Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Stephen Michael Linen, Jr.

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Sunday, August 12, 2001

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Reflections for Officer Stephen Michael Linen, Jr.

Officer Linen, We have the privilege of overlooking your park here in Temecula. Our balcony affords us an opportunity to see families creating memories right before our eyes. In the interest of full disclosure, I've had this house for six years and two days, but my Navy work has prevented me from getting to know our community as well as I intend to. We're honored to have this memorial right here in our backyard. Rest easy, brother. We have the watch. V/r, Chief Mark S.

Chief Petty Officer
U.S. Navy

August 26, 2017

Hi babe,
It's been a long time since I have written on your page but I think of you a lot. I still talk to you and dream of what could have been?!?!?! I'm missing you bad today. 16 years and the pain is STILL there! Oh how I wish I could hold your hand and feel your arms wrap around me.
LOVE YOU!!!

Kristi
Steve's girlfriend

March 19, 2017

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”

Euripides

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 24, 2015

My wife saw the "Today we remember" on the CHP FB page and sent it to me. Today is the day that my life changed forever 14 yrs ago. i was the driver in the pickup that was pulled over by Officer Linen. For such a long time after the accident i blamed myself- if i was not speeding i would not have benn pulled over and Steve might still be alive today. i remember it like it was just yesterday- as i approached him laying there- looking for a response. i wished that none of it was really happening.

Kristi i am sorry for the loss of Steve, i Pray for you everyday and never will forget him

Kevin

USN (vet)
TXDPS

August 12, 2015

I worked with Steve in Monterey, both of us new officers. I remember his easy smile and genuine care for others, happy to help and serve the public. He was easy to get to know and always ready to hear your troubles over a cup of coffee. One of his more humorous incidents in Monterey was when a bank robbery suspect, tired of looking over his shoulder, turned himself into Steve at an auto accident. Steve had the suspect sit in his patrol car while he completed the accident measurements. Then he called the FBI to verify the suspects story. When he told me the details of how he made his "bank robbery" arrest, we laughed. I told him that good police work like that doesn't happen every day! Although we lost touch after he transferred, I was saddened to hear of his passing knowing we had lost a special person.

Retired CHP
CHP

July 16, 2015

I was a first responder to that scene, having just completed my shift on military police duty in San Diego. My heart continues to go out to the family. During with them at the funeral was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. GOD BLESS!!!

Captain Conway Robinson
DoD/USN

March 23, 2015

WE LOST ANOTHER OFFICER IN 10 MONTHS FROM THE OCEANSIDE CHP ON THE SAME FREEWAY LESS THAN 5 MILES APART. THE PAIN RETURNED AS AGAIN WE BURIED ONE OF OUR OWN. DUE FOR MARRIAGE SOON HIS LIFE WAS TAKEN BY A DRUNK MARINE. MY SADNESS WENT OUT FOR HIS FUTURE BRIDE, AS SHE SPOKE AT HIS FUNERAL.

MOTORCYCLE OFFICER ANTHONY ( CHILECHOKER ) HERRERA # 9878 CHP A FOREVER FRIEND.

January 21, 2014

My thoughts are of you and all of your loved ones today. I know they think of you ever day but today you will be in their thoughts even more. They will never let you be forgotten.
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." From a headstone in Ireland

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Fallen Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 12, 2013

I miss you Mike and think about you constantly.

Kenna
cousin

January 16, 2013

Hi handsome,
I just wanted to stop by and write on your wall. I miss you!! The anniversary of the day I lost you still haunts me, even 10 years later! I was looking at pictures we took during the time we were together the other day, SO glad I have those. It helps me remember how much fun you and I had, fishing, hiking, working in the backyard, relaxing in the jacuzzi, road trips we took, bowling etc. I think of and talk about you often!!
Love you!

Kristi Robinson
Steve's girlfriend

September 5, 2011

Hey babe, It's been awhile since I've written on your page however, I think of you every day!! Was just talking about you the other day to a friend of mine. Still love and miss you after 9 LONG years!! XOXOXOXO

Kristi Robinson
Steve's girlfriend

September 19, 2010

You are always loved, and never forgotten! Easter approaches, and I continue the "Uncle Cop Steve" tradition of chocolate bunnies... ears first of course. (but that day in Monterey Bay, way too much sugar for the drive home, and you knew it!) Your name sake, Michael Steven, just finished driver's education last week. The lesson's on DUI, in this state, not enough for either of us. Hard to believe that small boy crying while his older brother looks to the heavens, is now 15. We keep the photo from the newspaper. Along with photos of you and Mel, of course. Our favorite, you and Chaz at Magic Mountain. I thank you for the time you gave our children. I thank you for being you. We all have you with us, my friend, our friend.

Anonymous

March 16, 2010

Rest in Peace, Officer Linen. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

Happy New Year Babe!
It's the start of another year w/o you! Man do I miss you!
Love you!
Love, me :)

Kristi Robinson
Steve's girlfriend

January 16, 2009

Merry Christmas babe! I have your ornaments on the tree! I miss you!
Love you,
Kristi

Kristi Robinson
Steve's girlfriend

December 24, 2008

Every year at this time I am thankful for the time we did have together (but it was TOO SHORT)!!! I miss you! :)
Love you!
me

Kristi Robinson
Steve's girlfriend

November 21, 2008

Hi Babe,
I've been thinking about you a lot lately! I miss ya!
I am going bowling with a BIG groups of friends tonight (at the place we met). It ALWAYS brings back such fun memories!
I Love you!
Love, me :)

Kristi Robinson
Steve's girlfriend

October 18, 2008

WOW, it's been 7 long years. I still remember the day I got the call and all the craziness that happened after. Sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday that I lost you, it still hurts. Life goes on, but the pain is still there, and you NEVER forget. I still love you. I look at the pictures everyday that I have of you up in my house. They help remind me of the wonderful times we had (my favorite is the one of us hiking and being at the top of the mountain). We had so much fun that day!
I miss you terribly! How I would love to just be able to hold your hand and get a hug from you!
I won't ever forget.
I love you babe!
Kristi

Kristi Robinson
Steve's girlfriend

August 17, 2008

To Officer Stephen Michael Linen Jr. and his loved ones:

On this the seventh anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart is with your family members and friends who call you beloved. I am so touched by their loving reflections for you. They are all in my thoughts and prayers today.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Officer Linen.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Officer Linen gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 12, 2001.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

Anonymous

August 12, 2008

My thoughts are with all of your loved ones today. I know they all carry your memory in their broken hearts and will never let your memory be forgotten. Continue to keep watch over all of them. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 11, 2008

Steve,
I have never gone through this webpage before...I don't know why. It's about 8:55 am on Father's Day 2008. I woke up this morning and had nothing but the urge to cry. I sat for a second and remembered why. I dream quite often, almost every night, and these dreams I know I have for a reason. Last night I dreamt I saw you and I felt it was quite real. You were standing up there in heaven and walked towards me. I was amazed to see you and happy at the same time. You told me how you were still waiting for someone to come join you, as you never expected to leave so soon. At this point in the dream, I remember still exactly what you looked like and exactly what I said to you: I'd give anything for you for you to be able to see the ones you love and live the life on earth that we all take advantage of.
After this dream, here I am now, and I know why I'm so upset. You sacrificed your life, the one thing that each of us is given, for the well being of others. On Father's Day today, I'm thinking about how you never got to become a father, one of the many things my mom always said you wanted to do. I'm sorry. I just want you to know, that I think about you every day. Even though I was only about 11 at the time we actually knew you, I remember how everyone felt when they were around you. How my mom and you used to laugh. All the fun times drving to Laughlin. The fourth of July BBQs. The times you slept on our couch because it was so late after a night of watching movies. I remember sitting on that same couch in that same room watching on the news how you would no longer be with us. Life was scary after that. I couldn't sleep for months because I was afraid if I went to sleep again, someone else that I loved might not be there when I woke up.
I want you to know that everyone that knew you and even those that didn't are all better because you lived and because you still live. I thank you for your sacrifices, the many you made, to make this world a better place. I'm sorry that man that murdered you is alive and living freely, as he doesn't deserve to. You will always be remembered.
Each and every time I hear someone talk about drinking, especially now since I'm in college, it hurts me to think that people can be so selfish. It is a decision to drink and a decision to drive. Why one would do it, I don't know. All I know is that I try to remind people of the pain they can cause by making the conscious decision to drink and drive.
Thank you for being a part of my life and a part of the life of all our family. You were like the big brother I never had.
Every day I look at the world and I see so much pain, mostly caused by people. Then, I look at your laughing face in that picture frame downstairs, and i remember thw world can be a better place because of people like you.
I miss you. Thanks for being being a guardian angel to all of us.

one of the little sisters you never had
friend

June 15, 2008

Hi honey,
I was talking about you at work the other day and my friends (who never had the opportunity to meet you) were asking questions and wanted me to bring some pictures to show them. I brought pictures we took when we went hiking, fishing, to Laughlin, working in your backyard, your birthday party at my brothers house, etc. plus pics from the funeral and the memorials I went to.
It feels good talking about you and all the fun we had. One of my frineds is going to Hawaii and I told her how we never made it there (oh the hours we spent on the computer planning our trip and all the fun things we were going to do).
I still miss you.
I met some parents of one of our kinder students who are really good friends with Rich Vance (also my brothers friend and co-worker). Rich is the guy who took care of you in the helicopter. We talked about you and they remember talking with Rich and how hard that call was for him after he found out he had a personal connection there (it was Robbie's little sister's boyfriend). I remember talking to Rich at the funeral and we just cried and he kept saying he wish he could have done more for you.
My family misses you and we still talk about you. They all have a pic of you up in their homes.
I love you!
Kristi

Kristi Robinson
Steve's girlfriend

May 18, 2008

I was the third person to arrive on scene when the accident occurred. When I think of what he stood for, and how he made the altimate sacrifice...I am honored to have had the chance to do whatever was necessary to try and help him. He gave his life protecting us from DUI drivers and a DUI driver stole him from us. My heart went out to his father when he hugged me at the memorial service. I think of him often and pray that his mom and dad find the strength to carry on. The slide presentation at the memorial service proved that Stephen was a special person and loved by his
family. God Bless

MA1(SW) CONWAY L. ROBINSON
United States Navy (First Responder)

February 29, 2008

Stephen,
I wanted to tell you what a hero you are! We lost my brother in law John Miller EOW 11-16-07 and we miss him terribly. I live in San Diego and drive on your memorial freeway often. Your memory lives on and I wanted you and your family to know that your ultimate sacrafice did not go unnoticed. I hope the sign with your name on it is a constant reminder to everyone in San Diego not to drink and drive! God bless you and your family. Your family is in thoughts and prayers.

Jennifer
San Diego Resident

January 31, 2008

As joyous as life is every day, I have a constant reminder to remind me just how precious life is. I have someone very special in my life, and I am so privelaged to call her mine. Her name is Amanda and her step father is Officer Richard Mendez with CHP out of San Diego. I walk through their house almost daily and often stop to look at the pictures on the counter, and for the last two years one has always stood out to me. There is a picture of Myles, Rich, Sheryl, and Steve all squished together with the biggest smiles imaginable on their faces. When I see this picture, it always reminds me of how much everyone has gone through. I never had the privelage of knowing Steve, but I feel like I may as well have been a friend. I know so much about him, so may small details that stick in my mind.

Our senior year at Great Oak HS, Amanda did a project on instances and people that have changed her life. A large focus of her project was on Steve and how his death changed her and her families lives. We had some students in the class that were known drinkers and she stared every single one of them in the eyes and showed them her pain with a ferociousness that I hope she will never have to show towards me. After her presentation, she came and sat down next to me and just cried. I couldn't even begin to imagine the pain she felt at that moment. Almost weekly, something that someone does reminds Amanda of you. She is always saying Steve did this and Steve made a difference...She is always talking about how sad the funeral was and how, even 7 years later, everyone still remembers you.

Any time someone even thinks about drinking and picking up keys, she doesn't hesitate a second to tell them about Steve and how much his death affected her. Rich and Sheryl even talk about Steve every once in a while, so you are not forgotten Steve.

To Steve, Rich, Myles, John, and all other officers who put their lives on the line every day, thank you. I am privelaged to have met you all. And everyone out there, please think twice before drinking and driving. Stay safe and live, learn, and never, ever forget to laugh.

-ZS

ZS

January 20, 2008

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