Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Dillon Micheal Vakoff

Arvada Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Sunday, September 11, 2022

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Reflections for Police Officer Dillon Micheal Vakoff

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Vakoff. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Arvada Police Department.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

September 23, 2022

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God." Matthew 5: 9. Prayers to his or her family, fellow officers and friends! RIP and thank you for your service.

Correctional Officer (Retired) G. Reed
Iowa Departament of Correction

September 22, 2022

Rest in Peace Officer Vakoff

Er. Jasdeep Grewal
California Department of Transportation

September 21, 2022

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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 whose 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

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept.
Columbia, SC

September 21, 2022

Godspeed, my brother behind the shield. You held the line with honor. My condolences to his family and fellow officers. Highest respect. Enjoy your place in Valhalla

Special Agent Rocky Velazco
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

September 20, 2022

RIP brother. May we never forget your sacrifice.

Sergeant Felipe Hernandez
Napa County Sheriffs Office

September 19, 2022

God speed brother

Patrolman Bryan Brennan
Paulsboro Police Department (New Jersey)

September 19, 2022

Rest In Peace young man. Thank you for your service. Although it may be of small condolence to your family, know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas Boyne
Rockland county, ny

September 19, 2022

Officer Vakoff, our world is full of evil people, and yet, you dedicated your life to protecting others that they may be safe. Our Lord, who sees all and knows all, will reward you abundantly for your courage, dedication and selfless service. May God immerse youin His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa
Civilian

September 18, 2022

I'm so very sorry to your family and fellow officers.

Officer Paula Forest
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department

September 16, 2022

R.I.P. Sir. Condolences to your family and the Brothers and Sisters of the APD.

Corporal (Retired) Eric Jones Sr
St. Tammany Parish S.O.

September 16, 2022

Rest in Peace Officer Vakoff. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, coworkers and friends.

Lieutenant Robert T. Mote (ret)
Buena Park, CA Police Department

September 16, 2022

RIP

Wife of Sergeant inspector Warren Watts
None

September 16, 2022

God Bless You, Your Family, & Friends.
Thank you for your unselfish service to protect your community.

James P. Waggle, Jr.
US Army Veteran (SFC)
Civilian

September 15, 2022

Rest easy brother. We have the watch from here.

Kellin Ronquille
Deputy Sheriff
Clay County Sheriff’s Office, FL

September 14, 2022

Officer Dillon Micheal Vakoff, your sacrifice to America and your community will not be forgotten. May God watch over you, your family and fellow officers during this tragic time. God's Speed Sir!

In Valor There Is Hope
-Tacitus

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

September 14, 2022

Rest In Peace brother. I met Dillon in 2014 we both were in the Airforce together going through Pararescue training. He was my best buddy, one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Dillon was just a kid 19 years old at the time. We suffered together every single day. We pulled each other through some of the hardest training the military could throw at us. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have made it. He was just one of those people who you could tell was raised right. We were inseparable. Anyone who’s been in the military knows how close you get with your boys. I’ll miss you man.

Officer M.Vito
Greenwood Village

September 14, 2022

Prayers, we have the watch from here brother.

Agent #084 Repp
State utah

September 14, 2022

So sad & tragic, RIP Sheepdog. May God bless & comfort your loved ones both, blood & blue, and your brothers & sisters with APD. Well done thou good & faithful servant.

Mike Nixon
High Point, NC Police Dept, Retired

September 14, 2022

I’m praying for your family and coworkers. Thank you for your service. Rest In Peace

Maxine, mother of
Deputy Josh Rutherford EOW 5/29/03

September 13, 2022

Rest In Peace Officer Vakoff. Thank You for Your Service. Prayers to Family and Friends.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/Fire Crew Officer/correctional peace off. Retired

September 13, 2022

Rest in Peace Police Officer Dillon Micheal Vakoff! Thank you for your 3 years of service with the Arvada Police Department, in Colorado and for your service as a United States Air Force Veteran. We thank you for your devotion and your sacrifices, and also to your family and friends for their sacrifices. Our hearts break for your family during this terrible tragedy, and we want them to know that you will never be forgotten! Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the rest of your family and to all of your sisters and brothers in Blue that protect us. God bless you all!! (Matthew 5:9)

Kelly & Eddie King

September 13, 2022

Praying for peace and comfort today and in the days ahead. With deepest sympathy,

Rita Rocker
Deputy Executive Director
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles

September 13, 2022

This one hits close to my heart. Not only as a retired LEO, but from knowing Dillon. After I retired from law enforcement and the Army Reserve I took classes at Louisiana Tech University (satellite campus) on Barksdale AFB, LA where Dillon was stationed, and I ended up taking a few classes with him. We became friends, sat close to each other, and would swap notes. I also went to the base gym often and would run into him there… The last I saw him he was getting ready to leave Barksdale and go back home…
I can’t begin to express the sadness as a retired LEO and as a friend. He’s in the hands of God now. And to his family and his Arvada PD family you’re in my prayers. Bless each of you and Bless Officer Dillon Vakoff…

LT Steve Becker (Retired)
Bossier City PD (Louisiana)

September 13, 2022

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

Abraham Lincoln

Captain E.Kemmer
Nevada Department of Public Safety

September 13, 2022

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