Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Special Agent Stephen Eric Sullivan

United States Department of State - Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, September 19, 2005

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Reflections for Special Agent Stephen Eric Sullivan

I went to visit your grave today. We were classmates in our home town Westboro, MA. You went to Iraq to protect people and died serving your country. You were always so brave and selfless. I am glad I finally got to visit you and pay my respects. I'll always remember you.

Lt. Commander Craig MacDonald
U.S. Navy - NCIS Protection Detail Iraq 2004-2005

December 4, 2021

Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 19, 2020

I knew Steve from high school. We were on the soccer team. I remember one night at the hockey rink some guys from another town were giving me a hard time. Steve stepped in between me an 3-4 of them and told them they would have to deal with him first. He was so confident and brave that none of them wanted any more trouble. I did not ask him to do this - he just did. I never forgot it. I was in Iraq serving on a protection detail with NCIS when I heard he was killed. I was surprised and sad about it. When I read about his life of service, to adolescents and protecting people I was so impressed, but I was not surprised at all. Next time I am in Westborough I will make it a point to visit your grave out of deep respect.

Lt. Commander Craig MacDonald
U.S. Navy

March 13, 2020

Stephen, still emblazoned in my memory 365 and 24/7 ... recently in contact with another DSS agent from your neck of the woods. Small world. He put a smile on my face acknowledging the facilities named for 'Sully' and the studies of the mission. I'm crying as I write but that's how I know it's you. Your spirit is with me always. God rest you forever for all you sacrificed and for the loss your family suffered. PeaceLove&Light and one day we'll laugh together again!

Kira aka 'Domino'

Kira Jassie
Longtime friend

December 20, 2017

I was recently assigned to the DS Training Center, and every day I walk by a portrait honoring Special Agent Sullivan. Each time I see his face it reminds me of Isaiah 6:8: "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

FS-02 Special Agent

June 22, 2017

Steve, not a week goes by that you don't enter my thoughts. I think about riding in the van with you from the homewood suites on Gallows road to our training events and I think about your son who lives on without you and I think about the day i was sitting in the chow hall at the old palace in Baghdad when they told me you were killed. I knew you briefly but you linger in my thoughts. I will see you on the high ground one day my friend. rest in peace.

Dean Phillip
Diplomatic Security Service

September 23, 2016

Steve, thinking about you and still briefing on Camp Sullivan. When I doI tell people about your Captain American jawline to anyone who will listen. Sorry I didn't know you better, a real hero that I met in real life.

Foreign Service Officer

January 29, 2016

Special Agent Sullivan, today marks the 10th anniversary of your murder at the hands of a fanatic. You did a service few are truly cut out for and it's one of those jobs that tough, vital, harrowing and often overlooked by the public. You died in the service of this nation and it seems had a history of service, first as a Marine.

I thank you for that service. God Bless you and may you forever Rest in Peace, Brother.

P.S., I like that hat you have on in the picture. I've got the same one. God Bless you for THAT as well.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

September 19, 2015

SA Sullivan,

It's been nearly 10 years since you honorably served your nation by offering the ultimate sacrifice. You embody DS' reason for existence, protecting those who work for peace from those who would do them harm.

you served with honor and will always be remembered in our thoughts and prayers.


GS 13

September 11, 2015

Dear Sully--

Am headed to a Central African Post as RSO...scarcely a month goes by without thoughts of our time together in training or of that deployment to Iraq. I think of you, and pray for your courage, dedicating and selflessness as I embark on this most important of duties.

I can't believe it's been almost 10 years--where has the time gone? sometimes it fells as though it all just happened.

God Bless.


D. Phillip, Special Agent
Diplomatic Security Service

March 19, 2015

My tears will never cease as your spirit and energy are with me always. They flow a bit more freely each and every time I write. Another year marked on this day September 19, 2014. I hope and pray that your family continues to find peace in the knowledge that your sacrifice will never have been in vain. I miss you every single day 365 and 24/7.
kira aka 'Domino'

Kira Jassie
Long time friend

September 19, 2014

Stephen, you are emblazoned in my memory 365 and 24/7 ... on a day when many are more aware I thank you time and again for all you sacrificed and for the loss your family suffered.

Kira aka 'Domino'

kira Jassie
Long time friend

May 26, 2014

I was recently working in Baghdad... there was still a small housing compound named after and dedicated to "Sully."

I am sorry for your loss.

Special Agent

March 18, 2014

Sunday (December 25, 1994) at the Tipperary Pub in Worcester I met Sulley; and although we only talked a few hours and wrote a couple of times, God by His providence reunited in San Diego years later.

Laurie McCabe

February 27, 2014

I think about Sully often. He was a friend who quietly took pride in service and hard work.

Job well done Sully and I'll see you and your sharp wit later. God Bless.

Special Agent

January 4, 2014

I'm thinking about you today and always Sully. I can't believe it's been eight years. I still miss you and love you as much as the day you left. You were a great man and a dear friend.

a friend

September 19, 2013

Thank you for your dedicated service to our Country. You have not beenn forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 19, 2013

My dear friend of almost 30 years, served with Stephen in the USMC. He recently shared his story with me during a visit to my home in Boston, MA. Coincidentally, I am running in the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon and raising money for the TAPS organization, which supports families who have lost loved ones in service to our country. I hope it's okay, and in no way offends his friends or family, but I thought, as a resident of Massachusetts (Stephen's home state) it only seemed fitting that I honor his service to our country by adding his name my bib. The names on my bib are those in whose memory I am dedicating my run. Please let me know if this is unacceptable or unwanted.

D. Titsch

July 29, 2013

Worked at US Embassy during Sully's Service. Attended many workshops and training sessions with him. I can never forget his gentel smile. May you rest in peace.

Friend Colleague
US Embassy Kabul

October 5, 2012

Thinking of you today and always Sully. You will never be forgotten and you will always be missed. love always.


September 19, 2012

I knew Sully in Kabul where we were both assigned, before he left for Baghdad. I will never forget how excited he was to get that assignment. He was always in good sprits, and the constant professional. I couldnt believe it when I heard in Pakistan that he was gone.

Rest in Peace, Sully...

Dwayne J. Hebert, OIC/ESO London
Department of State/Bureau of Diplomatic Security

September 19, 2012

Wow, It's been a long time. Rest in Peace, my friend, I hope to see that great smile of yours on the other side.

Civilian Doc B Templar 22
BW Contractor

September 19, 2012

On this day when so many are remembered ...
Not a day has gone by that your smile, laughter and love of life haven't touched MY life and times. You will never ever be forgotten...
Always & forever,

Civilian, kjassie

September 11, 2012

Sully, I still remember your leadership while serving in Afghanistan. My prayers for your family that miss you.

CW3 Angel Larrauri, US Army
U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command

May 28, 2012

Mr. Kerley I am glad he has not been forgotten Sully was a good RSO I was in the lead vehicle when we got hit by the suicide bomber. RIP to my BW buddies and RSO Stephen Sullivan.

Civilian Contractor
Security Contractor

May 18, 2012

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