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Police Officer Michael Kevin Saffran | Chesapeake Police Department, Virginia Chesapeake Police Department, Virginia

Police Officer

Michael Kevin Saffran

Chesapeake Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, October 8, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 11 months

Badge # 1242

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Police Officer Michael Saffran was shot and killed after responding to a bank robbery call at a local bank.

When he arrived on the scene, he observed a vehicle speeding away and he immediately began pursuing it. The suspect vehicle crashed a short distance away at the intersection of Highway 17 and Yadkin Road.

As the pursuing officers exited their vehicle, the suspect pulled a female hostage from the car. When the hostage broke free, the suspect and the officers exchanged gunfire. The suspect, Officer Saffran, and the hostage were all struck by the gunfire. The suspect was killed at the scene. Officer Saffran and the female hostage were transported to Norfolk General Hospital where Officer Saffran died.

Officer Saffran was a US Navy veteran and had served with the Chesapeake Police Department for 11 months. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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For 11 years and for all the rest of my days I have and will continue to live with the "what ifs?". There are so many, but the biggest is always "What if I hadn't burned that Comp day on Oct 08, 2005?" Beside raising an amazing son, my next greatest accomplishment in my life was training a hero. The hero that saved the lives of hostages on that miserable day, October 08, 2005. That hero, my hero, is Officer Michael K. Saffran. It was a day in which a split second changed the course of too many lives. Hostages lived to tell their story that day, but a wife lost her husband, children lost their father, a mother lost her son, a man lost his brother, two women lost their brother, and many officers were permanently broken...I am one of them. Yes, some may say that "he died doing his job and he died a hero", but that doesn't make it any easier on the survivors and the guilt we have to live with for the rest of our lives. With all of the 'bad' cop stories that are shown on the news day in and day out, always remember one thing......NOT ALL are corrupt. There are bad apples in every bunch. Every single career has it's own who are corrupt, not every career has it plastered all over the news. However, when your house is broken into, you have been robbed at gunpoint, have been raped, beaten or suffered some other horrific crime....the one person you are still going to call to come save you is a Police Officer. Mike was a hero, through and through. A bank was robbed, hostages were taken and Mike answered the call. He selflessly gave his life, so that others may live and that my friends is the definition of a hero. We love you Mike and we miss you, always. It will always be the greatest honor of my life to say "I trained a hero, a hero who saved lives that day".

Faith Gollob
Former Officer, Chesapeake Police Department
October 6, 2016

 

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