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Detective Michael Lee Lane

Whittier Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, December 13, 1979

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Reflections for Detective Michael Lee Lane

I miss you everyday.


December 13, 2011

Mike, as I stated in John's reflection, I never had the honor of working with you. I wish I had. I wish I could have been there for you that day. Rest in peace brother, you will never be forgotten

Officer ret. Jerry Heinemann
Whittier PD

August 7, 2011

To my grandpa who I never got the chance to meet:
I've always wondered what you were like and can only imagine how much you were loved by not only your famliy but by your friends as well. If only I had the chance to meet you, it would have made our family complete. You are always in my thoughts. I love you ALWAYS

Melissa Toro

June 14, 2011

I never knew about this site and happened to stubble on it tonight when you are so promient in my thoughts. I am so thankful I did. Words can't describe the sadness I feel everyday without you in my life. I remember Dec 13th 1979 like it was yesterday. Thank you to everyone that left reflections. I am deeply touched.

Janet Toro

May 20, 2011

I was wondering how often your children and other family members check this for new entries. Regardless, I thought I would write my thoughts regarding your death. I was introduced to the circumstances of how you died by a co-worker of yours while I attended Rio Hondo Police Academy in 1983. You were the topic of an officer survival class. One of many, but, your case has always stood out in my mind. I think it's because the academy staff spoke like you were a very special kind of modern day hero, and it was burned into my memory forever. I wish the circumstances told your story, but it's probably not appropriate for me, or any one, to do that without family consent. Anyway, for your family, I want them to know that I retired after 26 years. I've lost several friends to gunfire, accidents, and suicide during my time. I made it a point to tell your story to every new patrol squad I supervised each year for about 10 years. Maybe as a reminder of how circumstances sometimes take control, and your left to the mercy of fate. After 26 years of thinking about your death, I felt it was time to thank you for your contribution to our profession. I never met you, but I learned from you, and I made sure as many young officers as possible did as well.


March 14, 2011

Officer Lane,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Whittier. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



December 13, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th 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 am sure you are proud that your family has continued your legacy of protecting and serving. I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you. Both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 13, 2009

Dear grand father,
Although I never was blessed by your presence, i feel it everyday. I feel it through my mother, who loved her father so and through my grandmother, who would not be where she is today without you in her life. Words can not describe how i would have loved to be able to have known the man that made my family so great.I feel like i was deprived of knowing the most honorable man alive. so now iam approaching womanhood and somehow i feel like your leagcy has molded me to be the woman iam today. i love you in a way that is hard to express considering that i never had the chance to feel your embrace. you are truly missed and will never be forgotten.

Ashlee Lane
grand daughter

April 8, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

mancheseter, nh

December 7, 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

September 20, 2007



July 9, 2007

I am Michael's widow and he is loved and missed every day.
I can now say that Michael died doing what he loved the most. He was a proud and honorable man and his family will always remember his beautiful smile and his great sense of humor. Thank you for your kind thought.
Sheila M. Lane

Sheila M. Lane

March 12, 2007

Daddy, I know that you died doing what you loved. I only wish that I had been able to know you longer. I love you so much and I am glad to see that other people love you and miss you too. You will never be forgotten, by me or your brothers and sisters in the force. Rest in Peace. I love you and miss you.

correctional officer, Michelle Lane

March 12, 2007

Mike, I was working as a security officer at Whittier Pres. Hospital the night you were shot. I knew you only briefly but became friends with many of your fellow officers. I know Heaven is a little safer with you there. I always think of you when I drive down Whittier Blvd. near Greenleaf. I'll always remember you, Bro. God bless you and your loved ones.

Officer Daniel Miller
Rowland U.S.D. Police

October 8, 2005

God bless you for your service to our great nation. My father was killed only four days before you ended your tour of duty. I pray that he made you welcome as you entered our lords Kingdom. I hope that you and my father have both found peace among the angels of Heaven.

Officer P. Moeller
Joliet Police Department Joliet, IL

August 14, 2005

I lived in Whittier from '73-'89, and just wanted to thank you for protecting my family while we grew up there. Rest in peace brother, your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Officer B. Manifor
Chula Vista P.D.

July 22, 2005

Gone, not forgotten.........

August 20, 2004

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