Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Michael Smith Phillips

Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, August 7, 2008

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Reflections for Detective Michael Smith Phillips

My deepest sympathy to his family and friends and co-workers. God is the great healer and He will give you comfort and hold you close to Him. I pray for your peace and serenity in this difficult time. God bless you all.
Rusty Cox, Asheville P.D., CID Secretary

Rusty Cox, CID Secretary
Asheville P.D., Asheville, NC

August 11, 2008

My thoughts and prayers go to the family, friends, and VB Police Department. God Bless Detective Phillips.

Jennifer Bell Huntsville AL
Mother of a Police Officer

August 11, 2008

R.I.P. my brother.

karen ptl officer
cornell univiersity/ithaca ny

August 11, 2008

Our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and fellow officers of Det. Phillips. Our hearts break to see the terrible pain you are all in and we pray for your healing.

Det. Phillips, we thank you for choosing the right path in life and working so hard to make our lives safe in this city. You'll always be a true hero in our eyes.

The Cole Family
Virginia Beach Citizens

August 11, 2008

Rest in peace brother , my prayers are with your family.

Deputy John Latour
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

August 11, 2008

Thoughts and prayers are with your family and your agency. RIP Brother in Blue.

Patrolman D. Kirk #309
Round Lake Heights PD (IL)

August 11, 2008

Rest in peace....


August 11, 2008

Rest in peace Detective Phillips...

Genesee County, Michigan

August 11, 2008

"This is my shield, I bear it before me in battle, but it is not mine alone. It protects my brother on my left. It protects my city. I will never let my brother out of it's shadow, nor my city out of it's shelter. I will die with my shield before me facing the enemy."

Rest in peace brother. We'll hold the line.

Portsmouth PD SWAT

August 10, 2008

God bless you and your family, brother. May you rest in peace as you now sit with the angels.

Captain Gary Graham (RET)
Denver Police Department

August 10, 2008

"The Final Inspection"

The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his 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 his 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 awfully 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 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 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 his 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"

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial


August 10, 2008



August 10, 2008

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat." THEODORE ROOSEVELT (Paris Sorbonne,1910)

RIP Brother

Jim J
CPD - Virginia

August 10, 2008

My heart sinks with every name listed on this website.

Thanks for your service Officer Phillips, may you rest in peace. You gave your life protecting not only your neighborhood but our country's way of life. You are a hero.

Retired Sergeant
Indianapolis Police Department

August 10, 2008

Thank you for all the selfless acts of heroism you conducted during your career for people that didnt know you or didnt tell you they cared. Thank you for making this a better place for my children. God bless you and those that wait to see you again in heaven brother.
With utmost respect and condolences to your family and comrades left behind I salute you.

Officer B. Anderson
Fort Worth PD Narcotics Division

August 10, 2008

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Detective Phillips and we honor his distinguished service to the cause of justice and peace. Sadly, our nation has lost one of its finest citizens, a community has lost a friend and protector, and a family has lost an example of character and courage who they will love and respect forever.

To the family, friends, and colleagues of Detective Phillips, I would like you to know that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you the strength necessary to move on. Just as you were always with him when he walked the beat or patrolled the streets, know that he will always be with you - wherever you may be. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Detective Phillips is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family, and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

For those who pledge to uphold it, Freedom requires a sacrifice the protected will never know.

Special Agent
FBI New York

August 10, 2008

For you Det. Phillips you will NEVER be FORGOTTON. Virginia Beach lost a true hero. As I look at my sons and tell them that somebody killed a POLICEMAN today. From my family to yours MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. Rest high for you now will watch over us as we continue to maintain PEACE AND ORDER. "Remember its not how they died that made them heros, Its how they LIVED. "

Ofc. M. Siniscalchi
Portsmouth Police Dept. VA

August 10, 2008

Detective Phillps, your brothers and sisters in law enforcement salute you for making the ultimate sacrifice and will keep you in our collective prayers.

To his family and the members of the VBPD, know and take some comfort that your pain permeates throught our great Commonwealth. You are in our thoughts.

Prince William County (VA) P. D.


August 10, 2008

Rest in peace brother...

Roger Bell
Gwinnett County Police (GA)

August 10, 2008

My family's prayers are for peace and comfort for your family. Thank you for your service to Hampton and Virginia Beach.

MPO Michael VanDenheede
Hampton Police Division

August 10, 2008

You are a true hero who gave his all. May you rest in peace
and God watch over you and your family.


August 10, 2008

Rest in peace brother, you will not be forgotten.

Patrolman Shaun McCready
Altoona (PA) Police Department

August 10, 2008

Only today could i for the first time open this page to view to reflections left. I was getting ready to call it a night last Thursday when I heard over the radio your team members calling a signal 13, and the panic in their voices told me immediately it was not good. I couldn't get there fast enough, I wish I was there for you, buddy. This didn't have to happen, this shouldn't have happened; but it did and we all feel completely helpless. The look on your teams face said it all when I got there.
You were truly well liked and respected within the department. Nothing but kind words have been spoken since this happened. Everyone is still numb over your loss, but we will make it through this; it will take a long time, but we'll make it. Try not to worry about those you left behind, we will make sure they are looked after. I will always remember and will never forget. You and Rod will be with me the rest of my days.

Det. W.A. Frederick

Detective W.A.Frederick

August 10, 2008

Rest in Peace my Brother, God Bless you, your family and your Dept.


August 10, 2008

Detective Phillips, just looking at your picture tells me of the joy you found in your job and in life. I've read the reflections of those who love and miss you. My prayers go out to those who have signed this page and those who haven't and perhaps will not. Nevertheless, to your family, friends, and the VBPD, may God give you the strength to carry on. He may be gone, but because you love him, he lives forever.


August 10, 2008

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