Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Vicky Anne Owen Armel

Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, May 8, 2006

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Reflections for Detective Vicky Anne Owen Armel

Every time I walk past your photograph, your brilliant blue eyes catch mine. Thank you for keeping me on the path.


September 12, 2006

I stumbled upon this today. Yesterday I was riding into Fairfax to see scott play and I saw a bumpersticker "In Rememberance of Vicky Armel". I welled up in tears. It had been a long time since I had seen you, but my memories are many.


Childhood and adult friend

September 11, 2006

Last week, I was at an appointment for my daughter today, and I saw a women walk by with a FCPD badge and ribbon. Being me, I had to ask her about it, when she turned around, I felt that I had seen a ghost. It was your sister, with a calmness and strenght, I immediately admired. I wanted to hug her and see if there was anything I could do to help. Although, I am bound only by having a husband in the department, I felt compelled to do something. I think of your children often, and pray for you and the Garbrino's. My heart still goes out to them, and hope that somehow my prayers, are turned into compassion from God to hold them closely and ease their pain. God Speed!

Fairfax County Police Department

September 6, 2006

Thinking of you...

September 6, 2006

Thinking of you...

September 6, 2006


It has been months now and a day doesn't go by that you, Gabby, and your families are not thought of. The support has been suprising, but very welcomed. It makes me even more proud to put on this uniform everyday. I have the book you talked about and made a promise to myself to read it. I will continue to pray for you and your family. R.I.P.

PFC Fred Chambers
Fair Oaks Station

September 5, 2006

Thought of you today, hope Tyler and the kids are doing well.

September 3, 2006

Det. Armel, I honor your service and your sacrifice. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9.


August 29, 2006


I read "The Case for Easter" while on my vacation to Canada. I had started several times before but could never get through it for one reason or another. I made up my mind I was going to get it read on my vacation - and I did. As a christian, I never really examined the resurrection of Christ - but you gave me the inspiration to look at it through a police officers eyes - like you did. Thank you. I have found a peace inside the last few weeks. The 3 month mark was hard - but since that time, I have felt a calming. I think of you and Gabby daily - I work on your tribute books every day in one way or another. I feel that is my continuing bond to you both. You are missed. God bless you always Vicky.


August 28, 2006

My condolences to a fine officer, her family and department.

August 8, 2006

Three months, the pain is still so fresh. God Bless you.

August 8, 2006

Blue / Gray .... these colors don't run...Vicky proved it.


August 8, 2006

Dear Vicky,
I left a post for you on May 9th, my daughter's 29th
birthday. I was watching the 700 Club today and recognized your picture and remembered leaving a
reflection for you. The video clip was about your testimony that was played at your funeral and the impact your life and conversion is still having on others.
Only Jesus can bring so much good out of such tragic
circumstances. Even your husband now has his name
writtten in the Lamb's Book of Life and you will be reunited some day. I know you prayed for that! Thank
you for being such a good witness for Jesus Christ, in
life and in death and for being faithful to those words
written in red. I am thankful for your fellow officer who
had the right words to share with you that one day you
were seeking answers and for your openness to the
gospel. There is nothing sweeter than hearing Jesus
say , "well done, my good and faithful servant. " Life
is so hard, but it is Jesus alone who makes it so sweet.
I'll come back another time and read all these posts.
There are 27 new ones since I left mine. Thank you for
impacting the world for Christ. I should be so bold! With love from one coast of America to the other.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

August 4, 2006

I had never heard of you or your courageous act until one night while at work with just a little time to spare, I started reading the reflections left on your page. There are no words that will bring you back, or to tell your family how sorry I am for their loss but I do want to take the time to thank you. Thank you so very very much for making that ultimate scrifice. GOD BLESS U AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. REST IN PEACE SISTER!

Wilson County Kansas
Deputy & Sister of Blue

July 31, 2006

Hi Vicky-

I was with Tyler and Thomas the other day visiting the zoo. On the ride back Thomas asked if he could look at old pictures of you back at the house. Thomas didn't sound sad, he just wanted to see his mom and remember.

I remember when you and Tyler first met, your wedding, and the births of your children. You lived life to the fullest, loved your family, loved your work and laid down your life.

Each night my 2 and 4 year old end their night prayers asking God to "Bless Miss Vicky and Mr. Garbarino". Without a doubt their prayers have been answered.

You will be forever missed and never forgotten.

2nd Lt.
Fairfax County Police

July 27, 2006


I was talking to Nancy yesterday, she finally made the move to personnel. We started talking about you and she told me about the veggie cake she made for your birthday.

I have spoken to Tyler a few times via email, he seems to be doing okay, you would be proud of him as he is of you. We all miss you and Gabby very much, things here at the station are moving forward, you will always be in our hearts.

Your Friend Vinnie

MPO Vincent DarConte
FCPD Sully Station

July 27, 2006

Happy Birthday!! Though I did not know you personally, not a day goes by that my family and I do not think of you, especially today on your birthday. You are a TRUE HERO!!! May you rest in peace and may God bless Tyler and the children. You are always in our thoughts and prayers.
Keep watch over us!!!

PFC J.S Morris
Fairfax County Police

July 24, 2006

Peace be with you always...

Mrs. Natalie Jensen
wife of Detective Jared Jensen EOW 2/22/06

July 15, 2006

Thank you for your service.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol

June 28, 2006


I waved at you the day Vicki's name was being engraved on our department memorial. I know you and your family have been surrounded by many so I have stayed away. In that quick wave, I wanted you to know how much my husband and I have been thinking of you.

As husband and wife officers, we share the same relationship as you and Vicki. We can only imagine the depth of your pain, not just for yourself but for your children. Even though I have not been able to say it directly to you, please know that a day doesn't go by that you don't cross our minds.

Fairfax County Police

June 24, 2006

I truely hope God has a special place for all our fallen Brothers & Sisters in heaven.

I also hope that God has a special place in Hell for those who kill inocent people !

Chief N. Horowitz (Ret)
Seaside Heights, NJ Police

June 24, 2006

I attended your funeral while in D.C. for National Police Week 2006, where we placed the name of my best friend, CPL Mark D. Jones, E.O.W. 2/27/05, on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. I attended with Sgt. Tim Herbert of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, who was also in town to honor a fallen comrade. Both of us were honored to be there to pay our respects to a true hero. As we were told what had happened by several of your fellow officers, I couldn't help but think about the day your name will be added to the memorial. Prior to moving to South Carolina, I worked for 12 years on the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, and have been searching my memory to see if our paths have ever crossed. To your husband and children, I offer my condolences, and a reminder that we are all family, and will draw strength to carry on from each other, and from God, who is the only one that knows why things like this happen. I'm proud to serve in the same profession as you, and only hope if I am ever faced with a similar situation, that I will act as bravely and unselfishly as you did. God Bless you and your family.

PFC C.H. Shiflett
Hardeeville S.C. PD, former Loudoun Co. S.O.

June 22, 2006

Not a day goes by since May 8, 2006 that I have not thought about or been reminded of you. It has been 2 or 3 years since I last talked to you but I still can rember some of the happy times that I was graced to have known you.
I remember that you were the only good looking one on that entire shift at the ADC ( Sorry Ken and the rest of the guys!) I remember your first DWI arrest you brought in from Reston, I looked at that guy and thought "wow he's a good DIP" only to see you bring him into the ASAP room for a test, there you calmed him down and charmed him in to taking the test, I don't know how but you did it, I am sure he is still sitting somewhere wondering why he did that test.
I went to the range two weeks ago and said to myself that I would shoot a perfect score like you allways did in your honor. I know you were up there behind me in the red shirt and purposly made me pull those last few shots out of the "Q" and laughed about it, but don't worry someday I will get the 100 and I will put the can and brass with some nice flowers up at Brightview with a note on it for you.
I included those reflections becuase I hope that if we all can look back on what you and Mike paid for on that day in May and find some laughter or hope we can all strive to be better policemen and women, fathers, and people.It was a comfort to know that you had found faith in God and Jesus and it made your passing, while still oh so hard, just slightly more bearable knowing that you passed into the kingdom of heaven. I now go home and hold my wife ( also a police officer) that much harder knowing that our time here is brief and we need to make the most of our lives while we can. I hope Tyler and the kids can find some peace and comfort in the words that we write here knowing that you made such an impact on us all in your own special way.
I know that for the rest of my days every time I pop the cruiser door and hit the street or knock on that door in the night that you and Mike will watch over us all and protect us from the kingom of heaven and I am sure you will protect your family as well

You are and allways will be a bright and shining star never forgotten and allways remebered.
You go girl!

Alexy J Abdo

June 21, 2006

Vicky, I remember you well when you worked in the ADC. You were always smiling and above all, your bubbly personality shined through all the time. Rest in peace. My prayers are with you and your family.

Fairfax County Sheriff's Office

June 21, 2006

The show of support from our brothers and sisters in the Law Enforcement community has been very moving. While the reflections are, at times, difficult for me to read, I know they come from the heart of everyone who has taken the time to write. So I will continue to read. These reflections will also help my children learn even more about their Mom and her job as they grow older. Thank you for that. God Bless. Tyler Armel

Detective Tyler Armel
Vicky's Husband

June 20, 2006

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