Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Joseph James Abdella

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, August 14, 2015

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Reflections for Sergeant Joseph James Abdella

Rest in peace knowing that your memory, service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 14, 2020

Hey Joe,
Just stopped by to say hi to my fellow 11-5G partner. Miss working with you back then and the times we were able to assist each other in the future. You're one the best.

PO Scott Spencer
Detroit Police Department (Ret)

January 16, 2020

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 6, 2018

Sergeant Joseph James Abdella will never be forgotten. May his soul now rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

February 16, 2018

Rest in eternal peace my brother.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

August 14, 2017

My prayers are with Sgt. Joe Abdella's family. Joe was first and foremost a dedicated family man. A great dad and husband. He was known as a true leader in the City of Detroit as well as in his own community. As an officer his integrity and dedication to the citizens and to the city were second to none. Those that had the pleasure of working with Sgt. Abdella or working for him learned a lot from him as he was a "wealth of knowledge". He was well respected by his peers and always lead by example. He was proven to be a great supervisor. A positive role model on a daily basis. Joe was a great officer, motivator, instructor, and friend to many.

Retired, Art Dudal
Detroit Police Department, classmate. Dec 15th 2015

December 16, 2015

John 5:28, 29 reads "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out." My prayers are with Sgt. Abdella's wife, children, family, and fellow colleagues of the Detroit PD. I hope that Jehovah God's promise of a resurrection for our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death bring comfort to all who knew Sgt. Abdella.

ECS II Lem Toatley
Orlando Police Department

December 11, 2015

Rest In Peace Brother.

Det. Randy Evans
Kansas City Missouri Police Department
Son of Patrolman Robert Wayne Evans
E.O.W 10/14/1971

November 11, 2015

Rest in Peace, Sgt. Abdella. We have the watch.

Det. Douglas Collins Ret.
Dallas Police Dept.

November 10, 2015

Joe was a great person and a great police officer and he will be dearly missed.

Inspector Robert J. McManus II
Federal Protective Service

November 10, 2015

Rest in peace sir. Thank you for your service and sacrifice, which will not be forgotten. May the Lord comfort your family and fellow officers of the Detroit Police Department.

Special Agent-CID
Dept. of Veterans Affairs-Office of Inspector General

November 9, 2015

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

To the Abdella family, fellow officers, and all who call Joseph beloved, 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 our 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. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Sgt. Abdella gave to his community and the citizens of Michigan , and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 14, 2015.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD

November 9, 2015

I remember meeting you and Vadar at Eastern Market just a few weeks before your death. You were so professional, well spoken, and warm. You let me feed Vadar carrots and you were so patient with the citizens. Truly a gem of an officer. Thank you for your dedicated service my brother. Rest easy, your tour is complete.

To the family, may God continue to give you strength and blessings. You should be very proud of Sgt. Abdella.

Corrections Officer and Citizen

November 7, 2015

You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County Police Dept. NY

November 6, 2015

Sincerest regards.
Rest in peace brother.

Sgt. Paul Schanno- Honor Guard Member
State of MN Dept. of Corrections MCF-Stillwater

November 6, 2015

God, filled with mercy, dwelling in the heavens' heights,
bring proper rest beneath the wings of your Lord,
amid the ranks of the holy and the pure,
illuminating like the brilliance of the skies the soul of Joseph Abdella who went to his eternal place of rest.
May You who are the source of mercy shelter him beneath Your wings eternally,
and bind his soul among the living, that he may rest in peace. And let us say: Amen.

Bill Mann
Civilian Supporter
South Pasadena, CA

November 6, 2015

My family and I would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and fellow co-workers of Sergeant Joseph Abdella during this very difficult time. May they find comfort and support from those around them. May God help heal their aching hearts. Thank you for your service Sergeant Abdella, may you rest in peace.

Gail M. Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer T. Fettig eow 2/16/04

November 5, 2015

A police officer should be remembered not by how he died, but how he lived! A great man has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the Detroit Police Department. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!


November 5, 2015

When we loose one of our brothers or sisters in the thin blue line it makes us all realize that the job we do takes commitment, bravery, and honor. You have shown all and have made your family, and your brothers and sisters proud. May you now be taken care of those who have gone before you and may God comfort all in your family.

Ret. Deputy Sheriff Patrol, OH Beth Mart
Greene County Sheriff Dept., Ohio

November 5, 2015

My prayers and thoughts are with your family and friends. God Bless.

Stephanie Harris, LEOW - Spouse of Sgt, LAPD

November 5, 2015

Rest in peace Brother! We have the watch from here. May God Bless your Family and Friends.


November 5, 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."
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Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell PD

November 4, 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

November 4, 2015


James Hallgrimson Arrow Security Officer

November 4, 2015

God Bless and Godspeed.

Lisa B.

November 4, 2015

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