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

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 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

Rest easy brother, The watch is ours now.

Atlanta Police

July 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.

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 County EMS (NC)

July 21, 2004

Rest in peace sir. Thank you for your service.

concerned citizen

July 21, 2004

My thoughts and prayers are with the family , friends and co-workers of Officer Laboy. Rest in peace my brother.

S/A Christopher Cooper

July 21, 2004

Mi hermano en azul , te saludo como colega oficial y como Puertorriqueño que tambien soy. Diste tu vida por proteger a la gente de nuestra querida islita que esta pasando por una situacion muy dificil. A tu familia que le quede claro que eres un heroe y que en los corazones de todas las agencias del orden publico esta sembrada la semilla de tu valentia y del ultimo sacrificio que has dado por mantener las calles de Puerto Rico seguras. Tu juventud no impidio que dieras un paso hacia adelante y que llenaras tu corazon de valentia para enfrentarte al mal que dia tras dia aprende que con la linea azul no se juega , y que estamos dispuestos a sacrificar hasta nuestras propias vidas para asegurarnos de que la justicia salga siempre victoriosa sobre todo.

Officer J.A. Ortiz
Raleigh Police Dept. NC

July 21, 2004

A la familia y companeros de el oficial Silva-Laboy, recuerden que ustedes no estan solos, nosotros, sus familiares de esta famiia tan grande que es la policia y sus sobrevivientes estamos con ustedes..

Que Dios los Bendiga

terry miyares, surviving spouse
Officer Emilio Miyares, Hialeah PD< Fl 11/6/86

July 21, 2004

On behalf of the Gallup P.D., we send our condolences to the family, friends, and co workers of Officer Laboy. Our prayers are with you all. Thank you for your hard work Officer Laboy.

Gallup Police Department

July 21, 2004

Rest in Peace....

Police Officer
Syracuse Police Dept,NY

July 21, 2004

My thoughts and prayers are with you
Officer Santos Silva Laboy. Thank you for your service.

Lt Thomas Drury
Clare City P.D. Michigan

July 21, 2004

Rest in peace. You will not be forgotten.

St. Louis City

July 21, 2004

God bless you...May you rest in peace Brother

Officer Scott Lundegren
Yarmouth Police Dept

July 20, 2004



July 20, 2004

Vaya con Dios. To the family and fellow law enforcement officer's of Officer Laboy. His sacrifice will not be in vain and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Officer K. Swaney
Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD

July 20, 2004

The officers of the 67th Precinct Anti-Crime unit with to extend their condolences to the friends, co-workers and family of Officer Laboy.

67th Precinct Anti-Crime unit
New York City Police Department

July 20, 2004

Vaya Con Dios Amigo now rest among the Heroes of Heroes. We are proud to call you Brother and grateful for your Faithfulness and dedication to duty. Rest assured your loved ones are not alone. We are but a phone call away.

Bob Johnson VA-VI

Bob Johnson U.S. Marshal's (Ret'd)
Blue Knights International Police Assn.

July 20, 2004

Officer Laboy,

You are many miles away, but I feel the pain. Rest in Peace my Brother...You were way to young, but you will never be forgotten....GODSPEED and Bless your family and the Puerto Rico Police Department..


July 20, 2004

Officer Laboy, you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, sir.

Ashley Drury
Clare, Michigan

July 20, 2004

a toda la familia y los companeros del oficial silva-laboy les damos nuestro mas sentido pesame en nombre de todos los agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza...

Que Dios los vendiga....

senior patrol agent
us border patrol

July 20, 2004

A la familia del Oficial Santos Silva, mis mas sinceras condolencias. Yo se que en este momento no hay palabras que puedan expresar la pena de la familia, amigos y companeros. Yo perdi a mi hijo el 11 de septiembre de 2003 y comprendo su dolor. Mantenganse cerca de nuestro Dios--es el unico que les puede ayudar a soportar la pena en este momento.

Ruego a Dios les bendiga con la paz y misericordia que solo El puede brindar.

Oficial Silva, descanse en paz. Nunca lo olvidaremos.

Rosa Waters
Madre de Michael Waters
EOW: September 11, 2003

July 20, 2004

Officer Laboy, you are my hero . . . duty was calling and you answered . . . you protected all of us . . . we are a grateful nation . . . thank you my brother. I honor you, your name, your memory and mostly for the ultimate sacrifice you made protecting us all. You walked the path of the warrior and fought your final battle with honor.

To your injured partner, I wish you God's speed in your recovery. To the officer who killed your murderer I say, thank you for "answering the call", for your loyalty, for doing what needed to be done. God bless you all.

With brotherly love and respect, Jim Crotty (Former Richmond, VA Police Officer.)

Jim Crotty, Special Agent (Ret.) ATF
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms

July 20, 2004

Brother, we'll remember you and your courage always. Thank you for your duty.

Deputy Ross Mueske
U.S. Marshals Service

July 20, 2004

My thoughts are for the family of Santos. They are the ones who must endure the pain of their loss more than anyone.

Farewell brave warrior.

David Haney,
Glynn County, Ga. P.D.

Police Officer 1 David Haney
Glynn County, Ga. P.D.

July 20, 2004

My sincere condolence to the family and friends of Officer Laboy.

Sr. Trooper Keith Miller (Ret)
Oregon State Police

July 20, 2004

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