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

Vicky, rest in peace, and may God watch over Tyler and your children.

Keith Dobuler
Fairfax County Police Departmemt

May 10, 2006

God Bless Tyler and the Armel family in this saddest of times.

John White
Former Seasonal PO Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (1985)

May 10, 2006

I can't seem to get the right words out. The events that unfolded on Monday were sureal. My prayers are with your family. My prayers are with all the families that have loved ones in law enforcement. Our hearts have been broken, but our resolve is forever strong.

Detective Armel - thank you for your service and courage. You make me proud to be a police officer.

Fairfax City Police

May 10, 2006

Though I did not know you personally, the fact that you wore the badge and uniform of a Fairfax County Police Officer with distinction tells me all I need to know of you as a person. You did your best in the face of the ultimate danger a police officer could face. Your courage and dedication will live on in the memories of all members of the FPD family. We will never forget you.

Lt. Col. Alan L. Barbee
Fairfax County Police Dept. (Ret.)

May 10, 2006

Very few have ever shown the courage that you did. Your family and co-workers are in my prayers. Rest in peace now my sister. God has called one of the finest home. See you at the gates.

Kansas Highway Patrol

May 10, 2006

To fallen soldiers let us sing,
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing,
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord

No more weeping,
No more fight,
No friends bleeding through the night,
Just Devine embrace,
Eternal light,
In the Mansions of the Lord

Where no mothers cry
And no children weep,
We shall stand and guard
Though the angels sleep,
Oh, through the ages let us keep
The Mansions of the Lord

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
- John 15:13

Rest in peace Detective Armel. My prayers are with your family and fellow officers during this tragic time.

Deputy Calvin Moore
Loudoun County Sheriffs Office / Former Fairfax County Deputy

May 10, 2006

My son, upon deployment to Iraq with his fellow Marines when we first went through Bagdad, asked me to read this as his eulogy should he be killed. My son returned, unharmed, but I still find this beautiful poem helpful(Eulogy for a Veteran, from the "History of Taps.":

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the Gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush.

As quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there -
I did not die.

I pray Detective Armel's family, fellow officers, and extended law enforcement family find peace and hope in the every day memories of her.

Bethany Sullivan, Admin. Sec. to Chief
Culpeper Police Department

May 10, 2006

A bright light has gone out. To a dear friend and co-worker. I will always remember good times on B squad. My thoughts and prays are with you Tyler,Masen and Thomas. May God bless you all!

Sgt. J. Hallman
Fairfax County Sheriff's Office

May 10, 2006

Sincere condolences to your family. You have given the Last Full Measure for your fellow Officers and the Citizens of Fairfax County. Although we never met, I was deeply saddened to hear that a fellow Officer had to pay the supreme price to keep the Commonwealth and County safe from a mad man. You are in a better place now, with fellow Officers who have passed on. You and your bravery will never be forgotten. Your brothers and sisters will carry on the fight for Justice. God bless you and your family.

Andy Johnson, Forensic Scientist III
Va. Dept. of Forensic Science/Fairfax County Police Retired

May 10, 2006

My condolences to Tyler and her two children. I worked with Vicky at the FXCO Sheriff's dept. and on the Police Department. I will miss her greatly and pray for her family.

Jacqueline Maiorana
ex-officer with FXPD

May 10, 2006

On behalf of the Falls Church Sheriff's Office we extend our condolences to the family of Detective Vicky Armel and to our brothers and sisters serving with the Fairfax County Police department.
In her memory we continue on.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Marilyn Keaton, Chief Deputy
Falls Church Sheriff's Office

Chief Deputy
Falls Church Sheriff's Office

May 10, 2006

As a retired Fairfax County Police Officer and as the Vermillion, South Dakota, Chief of Police, I extend both my personal condolences and those of the entire Vermillion Police Department to Vicky's family and friends. All the officers and employees of the Fairfax County Police Department are in our prayers.

Art Mabry (Retired FCPD)
Chief of Police
Vermillion (SD) Police Department

Chief Art Mabry
Vermillion (SD) Police Department

May 10, 2006

Vicky, My family was very fortunate to be in church the day you gave your personal testimony. Your heart felt words touched us all. Thank you for your service to the community as well as to God, you will not be forgotten. May god bless your family and give them comfort in their time of loss.

Lt. Patrick N. Coffey
Culpeper Police Department

May 10, 2006

Ma'am...The watch is our's now, may you rest in peace..

Deputy J. Abeita
Sandoval County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

May 10, 2006

Det. Armel, God bless you as you move on to bigger and better days with our Lord and Savior. God bless you for your ultimate sacrifice. Your life on earth will not be forgotten. And to your husband, children, family and friends you are in my prayers, God bless.

Capt. Kevin Correa
Montgomery County Police Explorer

May 10, 2006

Our whole family will keep the Armel Family in our prayers. As a mother and the spouse of an Officer I am heartbroken for Vicki's children and husband. Her time here on earth was a wonderful gift to her family and the department, may she rest in peace.

Cathy McNickle
wife of PFC Kirk McNickle - FCPD

May 10, 2006

Prayer of St. Joan of Arc

O, mighty Lord, I pray that You will be my shield, just as You protected St. Joan of Arc in battle. As I do battle against ignorance, cruelty, and injustice. Through Your unending love, I pray that You will deliver me from my enemies, and that you will grant me goodness and steadfastness, so that I might lead others to do Your will and glorify Your name. Through the power of Christ, Our Lord, Amen.

Eternal rest grant unto Vicky, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her, and may she rest in peace. Amen.

Fairfax County Police (Retired)

May 10, 2006


The Policeman stood and faced her God, which must always come to pass. She hoped her shoes were shining, just as brightly as her brass. "STEP FORWARD NOW, POLICEMAN. HOW SHALL I DEAL WITH YOU? HAVE YOU ALWAYS TURNED THE OTHER CHEEK? TO MY CHURCH HAVE YOU BEEN TRUE?"

The Policeman squared her shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain’t. 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 awfully tough. But I never took a penny that wasn’t mine to keep, though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills just got to steep. And I never passed a cry for help, though times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I’ve wept many unmanly tears. 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 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 had often trod. As the policeman waited quietly, for the judgement of her God. "Step forward now, Policeman, you’ve borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on Heaven’s streets, you’ve done your time in hell."

Author Unknown


May 10, 2006

Our sympathy and prayers go out to your family and your fellow officers. May God comfort you in your time of loss.

Officer & Mrs Chris Neville
Chesterfield PD

May 10, 2006

I was running radar Monday afternoon when I received a call from a state trooper in Fredericksburg. He told me that a sniper was shooting at the Fairfax PD headquarters and some officers were down. I wished I could be there in some way to help. When he told me an officer was gone, I had to stop the car I was so heartsick. I'm still sick and disgusted when I think about it now, but I'm also so proud of the heroism you showed in coming to the aide of your fallen brother.

I never met you and only knew some FPD officers in passing, but your heroic sacrifice will always be remembered!

U.S. Park Ranger - Law Enforcement
National Park Service
Bar Harbor, Maine

(Formerly Fredericksburg, Va)

U.S. Park Ranger - Law Enforcement
National park Service

May 10, 2006

I recognize Vicky as a member of the force that has responded to my calls for service in the past. I was impressed by her calm and command of the scene during those incidents.

Personally I am saddened for Vicky and Vicky's family and will talk with Ashley Soloff of ways that I might help.

I secondly, want the whole department to know that we appreciate each and every police officer and the sacrafices that they have made to become and continue to be the keepers of the peace.

Mr. Ron Moran
Reston Association - CAC

May 10, 2006

To the family of Det. Vicky Armel,
My heart reaches out to you in your time of grief. Myself and many others are deeply saddened by the death of Det. Vicky Armel. Words cannot express the appreciate we feel for Police Officers that willingly and courageouly put their life in jeopardy every day to keep us safe. I will hold you in my prayers. Letha Flippin, Vienna

Letha Flippin
Fairfax County citizen

May 10, 2006

I sincerely offer my condolences to you and your family. I pray that God keeps them covered in his blood. May God continuously bless you and your family.

Thank you for your dedication and service.

Falls Church Employee

May 10, 2006

We are saddened once again with the sad news of another hero taken from us. It is a great loss for the family and department during this crisis. We might not know the right words to say, or even know how to say them, but we can pray for your family and friends. May the Lord give them strength through this time.

Missionary Joe Taylor
Cops Evangelist Ministries

Joe Taylor (Former FL LEO)

May 10, 2006

To the Armel Family and FCPD members,
My wife and I want to extend our deepest condolences to you all and know that Vicky is in a better place. She will be greatly missed. Without efforts and instruction by Vicky of my wife, she would not be the Deputy that she is.
Thank you Vicky for being the teacher and police officer that you were.

Matthew J. Sheehan, FF/Paramedic
Loudoun County Fire and Rescue

May 10, 2006

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