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

Your light has shined on so many lives! Now the Lord has called you home and his light will shine on you forever as he cradles you in his arms! May your next assignment be to watch over all of us!
Thank You for all you have done to make this world a better place!!

Retired Fairfax County P.D.

Fairfax County P.D. retired

May 9, 2006

Vicky- Rest, and know that God will carry your sweet family. You are a hero and no one will ever forget you. I'm so deeply sorry that your life met its end too soon and I will endlessly pray that your family heals in time.

Leigh-Anne Polowy
Fairfax Police Officer's wife

May 9, 2006

Rest in peace you will not be forgotten.

Ofc. S.D. Hall Jr.
Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police

May 9, 2006

my sympathy to the family of det. armel.

officer l.campbell

May 9, 2006

My deepest condolences to the Armel family. Vicky, you redefine the words bravery and selflessness. You will be missed.

MPO, Mason Station
Fairfax County Police

May 9, 2006

When The Lord was Creating Peace Officers

When the Lord was creating peace officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the spec on this order? A peace officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch, and not wrinkle his uniform.

"He has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

"He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals. And he has to have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands... no way."

"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord, "it's the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have."

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, "May I see what's in there, sir?" (When he already knows and wishes he'd taken that accounting job.) "Another pair here in the side of his head for his partners' safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, 'You'll be all right ma'am, when he knows it isn't so."

"Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and work on this tomorrow."

"I can't," said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."

The angel circled the model of the peace officer very slowly, "Can it think?" she asked.

"You bet," said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes; recite Miranda warnings in its sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop... and still it keeps its sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim's family, and then read in the daily paper how law enforcement isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the peace officer. "There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

"That's not a leak," said the lord, "it's a tear."

"What's the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, for justice."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there," he said.


I never had the opportuity to meet Det. Armel, but heard wonderful things about her and her famly. Just remember that she will still be watching over us even though her watch is over.

Former FCPD

May 9, 2006

May God bless Detective Armel, her family, and the men and women of the Fairfax County Police Department. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice in the never ending pursuit to make this world a better place.

Arlington Va P.D.

May 9, 2006

Rest in Peace. May God Bless Your Family and May You Watch Over All of Us As We Continue The Fight! Your Sacrifice Will Not Be Forgotten. You Served Well, Now Guard The Gates of Heaven and Guide Us, While Keeping Us Safe and Alert. May God Bless Every MOS. “Fidelis Ad Mortem”


May 9, 2006

Det. Armel may your soul now rest in peace. To the family, my prayers are with you in this time of tragic sorrow. Continue to trust in God. He will see you through.

Lisa Thomas
Sister of an officer killed in the line of duty

May 9, 2006

God bless you.

Ryan Starnes
Indiana State Police

May 9, 2006

Our condolences to the Armel family and her co-workers.

Daniel L. Harris
Retired Fairfax County P.D.

May 9, 2006

It is always so sad to hear about an officer down, but today as some of us start traveling to Washington DC. for National Police Week, will be very sad to see the Officers from Fairfax who always are there for "cops kids" and for the survivors, that they are going through this tragedy at this time.

To Detective Armel's husband, family and friends, rest assure that she will never be forgotten and that we are here for you as your dept. has always been there for us.

Terry Miyares
COPS National Gulf Region Trustee

Terry Miyares, surviving spouse
Officer Emilio Miyares, Hialeah PD, Fl 11/6/86

May 9, 2006

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and loved ones of Det. Armel. I extend my deepest sympathy to you all. She will surely be missed by all those who knew and worked beside her. A profound loss is felt by us all.

Raymond Thweatt
FCPD retired

May 9, 2006

To the husband, children, family, and co-workers of Det. Armel,

There are no words to take away the pain of this loss, so tragic and senseless. Please just know that your sadness is shared by many in the family of law enforcment and survivors. You are in our thoughts during this saddest of times.

Michelle Walker
Widow, CHP Lt. Michael Walker EOW 12-31-05

May 9, 2006

Detective Armel, You will be remembered in our prayers and your service and sacrifice will live on forever.

Retired Detective

Retired Fairfax County Police Detective

May 9, 2006

My Prayers are with you and your family.. God Bless you

Sergeant Steven Cioffi
Oceanport Police Department, New Jersey

May 9, 2006

Thank you for your courage, service and sacrifice. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

M. Bartholme
Fairfax City PD

May 9, 2006

Rest in Peace Sister Vicky, you are a true HERO. Your watch is now over, may God Bless your family, friends, and co-workers till we all meet again.

Officer M. Mahl

May 9, 2006

We will always remember Vicki for he cherrful smile and the love of her family and job. She was always a person you wanted to be around. God be with her and her family always. God bless you Vicki.

Deputy Chuck Stewart
Retired Fx. Co. P.D./Fx. Co. Sheriff's Office

May 9, 2006

My heart goes out to Detective Armel's family. As the daughter of a retired FCPD detective, I can realize first hand what sacrifices police men and women give on a daily basis. We often forget that that sacrifice can include their life. As a current Fairfax County resident, I am thankful and honored to be represented by such fine and respectable officers, represented exceptionally, by Detective Armel and other Fairfax County Police Department personnel.

Kathryn Agnew
Daughter of retired FCPD Detective

May 9, 2006

I just wanted to take a moment and pass on our condolences to the Armel family and the Fairfax County Police Department. It is difficult to lose a wife, a mother , a friend and a fellow officer like this. Just remember that we are here for you and that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely ,
Brian F. Wing "Prince William County Police Gang Unit" and the "Northern Va. Gang Taskforce"

Detective Brian Wing
Prince William County Police Gang Unit

May 9, 2006


Deputy Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

May 9, 2006

You are a hero that made the ultimate sacrifice. May God bless you and your family. You will never be forgotten and will always be in our prayers.

Detective Jim Agnew (RET)
Fairfax County Police

May 9, 2006

Your dedication and service to your family and your agency will always be remembered by those who knew you and cared about you. May your loved ones hold your memories close to their heart. I know they will miss you. A true hero--

Major Patti Lumpkin
Marion County Sheriff's Office

May 9, 2006

A Police Officer's Prayer

When I start my tour of duty God,
Wherever crime may be,
as I walk the darkened streets alone,
Let me be close to thee.

Please give me understanding with both the young and old.
Let me listen with attention until their story's told.
Let me never make a judgment in a rash or callous way,
but let me hold my patience and let each one have his say.

Lord, if some dark and dreary night,
I must give my life,
Lord with your everlasting love
protect my children and my husband.


My deepest sympathies go out to the family of Detective Vicky O. Armel

May God Bless you all.

Thomas Beechey
Homeland Security

May 9, 2006

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