Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Agent Santos Silva-Laboy

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch Saturday, July 17, 2004

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Reflections for Agent Santos Silva-Laboy

BUFFALO, NEW YORK

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE
OFFICERS WISH TO SEND OUR CONDOLENCES.
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH
OFFICER SIILVA-LABOY, HIS FAMILY AND
CO-WORKERS.

GOD BLESS...

PO ERNEST G. PENN
DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE

August 1, 2004

My thoughts and prayers to Officer Santos Silva-Laboy, his family and to the Puerto Rico Police Department.

You will never be forgotten!!

Sergeant Damon Cole
Double Oak Police Department, Texas

August 1, 2004

To the family and friends of Officer Silva-Laboy, and to the PRPD members, may God bless you and be with you in this time of sorrow. America lost another hero today; you are now 10-42 go walk a beat on Heaven's streets, you are a blue angel, R.I.P. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. God Speed Brother.

Diane Dodge
Polk County Sheriff's Office, Bartow, FL

July 27, 2004

We are truly saddened at Santos' loss.
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We all recall you gave your best.
You did your job, now you can rest.
Your comrades now can cover your post
as you take your place with the Heavenly Host.

God Bless Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters.
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Our prayers will be with you, your family, and co-workers!

Ptlm. P.K. Harding
Binghamton (NY) P.D.

July 27, 2004

Que Dios te tenga en su gloria y que la misericordia del Senor comforte los corazones de tus seres queridos. Aunque fisicamente no este en PR mi corazon si lo esta. Son personas como tu que protegen a mi familia y dan esperanza de que todavia quedan personas dedicadas hacer el bien aunque esto les cuesta la vida misma. Gracias Santos por servirle a tu pueblo con valor y sacrificio. Dios te bendiga hermanito.

Francis Montoya
OIG

July 27, 2004

Que el Señor te tenga en su gloria y que pueda darle la fortaleza necesaria a toda tu familia y amigos para poder superar la tristeza de verte partir. Vivimos en un mundo lleno de peligros, y si no fuera por personas como tu, no podríamos tener esperanzas de que nuestras familias estuvieran a salvo.
Tu valor, esmero ,compromiso y dedicación siempre serán recordados compañero.

Agte. Juan C. Matos 26190
Puerto Rico Police

July 27, 2004

As the gentle Lord stretches forth his mighty hand
To comfort those who cry and mourn across this land
Let us not forget that Santos is one of his heavenly band.
God’s love is marching on.

Rest in peace my brother. You will not be forgotten.

Lt. Stephen Jackson
Baton Rouge Police Dept

July 26, 2004

The members of the Royal Palm Beach Police Department wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family, coworkers, and friends of Officer Santos Silva-Laboy. 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.

July 26, 2004

To the family of Officer Laboy, No more worries he is now in heaven with Saint Peter Guarding the Pearly Gates.
I am also a Boricua and this saddens me a great deal. I will keep you in my heart always.
God Bless and Job well done,

Officer Francisco Javier Natal
Portsmouth Police Dept. Virginia

July 26, 2004

To the family, friends, and co-worker my prayers are with you. Another officer was called home, but Officer Laboy will never be forgotten. He is walking God's beat now, along with alot of other true heros. We will never forget those who have given their lives so others may walk free. Thank you P.O. Laboy for the ultimate sacrifice. And to your family and co-workers who will miss you everyday.

Connie Barker
Mother of Clint Walker E.O.W. 1-14-04

July 25, 2004

Rest Easy Brother!

Dep. Paul Sperandeo
Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office, La.

July 25, 2004

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Police Officer Santos Silva-Laboy
Puerto Rico Police Department...our hearts and prayers are with you all...... Thank you for a job well done Santos... rest in peace as you continue your watch from the heavens......your memory will never be forgotten...

God Bless....Be Safe..... and wear your vests...

Vin, Pook and all of us at beyond-the-blue

Vinman and Pooky -Site Owners
beyond-the-blue

July 24, 2004

Brother,

Your watch is relieved.
We will not forget.

Love and God Bless

PTL and PO2 J. E. Kooken
Amesbury Police and USCG (Res)

July 24, 2004

Rest in peace, Officer Laboy. You will NEVER be forgotten. Just as your family greives, so does a grateful nation of fellow officers. You are a hero in my book!

PATROL OFFICER
NEW CASTLE COUNTY POLICE - DELAWARE

July 23, 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 of eyes an 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 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, and for justice.”

“You’re a genius,” said the angel.

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


Anonymous

Senior Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

July 23, 2004

Mi hermano en azul , te saludo como colega oficial y como Puertorriqueño que tambien soy. Y que dios bendiga su familia y todos en la Policia de Puerto Rico.

PO Sergio Montesino Sr.
Dept. of Veterans Affairs Police

July 23, 2004

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. God Bless

Police Officer
Chicago, IL Police

July 23, 2004

On behalf of the members of the City of Sutherlin Police Department, I send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Officer Laboy. May your loving memories of him be a lasting tribute to the ultimate sacrifice he has given to protect his community.

Officer Justin Marquis
Sutherlin Police Department

July 23, 2004

To Officer Laboy Family and Friends. My heart and prayers are with you. May your love rest in peace. May God bless you.
Donna Jones
Mother of Officers Ron Jones
EOW 12/26/01

July 23, 2004

My family would like to send our heartfelt sympathies to the family, friends, & fellow co-workers of P.O. LaBoy, you're in our thoughts and prayers. May God watch over all the brave men and women in law enforcement who put their lives on the line everyday as they serve & protect their communitites.
Your job is a difficult one and we truly appreciate all you do. God bless each & everyone of you.

Gail M Pabst
Aunt of fallen detroit P.O. Jennifer Fetig eow 2-16-04

July 22, 2004

We are deeply saddened by this senseless murder. May the ruthless criminal responsible be brought to justice and sentenced to the most severe penalty. May the memory of your service, heroism and sacrifice remain forever. God bless you and your family.

Trooper
Pennsylvania State Police

July 22, 2004

My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Laboy's family, friends and co-workers. A true hero running to the sound of gunfire while others flee the sound. Psalm 55:22

Denise Nichols - surviving spouse
Alabama State Trooper Brian Nichols EOW 2/17/2002

July 22, 2004

Today we mourn as yet another hero is taken from us. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Laboy. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time.
Rest in peace for your watch here is over; walk in heavens beat and guide us all to protect and serve others safely.

US Ranger Catroppa
National Park Service Kennesaw GA

July 22, 2004

Please remember the fallen officers we have lost. Remember the men and women who died trying to make this world a safer and better place for us all to live in. Thank you Officer Laboy for a job well done. Please continue to watch over us and protect us as only you can. You will forever be at our side and in our hearts.

For those of you who still have loved ones with us please take the time to tell them how much you appreciate and care about them.

IF I KNEW

If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.

July 22, 2004

My fiance, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure Santos did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and Santos be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Officer Laboy's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all, especially to his wife. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that Santos is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain Santos was well respected and well loved.

Thank you for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiance Dennis for me.

Peace, Love, Luck, and Happiness!

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry - EOW (01/03/03)

July 22, 2004

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