Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Michael D. Love

Rochester Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, February 8, 1992

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Reflections for Patrolman Michael D. Love

Remembering you today and always as a true hero!!

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

February 8, 2007

I knew Mike only for a short time, having been introduced to him by a mutual friend. I remember him as a happy guy who would do anything for a friend. He was a true "Brother" and would help another officer in a second. He enjoyed socializing with other officers and friends. I remember my disbelief at hearing of his death. His passing left his family, his department and the law enforcement community with a deep loss that will be remembered forever. I miss you Mike.

Ptlm. Max Bellard
Heidelberg (PA) Police Dept.

March 16, 2005

A good man and a great role model. We will never forget "Lovey". He is always in our thoughts and prayers and will forever be in our hearts.

FAMILY AT ROCHESTER PD
ROCHESTER PD

February 22, 2004

Mike was a good man with a big heart. We had worked together and ate together many times while on duty. The night that Mike died is the only night that I had my scanner on and havent had it on since. I heard a call come down as officer down in our Township. I could not believe my ears. My first thought was the man that was on duty that night. I called dispatch and they informed me that an officer off duty was shot and did not look good. I was in a daze or horror of it all. You know it could happen to any one of us at any time. When it happens someone you are close to, it is devastating. I wanted to run there to do anything I could help but dispatch said to stay away. I miss Mike very much and he is always in my thoughts and prayers.

FTO Roger W. Szczepura
Dept. of Homeland Security

February 8, 2004

THE POLICEMAN’S LAST ROLE CALL

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 just got to steep. And I never passed a cry for help, though times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I’ve wept many 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 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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