Larry Brian MitchellGallup Police Department, New Mexico
End of Watch: Wednesday, May 30, 2001
Reflections for Police Officer Larry Brian Mitchell
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.
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.
Gallup Police Dept.
"SWAT LIVES FOREVER..."
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.
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.
You will be remembered
Dona Ana County Sheriffs Dept
DEAR BRIAN IT HAS BEEN A YEAR SINCE YOU WERE TAKEN FROM US AND IT SEEMS LIKE JUST YESTERDAY..SO MUCH HAS CHANGED DYLAN ASKS FOR YOU EVERYDAY TELLS ME HOW MUCH HE MISSES YOU I KNOW YOU CAN SEE HOW SMART AND HANDSOME HE HAS BECOME BUT I WISH YOU COULD BE HERE TO DO ALL THE GUY THINGS YOU ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT DOING WITH HIM..THE DEDICATION CEREMONY WAS NICE IT IS CRAZY TO DRIVE BY THERE AND SEE YOUR NAME ON THE BUILDING..I MISS THE WAY YOU WOULD TAKE CARE OF US I KNOW YOU WERE MY GUARDIAN ANGEL HERE ON EARTH AND I PRAY FOR THE DAY WHEN WE CAN BE TOGETHER AGAIN......I MISS MY FRIEND LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART SOUL BODY MIND AND MONEY BABY. LOVE YOU DADDY DYLAN & ERIKA M
ERIKA & DYLAN MITCHELL
I was able to spend some time with your family last week in Washington D.C. while we were honoring our lost officers. They are a great bunch of individuals, your son being so smart, wife, brother, parents, and sister in law. It was so obvious they love you so much. Your brother really looks up to you. I am sorry they did not have more time with you here on earth but you will be together again one day. Thank you for being such an honorable man. Rest in peace and if you see my brother up there send him my love.
I met Officer Larry Mitchell at DEA school in Ruidoso. He was a fun loving person with the whole world in front of him. After class as we sat around swapping "Narc" stories it was obvious Larry loved what he was doing. We will miss you.
New Mexico State Police
larry was a fine officer loved by many even though we worked for 2 seperate departments i saw him and talked to him daily while he was working or picking up his son from his inlaws home right next door to my home
erika when you read this always remember my family is here for you ...always!
NM STATE POLICE GALLUP NM
I knew Larry Mitchell through my mom, and when a cop dies it hits everyone around me very hard because I've grown up around cops all my life. If I could do one thing in my life it would be to help people realize that not all cops are bad. Larry was a great man on and off duty, we all loved him very much and he will be missed greatly. May God be by everyone's side that's been hurt by this tragedy and all cops around the world.
Captians daughter, Shannon Goodrich
McKinley County Sheriff's Department
GOD SPEED OFFICER MITCHELL. ADFINEM TERRAM FIDELIS TAMQUAM POST MORTEM.
I worked with Larry " Brian" Mitchell for close to five years in Gallup N.M. Brian was an exceptional Police officer and a great friend to me and others. For myself, and many others,May 30th will forever be a sad day.I wish we knew why things like this have to happen to such great people.I will never understand. Brian had such a great sense of humor. I remember one time,I was watching a prisoner at our local Hospital when Brian came in with a very intoxicated subject that had to be strapped to an emergency bed so he couldnt hurt himself.This guy was very loud and uncooperative. He kept yelling "what are you doing to me,let me up" And Brian with his sense of humor leaned over and told the guy " We are aliens, and you are on our mother ship. Just relax while we probe you" Everyone that was standing around started laughing. Even the drunk.He then finally started to calm down.This is just one of many memories I have of Brian.He will forever be missed by everyone who knew him as a friend,husband,father,son and brother.
I MISS YOU,BRIAN
patrolman Brian Price
St. Mary's polce Dept.
No one really understands how hard it is, how bad it hurts, to lose a brother in this tight family of law enforcement. That is, until it happens to them. But I would wish that no one ever feels that pain again.
It has been a year since we lost one of ours here in Flagstaff, AZ. Two of my dear friends were just hired into the family. To Officer Mitchell and all of the officers who have been taken from us, please watch over them and all of us here, working to make our communites safer places to live.
Coconino County Sheriff Department, Flagstaff, AZ
I worked for Gallup PD in the early 1970's. My nephew was the first officer (Ronald Baca)Gallup PD lost and now Officer Mitchell. My heart goes out to his family and the Department. It is the nature of the beast but we come to love the job and its inherent danger's always knowing that it will not be us losing the battle. His family I am sure are proud of his accomplishments and the weight of the loss will never diminish but hopefully they will confide in God and find some peace. God Bless them and the Department. Richard Sena
Richard Robert Sena
Ex Gallup PD Officer
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