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

My most heartfelt condolences to your family. Your courage and devotion to duty will always inspire us and keep you in our hearts. God bless you and keep you.

Deputy John M. Weinstein
Falls Church (VA) Sheriff's Office

May 12, 2006

God bless Detective Vicky O. Armel, her family, and the Fairfax County Police Department

Corporal P.R. OLIVER
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

May 12, 2006

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless

Sean Hickman
Metropolitan Police Dept., D.C.

May 12, 2006

>> The Judgment:
The officer stood and faced her God,
Which must always come to pass.
She hoped her shoes were shinning,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, officer,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared her shoulder and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I aint,
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 tough.
But I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep..
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
when the bills 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 a tear.
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 often trod.
As the officer waited quietly
for the judgment of her God.
"Step forward now, Officer.
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell"

Go Bless, you will always be in our thoughts.

LT
Fairfax County Office of the Sheriff

May 12, 2006

Vicky,
Thank you for your unselfish contributions to the department. Your actions on that tragic day are truely heroic and speak volumes of your dedication to your brothers and sisters. There is a void left behind that will never be filled. May you rest in peace.

Tyler,
Brother, it hit me hard when I heard of your loss. I found your families contributions to this department quite evident on that day. From Vicky's sacrafice to the heroic efforts made by the very same detectives you are so instrumental in training. I have learned from working with you and learned from merely knowing Vicky. You should know that we are here for you now and will be in the long days ahead. May God Bless You and your dear family

Sgt. K.D. Barrington/PFC Liz Barrington
Mason/Fair Oaks

May 12, 2006

Vicky

I remember the first time I saw you at the Association Hall when you were a Deputy working at the Range, and I thought, “What a pretty girl.”

I remember when I saw you doing your drivers training so you could transition to the Police Department, and I thought, “What a skilled operator.”

I remember when you came to my Squad and Team and were being trained by Wild Bill, and I thought, “What potential.”

I remember working with you as a Road Dog, and I thought, “What a great Cop!”

I remember sitting at the back gate of the Station one night and while talking with you and I thought, “What a great Person.”

I remember walking into the Station for a Midnight Shift and seeing you there getting ready to do a Stake-Out and I thought, “What a dedicated Detective.”

And now as I sit here wiping the tears from my eyes after reading 19 pages of Reflections at four o’clock in the morning after finishing an overtime shift at your Station so the rest of the Brother/Sisterhood can prepare for your Funeral, my only thought is, “What a tragic loss.”

Lt. Victor LoPreto
FCPD

May 12, 2006

To the Armel Family, My heart goes out to you all. Det. Armel as a mother, wife, and special person who dedicated her time and effort not only to the sheriff department but also to the police department. Where ever you are this poem is for you.
Policemen's Prayer

Dear Lord, be with me on my beat
This day and every day.
Grant that each weary block I walk,
May ease a brothers way.



Let me be kindly to the old
And to the young, be strong
But let me triumph over those
Whose acts are cruel and wrong.



And if according to your plan,
I am to lose my life,
Please bless with your protecting hand
My children and my wife.

Deputy #0286
Sheriff Office

May 12, 2006

When I heard of the attack upon the men and women of Fairfax County PD, I was at work on the evening shift and I felt utter shock and disbelief of how this could happen. My heart goes out to the family, friends and co workers of Det. Armel. May you rest in peace hero. You are a shinning light in the fight for justice. God speed.

PO II RT Flynn
Lynchburg PD

May 12, 2006

I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of Detective Armel and the Fairfax county Police Department. Our departments have been brought together by two tragic losses. Remember, It is not how Detective Armel and Officer Gary Skerski died that made them Heroes. It is how they lived. Detective Armel, may you rest in peace and along with Gary watch over us.

Detective John Halligan
Philadelphia Police Department

May 12, 2006

I believe this song by Vince Gill sums up all that I think needs to be said:
I know your life
On earth was troubled
And only you could know the pain
You weren't afraid to face the devil
You were no stranger to the rain

Go rest high on that mountain
Son, you work on earth is done
Go to heaven a shoutin'
Love for the father and son

Oh, how we cried the day you left us
We gathered round your grave to grieve
I wish I could see the angels faces
When they hear your sweet voice sing

OFC DS Ziants
FCPD MTV

May 12, 2006

My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. Thank you Vicky for your dedicated and loyal service to the Commonwealth of Virginia and attempting to make this world a safer place to live. Rest in Peace and watch over us all. You are a true "HERO" Detective Armel!

officer John Lane
McKinney Texas PD (former Suffolk Va PD)

May 11, 2006

God Bless you and your family.. You are trully a warrior.. We will never forget you for paying the ultimate price.. Your time in hell is over and NOW its time to rest and look over your love ones.. Thank you for being my sister..

POLICE OFFICER DAN RAMIREZ
BELL GARDENS P.D., CALIFORNIA

May 11, 2006

Det. Armel, For nearly two decades you protected the citizens of Fairfax County as a Deputy Sheriff & a Police Officer, your dedication to duty and your heroism will never be forgotten. GOD Bless those who protect and serve


citizen of Fairfax County

May 11, 2006

Detective Vicky Armel,
On May 8, 2006 you went above and beyond the call of Duty. You stood in front of and took on a Police Officers worst nightmare. The citizens of Fairfax County should and will not forget your sacrifice, Husband and Children. Peace be with you.

A/Lt Mark Pacini
Ocean City Maryland Police

May 11, 2006

Godbless to the family, friends and co-workers of Detective Armel. Thank you for your service, RIP.

mjw643

May 11, 2006

Vicky

Even though I have only been on our department a few short years, I have seen you a few times. What always stuck out was what Steve mentioned, that you always had a smile. May God bless you and keep you may his light shine upon the road ahead for your family. This has been a terrible week but may you Rest in Peace with our Lord.

OFC DS Ziants
FCPD

May 11, 2006

On behalf of the Officers of the Prince William/Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center we extend our condolences to the family of Detective Vicky Armel and to our brothers and sisters serving with the Fairfax County Police department.

Rest in Peace, Detective, and thank you for your service.

Sgt R. Barker
Prince William/Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center

May 11, 2006

MAY GOD AND VICKI WATCH OVER THE ARMEL FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND THE DEPARTMENT AND PROVIDE THEM COMFORT AND SOLACE. I PRAY THAT THEIR GRIEF BE SHORT AND THEIR LOVE AND MEMORIES LAST FOR ETERNITY.

APO
FCPD

May 11, 2006

My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Detective Vicky Armel as well as to the Fairfax County Police Department. Rest in peace Detective Ormel, you are gone but will not be forgotten...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

May 11, 2006

FAIRFAX'S FINEST, TO THE VERY END!

MJO.B.ALEJANDRO
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY JAIL

May 11, 2006

It is a privledge and honor to have known and worked with you. My deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy go out to your loved ones and friends. God bless and keep your family. You gave the ultimate. You've earned your peace.

E.S.
Fairfax Sheriff's Office

May 11, 2006

MAY GOD AND VICKI WATCH OVER THE ARMEL FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND THE DEPARTMENT AND PROVIDE THEM COMFORT AND SOLACE. I PRAY THAT THEIR GRIEF BE SHORT AND THEIR LOVE AND MEMORIES LAST FOR ETERNITY.

APO
FCPD

May 11, 2006

Words cannot begin to describe the huge amount of pain and grief we feel during this time. I'll never forget what I was doing that day when I learned what had happened or the overwhelming feeling of helplessness that I felt. As I learned how this tragic event unfolded, one word came to mind, HERO. You will truly be missed, but you will never be forgotten. Godspeed.

Detective Shawn Bauer
Fairfax County PD

May 11, 2006

Words cannot express how my heart bleeds for your family. You were so brave, so selfless, and fought hard. I pray that your husband and children will find peace, strength, and comfort. I have seen it written on many other relflections to you "there but for the grace of God go I" I can't stop feeling how easily this could have been any one of us. I hold my own little one and never want to let go.
To your family- I am so very sorry you have to endure this unspeakable pain. I am so sorry your mother was taken from you so early and in such a way. She will always be with you to watch you grow, and will smile down on you from heaven. She will always be in your heart and in your dreams. In time your happy memories together will be more frequent. She will never be forgotten.
May God Bless you

Mason PFC
Fairfax County PD

May 11, 2006

As a former resident of Fairfax County, I have always held in high esteem the officers and deputies of Fairfax County. Detective Armel's bravery and self-sacrifice will stand for itself for eternity. She bravely chose to engage in the gun fight without regard for her personal safety. There hath no love greater than to lay down one's life for a friend, in this case, her brother officers of the FCP. My prayers are with the Agency and especially her family. God be with you, Ma'am, where sorrow is no more, nor sighing, but light and love eternal. AMEN.

Chaplain Bruce S. Bevans
Hopewell Bureau of Police

May 11, 2006

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