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

"The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering"

Fairfax County Police Department

May 11, 2006

Rest in Peace Vicky. You are truly a hero in every sense of the word.

Fairfax County Police

May 11, 2006

As Carin and I sit here trying to deal with you going home, we pray for you and your family. We will dearly miss your smile and laughter. I can't stop thinking of you and Tyler on the range helping others prepare for a moment we wish had never come. You did well Vicki. All citizens need to know you were the best of the best and we are so very proud of you. God has brought to his home truly one of the finest individuals I have ever known. We will miss you Vicki. You will always remain in our hearts.

2nd Lieutenant Richard C. Tanner
Fairfax County Sheriff's Office

May 11, 2006

It is with deep regret that you had to be taken from us in such a violent way. I did not know you, but your bravery will always be an inspiration to me and every officer.
God bless you for all that you have done in your life time.
I will always remember you.

Preston E llis
Kinston police dept. NC

May 11, 2006

People talk about heroic acts, but you have defined them. You gave the ultimate sacrifice so others could survive, and for that you are my hero. You, and your family will be in my prayers. Thank god for you.

Fairfax County PD

May 11, 2006


"When the golden sun is setting,
And this earth no more you trod,
May your name in gold be written,
In the autograph book of God."

Lynnore Sipes

Lynnore Sipes
Fairfax County Police Department

May 11, 2006

Rest in Peace Vicky.

Prince William County Police Department, Virginia

May 11, 2006

Words can not express the sorrow and loss we all feel. Tyler, know that your extended family is here for you whenever and whatever you need.

MPO Wade Jordan
Fairfax County PD-retired

May 11, 2006

Seventeen years ago, a young woman signed on to protect the citizens of Fairfax County. She trained, worked odd hours, and dedicated herself to those citizens. She was yelled at, fought with, and occasionally, praised by those citizens.

Three days ago, that young woman and several other officers walked into a hail of 70 plus, high-powered bullets to protect the citizens of Fairfax. Three days ago, Fairfax County Police Detective Vicky Armel laid down her life for the citizens of Fairfax County. She gave her upcoming years with her husband and two children; school plays, birthday parties, cookouts, graduations, vacations, weddings, grandchildren, retirement . . . . Her family gave a daughter, sister, wife, friend . . . . Her two wonderful children gave up their mother.

Memories fade and some of the hurt is covered by the passing of time. But may I never forget the sacrifices made by Vicky Armel, her family, her children, and every other officer listed on these pages, and their families. I vow to never let another citizen speak of their sacrifice without opening their eyes to the real magnitude of what our fallen officers (and soldiers) have truly given for the citizens they swore to protect.

Thank you Vicky . . . and thank you Armel family.

MPO, Fairfax County Police Department

one of 1320 - less one
Fairfax County Police Department

May 11, 2006


After you the word HERO used on anyone else will not seem as meaningful.

Member of your FCPD Police Family
FCPD, Franconia Station

May 11, 2006

I knew Vicky for about 16 years. She was always a very smart and energetic Deputy/Officer and Detective. If there was a young female that was interested in Police work, Vicky would have been one of the top candidates that I would tell this person to go talk to. She was a great role model for the Department and can never be replaced. Tyler has been a friend of mine for 18 years and my thoughts and prayers will always be with his family.

Detective John Nevlud
Fairfax County P.D. -CIB (friend)

May 11, 2006


The heart of a serving Officer,
Dedication to what is true.
Giving each day of their strength,
To protect me and to protect you.

We take it for granted,
The sacrifices they made each day.
Long hours and little sleep,
Truly not enough pay.

But that is not the focus,
Of those who serve and protect.
They stand in the gap for us,
Weather or not they are given respect.

Those that are not officers,
Or a family member to.
Can not truly understand the work,
Of serving Officers like you.

Most citizens live their lives each day,
Violence seldom touches you.
But those that are wearing a badge,
Face it for more than just a few.

But when a precious life is lost,
And the ultimate price is paid.
The world does then truly know,
The dedication it takes to protect and save.

We mourn and grieve for the one that’s lost,
Struggling through each coming day.
But that sacrifice is not lost on us,
For we give honor, respect and praise.

Therefore it’s not enough to just remember,
The lost and their sacrifice.
It’s important for all to be actively stopping,
The violence that took that life.

So let us all come together,
Officers, Citizens and Officials to.
To fight this war of violence,
Suffered by the ones that love them true.

So God Bless the families of the fallen,
Pray for them and the pain they all share.
Keep your hearts opened and be prayerful,
For all our Officers and what they must bare.

Dedicated to the memory of Detective Vicky Armel
By Lynne Hancock

LYnne Hancock

May 11, 2006

We chose this profession to make a difference.
We understood the risks and accepted them of which you made the ultimate sacrifice.
You were a great person, officer, wife and mother.
This world is a better place because of you.


Fellow Detective
Fairfax County Police Department

May 11, 2006

Vicky you will be missed by all of us very much! I remember having fun working with you when I was still at the sheriff's dept. and your excitement of your transition to the PD!

Tyler, hang in there, there are many of us here for you and will do whatever you need!

Lieutenant Bill Thomas
Fairfax City Police Dept.

May 11, 2006

To Thomas and Masen Armel,

When you guys get old enough and strong enough to start reading about your Mom, you must know this:

Everyone who knew her and worked with her understood that she would handle herself admirably if confronted with a terrible situation. Unfortunately, on 05/08/06 at 3:52 pm, we found out that we were right. Your Mom was confronted by evil and she was brave and heroic. She made us very proud of her. She is a true hero.
As dedicated a Police Officer as she was, she was even more dedicated to you guys and would talk about you every day. She Loved you greatly.

I'm proud to say I knew your Mom, Vicky Armel.

Detective S. M. Sulzinski

Detective S.M. Sulzinski / Reston CIS
FCPD / Friend and Co-worker

May 11, 2006


My family's prayers are with you and your family. You will never be forgotten.

PFC Eric Campbell

May 11, 2006

Dear Friend

You left us to early in life, I will miss that smile in the doorway of my office. Seeing your office filled with Christmas presents for your children. You could always captivate everyone's attention who were around you. We will miss you, we must go on picking up where you left off. Watch over us now Vicky, I know you are sitting at the right hand of our lord. He will protect you now from any harm, since we could not. Your family here misses you, you will always be with us, you will never be forgotten. You stand for all that is right & good in this world.
Vicky you are my friend now and forever.


MPO Vincent DarConte
Fairfax County Police Sully District Station

May 11, 2006

Vicky my prayers are with you and your family.

Carli Watson
Fairfax County Police Department

May 11, 2006

Words are not enough to express the feeling of absolute sadness in my heart for the loss of our beautiful wife and mother. I pray your faith and the Lord's mercy will guide you through this very difficult time. Vicky - May you Rest in Peace.

Barbara Crump
Wife of a Fairfax County Police Officer

May 11, 2006

It is in times like these that we struggle to accept the magnitude of what has taken place. We try to understand and cope with the loss we all feel. But is also in times like this that we are shown that the FCPD is truly a family. Our family has lost one of it's best. Vicky was a loving wife, caring mother and courageous officer. She exemplified the duties of a law enforcement officer and will serve as a role model to all that follow. are in a far better place now. God has a plan for you and I know you will fulfill that plan with the same level of integrity, honor and bavery that you showed while serving this agency. Heaven has truly gained a beautiful person! are a dear brother and we love you. We are here for you today and everyday! You may struggle now with your walk with Christ, wondering why this had to happen. There is a purpose for everything in life and only God knows that purpose. Be comforted in knowing that Vicky is in a wonderful place now. A place where she will be waiting to once again embrace you in her arms. A place that we all hope and pray to be one day.

As the details of this tragic event unfold, I am impressed at the bravery that Vicky showed on that afternoon. I can only hope that I could react with such bravery and heroism as Vicky did. She should serve as a role model to every person wearing a badge!

The Armel and Garbarino families are in our prayers! May God bless each and everyone one of us and we carry on in Vicky's honor!



May 11, 2006

Within minutes of your courage and sacrifice, brothers and sisters across this country knew and shared in the loss and we continue to share in the grief and the pride of having served in the same agency as a true hero. Know that you will never be forgotten and you have made an indelible mark on the world.

Retired Officer
Fairfax County Police Dept.

May 11, 2006

May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. May the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again. May god hold you in the palm of his hands.

Mount Vernon Station- FCPD

May 11, 2006

Vicky, I will miss your smile, your kindness and your dedication. It was a pleasure to know you and to work with you. Heores are not made, they are born. To me you are a heore. May God bless the Armel family in these trying times.

MPO/ Detective Peddro P. Crump
Fairfax County PD / Detective and co-worker

May 11, 2006

I want to extend my heart felt sympathies and condolences to the Armel family and to the Fairfax County Police Department. I've had the honor and privilege to work with both Vicky and Tyler. My thoughts and prayers go out to them and their families.

Tyler, stay strong my brother. May God bless you and your children and watch over you forever.

Lieutenant Sonny Cachuela
Fairfax County Sheriff's Office

May 11, 2006

Vicky, I will miss your great smile,your kindness and her dedication. It was my pleasure to know you and to work with you. My prays are with you and your family.

MPO/Detective Peddro P. Crump
Fairfax County / Fellow Detective

May 11, 2006

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