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

I worked with Tyler on the street in the late 80's- early 90's, and ended up an applicant detective where I did the background on, and recommended for hire, Vicky. Two outstanding people. This loss is so huge- Sorry for you tyler-Hang tough.

MPO Mark Harrington
Fairfax County Police

May 11, 2006

I did not know Vicky, but one thing I do know, our Auxiliary Police Officer class, the 22nd session at the Academy, will be especially cohesive as a result of the tragedy on Monday and especially her loss. Detective Vicky Armel was known by several officers with whom I have come in contact. All officers feel the pain. We all feel comfort in knowing that she is at peace with the Lord. Thank you Vicky for all you have done and the lives you have touched.

Joe Vitale
Fairfax County APO Session 22

May 11, 2006

I saw this poem and thought it was approriate (with minor changes)

There's a reason we cried
When we heard that a fellow Fairfax County Officer had died
The reality hit hard in the life that we live
To a job where people are asking us to constantly give

One of our finest today paid the ultimate price
And with pride and honor made her greatest sacrifice
The public has no idea on a day to day, what you went through
And how many lives that are now touched, the killer never knew

How you sometimes went to work, with very little sleep,
Duty and honor, a vow you must keep
And like most cops you were most likely underpaid
But it's a job you loved, the one for which you were made

To protect and serve, your dedication to defend
Our hearts go out to your family and friends
It's a knock on the door every officer's spouse fears
And that's why today our eyes are filled with tears

Our thoughts and prayers are for the families that will be without a mother, a wife a sister who will be missed beyond doubt

Heaven called one of your finest home the other day
A price anyone who loves an officer hopes they will never pay
Lord, Watch over each and every unsung hero we pray
So they can be with the ones they love at the end of their day.

May God take Vicky under His care......She is now home.....

DET E.T. Criswell
Fairfax County Police - CSS

May 11, 2006

Your smile, your kindness, and many other great qualities will be missed greatly.

Adrian Steiding

May 11, 2006

God Speed, Sister.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

May 11, 2006

Sitting at home watching the horrific events unfold I felt guilty that I wasn't there to help in some way. The loss to your family and this Department will never be forgotten. You are an absolute hero to us and I only wish I can provide the level of integrity, honor, and courage that you showed throughout the years of service in Fairfax. My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. Your brothers and sisters will never forget you. God Bless

A Fellow Fairfax County Officer
A Fellow Brother

May 11, 2006

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say.

But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.

I'm writing this from Heaven. Here I dwell with God above.

Here, there's no more tears of sadness; Here is just enternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.

Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.

That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through

God picked me up and hugged me and he said,'I welcome you.

It's good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone.

As for your dearest family, They'll be here later on.

I need you here badly, you're part of my plan.

There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.'

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.

And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.

And when you lie in bed at night the days chores put to flight.

God and I are closest to you....In the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years.

Because you are only human they are bound to bring tears.

But do not be afraid to cry: it does relieve the pain.

Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.

If I were to tell you, you would not understand.

But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over.

I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you, and many hills to climb;

But together we can do it by taking one step at a time.

It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you to;

That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain;

Then you can say to God at night...."My day was not in vain."

And now I am contented...that my life was worthwhile.

Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low:

Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.

When you're walking down the street and you've got me on your mind;

I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go...from that body to be free.

Remember you're not're coming here to me.

I will always be with you!

Thank you for making the ULTIMATE sacrafice! God bless you and your family.

Communications Officer Carney
University of Mary Washington Police Dept

May 11, 2006

On May 8th I was on my way to work as I have done for 7 years now. While on the route 7 bypass I recieved a call from my girlfriend. She told me about the events in Fairfax. I was instantly saddened by the event. Upon arrival at work prior to suiting up in my uniform my shift sat around listening to the news and going out to our cruisers to check our computers for any updates from dispatch. I marked on duty and got into my patrol car and for the first few hours listened to the news non stop. Not only is the loss of a sister in blue tragic for the family but it is tragic for all of law enforcement.

May god bless your family and may god bless those who serve Fairfax county. Det Armel your watch is over but know that your brothers and sisters in blue will keep on protecting the streets here knowing your watching over all of us.

On behalf of the Town of Purcellville Police Department in neighboring Loudoun County and my roommate officer W.M. Houde of the Leesburg Police Department Rest in Peace sister in Blue.

R.M. Vasconi Patrol Officer
Town of Purcellville PD (Loudoun County)

May 11, 2006

My deepest sympathy for Vicky's family during this horrible tragedy. You made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of peace. God bless you and may you rest in eternal peace.

-God bless the peacemakers, as they shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Fellow Officer, Mclean Eves-A
Fairfax County Police Department

May 11, 2006


I can't even begin to describe my feelings when I heard the tragic news as it was unfolding. I was out of town and felt terrible and also sad that I could not be near, let alone back, my brothers and sisters.
I have passed by you a few times in a last several years with the department, and you always had a smile on your face. Now the smile that you shared with others, along with the courage and true professinalism that you showed, will be always remembered and cherished within us, your brothers and sisters in blue.

Rest in peace, sister.

Fellow Officer, Station 4

May 10, 2006

This world offers only two vantage points from which to live your life: the arena or the stands.

Life is relatively safe in the stands.

Not so in the arena.

You can see more in the stands, but experience more in the arena.

And there is one thing that can be found in the arena that can never be found in the stands:

A life worth living.

It is obvious from the words of those who knew you that you were not one to live your life in the stands. Thank you for your service.

May 10, 2006

She was yours to give,
and yours to call home,
please stand by her brothers,
so they don't feel alone,
dry the tears of her family,
so they clearly see:
that she gave her all,
so all could have peace.
Blessed are they,
the children of God,
with heavy hearts,
and honor - they trod,
to pay their respects,
to give their salute,
and to ask for your mercy,
on heroes in Blue.

Vicky, rest easy sister, we have the watch.

Mesquite, TX

May 10, 2006



May 10, 2006


Concerned Citizen

May 10, 2006

Godspeed Vicky. Our prayers are with you, Tyler and your children.

Special Operations Divison - CSS
Alexandria Police Department (VA)

May 10, 2006

Detective Armel, you are a hero in the true sense of the word.

I grew up in Fairfax County, so the news hit even closer to home for me.

My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of all those affected by this tragedy.

Deputy R. Lamb
El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Colorado Springs, CO

May 10, 2006

Vicky, we are deeply saddened by your passing and we wear our mourning bands in your honor. Your courage and heroism is an inspiration to us all. Our hearts go out to your fellow officers, as we share their pain. May God bless your family and give them strength. RIP.

Falls Church City Police Dept.

Officer Richardson
Falls Church City Police Dept.

May 10, 2006

My sincerest condolences go out to the Armel family as well as the officers of the Fairfax County Police Department. This has truly been a sad time for us all. Vicky, thank you for fulfilling your duty as a police officer right up to the last moment. God bless you and may you rest in peace.

Wife of Officer JMS
Fairfax County Police Department

May 10, 2006

Words can not express the sorrow that I feel. May God be with your family and friends. I will keep your family in my prayers. Thank you for your selfless sacrifice. You are truely a hero. Rest in peace.

Deputy NJ Smith
Fairfax County Sheriff's Office

May 10, 2006

Vicky, your courage and honor will live forever in our hearts. May we all strive to serve with the same commitment to duty you did. God bless you, Tyler and your families.

Fairfax County Police fellow officer

May 10, 2006

My thoughts and prayers are with family, friends and co-workers of Detective Armel. It is my prayer that you find the peace and comfort that only God can give.

He will wipe every tear away from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain. Rev 21:4.

Until that day may God continue to bless you all.

Investigator Vic Ingram
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office
Chatham, Virginia

Investigator Vic Ingram
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

May 10, 2006

May God be with your family at this difficult time. Thank you so much for your dedication and service to this state. I cannot wait to see you one day in heaven, give you a hug and say "Thanks"

Special Agent
Virginia State Police

May 10, 2006

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men(women) do nothing." -Edmund Burke

My deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends, brothers and sisters of the Fairfax County Police Department.

Motor Officer Brian N. Robinson
Richmond Police Department

May 10, 2006

My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Det. Armel and to Fairfax County Police Department. Det. Armel sacraficed her life to protect her community and her fellow brothers and sisters in blue. For this she will never be forgotten. May God give her husband, children and family the strength the cope with the weeks to come. May God also be the shoulder to lean on for the Fairfax County Police Department. Rest in Peace Det. Armel.

Wife of a Virginia Beach Police Officer

May 10, 2006

Vicky, You are my hero, you have always been one of the best. The way you performed your duties the way you handled yourself. Even though you have left us, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. Tyler my prayers are with you and the kids. I will never forget May 8th, 2006 3:52pm.

Gary Branton
Department of Public Safety Fairfax County Virginia

May 10, 2006

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