Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Gary Bevel

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, May 17, 1983

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Reflections for Officer Gary Bevel

Our officers put their lives on the line daily and we should think long and hard before letting those who would kill one of ours loose.

Ruby Kelley, Paralegal
Santa Rosa Sheriff's office

February 13, 2012

If this person would have been at home and being a decent human being like the majority of us are this terrible killing would have never taken place. People like these killers deserve to suffer the same fate as the family, friends and coworkers have to endure every single day of losing their loved one. They should never be let out to walk to the streets a free person again. They gave up that right the night they took a life.

Tracy Babin
Ret./Osceola Co. Sheriff's Ofc./Surv. Wife

February 13, 2012

Gary was my friend and co-worker. He was kind and treated this person with respect, but did not receive it back; instead he was shot under his vest in the back. This woman should have stayed on Death row for her cowardice actions. Please do not release her. She murdered by friend who was a great person and a Police Officer.

Officer J.P. Collins
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

February 13, 2012

These people (cop killers) have no right to be free and walk among decent people. She has destroyed the lives of many people in a single act against a Police Officer

Lt.Robert M.Petty (retired)
North Bergen N.J. P.D.

February 13, 2012

This disgrace of a human being should never see the light of day again. My husband is a police officer, and this is an outrage that he is even being considered. PLEASE keep him behind bars!!!

Kim Collins
wife of an officer

February 13, 2012

I have been in Law Enforcement for 26 years, working for 7 different agencies. Over the last 10 years, the number of Officer slain in the line of duty has risen to an outrageous level. Keep them in jail or put them out of our misery, since taking another life, especially another Officer who gave their life to protect all those who stay home safe and sound. I pray that the Parole Board understands and realizes that the slain officers had families who were robbed of the ability to enjoy having their loved one around for them to enjoy. What if it was someone in your family who was slain by this person? Could you live with the thought that this possible Parolee, took someone's life at a moment when they made a bad decision. Sure, the inmate/convict has had plenty of time to reflect, get his story straight about what to say to please you, but overall, they took a life.

Deputy Sheriff - Patrol
Bossier Parish Sheriff Department

February 13, 2012

Deny Parole for this Offender

Sherry Gonzalez Retired Federal Officer
Federal Bureau Of Prisons

February 13, 2012

I support the Death Penalty everywhere in America.

Noel Anthony Haughey

February 13, 2012

The Police Officer represent all our citizens. This Officer was doing our work and for that he died. There is no justice to allow anyone that kills an Officer to have Parole and enjoy life!

Master Police Officer
Orlando PD

February 13, 2012

No parole for cop killers. She was shown undeserved mercy when death sentence was overturned.

Bridge & Tunnel Officer Retired NY

February 11, 2012

I believe that anyone involved in the killing of a police offcer should be executed or at least serve life without the possibility of parole

Lt. George Gulley Ret.

February 11, 2012

Officer Bevel,
YOU have paid the ultimate price May God Bless you and your family and all our brothers that we have lost.
Gustavo A Garcia

Retired N.Y.P.D Brooklyn South ECT Unit
Brooklyn , New York
Feb 10, 2012

Police Officer

February 10, 2012

This officer was ambushed and shot SIX times by this deranged individual who's intent was to murder this police officer. The perpetrator was sentenced to DEATH! Now this person id being considered for parole? Does this individual sound like the type of person to put back on the street? Please consider carefully before you endanger other innocent people.

Ret. Det. B.M. Drubin,
New York City Police Department

February 10, 2012

Officer Bevel, rest in peace and may God watch over your family.

Former Trooper Ken R. Bays
Virginia State Police

February 10, 2012

Thank you Officer Bevel for your bravery and courage and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in Jacksonville, FL. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!!!

May you forever, continue to rest in peace, my brother.....

My letter to keep your cold blooded killer behind bars was sent today !!!!!

Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

February 9, 2012

Gary was one of the best people I ever met. It was a joy to train with him as a classmate in Class 181, and it was an honor to serve with and ride next to him. The memories of that night in May 1983 are forever etched in my mind and my heart. You will never be forgotten my brother.

Sergeant J. A. Joiner (Ret)
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

December 10, 2011

What a sweet, sweet man.

N. M.W.

August 12, 2011

I can say that Gary is always thought of. I was a 12 year old boy that lived right next door to Gary when we was killed. I remember when Gary was off duty he would always come out and play ball with all the kids in the neighborhood. Gary always had a smile on his no matter how bad or good day he was working. Ive lived all over the east coast since Gary was killed and have always followed the stories on TV from all the crime shows that show cased Garys case. How the sentence was over turned 4 times, I'll never know or understand. But I do know she will have to face God when her time comes. Gary, you were always a good friend, neighbor and good cop. To all the Officers in Jacksonville Fla, Keep this woman in prison and dont let her walk free again. Gary, I will see you on the other side when I get there. Its been almost 30 years brother and I remember that morning coming out for school when I heard, I was floored. I had the true honor of meeting all your family as the apartment complex put them up to honor you. It was truly humbling to meet your family. May you rest in peace as our work is done. Thanks for being the person you were in our apartment complex.

M.G. Columbus Oh.

M.G. In Columbus Oh.

June 19, 2011

Officer Bevel, as we prepare to leave DC today I want you to know that you sir are not forgotten... HEROES do live forever, and you sir are a hero. Continue to rest in peace, and my God continue to guide your family, friends and coworkers.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 8/6/02

Deb Azure
Surviving parent

May 17, 2011

Officer Bevel, you are not forgotten. God bless you and your family.

SA Ellen Pierson

January 26, 2011

The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 3, 2007

I watched your story on Investigative reporters last night, and couldn't believe that the suspects sentence was changed from the death penalty to life in prison. R.I.P. brother Officer Gary Bevel. Never Forgotten!!!!

Detective Lionel Garrett
Inglewood Police Department

April 25, 2007

Rest in Peace.

Sgt S Hughes
Elberton PD, Ga

April 24, 2007

GARY, Andrea was up for a parole hearing. We all sent messages to the parole board to keep her in prison. Well it worked she was denied parole and the board recommended that she be in prison till 2108. She gets another parole hearing in six years. We got your back brother.


February 7, 2007

It still hurts but at the same time i am so proud to have had such a special uncle. He is still my best Uncle and he will always be remembered.
Luv Ya uncle muah!

Nicolette C. Bevel

March 15, 2006

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