Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Hector Ismael Ayala

Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Sunday, April 4, 2010

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Reflections for Sergeant Hector Ismael Ayala

Has it been a year already? We havent forgotten you, brother, we never will.


April 3, 2011

Hector, it is still hard to cope with you being gone. I cannot imagine how hard it is for your family. Please know that we all miss you terribly.


January 14, 2011

Junior, Victoria, Gabriella and Angelica, Your father loved you very much I am sure. You should be so proud of your father,and Mother. Your father is a true hero, and he would want you to be brave and take good care of your mother always. He would be so very proud of you all. I hope you can talk to family and friends often to hear first hand what a great family man and dedicated police officer he was.

PO III Deirdre Sugrue

January 3, 2011


You're gone brother, but surely not forgotten. Melissa has been very strong for you, I can assure you. Junior is a handsome young man, and your triplets are beautiful! This year is going to be a hard one, but I promise we will get your family through it all. You keep doing what your doing up there patrolling the streets of heaven, and make sure you continue to be our guardian angel down here as we carry the watch.

Officer S.F. Barsch
Montgomery County Police

January 3, 2011

Missing you and praying for your family during these difficult days. Watch over the rest of your brothers and keep them safe.


December 24, 2010

As you celebrate this, your first Thanksgiving without your loved one, please be aware that his service and sacrifice where not in vain. Though these words are small comfort on a day such as this, his brothers and sisters in law enforcement shall ensure that he and you are never forgotten! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones, may GOD bless you and keep you on this and every day!

Deportation Officer

November 25, 2010

Sgt. Ayala,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Montgomery County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



November 23, 2010

Hector I cannot go one day without thinking of how we lost you brother. I wish we could get you back, you are surely missed and loved. Rest easy


October 22, 2010

I need some advice... wish you were here, I know you could help me sort it all out.


October 14, 2010

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Every time I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the officer they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Sergeant Ayala. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. (The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. I can also be found on Face Book.) You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Hector, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Hector's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Hector's life was about so much more than the way he died. Hector will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Sergeant Ayala, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been seven years and a half years but he's still very much missed and forever loved.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancée of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

October 11, 2010

I am sorry to see this. R.I.P sir and thank you. I lived in the Rockville/Silver Spring area for many years back in the 90's and remember Randolph Rd quite well. I saw a dog get struck and killed there. Dangerous. Stay safe, please, to those who read this.

Dawn D., concerned civilian
Mass Civilian

September 18, 2010

The Dail family of Ocala, Florida sends our deepest condolences to you and sincerest love. We are praying for you and grieving with you. May the LORD carry you and protect and provide for you. Trust Him, rest in Him.

The Dail family, Ocala, FL
in-laws Ofc. Tony Zeppetella eow:6/13/03

July 2, 2010

We still can't believe that you are gone. Not a day goes by that we don't think about you and your family. I am sorry that we never got to have our Cheesecake Factory quadruple date; you never think that tomorrow may not come.

Your memory will live on in the hearts of all of us who were honored to know you, and in the faces of Junior and your three daughters that you never knew. Rest assured that we are taking care of them as you would have taken care of ours. They will, through your family and through your police family, always know what kind of husband, man, father and officer you were. Your humor, your smile, your dedication to your family and to your career - these things are your legacy that will not fade.

Please watch over those who continue on in the thankless and perilous work that you did so faithfully. Keep them safe as they carry on. Rest in peace - you are gone but never forgotten.


June 25, 2010

Thinking of you today...


June 15, 2010

To the family and friends of Sgt. Hector Ayala and his fellow officers:

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Hector tragically died.

To the Ayala family, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in the Bay Area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. My son also left an expectant wife, and my heart was broken when I read of the three children who will only know their dad through pictures, stories, and memories of others. Melissa, I know you will have to draw on a reservoir of strength in the upcoming days, months, and years, but you will not be alone for there are many who care about you and will help you on this painful journey of grief. To Hector's parents, I share your anquish in losing a beloved child which surely has to be one of life's greatest sorrows.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Hector gave to his community and the citizens of Maryland, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 4, 2010.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD (CA), eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

May 25, 2010

Sincere condolences to all who mourn the tragic loss of Sgt. Ayala. May the Lord our God continue to comfort all who mourn his loss.

Mother, daughter, sister & granddau. of Leos

May 23, 2010

I had the honor of meeting Melissa. What a strong and beautiful woman. You would be very proud of her.
Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice and for being a true HERO. Your young children will know their father and will know what kind of man he was and is.
We will take care of them and honor you always.
Gods Speed.

Montgomery County Police

May 16, 2010

Hector, I think about you every day. Life is just not the same without you. Your smile, your sense of humor, your dedication to the job.. it is missed every day.

There was a hole on shift 8 after Luke died, it has only widened since we lost you.

Please continue to keep watch over us as we carry on in your stead.


May 12, 2010

To the family, friends, and co-workers of Sgt. Ayala,

Please accept the most heartfelt condolences from the men and women of the United States Border Patrol, Douglas, AZ station.

We will not forget Sgt. Ayala, and will continue in his stead, fighting evil for a better world. When one of us falls, all of us stumble, but we carry on in honor and memory of the fallen.

Hector, all is Code-4. Rest in peace, sir. We have it from here.

Douglas, AZ Station
United States Border Patrol

May 4, 2010

I miss you every single day. I will keep the calls we ran and the memories we had in my heart forever. You were an amazing officer, great friend and will now be our guardian. I feel safer knowing you are with us at night. Love you bro!

PO2 Long
Maryland National Capital Park

May 4, 2010

Rest in peace brother. We've got the watch from here. May God bless your family, friends and fellow officers who all mourn the loss of yet another hero.

Motor Officer Dominick Marraccini
Easton Police Department, Easton, PA

May 3, 2010

My family would like to send our condolences to the family, friends, and fellow co-workers of Sergeant Hector Ayala~you're in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. May God give you the strength to carry on and help heal your hearts. May you find comfort and support with those around you.
God bless you and rest in peace, Sergeant Ayala.

Gail M. Pabst
Aunt of a fallen MI P.O. eow 2004

May 3, 2010

I think about you every hour of every day. Cannot believe that you have really been taken from us forever. Our hearts ache as we continue to grieve. Time is beginning to heal but we will never forget you.

You would be so proud of Melissa, she is such a strong woman. We are looking after her. We know you are too.


May 3, 2010

I remember Hector as a Probation Officer with the Passaic County Family Division. He was a hard worker and very dedicated to helping others. We have truly lost a good person. God Bless the family and always know that he made a difference in many lives.

Sr. Probation Officer Kimberly Reese
Passaic County Criminal Court

April 30, 2010

Rest in peace Sergeant Ayala, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you very much for your service!


April 25, 2010

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