Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Rick Lee Silva

Chehalis Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Reflections for Police Officer Rick Lee Silva

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for over four years. Feel those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

June 21, 2015

Rest easy brother, you have stood your watch with pride and professionalism. Go to the promised place where you can look down to see your brothers continue what you have started. Thank you for your service. May the light of Christ ease the pain on the ones you have loved, and those who have loved you in return.

Sean D. Creamer; Chief
TPSU, New Bern NC

June 21, 2015

God Bless you. your family, & friends. Thank you for your unselfish service.

James Waggle

June 21, 2015

Rest with God Officer Silva. Your duty here is done. You have finished the good race and thus your rewards are in heaven. Prayers for you family during this time in their lives.

Retired Police Offier Bob Lester
Midland, Texas Police Department

June 21, 2015


To the family, friends, and colleagues of Police Officer Rick Silva

From the beginning of time after Cain killed his brother, Abel, there has been a need for law enforcement officers to protect the weak and to bring evildoers to justice. This work is necessary in a sinful world and is dangerous. In modern times, some two hundred and eighty-one law enforcement officers have sacrificed their lives to protect the citizens of the State of Washington. Today, we honor the sacrifice of Police Officer Rick Silva, of the Chehalis, Washington, Police Department; who died on Thursday, June 18, 2015, as a result of a duty related injury sustained in February 2015 while attempting to arrest a shoplifting suspect, who was armed with a knife and resisting arrest in Chehalis, Washington.

Lord God, we are grateful for the life of Police Officer Rick Silva. He died serving us. Help us never to forget him. Help us celebrate the life of Police Officer Rick Silva and honor his sacrifice. Be with the family, friends, and colleagues of this fallen hero. Comfort them and give them your strength. Guide those who seek to take care of the family of this hero. May those empowered to do so, care for them with integrity. In commemorating the death of this hero, help those who mourn to remember that death is not the end. Death does not have the final say, but is simply the transition to the glorious life to come. They should look forward to that life to come with joy and thanksgiving.

As for the citizens of Chehalis, Washington, help them to faithfully equip their police officers with the best tools to protect their community. May their training be adequate to the task. Help the citizens of Chehalis, Washington, to remember to pay their police officers fairly and treat them with respect. Help the citizens of Chehalis, Washington, to obey the law and treat each other with dignity so as not to add to the burden of crime and pain to their community.

The time for mourning will soon pass. We have now remembered and celebrated the life lost in this great tragedy. As the family, friends, and colleagues of Police Officer Rick Silva go forward, they must celebrate the good things in their lives; and to celebrate life itself!

Finally, Lord God, we pray for the families, friends, and colleagues of all the law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line-of-duty and we thank you for their sacrifices. Bless the lives of their families, friends, and colleagues so they might find healing. Help their law enforcement organizations support the families of these fallen heroes. Even though their deaths might have been senseless, make something good come out of these situations so that their law enforcement organizations and the communities in which they lived and served might be stronger because of their lives and their deaths.

Now, Police Officer Rick Silva, may the Lord bless you, and keep you: the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Amen.

In His Service,

Police Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Retired Captain of Police of the Nashua NH (USA) Police Department
Police Chaplain of the Merrimack NH (USA) Police Department
Senior Pastor of “The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry”

Police Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Merrimack NH Police Department

June 21, 2015


Retired Deputy Sheriff Diana Stricklan
Clayton County Sheriff Office Jonesboro Ga

June 21, 2015

Final Salute Officer Silva, rest peacefully in the arms of God. We are praying for the family and fellow officers.

Former Patrol Sergeant
Johnny Allison
Wylie TX Police Dept

June 21, 2015



June 21, 2015


Retired PO David Herbert
Toronto Police Service, Ontario Canada

June 21, 2015

We are deeply saddened by the lose of your hero and our brother. May god bless you and your family and know the next time you see him he will be guarding heavens gates. Semper Fi.

Lieutenant Jay Hill
Del City Police Department

June 21, 2015

Thank you for your long life of service and continual sacrifices. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.

Darlene Newton
friend of Story County Sheriff's Office

June 21, 2015

Our prayers to his family and friends at his loss. His service in Law Enforcement was a definite asset to his community. GOD bless him for his service and comfort his family through this time of loss.

Retired Sergeant Charles Carty
Benton Arkansas Police Dept.

June 21, 2015

Officer Silva, may you rest in peace. You will never be forgotten.

Sgt Richard Eckert
Town of Chester Police Dept

June 20, 2015

I offer my final salute to the loss of Officer Rick Silva, to his family I offer my sincere deep condolences and prayers for strength, courage and peace! Thank you so much, Officer Rick Silva for your unselfish service to the great state of Washington, and the City of Chehalis! Absence from the earth is to be present with God in heaven! Rest in Peace my brother! MRP.

Psalm 1
1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Sergeant Michael Rayford Powell
State of Arkansas

June 20, 2015

RIP brother. My prayers are with your Department, family , friends and community.

Reserve Officer John Devlin
Tonasket police Department

June 20, 2015

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Rick Silva. Another Hero taken too soon. May God comfort you and your family as you go and touch the face of God.
Your honorable service and sacrifice and bravery to the citizens of Chehalis, Washington will not be forgotten. God Speed and God Bless. Rest in Peace Sir.

Final Salute

VIPS 750 Jeff Claybern
Alexandria Kentucky Police Department

June 20, 2015


Earnest Hawkins Jr. #1886
Prince Georges County Police (ret) MD

June 20, 2015

RIP Brother.Thank you & God Bless.

Lt.Robert M.Petty (retired)
North Bergen N.J. P.D.

June 20, 2015

R.I.P. my Brother

Det. Carlos Selvi
Baltimore County P.D.

June 20, 2015

Rick my friend, I can't believe your gone. I remember the last time we spoke when you drove up my driveway just to say howdy. I used to love working dayshift with you and going over to Starbucks for coffee and the ever present bagel with cream cheese. Talking about hotrods and motorcycles and the next cool project you had going. You were a one of a kind guy that made everyone laugh and feel like your friend. Gods speed my friend.

Monte Henderson
former Chehalis PD-retired LEO

June 20, 2015

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

"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 whos 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 BMI © 1993 - All Rights Reserved

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

June 20, 2015

May the good lord welcome you with open arms, for you have done your job well.

Chaplain Douglas J. Maykowski
Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge #187 Mt. Clemens Michigan.

June 20, 2015

may HIS light shine perpetual upon his face

Chief Jim Allen (Retired)
Mobile County Child Support Enforcement
Mobile County, Alabama

June 20, 2015

Rest in Peace my brother, your watch is over. I salute you.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends, and all my brothers and sisters of the Chehalis Police Department.


Officer B. Ruth Retired
Baltimore County Police Department

June 20, 2015

R.I.P. Brother.

Inv. Bowman
Dare Co. Sheriff's Office, NC

June 20, 2015

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