Michael John WalterPearl Police Department, Mississippi
End of Watch: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Reflections for Investigator Michael John Walter
In May of 2011, I passed out in our home with only my 11 year old daughter and 4 year old son at home. My 11 year old, Isabela, called 911. She was very frightened. Officer Walter responded to the call. As the paramedics came he stayed with my daughter, never left her side until family got here. He comforted her and reassured her. I was pretty sick and in the next few months had surgery. Isabela actually had to go through counseling and take medication for a while to get through the experience.
My son-in-law, who is now a Pearl police officer, had just returned home from a tour of duty the morning Office Walter was shot. We were at the home of my son-in-law's parents celebrating when the call came in about the shooting. It took Isabela a day or so to realize it was the officer who had stayed with her in what she will tell you was the hardest day of her life so far.
I will forever be grateful to him for the love and kindness he showed my child. The shooting actually caused a small set-back for her, but in turn she is now more loving and aware of those around her and the fragility of life.
I can only pray Officer Walter's daughter will one day read this. I know she doesn't need any more proof of what a fine man he was and how his memory lives on in the lives of strangers, but I hope she has one more truth of what her father meant to another little girl.
March 24, 2015
Thinking of you tonight, my friend. I will never forget the excited, eager Rookie that you were when we first met. My shift had the honor of training you when you first came on. You loved your job Mike and your brothers in blue loved you. You are missed every day my friend and you will never, ever be forgotten. Many of us have had a difficult time and we will never be the same. We know that every time we pin on the badge that there is a chance we won't come home but you put those thoughts out of your mind and go out and do your job. We take comfort in knowing you have your wings and are looking over us from Heaven.
Lt. Retired Dory May
Pearl Police Dept.
September 12, 2014
As we look back to 2 years ago toady, it just seems like yesterday, that this brave man left this world..We are so thankful for all our fire department personnel, as well as our police officers and city leaders, for their many long hours, and timeless efforts, to keep us (the community) safe..Stop and thank them for their service, buy them lunch, or just let them know how grateful you are for their service to us...
Citizen of Pearl
May 1, 2014
Of course I will miss my dad but I am happy he is in a better place now.
January 17, 2014
Investigator Walter, I was honored to meet some of your co-workers at the Vigil this year. They proudly represented you and your department. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten and may you rest in peace.
Det. J Frank
Walker Police Dept, MI
May 14, 2013
I am getting ready to head to the airport and travel to Portsmouth, VA where I will be embarking on the Police Unity Tour in your memory. It is an honor to ride for those who have died. Investigator Walter, you are not forgotten.
Det. Jenn Krump
Gulfport PD (MS)
May 8, 2013
Thinking of you on this first anniverary week of your end of watch. Rest In Peace.
Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
May 6, 2013
We remember your sacrifice and continue to pray for your family, friends and co-workers.
Yonka Simmons W/92
May 5, 2013
To a fallen Brother in Blue, it was an honor meeting and training you in my classes. My heart sunked when I was told the news that you were taken away from so many to soon. As I emailed flyers today, your email came back "unable to deliever". I immediately went back to that day when I got the call, shortly after it happened. Your email will not be deleted, so that everytime I send out flyers in MS, you will come back. Rest in Peace and may God Bless your family.
Brent Tharpe, Owner
January 7, 2013
As we start a new year(2013), your service and sacrifice will always be remembered.
Rest in Peace my Brother.
To my active duty Brothers and Sisters, PLEASE STAY SAFE!
Master Senior Investigator Cardell L. Dobbins #188 (Ret.)
Illinois Secretary of State Department of Police District 01, Region 01
January 1, 2013
Thank you for your service and helping to make America a safer place.
Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO
November 3, 2012
Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace through such incidents. May family & friends feel the presence of the "God of All Comfort" as they endure the distressing days ahead. I join them in their agonizing grief & remember them in my prayers.
Another senseless tragedy
Another day of grief,
Another day of praying
To help us find relief.
Relief from bitter anguish
Relief from rage so great,
Relief from lenient justice
Which continues to seal our fate.
Relief from heartache’s torment
As we continue on,
Oh, the awesome loss of brotherhood
Now that you are gone.
Though our hearts are deeply broken
And our tears forever flow,
There’s a comforting assurance
That now with God you go.
We know that you are welcome
Now at Heaven’s gate,
While meeting brothers & sisters
Who also met such fate.
The family of Law Enforcement
Knows no distance here or there,
And we recall in comfort
You await us there.
Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD
July 17, 2012
Whatever our duty, or wherever we serve, we are all brothers and sisters in this most honorable calling. We have lost yet another brother who we must never forget.
My deepest sympathy to both his family and his police family. My thoughts and prayers are with them. May he rest in eternal peace.
Sgt. Tom Waller, Ret., Cincinnati P.D.
Greater Cincinnati Police Museum
June 27, 2012
The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Investigator Michael J. Walter and the Pearl Police Department during this time. Thank you, Investigator Walter, for your service.
National Police Wives Association
June 18, 2012
Mike, this town hasn't been the same without you. Thank you for all you have done to keep my community safe. I think about you all the time. Enjoy heaven. All my love.
June 15, 2012
Rest easy officer, your work here is done. May the Lord grant you everlasting peace. You will not be forgotten.
Ptlmn. J. Murray (Ret.)
Chicago Police Department
June 14, 2012
We truly miss you Mike, but Heaven has truly got an Angel up there now watching over us.
Friend/Legal assist to his wife, Jeanne
June 13, 2012
Rest in peace my Brother!
"Blessed are the Peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9
Joaquin "Jack" Garcia
Retired FBI Agent
June 6, 2012
Mike was such a happy man! He was always smiling and positive! It was such a blessing to know him! While it still hurts to know that he is no longer with us, it's almost a peaceful feeling to know that we here in Pearl have such an amazing guardian angel watching over us! THANK YOU, Mike for choosing to serve and protect our community! We think about you and miss you everyday! You will NEVER be forgotten!
John 15:13-"Greater love has on one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."
Family member of PPD, Pearl, MS
May 31, 2012
His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, 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 tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got 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 an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"
May God be with everyone
Motor Officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, TX
May 30, 2012
My thoughts are with all of your loved ones during this very trying time. I know what your parents face every day for I walk in their shoes. Know that you will always be remembered ans those that love you will never forget you and also the Blue Family will not let your name be forgotten.
The following is from a headstone from a grave in Ireland:
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04
May 28, 2012
The Blue Line is powerful and will be with your family. God Bless and Rest in peace.
Sgt. Audrey Casey
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office
May 23, 2012
Detective Walter, may the gates of heaven welcome you with open arms, love and peace. Your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten and will always be remembered by those you served. Your family will be ok because God will protect them and guide them through life. As you smile down from heaven be assured that all those that know you will always have you in their hearts...To the immediate, stay strong, pray, and know that law enforcement throughout our country mourn with you...
Frm. Detention Officer - Robert Fierro
May 19, 2012
To our fallen brother, may you rest in peace for we will continue to fight through and we will all see you one day in heaven. My deepest thought and prayers go to you and your family your time on earth was to short but eternity in heaven is what awaits you. R.I.P our brother.
Sgt. Joseph Hightower
Georgia Department Of Corrections
May 19, 2012
Thank you for your service and commit to protect us investigator Walter You paid the ulitimate price for our protection for this only the Lord can repay you. To your family friends and deparment we are praying for you. Rest in peace my brother you will never be forgotton.
Sgt. Baron A McCoy
Vineland Police Dept
May 18, 2012
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