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

Sarge, you gave your life in the line of duty, not in some dramatic way, not in a way they'll make a movie about some day, but in the day to day doing of your job. You were setting up a course to train police officers to do their job in better and safer way, and that does indeed make you as much a hero as any officer who gives his life.

God Bless you and may your path to eternal rest be free and clear of all obstacles, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

November 4, 2015


My heart is filled with great sadness at learning of the lost of your loved one and fellow Officer.
We in the law enforcement community are a family, although our uniforms maybe a different style and vary in color, a badge, shield or star may be pinned upon our chest. Our areas of enforcement may vary but our goals are the same, to serve and protect our communities.
We consist of many different agencies from across the nation, for we are : Municipal Police Officers, Sheriff's Deputies, State Police Investigators, State Highway Patrol Troopers, Conservation Police Officers, College Campus Police Officers, Correctional Officers and Federal Agents just to name a few.
We patrol small towns, large cities, college campuses, county roads, state highways, state parks and the United States Borders.
Whether active duty or retired, we are one family, a Law Enforcement Family, the thin blue line of protectors, brothers and sisters bonded together by Honor, Service and Pride.
Daily we honor our fallen brothers and sisters never forgetting their sacrifice.
Daily our position is clear that we will Serve and Protect our communities without faltering and with no hesitation.
Daily we show pride in our chosen profession Law Enforcement, for we willingly walk the line of Good over Evil
facing the unknown with courage keeping our trust and faith in GOD.
We know that evil roam these streets and at any moment in the course of performing our duties the ultimate sacrifice might be required of us in the service to our community, for Law Enforcement is not a job but a calling and only a few will make the decision to commit to that calling to serve for some will give all that they have.
You did not die in vain.
You sacrificed your life in the service to the citizens in the City of Detroit, State of Michigan with HONOR, PRIDE and DISTINCTION.
I'm proud to have worn the uniform of a law enforcement officer like you did.
I'm proud to have pinned the badge upon my chest like you.
I'm proud to have served and protected my community as you did.
I'm proud to call you my Brother!
I commend you my fallen brother for making the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of your duty.
For you left us doing what you chose to do.
Performing a job you were trained to do.
Upholding the oath you swore to do.
Most importantly doing what you loved to do...........Serving
and Protecting your community with Honor and Pride making a better and safer place for us all.
Sergeant Abdella status........Sergeant Abdella status.........
Sergeant Abdella status.........Attention all Units.................
Detroit Police Department, Sergeant Joseph Abdella I.D.#S125 having served the citizens in the City of Detroit, State of Michigan with HONOR, PRIDE and DISTINCTION is now 10-42.
Rest in Peace my fallen Brother, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!!

Senior Master Investigator Cardell L. Dobbins #188 (Ret.)
Illinois Secretary of State Department of Police District 01, Region 01

November 4, 2015

You served with honor & now enjoy your time with the Thin Blue Lines brothers/sisters that have passed before us. Thank you for your service Sir.

Chief of Police (Retired)

November 4, 2015

Rest in peace brother. Thoughts are with your family both blue and blood during this difficult time. Thank you Sergeant Abdella for your 21 years of service and dedication to your community.

Sergeant David Post
Reno County Sheriff's Office Hutchinson, Ks

November 4, 2015

The 37th Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy sends our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the Family, Friends, and Co-workers of Our Fellow Officers.

During this time we hold close to the memories and good times shared as a source of comfort. Being ever mindful of the pride they embraced when wearing their uniform.

Respectfully Submitted,
Lt. Eric Carpenter & the Cadets of Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy 37
Durham County Sheriff's Office
Durham, NC

Cadet David Bermel

November 4, 2015

Rest in Peace Sgt. Adedella 10-42.

Det. James P. McGrath(retired)
Schenectady Police Dept., NY

November 4, 2015

Rest in peace Sergeant Abdella

Officer Joseph Bresette
Galesville Police Department (WI)

November 4, 2015

RIP thank you for your service. May god bless you and your family.

Future Detroit PO Ali .
Dearborn, MI

November 3, 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

November 3, 2015



November 3, 2015

Thank you for your service. Prayers for your family and friends..

Cpl V. Schachner (ret)
Prince George's County, MD

November 3, 2015

A Prayer for Sergeant Joseph Abdella:

Lord God, we are grateful for the life of Sergeant Joseph Abdella of the Detroit, Michigan Police Department. He died serving us. Help us never to forget him. Help us celebrate the life of Sergeant Joseph Abdella 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. Amen

Pastor Steven Robert Closs, MNACM
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
Chartered by the National Association of Christian Ministers

Pastor/Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Merrimack NH Police Department

November 3, 2015


Ret. TFC Theresa Medcalf
Ga State Patrol

November 3, 2015

Heroes live forever. Prayers to family and friends.

Team Texas

November 3, 2015

Sgt Joseph Abdella, God Bless You, and we will keep your families, both Red and Blue, in our thoughts and prayers, and in particular, Detroit's Mounted Unit. They can rest assured knowing that you will keep watching over them.

civilian supporter

November 3, 2015

Anytime you hear of a fallen hero, it hurts to the core. You feel like you have loss a part of yourself. Our prayers go out to the entire family and the Detroit Police Department.

MA1 Darryl
U.S. Navy

November 3, 2015

23rd PSALM

Earnest Hawkins Jr.
Prince georges County Police MD (ret)

November 3, 2015

Final Salute Sergeant Abdella, thank you for your service. You are a Hero. Rest peacefully in the presence of God. We are praying for the family and fellow officers.

Former Patrol Sergeant
Johnny Allison
Wylie TX Police Dept

November 3, 2015

Sgt. Abdella,
May you rest in Heavenly Peace. May your family be forever watched over and blessed. May your friends and colleagues find comfort. Please watch over us from on high.
We will see you again dear Sir.
Thank you for your service. I will never forget your sacrifice or the sacrifice of your family.
Greater Love Hath No Man....
Prayers for all involved.

Surviving Daughter of Special Agent J. Robert Porter
Federal Bureau of Investigation
E.O.W. 8/9/79

November 3, 2015


Deputy J. Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office

November 3, 2015

My thoughts and prayers are with Sgt. Abdella's family and friends.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

November 3, 2015

Eternal Rest

S. I. Drake, Lt/IPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

November 3, 2015

Rest, brother.

PFC Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

November 3, 2015

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

November 3, 2015

Rest in Peace...

Syracuse Police Dept, NY

November 3, 2015

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