Michael A. GraySanta Cruz County Sheriff's Office, California
End of Watch: Thursday, January 13, 1983
Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Michael A. Gray
I was riding "Motors" for Santa Cruz P.D. when this tragedy struck. I had known Mike since the mid-70's and always enjoyed spending time with Mike.
He was an outstanding Deputy and was extremely officer safety conscious. He worked a lot of special details in the Santa Cruz area and was always well respected by everyone.
This was such a horrible tragedy and I remember riding my "motor" up and down Graham Hill Rd. and Hwy. 9 looking for the dirtbag who shot Mike and CHP officer Jeff Lee.
I'll always remember Mike and his warm friendship. He was such a wonderful man and a pleasure to be around!!
Michael Spong, Motor Officer (ret)
Santa Cruz P.D.
January 1, 2014
I treasure the years I worked with Mike when we both worked for the City of Santa Cruz. He was a dear friend and he helped me through a difficult time. He is still in my morning prayers every day.
Carol (Asche-Limandri) Fairhurst
Friend former co-worker
February 28, 2013
Michael- I still recall and treasure our time together working the five and six beats (Aptos and Watsonville). You were my mentor and special friend during my short tenure with the S.O. We handled some tough situations- thanks for having my back. One of my most fondest memories is being with you and Deanna and Debbie (my wife) on a New Year's evening; filled with food, fun, laughs and drinks. It was an honor to particpate in the burial detail; I was so proud to assit Deputy Joe Hemmingway fold the American flag. I miss your smile, laugh and affenctionate personality. Take care amigo.
Chief Probation Officer- Michael D. Beam
Douglas County NV Alternative Sentencing (former SCSO deputy)
January 16, 2013
A remarkable officer, husband and father. We all remember Mike on this sad anniversary and honor his dedicated service to our community.
Justice Richard J. McAdams (Ret.)
Court of Appeal, Sixth District; Santa Cruz Superior Court
January 11, 2013
Thank you for your service Sir, RIP
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)
September 5, 2012
Mike, I will always remember your smile and kind words.. I too remember that tragic day (29 yrs now ago). I had not been with the department very long. I was working swing shift that day! It was my first time alone working in Records/Warrants back then. And that was a test that I will never forget. I found out what it ment to be Brothers/Sisters family and friends in the Law Enforcement field that day and the days to follow too! Yes your brothers and sisters of the Santa Cruz Co So and Law Enforcement Depts. will always miss you! Now in Gods care until we all meet again! Your sister in Law Enforcement. R.I.P.
Records Clerk/Donna Hughes
Now with Pima Co So in Tucson, Az.
May 16, 2012
Rest in Peace, Deputy Gray. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
January 22, 2012
I worked along side Mike for several years in patrol (The Valley as it was called). Mike was a few years older than me and taught me a lot of people skills that I just had not learned yet. He gave back to the community by truly helping those needed help or a Good Swift Kick in the Backside. Mike loved the valley and it was his home.
I will never forget that day, nor will ever forget seeing Bobby at his dad's service and thinking to myself who will teach Bobby dad stuff.
God Bless you Mike and someday we will meet again.
John Martin, Ex Deputy Sheriff
Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office
April 7, 2010
Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.
I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.
Rest In Peace
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
January 13, 2010
Mike, Even 26 years later the memory of this shooting seems like yesterday. You fought hard and we all prayed you would pull through but your work here on earth was done. In a strange way, the shooting may have saved the CHP officer's life since they found early stages of cancer while treating his gunshot wounds and he is still serving the people of California. You were a good Lawman and Santa Cruz was a better place with you here.. Keep Resting in Peace. God Bless All
Greatfully Retired Highwayman
California Highway Patrol
January 13, 2009
YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE
January 4, 2008
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.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
September 20, 2007
michael, i never knew you but i have learned much from your passing and i have not forgotten you on this memorial day weekend 2007. I heard the news report back then and later in 1988 i got to know you by way of lt.wally walker when i attended his p.o.s.t. classes 5 yrs later prior to my applying to the S.O. I didnt make it but the lessons continue today. you were loved by many and not forgotten by me. "land of the free BECAUSE of the brave" god bless
ex- search and resque explorer,post 613
May 27, 2007
January 13, 2007
MICHAEL WAS A VERY DEDICATED DEPUTY WHO WENT BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY TO PERFORM HIS JOB. HE WAS LIKED BY ALL WHO WORKED WITH HIM. MICHAEL HAD A WAY OF WORKING WITH PEOPLE THAT WAS A SPECIAL GIFT, AND HE USED HIS GOD GIVEN TALENTS TO PERFORM HIS DUTIES. I WORKED WITH MICHAEL ON MANY OCCASIONS AND WOULD WELCOME HIM BACK WITH OPEN HEART AND ARMS. I PRAISE GOD FOR THE OPPORTUNITY OF HAVING KNOWN HIM AND BEING HIS PARTNER. JIM THOMAS
JIM THOMAS--EX DEPUTY SHERIFF
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SHERIFF'S
November 13, 2006
Michael, You were with us far to briefly, but our memories, thoughts and love are never-ending. Those of us in Santa Cruz have daily reminders of your sacrifice and our pain, but the memorials keep you close to our hearts. In the spirit of brotherhood, rest in peace...we shall all meet again. Bob Hedgpeth, Ret.
Bob Hedgpeth S/O (Ret.)
Santa Clara Co. Sheriff
March 12, 2006
You were that which others did not want to be. You went where others feared to go, and did what others failed to do. You asked nothing from those who gave nothing, and reluctantly accepted the fact of eternal loneliness should you fall. You have seen the face of terror and felt the stinging cold of fear. You have loved, cried, suffered, and hoped, but most of all, you have lived times others would say were “best forgotten.” At least you were able to say that you were proud of what you were - a cop.
January 13, 2005
Ive been with Santa Cruz S.O for almost 7 years. Only three years on patrol. It does not matter how many times I go in and out of our roll-call room, I'll never not look up and see your picture hanging on the wall. It's sort of as if you are looking out to protect the rest of us here in Santa Cruz. I never knew you, but I know for what you stood. Thank You and God Bless,
Santa Cruz SO
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