Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Rosemary Vela

Madison County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, September 28, 2015

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Rosemary Vela

God Bless You, Your Family, & Friends. Thank you for your unselfish service.

James P Waggle, Jr.

September 30, 2015

R.I.P. Deputy Vela, we're keeping you, your family and all our brothers and sisters with the Madison County Sheriff's Office in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and may God keep you in his loving care my sister as we remain " Standing Tall For Those Who Have Fallen "

Corporal James E. Barth
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, Tampa, Fl.

September 29, 2015

A young lady lost and a son without a mother God bless you rosemary and heaven is waiting for you.

TSgt dwight hedger
texas state guard

September 29, 2015


Ret. TFC Theresa Medcalf
Ga State Patrol

September 29, 2015

While we are deeply saddened by your passing, the Law Enforcement Community was enriched by your professionalism, your service, and your sacrifice. Our thoughts are with your family, department, and friends. May you Rest In Peace.

Zone 5 Academy Session 59
New York State Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy

September 29, 2015

On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Deputy Sheriff Rosemary Vela and the extended law enforcement family of the Madison County, Tennessee Sheriff's Office. Rest in Peace sister and watch over us.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

September 29, 2015

Prayers of comfort to her family and friends!

Gallagher Family
US Army Retired

September 29, 2015

Oh, my gosh !!!
I am most deeply saddened by Rosemary's accident & passing.
My Family sends tearful condolences to her Family, Friends, Department , Community, & country ...
The 9/11 "Purple Heart" Memorial Candles will be lit to remember Rosemary.
RIP Rosemary, Daughter of Valor, with Honor.
Gone from Our Arms ... Forever in Our Hearts ...

Ms. Karen Morgan, PSY & LE GRAD.
Eagles Wing Baptist Church, Sisseton,SD

September 29, 2015

RIP Deputy Rosemary Vela may god be with your friends. And family tank you for your servies you wil be missed but not forgoten.

James Hallgrimson Arrow Security Officer

September 29, 2015

RIP Sister. Thank you & God Bless.

Lt.Robert M.Petty (retired)
No.Bergen, N.J.P.D.

September 29, 2015

Rest in peace Deputy Vela. Thank you for your service. You will never be forgotten.

Ofc. Flores, M.

September 29, 2015

Prayers for the family of Deputy Rosemary Vela, to the son that will always miss her.

COIC Terrell Lykken

September 29, 2015

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
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 just 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 had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
Author Unknown

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell PD

September 29, 2015

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Rosemary Vela. 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 Madison County, Tennessee will not be forgotten. God Speed and God Bless. Rest in Peace .

May the son of Deputy Vela, know that his Mommy, is a HERO who we will not forget and will forever be in her debt for all she has done for us. Deputy Vela. Thank You for your service and protection to us all, may you rest in peace. God bless you and your family.

Final Salute

VIPS 750 Jeff Claybern
Alexandria, Kentucky Police Department

September 29, 2015

RIP Sister

Deputy Anita Price
Bexar County Sheriff's Office, San Antonio, Texas

September 29, 2015

God Bless your family and little son. You have paid the ultimate sacrifice and will always be remembered as a hero. May you rest in peace.

Officer Todd Huffman
Gahanna PD

September 29, 2015

Rest in Peace

Sgt. Retired
Saint Clair Police Dept.

September 29, 2015

May the family's fond memories help them through this difficult time.

Terry L. Vice
Patrol Officer (1979-1984)
Greeley PD

September 29, 2015

Rest in peace, we have the watch from here.

Deputy J. Ontiveros
Harris County Sheriff office Texas

September 29, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers continue in the days ahead for your family, friends and fellow LEOs.

Chaplain Jim Ennis
Tennessee Highway Patrol

September 29, 2015

So saddened to hear the news.

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

Reserve Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

September 29, 2015

RIP Deputy Sheriff Vela. May your son know his mom is always with him. My heart go out to you and your family.

Renée Gergar
Mother of an NYPD detective

September 29, 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

September 29, 2015

R.I.P. SISTER Vela!!!

Nebraska Police Officer

September 29, 2015


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

September 29, 2015

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