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Police Officer Stanley Cornell Reaves

Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, October 28, 2005

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Reflections for Police Officer Stanley Cornell Reaves

Our time on earth is but temporary. We will someday all meet again. Thank you for your service Officer Reaves. God bless your family and friends.

GPD/New Mexico

October 31, 2005



October 31, 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

October 31, 2005

The thoughts and prayers of everyone on the job are with you and your family now. We all feel a little part of us died. However, as long as you remain in the hearts and minds of those who knew you, you'll never really leave.

Rest in Peace, Brother, job well done.

Ptl. Jim Leahy Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

October 31, 2005

May God God be with you and your family during this difficult time. Rest in peace Sir.

Kevin Cannon
Brother of Keith Cannon EOW 5/4/05

October 31, 2005

The Florida Police Chiefs Association would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Officer Stanley Reaves, and the Norfolk P.D. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great sadness. Please take comfort in knowing that your extended law enforcement family grieves with you. Officer Reaves, we thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten.

Members and Staff
Florida Police Chiefs Association

October 31, 2005

Heroes live forever my brother, godspeed.

Deputy Sheriff
Norfolk Sheriff's Office

October 31, 2005

Whenever one of our heroes dies, a part of me feels as though I've died too. The overwhelming sadness for this loss will pass but the memory of these men and women must not. Officer Reaves, thank you for your service and sacrificem to make the Tidewater area safer. Your wife and children will remain in our prayers.

Senior Chief Michael Mappin
US Navy

October 31, 2005

Officer - your family - friends & co-workers are in my thoughts & prayers during this difficult time..please watch over them & your fellow brothers/sisters in blue..YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN..REST IN PEACE & WITH EASE BLUE ANGEL!!!!

karen~~l.e. student

October 31, 2005

I lost my father, Deputy David Grant, EOW 5-31-2004. No words can help ease the pain... My heart goes out to Officer Reaves' Family. May his memory live on in all of you forever. He will never be forgotten. My family and I are thinking of you in this time of loss. It never makes sense why these wonderful people are taken from us so soon... with no explaination. Everyday that goes by is one day closer to them. Now he is in Heaven with my Dad watching down on all of us. I am so sorry for your loss and may you be strong always.

Jennifer Grant
Daughter of Dep. Grant EOW 5/31/04

October 31, 2005

I want to express my sympathy to the Reaves family. Although I never had the opportunity to meet Officer Reaves, he must have been a remarkable husband, father and law enforcement officer. Please accept my condolences and know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dispatcher E. Jennings
Norfolk International Airport Police Department

October 31, 2005

Thank you for your sacrifice. You will never be forgotten. I pray everyday when I check this site that there will not be another name added. I'm sorry you aren't with us anymore. To Stanley's family, you will forever be in my heart and prayers. God Bless you and may He hold your hand through this heartbreaking time in your lives. Mrs. Reaves, I'm sorry you've lost your husband and my soul hurts at the thought of your children losing their father. God be with you. Everyone, stay safe and pray always.

SJY L.E.O.(LMPD) Loved One
Louisvilly, KY

October 31, 2005

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer.

Tonight, October 30, 2005 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Police Officer Stanley Cornell Reaves who died in the line of duty just two days ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Officer Reaves' sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

October 31, 2005

In memory of a fallen brother, Officer Stanley Reaves

The Final Inspection

The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help.
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't...I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of our Lord God.

"Step forward now policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell!"


To the family and friends of officer Stanley Reaves, we will be praying for you. Officer Reaves your comrades will never forget you and thank you for the ultimate sacrifice you gave to the city and state of Norfolk, VA. You sir are a TRUE HERO. May you walk the beat in heaven with some of Michigan's finest who also gave the ultimate sacrifice this year:

Sergeant Michael Scarbrough
Wayne County Airport Authority Police Department, MI
EOW: Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Detective LaVern Brann
Battle Creek City Police Department, MI
EOW: Monday, May 9, 2005
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Police Officer Owen Fisher
Flint Police Department, MI
EOW: Saturday, July 16, 2005
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Police Officer Scot Andrew Beyerstedt
Mattawan Police Department, MI
EOW: Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Commander Dale Bernock
Dearborn Police Department, MI
EOW: Monday, October 3, 2005
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Officer Edward Michela
Bellevue Police Department

October 31, 2005

I never met you in person but I feel a great loss to a great father and blue brother. I met your uncle on 10-29-05 at your house and other friends and family members. I know that different cities were are boundies but I feel a great loss. I saw your kids swinging on the swings and thought about mine. 10 years in Baltimore and this. RIP my brother and may God Bless Your Family.

Officer J P Mills
Chesapeake Police Department

October 30, 2005

I was working that evening and will never forget those calls. I know your fellow officers of the Norfolk Police Department will catch the coward that did this and will not rest until that is done. My prayers go out to your wife, children and fellow officers. Rest in peace.

Norfolk 911 Dispatcher

October 30, 2005

On October 28,2005, The Lord was told a message from an angel, In the message this small angel spoke quielty in His presence, saying "Father, I have brought you great news once again" and God spoke with a big powerful voice and said wiht a loving smile, "I alread know, we have inherited anohter battle warrior and his name is Stanley C Reaves. He has served Me and his fellow man well, I am eternally grateful for the job he has done, for in it he was able to glorify my name and presence, whle giving uselfishly to those he served. I have promoted Stanley C Reaves to My Plane in Heaven, and from this day fowared, he will live in Peace, he will never feel Fear, nor Cry again. This I say and it shall Be Forever. Now send the others foward to Open Their Wings and Open The Gates, I want to hear them singing with Joy,"Welcome Home Stanley Reaves, You Have Served Him Well, Here You Will See All Around You, Those IN Blue, Who Went Before You, and They Now Welcome You Too" God then spoke to another angel saying "I want you Children, That Family, and Every Comrade heserved with, for they shall blot away the tears and num the time away, although they will be sad to know he is gone to them, they will surley be joyful to know, That Today he Reighs IN Heaven With Me and My promise to them is This, his death on Earth is not forever, it is but a tick in time, you are promised by Me as it is Written, the next time you see Stanley Reaves, it will be in Heaven, where time, tears and fears are never again, no more" "The next time will not be a short tick in time, but rather as I Have Always Promised, Forever, Eternal." "Till then, march on and know I am there with you this day, as yesterday, and will be till time is no-more"

Thank you Stanley..go in peace the watch is now ours

NPD II Routon/Telco II Routon
NPD/EOC Dispatch

October 30, 2005

You gave your life doing what you loved and that is an honor. Please know that a lot of us are concerned about whose left behind and we will pray for them. No more worries for you-- you are now free in heaven. Dance with the Angels and my God continue to watch over us.

Linda Garcia
Citizen of San Antonio

October 30, 2005

We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Thank you for your faithful service, we are forever thankful. With lots of prayers,

Former Norfolk Officer R.A. Frye, MPO M.T. Tuttle

MPO M.T. Tuttle & Officer R.A. Tuttle
Va. Beach Police Dept.

October 30, 2005

Thanks for all you've done to make Baltimore and Norfork a better place to live. You will be missed and remembered.

Sergeant Robert Terrell (retired)
San Bernardino Sheriff's Department

October 30, 2005

I'm sorry. Rest in peace. May God give your family strenth.

Carol Espinoza, Mother of
Officer Isaac Espinoza, SFPD, EOW 4/10/04

October 30, 2005

To the family of HERO/Officer Reaves God bless you all. To the brother Officers of Officer Reaves, find the murderer, close ranks and carry on.
Peace be with you all.

Officer Eric McKee
Chillicothe PD,Chillicothe,Ohio

October 30, 2005

Jesus is my front sight,
Sovereign in my life.

In slumber or in battle,
He guides my warrior stride.

Jesus is my front sight,

Jesus is my front sight,
T'was He who led me here.

October 30, 2005

There once was a man who walked the streets, walked the streets in hopes that he could keep all around him safe. On Friday October 8,2005 Officer Reaves was doing just that. He was tending to the needs of others. Where a man, a man that must have been the devil in disguise. Pulled a weapon on a man of honor. A man who was doing his faithful job. A job I'm sure he loved. One he put his heart and soul into in order to the job as well as he did. Although most of us have never had the pleasure of meeting you, I think we all feel closer to you. Your family is going to be taken care of, please have no worries of that. Rest easy. Remember your children now have thousands of brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and father like figures to help them when most needed. Whether for a question or help with homework. To all of those in Norfolk I extend my prayers and my heart to help with your grief. I just wish this didn't happen again. I'm sure you are serving in heaven with Mike Saffran CKPD, Rod Poccheski VBPD, Sheila Herring-Patrick NPD, and all the others that are apart of the greatest Department there is. The Officers of God. You will be missed and never forgotten.

Dispatcher S.L. Talbert
Chesapeake Police Department

October 30, 2005

Rest in Peace...God bless your family and thank you for your service.

patrol officer
greensboro, north carolina

October 30, 2005

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