Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Jose Gilbert Vega

Palm Springs Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, October 8, 2016

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Reflections for Police Officer Jose Gilbert Vega

Gilbert was my Father’s best friend. They started in the academy together and we’re suppose to retire together, but Gilbert decided to do 1 more year. I remember October 8, 2016 very clearly. From that day on, my Father has never been the same. He lost a piece of him with Gilbert that he’ll never get back. Gilbert was funny, caring, compassionate and loved his family. Overall an amazing officer! God bless Gilbert and Leslie’s family and God rest their souls.


October 21, 2023

Officer Gilbert Vega was my older brother, he truly was a great human being and Officer. He was very humble, patient. I miss his dry wit and crooked smile.

Francisco V Vega

April 26, 2021

Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

October 8, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Vega. You and your partner made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. You will not be forgotten.

Police Detective Kevin Shum
Stockton School Police

October 7, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Vega.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 23, 2020

Incidences such as these drive my family and I to a state of grieving for those who fell by the heinous actions taken and the family members of those who were lost. Although I have only read about Officer Vega in news and ODMP articles, I feel a deeply rooted debt to him, his family, and all other fallen Officers. Officer Vega possesses unquestionable honor and undoubted bravery. May Officer Vega rest in perpetual peace and live on in unending memory and may his family and fellow Officers feel solace and comfort in a time of darkness.

A Concerned Citizen

Aaron Greer
A Concerned Citizen

October 31, 2019

Rest in a better place by brother. May you always watch out for your family and members of your department.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

October 8, 2018

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

August 30, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother. We honor you on the 1st anniversary of your E.O.W. Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

October 8, 2017

I ran a hero's 5k in your honor today Sir. You are not forgotten.

Det. Michele Nelson
Riverside County Sheriff's Department, CA

October 8, 2017

OFFICER GIL VEGA, We only knew each other just over 2 years. Thank you for your service as a Police Officer. You where more than a great Police Professional. You lived the life of a great human being !! You told me of your great love of Jesus. You proved it by your everyday actions and how you loved people. Without question I know you are with our Lord Jesus Christ. I look forward to seeing you again and that Gil Vega smile. SEE YOU IN HEAVEN MY FRIEND !!! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

Army / Fire Vet: Frank Perio
Friendship with Officer Vega

September 23, 2017

God's peace and speed Officer Vega. Thank you for your many years of brave, dedicated service. RIP Brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago P.D.

December 17, 2016

Thank you for your sacrifice and may your rest in peace.

Hon. Travis Bird
Spotsylvania Commonwealth's Attorney Office

November 23, 2016

The Albany Police Acadmy sends its deepest condolences to the Vega family and the Palm Springs Police Department. Rest in Peace Officer Jose Gilbert Vega.

Albany Police Academy
Albany Police Department

November 9, 2016

Such a tragedy to hear things like this happening in the Coachella valley. Thank you for your service. Take care of me and my fellow recruits as we get closer to graduation.


November 8, 2016

Blessed are the peacemakers May you rest in peace my brother.

Chaplin retired Joseph P. Morgan

October 27, 2016

Thank you for your sacrifice and service to the citizens of Palm Springs, CA. May the Lord comfort your family and fellow officers of the Palm Springs Police Department during this very difficult time. Rest in peace sir.

K. Shipp, Special Agent
Dept. of Veterans Affairs-OIG CID

October 26, 2016

Rest in Peace, Police Officer Gil Vega. Thank you for your service to this country and your community. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and your department at this time.

Chief Reuben C. Black
Barnwell Police Dept., Barnwell, SC

October 26, 2016

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he Rest In Peace. Amen

Civilian Julian Cardenas
Blue Family

October 25, 2016

On behalf of Session 61 and the Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy Schenectady New York, our thoughts and prayers are with your department and family.

We thank you for your service, rest in peace.

Session 61
Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy NY

October 22, 2016

My condolences to your loving family at a terrible time like this. Rest in Peace my brother, and may you watch over your family and us too.

N.Y.P.D. Lt. Ray Flores (Ret.)

October 20, 2016

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, family and loving, caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name, Amen”

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

Faith helps us see beyond the grave.

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

October 20, 2016

You will be missed Gil, I pray for you and your family. RIP brother.

Police Officer Sean Carmon
West Covina Police Department

October 20, 2016


Lieutenant Ray Waters
Pitt County Sheriff Office, NC

October 19, 2016

A real "Hero" taken.
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 NY. Police Department

October 19, 2016

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