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Officer Brian Mitchio Law

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Monday, February 17, 2014

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Reflections for Officer Brian Mitchio Law

Hey Brian, haven’t been here to see you in over a year now. It’s not really that I haven’t thought about you for that long, because I have. I think about you everyday. I think about when you were born, I think about watching the movie Roots when Kunta Kinte (Toby) lifts his first baby up to the sky to show God his brand new baby girl. I remember thinking what a great idea he had. So on that evening after I’d gotten done with my swing shift at GTE Lenkurt in San Carlos in 1978 I had a beer to relax after work then I picked you up to take you outside to show you to God. I lifted you high up over my head and looked up and noticed it was a full moon. I wanted to thank him for his magnificent gift that I truly did not deserve. To be honest when you first got here what a pain in the ass you were. As soon as I walked into the door from work I could hear you waking up, what a light sleeper you were. I’d try to run in there to pick you up change your diaper get your bottle ready burp you then put you back to bed. But that was not going to work. At first you would cry then I thought I’d let you cry till you fell asleep but that was a big mistake. Because then you woke up your sister and now I had two kids to take care of. It took a little while but I learned that if I just changed your diaper, got your bottle ready, got my beer ready then we could both settle in to watch Johnny Carson or the late night movies and relax together. Once I caught you out of the corner of my eye lifting your bottle to drink at exactly the same time I would raise my beer can up to sip. I waited about a minute and tried it again and you did the same thing as you were watching me. That is a memory that I’ve carried a very long time. You taught me we could spend time together just hanging around. Now after your gone those are the memories that are lasting a lifetime. God how I miss you baby boy.

TSgt Dennis Law (retired)
Father

July 16, 2017

Happy Birthday Brian. Was just watching NBC News this evening and they showed a little video of your boys/girls from the Oakland CHP office chasing a silver Hyundai north on 23rd st. right in front of Queenies Nail and Taqueria Respados jr. Made me think of your partner John and friend Jared. So I sent them a text message. Not really sure what they think of that. Curious isn't it that they would show video of your Oakland CHP officers chasing a Hyundai up 23rd st. on your birthday? I don't really know why that would happen. I'm pretty sure the video they showed wasn't video that happened just today, I'm thinking it was video that was sitting on a shelf that was filmed sometime ago. Who knows it might even have been you that was driving one of the 2 Ford Explorers they showed chasing that Hyundai. Probably no way of knowing that. It would be incredible though. So today on your birthday I'm having some old #7 and Pepsi thinking about my baby boy. Life is much more difficult to navigate through these days. You'll be happy to know that your sister and niece are doing well. Just got back from seeing them last week. We had a good visit. Barbecued some pork chops. I love you baby boy.

TSgt Dennis Law
USAF Ret.

July 3, 2016

Hey Brian it's been a little while since I was here to say a couple of words to you. So I thought I'd come back by and have a little chat with you. I do have some bad news although you might already know though. There was a CHP officer that was killed in the line of duty several days ago in the Sierras on I 80. He was from the Gold Run office. He had just under 6 years also which means he had to graduate sometime around 2010 and he was about 35 years old also. Kinda seems like a bad time for the 30 somethings in the CHP. On a happier note in the last 2 years I've been to see your sister more than at any other time in our lives. Things are going very well and Amelia is going to this little Japanese language school in Eugene OR. and she is very bright. Imagine that she is going to know more Japanese than me and she is not even Japanese. She's going to know how to read and write it too, now that is hard. Well I need to go baby boy. I sure do miss you.

TSgt Dennis Law
USAF Ret.

March 18, 2016

My deepest sympathy to to Officer Law's wife, children, family, friends, and colleagues of the California Highway Patrol. Ecclesiastes 9:11,12 says that "time and unexpected events overtake them all. For a man does not know his time." Jehovah God has outlined a wonderful hope for our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death recorded at John 5:28,29 "do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out." May the "God of Comfort" words bring comfort to Officer Law's wife and children.

L Toatley ECSII
Orlando Police Department

January 31, 2016

Tech Sergeant Law,

I happened across your son's memorial page this evening and was struck by your post - your grief, and honesty, really gave me pause. I can offer my condolences to you, yours, and the family of Officer Gonzalez as well; but the fact of the matter is my words mean very little in the face of what must be the most horrific event of your life.

The Public is a funny entity, as officers across this country put their lives on the line for them every day and receive very little, if anything tangible at all, in return. The Job is thankless, save for the brief moments a cop has that remind him or her why it is not only worth doing, but necessary. Those times are few and far between, but I am sure your son and his partner had them during the course of their careers. I dare not say that every civilian is an ingrate or dullard, because to paint the people of this great country with the broad brush of generalization would be an insult to their fundamental good and to the valor of the officers fallen to protect them.

I wish I had more to offer than a few words, but alas, I do not. Many sympathize with you, but only a select few can share your deep grief and pride in the form of empathy. I fall into the category of the former. I do not expect my brief correspondence with you through cyber space to have a lasting impact, but please remember this if nothing else: not everyone forgets service and sacrifice. May God Bless your son Brian, his partner Juan, and you and yours. "Lex Paciferat."

Danny

December 15, 2015

Hey Brian I just thought I'd leave a message for you today because the day reminded me of you. It was a beautiful day today, the sky was blue, it was cool outside and not a cloud in the sky. It rained yesterday the the rains cleared out and what was left for this morning was gorgeous. It was a carbon copy of a day on the 17th of February 2014. On the 16th of Feb. 2014 it rained and the rain cleared out and left a totally magnificent day for the 17th. A blue cloudless sky, I remember looking up at the sky and smiling. Then I get a call from Carolyn to come home, that it was important. When I get home then I get the bad news. It just doesn't seem fair to correlate a beautiful day with the passing of my only son. But I guess there is a reason for it but I cannot figure it out. So while I'm thinking about you I thought I'd leave you something here. By now it's about a year and 9 months most people have moved on from you so I figure this page is pretty anonymous now so i guess I can just come here and BS with you. I still miss you baby boy. Things haven't changed that much I still pray for you everyday.

TSgt Dennis Law
USAF (ret)

November 19, 2015

I work in Fresno County as an EMT. From January to May 2014 I worked every Tuesday on one of the ambulances in Selma, CA. I remember hearing about two CHP officers that had lost their life on the 99 from one of the crew members I relieved. It hit me hard. I was very disturbed by the news.

I want you to know that despite the fact that I didn't know you or your partner -Officer Juan Gonzalez-, I have tremendous respect for you both. I respond to many calls on the 99, 41, 168, and 180 and I can always count on your brothers to be there -always professional and ready to help. I admire that.

I know they keep you in their memory. I can almost bet they are a reflection of who you were and what you believed in. I salute you Officer Brian Law. I salute you and there isn't a time where I don't acknowledge the freeway sign with you and your partner's name on it and say a little prayer.

I read somewhere online from one of your fellow officers that you served in the military as a Marine. Thank you for serving. I read your father's reflections on ODMP and he recounted how you were a go-getter from an early age. I also read online some time ago that you were well liked in Oakland where you served. You were a great man I am sure. It would have been a privilege to meet you and Officer Gonzalez.

I want you to know that I want to be a sworn officer of the law someday. I might possibly be one pretty soon if my medical and psych evaluation go well. If they do I will be a recruit heading into an academy. If I pass that I will be sworn in as a Sheriff Deputy with the Monterey County Sheriff's Office. Whether if I serve with this agency or another I will reach my goal. When I do I will honor you by following your example and being calm, professional and kind for the benefit of my LE family, and those I serve.

I wish I could say more, but I will break with God Bless you, your family and your CHP family.

O. Rubio Nunez, EMT
American Ambulance, Fresno, CA

October 1, 2015

Hey there baby boy it's your birthday again. I think about you every day. So you would be 36 today. I sure have missed you since you've been gone. Life has really been difficult for me since you've been gone. I don't really have anybody to talk to where there is not a concern that there would be blowback of some kind. I'm not really certain you knew what kind of role that you filled and how important that was to me. I always thought that you would be there, I just never considered that you would leave me first. I just wanted to let you know Happy birthday, and that even though you are gone I still pray for you everyday just like I used to. You and your sister. The fact of the matter is I didn't really start praying for you, actually praying at all until you and your sister were taken away from me and it was uncertain if I would still be allowed to be in your life. It really is amazing how life unwinds. I just never knew what God had in store for me. I love you baby boy. Happy Birthday.

TSgt Dennis Law (USAFR) ret
father

July 2, 2015

Rest in Peace, fallen hero.

Supporter Jonah Hensley
Proud law enforcement supporter

March 19, 2015

Hey there baby boy, I just got back from your Highway Dedication in Selma, CA. You know there were a lot of people there. And a shit load of the Oakland CHP guy's were there. They must really care about you. It's at least a 3 hour drive from Oakland to Fresno, and if you double that for the trip back and then the gas money. Although gas has gone down considerably since the last time you drove. I do know that you would be surprised that at least 5 guys got tattoos in your honor and I don't think that they got drunk before they got them. You know Brian I never knew how many people there were that really liked you, that really cared about you. I don't know why I thought it was only me and your family that cared about you. I know that you probably don't know but I talked to the first CHP guy that arrived on the scene, he said he knew you. He told me what he saw when he arrived on the scene, he told me he knew it was bad before he even arrived. Anyway the ceremony was a very nice event except for the underlying reason why. You know Brian when you were growing up I knew you were different from me in that you had more courage than me. I could see that even when you were very young. You would act without having to think about it. I would have to perform calculations in my head and that would take time. Some would say that was impulsive but you know in some jobs that is exactly what is required. So it was really not a great surprise that you enlisted into the Marines and later joined the CHP. So now time is moving on and it's over a year since you've been gone, pretty soon it will be 5 years and as time passes on your memory will grow dim for most. But there will be a precious few that will remember you until nature has it's way with us with Alzheimer or some other terrible aging disease. But the good news is that when and if that happens it will mean that the time is drawing near that I will be able to see my baby boy again. Carol & you have been the source of my being able to step one foot in front of the other in that slow parade of life. That inspiration is the motivation that prevents one from just laying down and surrendering to the perils and dangers of life. So now that we are home from the freeway dedication event and the next and for me the last event (the CHP Memorial at the CHP Academy) in the end of the Brian Law chapter in the life of Dennis Law is drawing near in May of 2015. So now I am left to find your replacement as incentive to step one foot in front of the other in that slow parade of life. Oh by the way I found the courage to step up in front of the crowd at the freeway dedication and say what I told you many times when you were here. "This is my son in whom I am well pleased" Just so you know I'm not the first one that said that statement. God said that to the crowd on the occasion of the Baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist. I love you baby boy.

TSgt Dennis Law
USAF (Ret)

February 19, 2015

Thank You for the dedicated services you have provided to the State and Freeways. Again, my deepest condolences to your family at home and your CHP family.

Security Officer Nguyen
HealthCare Security Services

February 17, 2015

Rest in peace my brother

sergeant barton
garden city pd

February 2, 2015

Hey there Baby Boy! Well it's late January and I'm sitting in this hotel room in South Kingston, Rhode Island cause the class was cancelled because of the Blizzard outside. The snow is piled up outside and the wind is blowing the snow around. I wonder if you have ever seen this kinda stuff? Maybe from the time you lived in Illinois. On a day like today I'd probably be calling you up to BS about what it's like here in RI. and whatever was going on but probably mostly to hear your voice. I'm writing stuff here because I was thinking about you and I miss you everyday. You know Brian I don't know how long ago it was that I made a commitment to pray for your sister and you every day. Just wanted to let you know that I still pray for you (and your sister) every day even though you are gone. I don't really know if it does any good now but old habits are hard to break. I Love You Baby Boy.

TSgt Dennis Law (USAFR) ret.
Father

January 27, 2015

Officer Brian Law,
Right now I am at the hospital in Concord, Ca. It gets boring as a Security Officer to just be sitting at a desk watching Surveillance Cameras and everyone else in the Lobbies here. Anywho, I go on ODMP and read about Law Enforcement Officers who have risked their lives to Serve and Protect. Because they deserve to be remembered not only for what happened but for who they were as a Police Officer. I was reading more about what happened the day you left everyone behind. It all has overwhelmed me on how your wife and three children will have to carry on in life without you being there in person. I too have a son of my own. Even as a Security Officer, there is never a guarantee that I will come home at the end of shift. However, just like you I put on my uniform and badge to go to work. I just wanted you to know, that you insipire me to further my high intentions to become a Sworn Law Enforcement Officer one day. I thank you for the dedicated services that you provided to the communities you've worked in. My condolences to your family at home and your family at the CHP Offices.

http://abclocal.go.com/story?section=news/local&id=9480255
RiP Officer Law Badge# 18896.

Security Officer Nguyen
HealthCare Security Services

January 17, 2015

Rest in Peace, my brother of the Badge! God Bless your family, friends and Department.

Bob Reed, Retired Police Officer
South Lake Tahoe Police Department

December 22, 2014

Brian, happy holidays brother. I miss you and wish there was something I could do to change the outcome of you transferring from Oakland to Fresno. You were an awesome Father, Officer and a good friend. I'm sure you hear from Rebecca everyday in her prayers but know she and the kids are doing well. All us Officers in Oakland think of you often and your name comes up almost daily in our carpool into work. Wish I could have one more beer with you and give you our awkward handshake/hug. Talk to ya soon bro. Roy

Officer Roy Tatum
California Highway Patrol

December 8, 2014

I am a recruit in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Academy, Class 403. As a member of Law Enforcement your memory will live on through all of your brothers and sisters. Your legacy will always be remembered, rest in peace brother!

DST David Vaca
LASD

September 29, 2014

Hey there Baby Boy it's been a little while (5 mo's) since you left us, but I still think about you every day just like before when you were still alive. I think about the things we went through when you & I were growing up. I was trying to teach you how to grow up the right way and I guess in a way you were trying to teach me how to be a good father. I didn't really have a good example of how to be a good father so I tried to do the next best thing and that was to use it as an example of "how not to". I know sometimes it was a real struggle, sometimes it was so very difficult as a father to do the right thing. Sometimes I used to think it would just be a whole lot easier to overlook your minor little infractions of the rules, like considering 2115 as on time when the exact time was 2100. Or taking ownership of your faults instead of trying to shift the blame onto a convenient friend. Oh how easy it would have been to just look the other way and continue watching the tube or drinking my beer. Oh but what a good son you turned out to be. I never knew at the time what the rewards would be like for not looking the other way. You have always been a source of pride for me. I never tired of telling whoever would listen about who my son was and what you had achieved in your time on this earth. I have to tell you son that God did not reward me appropriately as a father. Truthfully son I deserved the crappiest son on the face of this earth. You know how people would say sometimes that you will have a son that was exactly the son that you were to your parents? Well Brian I was a terrible son. I got into trouble with the law on several occasions, I didn't get into trouble on the most serious things I could have gotten in trouble for. I was so disrespectful to my parents, I lied to them, I stole from them and so much more. God has blessed me with more than my fair share of good fortune. I am glad that so many times when we talked I made sure to tell you how proud I was of you and the decisions that you made in life. I sure do miss you everyday since you've been gone. I love you baby boy.

Dennis Law
Father

July 20, 2014

R.I.P., brother.

patrick mccully

May 18, 2014

God Bless you Sir. May the good Lord above cradle you in His arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue. I offer my prayers and sympathies to each and every one of your family members, friends, and co-workers.

Chris Walley
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department

May 10, 2014

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Vires et Honorem

Ptlm Frank Kapusta
Mohawk PD

May 6, 2014

He went to work that day and did not know
This shift he served would bring such sorrow
This call to duty would be his last
His time on earth is now his past
God set this day as his time to go
Rest in peace Officer Law, now a hero
He gave the ultimate sacrifice
With integrity and pride he paid the price
His family, friends and colleagues will mourn
As an angel in heaven he is now reborn
His golden heart stopped beating
Hardworking hands at rest
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the very best.

Master Sergeant Retired Jane Hosteny
Illinois State Police

May 4, 2014

REST IN PEACE, BROTHER

PROVINCIAL CONSTABLE MARTY LALONDE
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE

May 4, 2014

Rest in Peace, prayers for the family.

Deputy L. Barth
Taylor County Sheriff's Department

May 4, 2014

Rest easy Officer Law. Thank you for your service.

Trooper John C. Moore
Wisconsin State Patrol

May 2, 2014

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