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

A Prayer for Deputy Sheriff Ben Zirbel:

Lord God of mercy, peace, and love, we remember before Your throne in this moment our Brother-in-Blue, Deputy Sheriff Ben Zirbel, of the Clay County, Florida Sheriff’s Office, who sacrificed his life in the Line-of-Duty. We recall with gratitude and respect all that he stood for in this life. Help us to live in the companionship of his spirit. May we be kind to the family, friends, and colleagues he loved; devoted to the county and state in which he served; and loyal to the causes which he championed in law enforcement. Thus, in our life, may he live on, to our great comfort, to the betterment of Your creation, and to the furthering of Your most Holy Will.

Heavenly Father, 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.

Almighty God, we ask that you grant us a deeper appreciation of the efforts of all law enforcement officers who serve our communities, states, and country daily. For their dedication to our security, order and peace, we give You thanks. May they be encouraged in their work which benefits us all. Help us to grow that spirit of community that will make their job both easy and fulfilling. And now may our fellowship together and Your blessing today bring a renewed sense of joy to each of us. Amen.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God." [Matthew 5:9 ESV]

"Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends." [John 15:13 ESV]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DD, MSBS
Ordained / Licensed Independent Christian Minister
Ministry: Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
Chaplain: Merrimack Police Department [Serving Since 2014]
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R.Closs (Retired)
Nashua NH Police Department

August 23, 2018

Ben, May GOD bless you and your immediate family abundantly. May GOD also bless and watch over your extended law enforcement family. They will take it from here. You will be missed but not forgotten. Rest In Peace Brother!!!!

Sgt. (Ret) Steve Davis
Maricopa County S.O.

August 23, 2018

Brother, in losing your life, you saved others. This is no consolation to those who know and love you best, but it is the epitome of giving ones life for another. Those you leave behind will forever keep you with them, so long as they keep you in their hearts and minds, but also, those who live on will forever have you within them.

A tragic collision, a family hurting, lives renewed. You didn't stop giving of yourself, even after death and for both this and the life you lead, you are truly a hero.

God Bless you, Deputy Zirbel.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

August 23, 2018

God bless you Deputy Zirbel.

Ret. Officer JR Neary
East Los Angeles

August 23, 2018

Rest in the LORD my brother. Your work on earth is done.
May GOD comfort strengthen and watch over your loved ones.
So sorry for their loss.

Deputy Sheriff (Retired) Glen Allison
Tarrant County SO Ft Worth Texas

August 23, 2018

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF DEPUTY ZIRBLE, AND ALL THOSE WHO MOURN THE LOSS OF DEPUTY ZIRBEL. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
HIS SERVICE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND HIS DEEDS NEVER FORGOTTEN.

Ret Officer David Herbert
Toronto Police Service, Ontario Canada

August 23, 2018

My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Sheriff Ben Zirbel on their loss. May our Lord give them all the strength and comfort during this time of trial. Thank you fellow officer for your dedication and service to our nation and your community. Rest in peace.

CBP Officer (retired), Luis Otero
Department of Homeland Security/Bureau of Customs & Border Protection

August 23, 2018

Rip my brother we got your back from here.

Patrol officer Justin Castro
Hickory PD

August 23, 2018

My heart and prayers go out to your wife and son. May God comfort them and may they find peace knowing the legacy in-which you have left behind not only in your son but all those that you had a positive impact on. Rest easy Brother, we have the watch from here.

Deputy A. Hunsinger #5457
Bradford County Sheriff's Office

August 23, 2018

You’ll never be forgotten my brother, now RIP we got it from here.

Patrol officer Justin Castro
Hickory PD

August 23, 2018

I’ll keep it short brother, thank you for your service. I’ve seen you riding before, and know that CCSO will be unable to replace you. To your brothers and sisters, family, and friends, I’m sorry for their loss, and I’m sorry I will never pass you leaving work again, knowing you were keeping me safe.

SSG Johnson
Florida Army National Guard

August 23, 2018

Rest In Peace my Brother. We’ll continue to ride the blue line knowing you are now safe in God’s arms.

Deputy J. S. King (Motors)
WCCO2, Waller TX

August 23, 2018

My sincere condolences to Deputy Sheriff Zirbel’s family and loved ones for their tragic loss. May the Angels give them strength through this sad period in their lives, RIP Deputy Sheriff. Salute and Respect

Constable Tessa Le Roux
South African Police Service

August 23, 2018

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 Clay County Sheriff's Office. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

August 23, 2018

We, at the Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy would like to express our deepest condolences in this time of grief. RIP Deputy

Recruit Michael Martin
Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy

August 23, 2018

Rest in peace Sheriff Zirbel!
You will not be forgotten!

Willie Bell Hopewell VA!
Friend Of All Law Enforcement Officers!

August 23, 2018

R.I.P Deputy Sheriff Ben Zirbel

BRIAN MOLYNEAUX civilian
citizen

August 23, 2018

Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Deputy Sheriff Zirbel. Your bravery will be remembered.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 23, 2018

RIP Brother. Your life taken too soon, but your selfless commitment didn't end with your death but continues in the lives you saved in your donation to life. Rest easy in the hands of Our Lord.

Special Agent - Retired Ed Coyle
NCIS

August 23, 2018

On behalf of POINT 27, we would like to offer condolences for Deputy Sheriff Ben Zirbel. Please know we are eternally grateful for Ben’s service and his ultimate sacrifice.

To honor Deputy Zirbel, POINT 27 sent 27 Thin Blue Line Dog Tag Necklaces, engraved with “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called children of God” Matthew 5:9, to the Clay County Florida Sheriff for Ben’s partner and fellow officers. POINT 27 sent Folded Flag Necklaces engraved with “Greater Love has no one than this; than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” John 15:13 for Deputy Zirbel’s family.

POINT 27 is a Non-Profit organization with a mission to strengthen and encourage members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, and their families, by sharing scripture on Dog Tags and Jewelry called Shields of Strength.

We will never forget and we are forever grateful.

Respectfully,

Colonel David Dodd,
United States Army Retired
POINT 27

Jerry M. Rhodes
Detective, Dallas Police Department Retired
Law Enforcement Outreach
POINT 27

Jerry M. Rhodes,
Dallas Police Department (retired)

August 23, 2018

On behalf of POINT 27, we would like to offer condolences for Deputy Sheriff Ben Zirbel. Please know we are eternally grateful for Ben’s service and his ultimate sacrifice.

To honor Deputy Zirbel, POINT 27 sent 27 Thin Blue Line Dog Tag Necklaces, engraved with “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called children of God” Matthew 5:9, to the Clay County Florida Sheriff for Ben’s partner and fellow officers. POINT 27 sent Folded Flag Necklaces engraved with “Greater Love has no one than this; than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” John 15:13 for Deputy Zirbel’s family.

POINT 27 is a Non-Profit organization with a mission to strengthen and encourage members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, and their families, by sharing scripture on Dog Tags and Jewelry called Shields of Strength.

We will never forget and we are forever grateful.

Respectfully,

Colonel David Dodd,
United States Army Retired
POINT 27

Jerry M. Rhodes
Detective, Dallas Police Department Retired
Law Enforcement Outreach
POINT 27

Jerry M. Rhodes,
Dallas Police Department (retired)

August 23, 2018

Rest in peace Brother.

Lieutenant Arrend Hoopes
Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Va.

August 23, 2018

My deepest condolences to Mrs. Ben Zirbel and your beautiful son. May Ben's soul rest in peace in Heaven, and may God bless both you and your son.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

August 23, 2018

Rest in peace Deputy Zirbel, my sincere condolences to your family and to your department. God speed as you now patrol the streets of gold. Your ultimate sacrifie will never be forgotten.

TERRY ZECH, OFC(RET)
VETERAN AFFAIRS POLICE DEPT, DETROIT MICHIGAN

August 23, 2018

Rest, brother.

PFC Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

August 23, 2018

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