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Officer Michael Lloyd Rainford

Garden Grove Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, November 7, 1980

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Reflections for Officer Michael Lloyd Rainford

My neighbor’s bike and my bike were stolen near the gym at Santiago High School around September of 1980. A couple weeks later I saw one of the individuals with some of my bike parts on another bike at a daytime football game there and called my dad. He called the GG police and Officer Rainford showed up and met us near the front office where my dad had the individual. I had serial numbers that matched up and Officer Rainford made his arrest. Within a week, Officer Rainford surprisingly pulled up into my driveway in his police car with both my neighbor’s and my bike in the trunk of his car completely put back together. What a great person he was. I still have that BMX bike and think about how fortunate I was to have such a kind officer that went out his way to make sure that every single part was accounted for, the bikes were put back together, and he himself brought them to us. RIP Officer Rainford

Kraig Morris

October 31, 2020

Officer Rainford, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 14, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother. We remember and honor you on the 37th anniversary of your E.O.W.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 7, 2017

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 29th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


November 7, 2009

Rest in Peace, Officer Rainford. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 23, 2009

"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

November 28, 2007

No fellow Southern California law enforcement personnel killed in the line-of-duty, should be forgotten.

Officer Rainford, may Your Soul Rest-In-Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor

November 7, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service


November 3, 2007

I did not know you but any of us could be struck as we exit our patrol cars. Incidentally, you died on my 20th birthday. Thank you for your service and dedication to your agency and to the community!

PSO CW Edwards
North Augusta Dept. of Public Safety (SC)

October 6, 2007

You had to know Mike to appreciate his big, infectious smile. He was always jovial and ready to work. He played in the Cop Bowl during the early years. Mike, you can be proud of Mike Jr. He is tall and handsome and misses you something fierce.

Paul D. McInerny
Garden Grove Police Department

November 14, 2006

I was working with Mike the night that he died. My partner and I had just spoken with him as he took a report. We wanted to know where we were going to eat that night. We told him to get ahold of us as soon as he cleared the call, but as soon as he cleared the call he observed a traffic violation and attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle pulled onto the freeway, and as Mike stepped out he was killed. The next thing we heard on the radio was a private citizen telling dispatch that an officer had been hit on the freeway. I remember thinking to myself that I would visit Mike in the hospital every day after work. This was before we knew that he was gone. Mike, I think of you often and that night plays over and over in my mind. Rest in Peace.

Bailiff Brad Scherer
Eighth Judicial District Court

March 27, 2004

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