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Deputy Sheriff Sebastian Edward Diana

Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, March 12, 2011

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Sebastian Edward Diana

My deepest sympathies to the family of Officer Diana and to his police family with the Orange County Sheriff's Department. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Officer ret. Paula Forest
Charlotte Mecklenburg PD North Carolina

March 17, 2011

God bless Deputy Diana and his family. He is definetly a hero and has answered the Lord's calling "Your work down here is done with whom I am well pleased now follow me".

and there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Is. 42.1 · Mt. 12.18 ; 17.5 · Mk. 9.7 · Lk. 9.35

Sgt. Chuck Reddick
Gainesville Police

March 17, 2011

"I would gladly give all my tomorrows for just one child's today"
In this job, we've all been in some kind of danger at one time or another but that's part of the job. But to sacrifice so much in trying to save something so innocent...this is what true heroism is. Rest in peace brother.

Sgt. D Willis (ret)

March 17, 2011

A true hero. God bless you and your family.


March 17, 2011

My heart goes out to Deputy Sheriff Diana and his family!

Retired Detective Sandra Gatlin
Phoenix Police Department

March 17, 2011

Rest in peace, brother.

Officer R. Law
Rocklin PD

March 17, 2011

Rest in peace Brother Sebastian.

Ofc. Timothy M. Furlong
Nahant, MA PD

March 17, 2011

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whose blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 17, 2011

A true hero. Rest in Peace my brother.

Motor Officer José Quiles
McKinney Police Dept.

March 17, 2011

Rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones.

Greater love hath no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Friend of USFS Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9/20/08


March 17, 2011

Thank you for helping those who needed you immediate assistance.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Officer Gary Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

March 17, 2011

My thoughts are with you, your family and police family.

Brother of Jeremy Chambers
EOW 04-24-2006

Chris Chambers
Saint Louis Co Police Dept

March 17, 2011

You are a true hero! Blessings and comfort to your family and fellow officers.

Chaplain Jim Taylor
Fresno County Sheriff's Department

March 17, 2011

Rest in Peace...

Syracuse Police Dept, NY

March 17, 2011

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Sebastian Diana. Another Hero taken too soon. May God comfort you and your family as you go and touch the face of God.
Your service and sacrifice and bravery to the citizens of Orange County Florida will not be forgotten. God Speed and God Bless. Rest in Peace Sir.

May the children of Deputy Diana, know that their Daddy is a HERO who we will not forget and will forever be in his debt for all he has done for us. Deputy Diana. Thank You sir for your service and protection to us all, may you rest in peace. God bless you and your family.

VIPS 750 Jeff Claybern
Alexandria Kentucky Police Department

March 17, 2011

God bless sir, you are a true hero!

Deputy Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

March 17, 2011

My wife and I want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Diana's family, friends, co-workers, and agency. R.I.P. Deputy Diana, we'll carry on for you.

Sergeant Mike Allen
California Highway Patrol

March 17, 2011

Your obedience to protecting Gods children will never be forgotten by your brothers and sisters left behind. The love from your heart is as big as the universe and will stand as a model of dedication, devotion and giving for years to come. With hat in hand and heads bowed in honor we who are still here say "Thank You Brother Sebastian, you have truly made our profession a symbol of Gods work in our society. God bless you sir and all your family. In Christ.

Tom Bradley, Retired
Phoenix AZ PD, AZ State Chap. FOP

March 17, 2011

RIP Brother Sebastian! I immediately recognized your name and I served with you in the Army while we were stationed together in Germany. You were always the best at anything that you ever did. You will be missed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Corporal Steve Devore

Steven Devore
Florida Highway Patrol

March 17, 2011

Rest in peace, Deputy Diana. Your service is not forgotten.

Reserve Officer L. Brown
Rainier Police Department

March 17, 2011

Rest, brother.

Cpl Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

March 17, 2011

We would like to send our warmest regards and deepest condolences to the family, friends and department of Deputy Sebastian Diana. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult and sad time. Rest in Peace, Deputy Diana and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

March 17, 2011

It is always a sad day when we lose one of our own but to have suffered from a bacterial infection over the course of years is heart breaking. I worked Per Diem as a Paramedic and know all to well the unseen dangers that first responders, EMT's Police and Correction Officers face everyday they go to work. Rest In Piece Deputy Diana, I am sure that your department lost one of there better Officers and am sure you are in everyone's thoughts and prayers today and everyday since your untimely passing. Your years of service will not be forgotten.

Lieutenant David Larsen (Retired)
NJ State Department of Corrections

March 17, 2011

I am so very sorry for the loss of this wonderful, heroic officer. What a wonderful act of human kindness and ultimate sacrifice he had made to help save the life of the infant! I am beyond words. This is another fine example of the amazing, ultimate sacrifices our forgotten, taken-for-granted heroes make for strangers everyday. My heartaches for the family and friends of Deputy Sheriff Diana and my prayers and thoughts go out to them. May they be ever so proud of his ultimate sacrifice and be able to find peace in their loss.

Jaclyn Pocceschi Mosley
sister of Fallen Officer Rodney F. Pocceschi EOW 6/23/03


March 17, 2011

My condolences to the family and coworkers of Deputy Diana. His compassion for the child he tried to save speaks volumes about the type of person he was and I am proud to say I served in the same profession as he. I'm sure he has received his Heavenly reward and hope that he looks down and protects those who continue to serve. Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service.

Robert Mau, Sgt (Ret)
PD Joliet IL

March 17, 2011

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