Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Gary Lee Michael, Jr.

Clinton Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, August 6, 2017

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Reflections for Police Officer Gary Lee Michael, Jr.

Rest In Peace my brother. You hold the Thin Blue Line from above. We'll continue the fight down here. Rest easy my brother. Thank for your service.

Patrol Deputy Scott DeHaven
Pettis County Sheriffs Office, Missouri

December 4, 2017

So sorry to hear of the loss of this fine officer. May God watch over the Family and Fellow Officers that put their lives on the line for us everyday. We all lose when one of these heroes fall.

B.J.Umbenhower
D.A.V. CHAPTER 11 Springfield, Missouri Color Guard.
Son of Chief of Police.Deceased
Their watch is over, now they patrol in Heaven.

November 26, 2017

Rest in peace brother. We will continue the good fight!

Detective Sergeant Jeremy Sims
Matteson

October 5, 2017

Rest in peace Officer Michael. My sincerest sympathies to your family and colleagues.

William Farrell
SFC, US Army MP, Ret

September 20, 2017

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 Retired
Mohawk PD

September 9, 2017

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

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

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

September 8, 2017

A real "Hero" taken.
You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County PD, NY

September 7, 2017

May God watch over the Family and Fellow Officers that put their lives on the line for us everyday. We all lose when one of these heroes fall. And this one was a terrible loss. A man who without care for his own safety did such a noble thing. I hope his family will find some type of peace during this time of mourning. God will not let them down. Keep Faith and know he is in a better place. This is just a little ways from where I live. The PD here in Nixa and Springfield were deeply touched by this. Glad the killer was caught. May he receive what he deserves.

B.J.Umbenhower
D.A.V. CHAPTER 11 Springfield, Missouri Color Guard.
Son of Chief of Police.Deceased
Their watch is over, now they patrol in Heaven.

September 6, 2017

God bless Gary,See you on the other side.

SSG.(ret)
U.S. Army/ARNG.

September 3, 2017

Thank you for your service and sacrifice and may you rest in peace. God bless you and your family.

Commonwealth's Attorney Travis Bird
Spotsylvania County

August 22, 2017

RIP Brother, in Blue and Green. May God be with your Family and loved ones. Rest easy now. Protect from above.

Officer Steven Austin
Lawrence TWP P.D. (NJ)

August 19, 2017

My family and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fellow coworkers of Police Officer Gary Michael Jr during this very difficult time. May they find comfort and support from those around them. May their times spent together bring forth happy memories to last a lifetime. May God help heal their aching hearts. Thank you for your service and dedication to your community. Rest in peace Officer Michael Jr.

Gail M Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig eow 2/16/2004

August 19, 2017

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of police officer Gary Michael and to the entire Clinton Police Dept. RIP.

Wm Jean-Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP, Trafic & Escort Unit

August 16, 2017

Rest in peace brother.

Patrolman Stephen Trejo
Donna I.S.D. Police Department

August 15, 2017

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of YHWH". Mattityahu 5:9

Rest In Peace, my brother. Thank you for your service. May GOD comfort your family and friends.

Retired Chief Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

August 15, 2017

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Officer, Gary Lee Michael, Jr., in the line of duty. It is always a huge loss when a fellow officer makes the ultimate sacrifice. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed. We also want to thank Officer Gary Lee Michael, Jr. for his service as a Army Veteran.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

August 14, 2017

We send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Officer Michael who gave is life in service to his community and our Nation. May the grace of God be your strength and support at this time and the days ahead.

Chaplain Jim Gysel
Calhoun County Michigan Sheriff's Office

August 14, 2017

It's difficult to find the words to express the sorrow I have for your Department. These are sad times, please be strong and know you are in my thoughts and daily prayers. I will always remember your outstanding courage and commitment to our safety.
Know that I support you and will be thinking of you now and forever.

Officer Terry L. Harlow Retired
Kansas City, MO. PD

August 13, 2017

We are with you during this tragic event.

P.O. (Ret) Donalld Current
NYCTPD/NYPD

August 12, 2017

Thank you for your service.

CO1 Nichole Behymer
Missouri Department of Corrections

August 12, 2017

My heart is broken once again. A man doing what he loved to do only to leave us to soon. I can not and never will get used to this endless cycle of murdering our law enforcement officials. Men and women that put their own safety and the families they love at risk. May god have love and mercy for you. You are a true hero,BUT gone to soon. LOve to you always.

Mark Allen
admirer

August 12, 2017

So saddened to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Police Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

August 12, 2017

Officer Michael, rest in peace. My prayers are with your family. I am so happy your killer has been caught. I will say my Rosary daily for our Police officers and hope nothing like this ever happens again.

Linda, citizen

August 12, 2017

Rest in peace brother, your killer has been caught. He will pay for his crime and your sacrifice is not in vain. Thank you for your service, you will not be forgotten. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Officer Michael during this time of tragic and senseless loss.

Deputy Donnie Meaders
Seminole County (OK) S.O.

August 12, 2017

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
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 awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just 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 unmanly tears.
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 had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
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Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police Department

August 11, 2017

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