Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Wildlife Officer Michelle A. Lawless

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, October 27, 2007

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Reflections for Wildlife Officer Michelle A. Lawless

You have not been forgotten by those that love you and carry that special place in their hearts for you. Continue to keep watch over all of them. You are a true hero.

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

October 27, 2008

You may be gone, but you will NEVER be forgotten.


October 11, 2008

May God bless you as you go through each day without Michelle. I like to think that she and my husband are in heaven trading stories. Thank you for your thoughts you posted. It was nice connecting with you in Washington. We do have much in common in that we lost the ones who had that very most special place in our hearts. I know that in the past year there has been a lot of healing to get me as far as I have come. I hope that when October rolls around you might feel that some of your hurt has healed since that day you lost Michelle. Our lives will never be the same but know you have a friend in California that cares for you and Michelle's family.
God Bless you all,
Chris Winget, Wife of Ofcr Robert Winget EOW 7-10-07

Chris Winget
Wife of Ofcr Robert Winget

July 17, 2008

You had read about the disappearance of the honey bees and wanted to help. The bee hive you assembled is now full of BEES! I watch them come and go each morning wondering which one is you?

Happy Birthday. We all MISS YOU SO MUCH!

Debbie Martin

July 10, 2008

You served well, Michelle. I salute you.

SSgt Corey Rittenour
US Air Force

January 30, 2008

Michelle, a special daughter and best friend to me. We love and miss you so. You touched so many lives and cared so deeply about everything you did. You made everyone feel so special when they were with you.... when in fact it was you that was so special. You brought so much joy and happiness into our lives and you will always be with us.

I thank all who are helping us through this difficult time and all who have shared prayers and condonlences.

Diana Martin

November 30, 2007

Rest in Peace.

Park Ranger Chris Chappell
Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, MD

November 28, 2007

Thank you for your service and dedication. May you rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

November 21, 2007

My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to your family & friends. " A Hero does not become a Hero by their death, but by how they lived their life." God Bless!

Police Dispatcher Sara Singleton
Howard County Maryland Police Communications 911 Center

November 13, 2007

"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 whos 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 12, 2007

To all who have written,

Thank you so much for your condolences...yes Michelle was indeed a very special person, she lived in the moment not in the past or in the future but the very moment she was with YOU!
I am grieving so deeply her loss as she was my partner in life. I am desparately trying to find the strength needed as I miss her terribly...
I hope to establish a foundation or an annual event that will carry on her passion for raising awareness about our environment and how each of us can contribute in our own way to make a difference.
thank you again to all for your words of kindness...

Debra Martin

November 10, 2007

We will keep you, your family and friends in our prayers. You are a hero. Job well done. Go with God.

Corporal Timothy J. Zuniga
UC Berkeley Police Department

November 10, 2007



November 10, 2007

Rest in Peace, Michelle. We thank you for your Service, Ma'am. You will NEVER be forgotten.

Sr. Trooper Trey Pellizzari
Texas Dept of Public Safety/Commercial Vehicle Enforcement—Rockwall

November 10, 2007

You are in my prayers.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol

November 9, 2007

Officer Lawless

You have paid the ultimate sacrifice for your community, state, and county. You are a hero and inspiration to others. Rest easy now in Heaven above as we will carry on down here. The thin line line keeps getting thinner; Rest in Peace.

Douglas W. Bennett
Juvenile Probation Offcier Ky Dept. of Juvenile Justice

November 9, 2007

My thoughts and prayers are with those
friends and family members left behind who
cannot in peace my sister
in blue...we will take it from here.

Officer Adam F. Laser
Westminster City Police Department

November 6, 2007

Rest in Peace..............

Officer Thomas Wiederhold
Fort Worth Texas Police

November 5, 2007

You've fought the noble fight and now God has called you home. Return to Him in honor, my brother, and rest forever in peace. Thank you for your selfless sacrifice. You are my Hero!

Former GPD Officer

November 4, 2007

My thoughts & prayers are with you. Rest Easy.

Cindy, Arkansas
Sister of slain Officer Randy Basnett, eow 9/24/1976

November 4, 2007

Officer Lawless. As a Florida native I sincerely thank you for a job well done. Because of your commitment and endless efforts, my children will enjoy the same wildlife I have my entire life. You may rest easy now. Your watch has ended and you have done us proud. The entire state of Florida mourns your tragic loss. Thank You!

Sergeant Jay Rodriguez
Fort Myers Police Department

November 4, 2007

Rest in Peace,Sister.Thank you for your service to the citizens of Flordia. To all the officers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Department,please accept my condolences.

Sgt.BR Sexton
Okla.Dept.of Corrections

November 4, 2007

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Everytime I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the woman they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Officer Lawless. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Michelle, she sounds like she was a great woman with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew her in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Michelle's life and the WOMAN that she was. Remember that Michelle's life was about so much more than the way she died. Michelle will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember her.

Officer Lawless, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been almost five years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Surviving Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

November 2, 2007


Sister, I thank you for your service and dedication to the beautiful state that I call home. You have given all. Rest in peace. To your brothers and sisters at FWC I am sorry for your loss. I know Michelle will be honored and I praise you for your resilience in carrying on the in duties that all of you hold so dear. God bless you all.

Agent Keith Viti
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

November 2, 2007

This is such a tragic accident. I pray for her family and all that loved her that they will some how find strength and peace during these difficult days.

White County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

November 2, 2007

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