Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Gerald Dennis Vick

St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Friday, May 6, 2005

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Reflections for Sergeant Gerald Dennis Vick

My deepest sympathies for your ultimate sacrifice. Watch over your brothers who are left behind. Rest in peace Jerry. May God grant peace and comfort to your family. God Bless.
Debbie Cardinal

Debbie Cardinal
Mother of a police officer

May 11, 2005

Sgt. Vick,
Thank you for your dedication and devotion to this sometimes thankless profession. You will not be forgotten. Rest now in heaven, have done your time in hell.

Metro Officer

May 11, 2005

Quite simply, the city of St. Paul is a better place because of Sgt. Vick. We should all aspire to leave a legacy half as large as his. Thank you Sgt. Vick.

Our hats go off to all the men and women in blue that protect and serve us day in and day out. We truly appreciate your service.

Our prayers go out to Sgt. Vick's family and friends.

Minnesota Mutual Companies

May 11, 2005

I am so sorry for the great loss of your husband, Connie.

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

May 11, 2005

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sergeant Vicks family and friends. Please watch over us brother, for you are in a better place. God Bless

Officer Jack Manuel
Pocono Twp Police, Pa

May 10, 2005

I have a son Officer Toy Vixayvong on the St Paul Police force. I just want to express my deepest sympathy to all of the Vick family members.

Nancy O'Rourke

May 10, 2005



May 10, 2005

Although I retired five years ago, I remember Jerry, as a very hard working and dedicated officer. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Sgt. Gary Barth
St. Paul Police (retired)

May 10, 2005

Sergeant Vick, you have served your country and community with honor. We will carry on from here. To the family of Sergeant Vick you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Remember that you are now part of a much larger family. To the men and women of the St. Paul Police Department hold your heads high as you all carry on. Be careful and watch each others backs. Rest in Peace....Boss.

Detective First Grade Robert F. Jackson
Metropolitan Police Deaprtment Washington DC/Homicide Branch

May 10, 2005

Brother Vick, may you rest in peace. You have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the community you serve. You and your family will be in all of our prayers. Rest in peace Brother.

Detective John Matthews
Sioux Falls Police Department

May 9, 2005

Our condolences to your family, friends and co-workers. Rest in peace brother!

Deputy Daniel J. Luffman
Monroe County (NY) Sheriff's Office

May 9, 2005

Sgt Vick. Rest in peace brother. You will never be forgotten. Your family and co-workers will be in our prayers.

Freebron County Sheriffs Office

May 9, 2005

On behalf of the Dayton Police Department I would like to express our deepest and sincere sorrow and condolences to the Vick Family and the St. Paul Police Department. Thanks Gerry for a job well done. Rest in Peace Brother as you continue to watch over all of us from the heavens. You may not be here on Earth, but you will live on in all our hearts. God Bless

Officer Mike Johnson #108
Dayton Police Department, Dayton MN

May 9, 2005

Your efforts and sacrifice will never be forgotten. The void you left will never be completely filled. God Bless your family and coworkers, we will pray for them.

St. Louis County Sheriff's, MN

May 9, 2005

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Sergeant Gerald Vick and the St. Paul Police Department...our hearts and prayers are with you all...... Thank you for a job well done Gerald... 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 & Pooky- Site Owners

May 9, 2005



May 9, 2005

Rest in peace brother

Officer M.A. Olson
Atlanta Police Department

May 9, 2005

On behalf of the men and women of Industry Sheriff's Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff, our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Sgt. Vick. Having lost Deputy Michael Arruda this past year (EOW 06-15-04), we know all too well the pain and reality of losing one of our own. Take comfort from knowing your extended law enforcement family grieves with you.

Industry Sheriff's Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

May 9, 2005

Your honor, bravery, and sacrifice will never be forgotten or unappreciated.
Rest in peace Brother.

Future Law Enforcement Officer - Mike F.
PNHS Safety and Security Dept.

May 9, 2005

Even though I saw Sergeant Vicks around the community, I did not know him. I give my sincere condolences to him and his family. This is a terrible time for everyone in Saint Paul. Saint Paul will always remember him as being very active in the community. It seems like all the good people have to go. It's a tragedy.:( -Nicole

Nicole Campbell
HIRED/YouthLEAD program

May 9, 2005

Our thought and prayers our with you and your family. You will never be forgotten for all that you have done for your community. You have made the ultimate sacrifice so that others can live safely.

Savage Police Department

May 9, 2005

On behalf of the Roseville Police Department I would like to express our sincere sorrow and condolences to the Vick family.
There are no words to fully describe how this department feels. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and all members of the St. Paul Police Department.

Chief Carol Sletner
Roseville Police Department

May 9, 2005

Deepest sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of Gerry. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers now and forever. You will not be forgotten. Not because of how you died, but because of how you lived.

Minnesota State Patrol

May 9, 2005

“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.


Senior Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

May 9, 2005

Time is too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But for those who love, time is eternity.
Henry van Dyke

Jo Richmond - Police Dispatcher
University of Minnesota PD

May 9, 2005

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