Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Vincent P. Cila

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, July 22, 2005

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Trooper Vincent P. Cila

My prayers are with the family at home and at work. The troopers that served with him are suffering too. As the wife of a recent fallen officer, our love and prayers go out to you all.

Shelley Gonzalez, Wife of Sgt. Roy Gonzalez, Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office, Winnsboro, Louisiana
Killed in the line of duty: 7/15/2005

Shelley Gonzalez, Wife of Fallen Deputy

August 5, 2005

My thoughts and prayers go out to Trooper Cila's family, friends, and co-workers. You will never be forgotten.

Newton Police Department

August 4, 2005

Our thoughts, our love, and our prayers are with Trooper Cila's family. You were a proud and valiant soldier for us all...each and every day! Your memory will live on, strongly, in our community; championed by your past actions of love and grace toward others, championed by any and all who spent even the briefest of moments in your soulful presence; and championed, through the loving, shining, eyes of both your beautiful, graceful, daughters, with reflections of their father...every time we see them...they will be watched over...with love, should be proud of the job you have done
Trooper, Father, Husband.
Ride Proudly Trooper...Ride Peacefully Friend.

Firefighter Thomas M. Purcell
Wakefield Fire Department

August 4, 2005

My dad once told me, “you will meet a lot of people in your lifetime, but you will be able to count your true friends on one hand.”
I want you to know that you are one of those true friends.

I will always remember you, as you were a true friend to me and my family for more than 17 years, you will be sorely missed.

Anthony Capone

August 3, 2005

God Bless you and your family, both at home and work.

Officer Bardwell
Grand Prairie PD/TX

August 2, 2005

Thoughts and prayers to the family. It's always a sad day to hear about losing another brother, known or not.

Deputy Lin Badman
Monroe County Sheriff's Office- FL Keys

August 2, 2005

Farewell Brother..Rest in Peace...we thank you for your dedication and faithfulness to duty. Be assured your loved ones are not alone for we are but a phone call away.

Bob Johnson VA-VI

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

August 2, 2005

My prayers and thoughts go out to your Family, Friends and Fellow Law Enforcement Officers.It is a tragedy that only God can explain...Each time a fellow Officer dies a piece of each and every one of us also dies...if we didn't personally know the Officer we DO KNOW WHAT KIND OF PERSON THEY WERE AND WHAT THEY CARED ABOUT---- JUST FROM THE DANGERS--DUTIES--AND ACTIONS THAT WERE PERFORMED BY OFFICERS EACH AND EVERYDAY,

Retired Pa State Narcotics Agent II
Pa Office Of Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigations

August 2, 2005


Any time that I saw you, you had a smile on your face. Your loss is felt by many and your boots will be hard to fill. But our loss is Heaven's gain, and I know that you'll wear the French and Electric Blue as proudly on the streets of Heaven as you did here in the Commonwealth.

It is overwhelming to read over page after page of reflections dedicated to you from our brothers, sisters and friends from around the world. Ours is truely a huge family, and the pain of your loss is felt far beyond the borders of our small state.

May God bless and keep you Vinny, and may He continue to bless and look out for your family until you are united once again. As the priest said, death is simply a "change of address", and as many have stated here before me, "we'll take it from here brother."

Trooper Dana Lapointe
Massachusetts State Police

August 1, 2005

The last time I saw my cousin Vincent, he was throwing an anniversary party for his parents 50th. Vincent's love for his parents was so clear as he hurried about making sure everything was OK. When he asked me if he had forgotten anything, I noticed no grated cheese. Vincent took out his cell phone, and the cheese was on the table ten minutes later. It was clear a dedicated group of friends had his back, and I hope they can all rejoice in his memory.

Christopher Fama

August 1, 2005

Rest in Peace My Brother

Chaplain Michael Grinnals
Town of Camillus PD

August 1, 2005

God Bless Trooper Cila.

God Bless Trooper Cila's Family.

God Bless the Massachusetts State Police.

New Jersey State Police

July 31, 2005

On behalf of the members of the Sutherlin Police Department, I send to you, our heartfelt condolences and prayers in your time of sadness. May your fallen officer’s legacy live on in the memories of his friends and family. Rest now brother, after a job well done. We’ll take it from here.

Corporal Justin Marquis
Sutherlin Police Department, Sutherlin, OR

July 31, 2005

I had the pleasure of being your supervisor for the short time you were assigned to the Medford Barracks. I remember our conversations and the laughs we shared. I enjoyed working with you. Your passing left a hole in my heart. I have attended the funeral of many Officers over the years, out of respect for a fallen comrade, but yours was different,it was the first death where I felt a person loss. I felt such saddness, I felt I had lost a piece of myself. As I stood watch over your home, standing in the street, insuring that no one invaded the privacy of your family, it was difficult not to shed a tear as people came up to me, offering me water and sympathy for "My loss". I tried to be strong, but I could not hold back my tears. Your wake though sad, was beautiful. Its a tribute to your memory and the lives that you touched. I felt so proud to see not only the tremendous support from The Mass State Police but from the other agencys who came to say good bye to you. I know I speak for many when I say Vincent you will be missed. 461A to 66R Trooper Cila, rest in peace my friend. Your wife and children will never be alone, the Mass State Police family takes care of their own.

Sgt. Peter J. Perez

July 31, 2005

Vinny may you rest in peace. To the Cila family may God bless you. Please know that your son, husband,dad was a great man, Vin was there in my time of need when my dad past away. Rest in Peace brother


July 30, 2005

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and co-workers of a fallen brother. May God Bless.

L/Cpl. M.T. McCarty
S.C. Highway Patrol

July 30, 2005

Your smile says it all. Rest in peace brother...

Officer D. Cruz
SPPD Martin County FL.

July 30, 2005

Vinny, I am a better person for having worked with you at SP Medford. You will always be in my heart and prayers. God and the MSP will watch over your family. Slan go foil.

Sgt. Ken Foley
Massachusetts State Police

July 30, 2005

On behalf of the members of the Dighton Police Department, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Trooper Cila. May he rest in peace.

PO CM 1588
Dighton Police Department

July 29, 2005

Tpr Cila,

May God look over your family and the outstanding dedicated Troopers of the Massachusetts State Police. Rest easy brother and we will take it from here.

John 3:16

Officer Edward Michela
Bellevue Police Department

July 29, 2005

How sad I was to hear of our loss. Many people have walked through these doors
... I will truly miss your smile,humor, and honor to the job. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and fellow members of the Massachusetts State Police. Never forgotten. Keep smiling ~!~

Kelly D. ~ Human Resources

July 29, 2005

Rest in peace Motor Man, The watch is now ours. May God bless your family and loved ones at this time of loss.

Trooper ( Motorcycle Patrol)
Pennsylvania State Police

July 28, 2005


Cops are human ( believe it or not) just like the rest of us. They come in both sexes but mostly male. They also come in various sizes. This sometimes depends on whether you are looking for one or trying to hide something. However, they are mostly big.

Cops are found everywhere-on land, on the sea, in the air, on horses, in cars, sometimes in your hair. In spite of the fact that " you can't find one when you want one", they are usually there when it counts most. The best way to get one is to pick up the phone.

Cops deliver lectures, babies, and bad news. They are required to have the wisdom of solomon, the disposition of a lamb and muscles of steel and are often accused of having a heart to match. He's the one who rings the door-bell, swallows hard and announces the passing of a loved one; then spends the rest of the day wondering why he ever took such a "crummy" job.

On TV, a cop is an oaf who couldn't find a bull fiddle in a telephone booth. In real life he's expected to find a little blond boy " about so high" in a crowd of a half million people. In fiction, he gets help from private eyes, reporters, and who-dun-it fans." In real life, mostly all he gets from the public is " I didn't see nuttin'."

When he serves a summons, he's a monster. If he lets you go, he's a doll. To little kids, he's either a friend or a bogeyman, depending on how the parents feel about it. He works " around the clock", split shifts, Sundays and holidays, and it always kills him when a joker says. " Hey tomorrow is Election Day, I'm off, let's go fishing" ( that's the day he works 20 hours).

A cop is like the little girl, who, when she was good, was very, very good, but, when she was bad, was horrid. When a cop is good, " he's getting paid for it." When he makes a mistake, " he's a grafter, and that goes for the rest of them too." When he shoots a stick-up man he's a hero, except when the stick-up man is " only a kid, anybody coulda seen that."

Lots of them have homes, some of them covered with ivy, but most of them covered with mortgages. If he drives a big car, he's a chiseler; a little car, "who's he kidding?" His credit is good; this is very helpful, because his salary isn't. Cops raise lots of kids; most of them belong to other people.

A cop sees more misery, bloodshed, trouble, and sunrises than the average person. Like the postman, cops must also be out in all kinds of weather. His uniform changes with the climate, but his outlook on life remains about the same: mostly a blank, but hoping for a better world.

Cops like days off, vacations, and coffee. They don't like auto horns, family fights, and anonymous letter writers. They have unions, but they can't strike. They must be impartial, courteous, and always remember the slogan " At your service." This is sometimes hard, especially when a character reminds him, " I'm a taxpayer, I pay your salary."

Cops get medals for saving lives, stopping runaway horses, and shooting it out with the bandits ( once in a while his widow gets the medal). But sometimes, the most rewarding moment comes when, after some small kindness to an older person, he feels the warm hand clasp, looks into grateful eyes and hears, " Thank you and God bless you, son."

Officer Dave Carroll
Choctaw, Oklahoma

July 28, 2005

Gods Speed, Vince!
May God hold you in his hand? Your mission was not in vain. The ultimate sacrifice for your Nation will not be forgotten. Now you roll on the wings of Angel's.
May your family find peace in the knowledge of your "Love of the Job".
Love and Prayers Mac

John Paul McGivern WS-8 Cook Supervisor
Dept of Justice- Bureau of Prisons -FCI Waseca, Mn.

July 28, 2005

My thoughts and prayers go out to Trooper Cila's family, friends, and co-workers.

sister of Sgt. Michael Johnson, VT State Police, EOW 6/15/03

July 28, 2005

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.