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

I can not believe it has been ten years! Miss you my friend. Never forget! cheers! I will leave one on the bar for you as always..

Officer Scott Hutsko
Gulfport PD

April 19, 2014

I'll like to thank fallen Deputy Abella and his family for the scholarship I got when I was a student at Plant City High School in 2008. I have already finished college however there have been health issues that have held me back. But as soon I'm able to do what's required in the academy I will submit my application and pray that I get hire at HCSO. Once again Deputy Abella I'll like to thank you for serving the community.

Aaron Torres

September 6, 2013

Lil' David no w0rds can express the longing that we all have for you to be with us here on EARTH. You are constantly in our hearts and always in our conversations. Your presence is felt at ever event that takes place no matter how big or small. In a few days we will give 2 more scholarships away to honor your legacy. If just 1/10 of people loved their children and families and friends the way you did and still do this place would be just like I Imagine Heaven to be. I love you David your children miss you so much and often times when they call I just cry for the first couple of moments and the understand why. The sound of their voices make me feel so very close to you. God Bless you my Sweet Angel. I know you are watching over your baby sister as she bring a new precious boy into this world and your Papo as he bravely receives chemo. I love you with every beat of my broken heart.

HCSO Nonnie to your children

April 21, 2013

Happy Birthday my splendid Angel in Heaven today is your 35th birthday. It is so hard to pretend not to be sad. Papa and I are at the beach to fly kites for you and to celebrate your life with your precious children and all of your nieces and nephews. All of them know you and love you with all of their hearts. Why wouldn't they? Your love and spirit is so powerful. It is amazing how much of you I see in them everyday. I constantly hear your special laugh and see your famous grin and nod. I look out at the beach and see you fishing to always catch the most fish. All of these kids are missing out so much but I know that your are watching over all of us and those laughs, grins and nods are as real as the air we breathe. So today like everyday I will celebrate your life and thank God that I was the lucky one chosen by him to be your mom while you were here on Earth for 26 years 10 months and 4 days. I love you so much Lil' David. I know mamo has been hugging you and hasn't let you go since she got there. Save the other side to hug on for me. God Bless you and us!

Nonnie to your children

June 19, 2012

lildavid we miss you every second,i thank you for being who you are,a wonderful son to me,a special father to your children alissa,alexis,and shaun and great brother to amanda and vincent.david you are a true freind to family and freinds and you are truley missed by all .David thank for being my best freind ,i love you son time is moving so fast .The kids are so big and your nieses and nephews are so beautiful and thanks for they know you who you are.Time is fast so soon i will see you there,until we are all together again and thank you jesus for our place in heaven and for having david you david for ever every day and night.


May 6, 2012

Never forget, never forgotten! Cheers my friend! There is one on the table for you!

Much love my friend!

Deputy S.Hutsko
Manatee County Sheriffs office/Friend

April 23, 2012

My Lil'David, Although 8 years have gone by without you here your presence is constantly with me.You are dearly missed by all . Papa and I thought about what you would be doing if you were here and we did the same. We took your nephews fishing and stayed on the phone with your children throughout the day and count down the days on the calender when they would come back and spend the entire summer with us. We will be at the beach on your birthday and fly cats in your honor. I could just imaging mamo putting her hand on your chest telling you we were okay and we are for you. We love you so much and continue thanking God for letting us be your parents during your time here on earth. On May 2nd we will give out $2000 worth of scholarships to students graduating from your high school, Plant City High, and we will all attend the mem service by the Sheriffs office on Papa,s birthday May 3rd. Thank you for all the signs you send me Lil' David. I love you with all of my heart and soul. God Bless and remember every day is one day closer that we are together.

NOnnie to your children

April 22, 2012

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

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