your baby sister is such a good mom with your new niece jadalynn,i dont know why im telling you this im sure you were there with amanda everything she went through.david so many times i talk to you and i could just see you laugh and some of the things you always would say.i catch myself all the time ,wanting to ask you something or telling my neighbor david knows how .david your brother is a hard worker and a good father just like you ,and i know you are always with him. thank you david for always loving me and being there for everybody.david your mom misses you so much. we talk about you and we just cant believe it,and just cry the two of us as long as where here we have to show the kids that we are strong around them.david thank you for always caring about your always made so proud and im forever proud .every day is one day closer that i wll see you david ,i love you my son my lildavid i bet you dont leave jesus alone .keep watching over your mom,sister,brother .david your kids are so big and i know you are always with them love you david .


February 9, 2010

Lil' David you are an uncle again. Your baby sister had a tough time but I always knew you had a hand in watching over her. She cries with me for you but says you would never want us to be sad. All of our family were with her at all times and spoke of you often. Amanda laughed about the time she was with you when your baby was born. How you cut up together. From the very first day she said her daughter looks like yours. I know that you must get tired of me talking to you all the time and still asking you for help but you are my survival support because I know you are always there for me like always. New Years Eve was your tenth wedding anniversary. I told Angela I love her so much for always loving you. your are my sweet angel and Ilove you with every beat of my heart.

your mom

January 1, 2010

lil david its been a while since since i wrote anything but u know i keep you in my thoughts and prayers every single min of every day. i cant sleep 2 night because of worries of amanda please help her get through this health issue that shes facing , shes the best niece and sister we could ever ask for. today was my b-day and i shared a piece of cake w/ you just the 2 of us at about 1 in the morning i khow you were there like you always are i love you so much , the way the kids still are always asking me questions about you and i light up when i answer them, youre the best ...i miss you ,and i love you , your uncle daran

uncle daran

October 15, 2009

My Angel boy,
I know you were ready with open arms on August 19 when Corporal Roberts joined you in Heaven. We visited his resting place at Florida National Cemetary not far away from you. We all love and miss you so much. Your namesake and nephew turns 5 in a couple of days and your baby sister will turn 27. I so long to see your face and eventhough I know that you are always with us I just want to hug you so bad. I can't hug family enough and usually squeeze a little tighter for you. Pop and I are hanging in there for you sweet angel. Keep watching over us we won't let you down. God Bless you until we meet again. Mama

It's mom Lil'David

August 30, 2009

We lost one of our officers a few days ago, and I immediately thought of you. You have not been forgotten, my friend. I think of you often.

Ofc K Davis
Tampa PD

August 21, 2009

Lil' David today was so amazing! As your children swam at swimming lessons today I could feel your presence and see you standing by the pool over them and smiling. It was so vivid that I wanted to get up and hug you. Instead I thanked God for the moment and for you. I wept openly and held on to the feeling that you were right there beside me. I love you so much!

ITs Mama

June 29, 2009

Lil' David your family continues to honor you, miss you and love you so much. 5 years since your last day on Earth and your birthday. So much as happened. Your Papa and I continue to thank God for you every day and remind him our desire to see you again. A day doesn't go by that we don't shed tears for you and often laugh at the same time. Your children remind us so much of you. We get them all summer while your soul mate works on her degree at college. I know you are so proud of us all. Two more very special students were given a scholarship in your honor this year. Thanks for all the signs you send us. Watch over your baby sister while she makes you an uncle again. Bless your Aunt Sandy for always supporting and encouraging everything we do for you and for your children. We love and miss you with all of our hearts and will never go a day without you in our lives. God Bless you and us all my sweet angel. Every day is just one day closer we will be together again.

heartbroken mom

June 24, 2009

I Love U I Miss U IWonder What it is Like In Heaven
I Can't Wait Until It Is My Birthday I Will Be 8.
I Love Daddy.

your baby daughter

June 20, 2009

i love you so much .i miss you. i wish you is still alive .mommy miss you so much.i made ab honner roll .i am going to the 4th grade.i hope you like our balloons. love alissa

your daughter

June 20, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the fifth 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

To your Mama and Dad: I share your anquish in losing a beloved child which has to be life's greatest sorrow. I pray for solace for you today, and hold you in my heart's embrace. Although our agony is great and unrelenting, we were so blessed to have had such splendid sons...the best of the best.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 21, 2009

It is so hard to believe that you are gone. I saw a newspaper clipping that my mother saved because she still has the class picture that we took in school. I think it was Paul Mort Elementary....Rest In Peace David, I am sitting here thinking about how we used to sit in back of class giggling at stupid stuff....Until we meet again.

Chonita Butterworth

December 10, 2008

Rest in Peace.Thank you for your service.


September 11, 2008

Watnted to leave a reflection to say that you have not been forgotten and are thought of each and every day by those that love you for they carry you in a special place in their hearts. I know they talk about you every day to anyone who will listen and that is the way to keep your memory alive as you are a true hero. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and protect them. You have not been forgotten.

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

April 24, 2008

Oh my Lil' David it can't be true. You are so missed. How could 4 years have passed by without you? So much has happened yet time seems to stand still. The pain is too hard to endure so it is just easier to go on as if you are still here. I feel like you are with me at all times. You are my driving force for everything I do, yet at times I feel like enough is enough and I am so ready to be with you. I always feel your hugs and hear your laughter. My only desire is for you to be proud of me. I love you my son. Continue watching over everyone. We all love you so much and will never ever forget you. Kellie and Sandy started your Scholarship Fund. A couple of the applicants were actually in my first grade class when you were in the Coast Guard. I have pictures of you with them and letters that you wrote back to them. I have to get the courage to look at the pictures and letters but it is too hard right now. I know you understand. Your baby sister is getting married soon and you will be with us every step of the way to ensure she is happy. Your Papa and Little brother Vince misses you beyond any imagination. Your babies know their Daddy in Heaven loves them very much. When they stay with us they look over the picture albums and talk about you the whole time. I can't think back on this day 4 years ago because I will go crazy so I will make you proud and remember your legacy and the way you loved others and life. God Bless you sweet angel son of mine and until we meet again I will miss you so.

Your Mama

April 20, 2008

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