Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Benjamin LeMont Zirbel

Clay County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Benjamin LeMont Zirbel

It's horrible that Deputy Zirbel went out this way. I remember my junior high school had us stand outside to watch the motorcade pass by. He is the reason why I always backed the blue. May he rest in peace.

Chris Wilcox

August 28, 2022

I appreciate all hero’s everyone from the A crossing guard to a bus driver to a cashier to a warehouse person to a delivery driver to a truck driver food service workers school employees everyone is a hero volunteers thank you

Single loving mom Carrie marie Baca
Valero gas station/ 7 eleven Mobil

August 17, 2021

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

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

August 21, 2020

God bless you

Nick mottola

August 21, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Zirbel.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 24, 2019

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

April 11, 2019

RIP brother. God be with you.

FTO Samuel Steinmetz (Retired)
Venice Police Department

September 12, 2018

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

September 10, 2018

The thoughts, hearts and prayers of everyone here at CCPD go out to the families, both blood and blue, of Deputy Zirbel. May the Good Lord give you strength, comfort and peace.
He swore an oath to serve and protect and he made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of that oath.

Lt. Michael Caldwell, Chaplain
Cape Carteret Police Department, Cape Carteret, NC.

September 8, 2018

Rest in peace brother. You are a true hero.

Jamie D Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

September 8, 2018

God Bless this young Officer and his fellow Deputies and family members. It is so sad when an law enforcement is killed in the line of duty. I know first hand how it feels to lose an fellow officer.
I too was nearly Killed in the line of duty while I was deployed in the Los Angeles County riots in 1992. By the grace of God I survived. God bless this Deputy and may be rest in peace. Blessed are the Peace Makers for they are the children of God.

Retired San Bernardino County Sheriff's
San Bernardino County Sheriff

September 4, 2018

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray Psalm 91 over all LEO’s and this prayer also:

“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 know that God sends those angels to watch over our officers, sometimes to protect them and sometimes to whisk our officers into His presence.

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.

I have lifted your family to God every morning for over seven years. I pray that Ben's life and death will bring glory to God.

Trust 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

September 4, 2018

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Deputy Sheriff Benjamin LeMont Zirbel. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Clay County Sheriff's Office.

U.S. Postal Inspector Scott Horne
U.S. Postal Inspection Service

September 4, 2018

Rest in peace brother. We have the watch from here. May God Bless your family and friends.

LT. A. Orozco

September 4, 2018

Brother, I honor you for your service and I ask God for peace for your family. now we will watch over yours. Rest in peace

Sgto. Roberto Mercado
Puerto Rico Police Dept.

September 3, 2018

Thank you for your dedicated service Deputy Sheriff Benjamin LeMont Zirbel. My condolences go out to your family, friends and the Clay County Sheriff's Office. May you rest in eternal peace.⏺️

PSO A. Marwaha
Campus Public Safety

September 2, 2018

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

August 30, 2018

Deepest Sympathy to the family of Deputy Sheriff Ben Zirkle and to the Brothers and Sisters of the Clay County Sheriff ‘s Office,Florida. Day is done EOW you will not be forgotten,May you RIP.

Chaplain Terry L. Longacre (Ret.Manor Tw
Red RoseLodge FOP#16Lancaster Co. Pa.

August 29, 2018

The law-officer on motor patrol is on one of the most dangerous battlefields - a United State highway. The daily routine of patrol, especially on two wheels, presents added danger to the law-officer performing his/her duty. What is the start of a normal tour-of-duty can, in seconds, result in a chain of events that brings horrendous circumstances involving serious injury or death.

We regret learning of DS Ben Zirbel's demise in this horrible traffic crash. Added sadness is recognizing, too, that he was in the prime of his life and career and that it was forfeited during the protection of others. Our thoughts are with his young family and the resultant hardship and challenge they now face to bring their lives back to as close to normal as possible.

Rest in peace, Ben, and enter that place where those who've worn a badge, and have already departed, now wait to welcome you as a hero among them.

We sadly render Ben a final salute, as we highlight Ben's desire to make a difference in the lives of the people he served. Our response should include rededicating ourselves to stricter traffic enforcement with the intent to save all lives, to include others officers exposed to similar conditions.

Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza (Ret.)
Pennsylvania State Police

August 29, 2018

RIP Sir, Saint Michael protect you and yours.


August 29, 2018

Rest in peace brother. You are a true hero.

Jamie D Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

August 28, 2018

On behalf of the men & women of the Abilene Police Department, I extend sympathy to the Clay County Sheriff's Office following the death of Deputy Sheriff Ben Zirbel. We are saddened at your loss, and mindful of the repercussions this carries as you strive to move forward. We are thankful for Sheriff Zirbel's service which continues to give, even in death.

Beth Reeves, Chaplain
Abilene Police Department

August 28, 2018

God bless you and your family brother. Well take it from here.

Cpl. Kevin Duck Kevin Duck

August 28, 2018

Thank you for your service Deputy Zirbel.
Praying for your family and the entire CCSO family at this difficult time.
R.I.P Motor Man.

Wm Jean-Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP, Traffic & Escort Unit

August 28, 2018

RIP, Deputy Zirbel. Praying for you and your loved ones.

Officer C Curione
Rochester Police Department, NY

August 27, 2018

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