Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Larry Brian Mitchell

Gallup Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Wednesday, May 30, 2001

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Reflections for Police Officer Larry Brian Mitchell

The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of part time jobs
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

So, if you've a place for me Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I’ve neither expected nor had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."


Constable Gerard PEOPLES
New Zealand Police

You are not forgotten! We will continue to do the job in your honor and in memory of you and all who laid down their lives so that we could live in a civilized society. We are stronger because of you. Rest in peace.

Ptlm. M.W. Ludlow
Palmyra Boro Police Department, NJ

Rest in peace my dear friend. May you find eternal rest in Heaven. May God give comfort to those that love you dearly and pray that he lessens the pain to those who can no longer hold you or see you again. We will one day be reunited, all of our brothers and sisters in blue and those family and friends that loved them so, but till then my dear friend God Bless You and Rest in Peace.....

Joseph Caragiulo
Miami PD Retired

He was to young to leave us all to soon. My age. "Fellow Brother In Blue" in blue, my prayers are with you.

I worked with Officer Mitchell at the Gallup Police Department before I transfered to Bernalillo County. I was one of Officer Mitchell's FTOS. I remember how excited he was when I released him from the FTO program. He told me that he always wanted to become a cop, and he couldn't believe that his dreams were coming true. He was a good officer and friend. He will be missed by his community that he served and protected. It was an honor to know and work with him.

Deputy Russell Telles
Bernalillo County Sheriff's Dept.

Watch over us brother, your shift has ended. Rest now, your work is done.

My Prayers and condolences to the family and the department of Officer Larry Mitchell. I recently lost one of my comrades at the beginning of the month in a horrible gunfire situation.

As a hostage negotiator for 11+ years with the SWAT Team, I know the situations that are confronted and the desparate feeling awaiting the "CODE 4" call, telling us that all is well and the perpetrator down! We hold our breath, and pray that all of the entry team made a safe takedown..

The hurt that comes with the death in the line of duty is painful. Officer Miller death will hurt all of his brothers and sisters in Law enforcemtment. May he rest in peace with the rest of the our Officers that have gone ahead to prepare a place for us in Heaven

Deputy Belia Fessenden
Pinal County SO/Arizona

May knowing that someday you will see your loved one again and this time it will be forever comfort you in your time of loss.
From someone who has walked in your shoes!!!!!!!!


We have lost yet another hero today. My heart goes out to Officer Mitchell's family, friends, and colleagues. I wish there was more I could do or say to help you through this time of grief. Just know that he died as he lived; He was truly a hero.

Sgt. Tony Whitmire
Atlanta Police Swat

May god watch over Off. Mitchell's Family....and may we never lose another Officer in the LINE OF DUTY........Stan Harmon
retired member of the Baltimore Couty Police Dept..20 Yrs. 1Year member of the Crisfield Police Dept. MAY GOD BLESS US THAT LAY DOWN OUR LIVES SO THAT SO MANY CAN HAVE THE FREEDOMS THAT WE AS AMERICANS APPREICATE , AND DESERVE....

Stanley Harmon
Baltimore County PD-Retired

I came to this site today to spend some time with someone that was just taken from us not even a month ago, to find that another officer has passed on trying to serve the public, and leaving behind a young family. To the family, my thought and prayers are with you during this hard time. To the fellow officers and friends, this will not be an easy time, but you will make it through together. I don't know how many times an officer has come in with a new arrest, and has asked me how I can work in a jail day in and day out, how can I handle dealing being in the same building every day with some of the streets most dangerous people. All I can say is that I do not have the courage that is needed to be out on the road and deal with the unexpected every day. To me, the officers on patrol are our heros, the ones who keep the streets safe so that I can go home safely at the end of each shift. Officer Mitchell will not be forgotten, for I am sure that he lived as he died, a hero.

Michele Guiterrez, Detention
Pinal County Sheriff's Office

To the Family, Relatives, Friends, and Work Colleauges of Officer Larry Brian Mitchell,

Often we are prone to ask in dismay and perhaps anger..."WHY?"

We wish we had the answer. However, we know who does and we are told that He "will never leave us nor forsake us."

May our Lord bless and keep you as He gives you the grace and comfort now and for the days ahead.

Chaplain Jack H. Lanier, Jr.
Longview Police Department (TX)

Longview Police Department (TX)

It takes a special person to be a police officer, and an even more special person to serve on a SWAT team. Most members of the public can only speculate on the special bond that police officers have with each other, this bond is even tighter within a SWAT team...they are brothers in the truest sense of the word.

God speed to our brother Larry and may God help his family through this devastating time. May they find peace in knowing that there are many people praying and thinking of them.


To the family and friends of Officer Mitchell

This morning I open this page and found another one gone, now a few hours later I opened it again and find another name, how sad another family hurting. All my love and prayers go out to them and to his police family, you will never be alone...God Bless you

Terry Miyares
widow, Officer Emilio Miyares
Hialeah Police Dept., Florida
killed in line of duty 11/6/86

Terry Miyares, officer's widow
Hialeah Police Dept.

God Speed Officer Mitchell. May god comfort your family and friends and may your memory and sacrifice never be forgotten

Jamie McDonald

Senior Provincial Constable
Ontario Provincial Police, Ontario Canada



Officer Mitchell is gone. Now everyone will wonder why it was him. Why Larry? Only God knows this answer. 57 have died this year trying to protect and serve. His Family and Friends must get thru this some how. My son was killed on duty so i know the terrible feeling. I will say a Prayer for his Friends and family. Kenny

Kenny Hetrick Deputy Sheriff
Ottawa county Sheriffs Dept

It is a different breed of man who will sacrifice everything he has for the safety and comfort of others. Let us remember Larry Mitchell as one of God's angels on earth. Continue to remember Larry and his team members as they gave and continue to give their lives for all of us.

Bert Brucker II (Entry Team)
Gloucester County SWAT, NJ

I can't believe how time flys but yet seems to stand still, in two years I have been through hell and back and as I sat through the memorial services throughout the month I wondered if I would ever heal. Im sick of hearing people say that time will make it better. I just want it to go away. Once again the trial is going to be delayed God only knows when all this will end for all of us I hate going back there having to face it all over and over again. The P.D. put on a beatiful ceremony for you I know you must of been happy to see the ones that were your real friends there to honor you. They played my song and it was all over from there I still miss so much about you I wish we could stay up all night and talk and I wish I could just pick a fight with you so we could make up. there are so many damn things I wish we could have accomplished together only God knows why and if theres one thing I have learned is that I can't question him and I have to trust that he will make things right in the end... please take care of your boy alway keep him safe.. I love you with all my heart, soul, body, mind and money baby...............

Erika & Dylan Mitchell


No farewells were spoken
There was no time for Good-byes
You were gone before we knew it
Only God Knows why.

If tears could build a stairway
And hearts could build a lane
We would walk away to heaven
To bring you back again.

Friends may think we have forgotten
When at times they see us smile
Little do they know the heartache
Our smiles hide all the while.

To some you may be forgotten
To others a part of the past.
But to those who loved and lost you
Your memory will always last.

author unknown

Its been 2 years Brian, it still feels like yesterday that we recieved that horrible phone call. We miss you and will forever be in our hearts and lives.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY BABY Today is our five year mark and we would be renewing our wedding vows. You will always be my soulmate and even though I cant physically hold you I feel your presence near me often and I know that you are watching over me and Dylan. I pray for your guidance everyday and please remember to save me a little spot next to you up there because having you to look foreward to is what keeps me going... I love you with all my heart, soul, body, mind and money baby...

Your wife Erika Mitchell

When I get there, you will greet me, I will greet you. You will introduce me to God. We will go "10-8" and you will teach me how to guard the gates of heaven....still missing you...


"Sun, 10 Jun 01 (1841)....."3 AM, tues. (May 29) I went to work, tired but OK. Later that day I had dist. court ... and asked where Larry was? I was told he was sick and didn't come to work. That night ,at home, I was told there was somebody with a gun at a residence. I didn't think anything of it at the time. I eventually went to bed. The next morning, one of the rookies said an officer got shot. I was told Larry was taken to the hospital, I went there..."
"Mon, 12 Nov 01 (1219). ...Today is a holiday, Veterans Day... I've been meaning to write for the longest time but I've been avoiding reliving a bad experience...Losing my best pal Larry was a tough thing, it was hard in the beginning but its got alot easier since, I still wish he were here and I miss him alot. The funeral was tough, there was a long processional through town...I've been meaning to go and visit and pay more respects but I guess I've been avoiding that too. Soon enough though. Afterward there was a reception at the city cec. center...The night before I got into uniform and stood guard over your casket..the day before was the viewing, that was also sad, It was hard to believe and except that it was you...of all the officers, I never thought it would be "Larry"..always thought it would or should be me...its always the good guys that die young. I surely miss you alot and wish it never all happened. I wish I could have been there at the scene that night if at least to have spoken to you one last time. I miss you terribly Larry, you'll always be my true and best friend and I'll never forget you. Watch over us and guide us, I always looked up to you. I remember awhile back when we were both on patrol, you gave me a picture of you with Erica and Dylan, I got it enlarged, where it hangs in my home...and the original sits on my desk so I can see you everyday. I remember one time you were in the field helping me on a bank robbery case and I met you out there, we had a good conversation and you told me that you were a good friend of mine and that we were going to be working together a long time...I respected you so much for that...and there was that time we pursued a suspect driving a stolen jeep down a dirt road by the shooting range and he rolled and we made an arrest, you gave me a high-five...or the time me and Ofc. B. had a foot pursuit and the susp. jumped off the roof and you got him in the parking lot. I heard you on the radio, code-3, comming to help us and you got him..or the time we all went to your home and had a party, you came out the next morning to check on me...and the many other times you had me over just becouse we were friends...and the time I rode with you in my unit to do traffic stops for drugs...and the many times you'de come into the office and be eating Carl's Jr...and the time we went to the range on our day off..such good memories..and the time you and Erica had Dylan's first birthday at your parents house and the time you got your new camero, you took me for a ride on the I-40, it was fast and you told me that you got promoted to Cpl. I told you that you deseved it, I congradulated you..we went to your parent's house and check on the dog...Dec. 31st' 2000, It was the new year, you were the life of the party, you hugged me and said "happy new year".... I had a tough time finding a flag for your casket but with some help, I found one and the HONER was all mine...Thanks for being my friend Larry, I will miss you forever.

Cpl. FZB.
Gallup Police Dept.

Cpl. FZB

I had the pleasure of working with Larry, I had seen him come in as a rookie and leave a hero. My father, Captain Ronnie Gonzales was with him on that night, and the pain for both of us is still there. A day does not go by that I do not think of him, Erika and Dylan. It was custom for us to celebrate birthdays for the office personnel, and Larry would complain that we never celebrated his. I explained to him that it was because the narcotics department was located in another building, but this year we would do his, I promised. But he would not be with us that year, and we went to celebrate with him still. And as my dad, Devonne, Linda, Yvonne, Jenelle and I were there, I said "He doesn't have any flowers, we should bring him some flowers." Just as I said this a car pulled up right next to us. My dad asked, " Who is this?" but none of us knew, and the women stepped out of the car with flowers in her hand and place the flowers on the grave. She said that she didn't know him but she lived near the trailer where he was killed. That she drives by there everyday, and that she wanted to give him something back, to honor him. To that lady, my thanks goes out to you, for she has giving me back the faith that there are people out there who believe our officers are here to help.

Larry, thank you for being my friend and for bringing our police family closer together. I miss seeing you play your air guitar. I hope you know that the times I yelled at you for calling me out, away from my family, to take in evidence, I was happy that you were getting the drugs off of the street and making it safer for all of us. But you were away from your family too and I wish you could come back to them. God bless them, and I hope the pain gets a little smaller everyday for all of us but the memories remain forever.

God bless all the officers out there, I appreciate what you do! I pray that you return home safe tonight.

Darci Sanchez
Gallup Police Dept.

Darci Sanchez, Former Evidence Technicia
Gallup Police Department

A wonderful officer you were. Always cheerful and full of life. Never hesitating to do what you were told. You were always a step ahead. You never backed down. I could see the love, joy, and pride you had for being a police officer. Yet, you also always talked of your family whom you loved dearly. What an awesome reflection of you in your son. We miss you very much, but you are the unseen angel in our lives. The gentle breeze and sunshine that reflects upon us daily is the presence of you and God, whom you are now with. The picture in the hall is a daily reminder of who you are to us, a friend, brother, co-worker, brave comrade, and hero, but also a husband, father, son, and brother to others. You are truly missed but will never be forgotten. Thank you God for the opportunity to have known this precious child of yours whom we knew as a friend.


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