Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Investigator Michael W. Ridges

Cook County Sheriff's Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, October 17, 1985

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Reflections for Investigator Michael W. Ridges

I have never forgotten what your friendship meant to my father I remember we had just arrived in Wyoming to go mule deer hunting when we got the horrible news we all drove in a van all the way from Chicago no one said a word we all knew we packed up everything immediately and drove straight back home I don’t think my father ever really got over it he always felt that maybe it could have turned out different if he was there

Michael T Coakley
Jimmys son

January 3, 2019

Mike , 32 years later I still remember you and looking up to you as an explorer. I will have 20 years on my dept. soon as an officer. I'm sure you have many friends in heaven like you did down here.

Steve DeMaria
Friend

October 17, 2017

Mike , 32 years later I still remember you and looking up to you as an explorer. I will have 20 years on my dept. soon as an officer. I'm sure you have many friends in heaven like you did down here.

Steve DeMaria
Friend

October 17, 2017

Mike , 32 years later I still remember you and looking up to you as an explorer. I will have 20 years on my dept. soon as an officer. I'm sure you have many friends in heaven like you did down here.

Steve DeMaria
Friend

October 17, 2017

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 19, 2016

Mike,
Remembering you today, on the 30th anniversary of your murder. You were a friend, a Brother in Blue and an outstanding police officer. You sacrificed your life and saved at least one other that day. Bless you and your family, always.

Investigator Kimberley Nagel (RET)
Mount Prospect P.D.

October 18, 2015

Its been 30 years. I still remember ride alongs and talks we had, when I was a teen in the explorer program in the Prospect Heights detail. it was because of you and the other CCSPD officers, I lived an honest, law abiding life and public safety career. Thank you!

Steve DeMaria

October 16, 2015

Mike,
I honor you on the anniversary of your passing. I will never forget you and the impact you made on my life, leading me in the right directions..

Steve DeMaria- Officer, Safety Dept.
Santiago Canyon College-Orange, CA.

October 17, 2014

Mike I was a young 16 year old boy when you took me for ride alongs with the sheriff's explorers. Because of your guidance and mentorship I joined the Navy and had 20 successful years. Thank you! Greg Wilson

Chief Petty Officer
Friend

November 29, 2013

Mike, I still remember you. I lived a straight life because of you and other sheriffs police officers. The explorer program and friendship with you did it all ! Honoring you 28 years later!

Steve DeMaria-Officer
Santa Ana College Safety Dept. /Santa Ana, California

October 17, 2013

Rest in Peace, You and your family will forever be in our prayers.

Denis W. Murphy
Elk Grove Village

October 20, 2012

Mike, It has been 27 years today. I honor you and will never forget you !

Steve DeMaria -Santa Ana, CA.

October 17, 2012

Rest in Peace, Investigator Ridges. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 1, 2012

26 years ago today, we lost a fine police officer, and a wonderful human being. Still thinking of Mike, and his family. You will not be forgotten !

Sergeant Al Thompson (retired)
Cook County Sheriff's Police Dept.

October 18, 2011

Mike it has been 25 years. I still remember my time i was an explorer and rode along with all you guys. It's because of you and the other CCSPD prospect heights detail, I became law enforcement and lived a straight life. Thank you.

Officer Steve DeMaria
Santa Ana College Safety Department

October 18, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 17, 2010

25 years ago today Mikey...so long ago yet at times seems like yesterday.
Rest In Peace, my friend.
You have never been and will never be, forgotten...

P/O D. Endre #538 (Retired)
Cook Co Sheriff's Police Dept.

October 17, 2010

I remember the last time we meet as you had just been assigned to the investigations section. You were extremely happy and proud to become an investigator. The one thing which stands out the most is how much you cared for other members of the department and the average person on the street. I also remeber that day when driving into maybrook, I received a call to respond to a shooting in the Heights, and upon arrival was told it was you. We lost a wonderful person that day who had many things to give to others. Mike should be a inspiration to all young officers starting the job. As he was a good cop and an even better man.

Commander La'Chom D. Madison
Cook County Sheriff's Police Department(Retired)

February 8, 2010

Mike, I worked the far north end of Mt. Prospect that bordered "the Heights" and often crossed paths with you along Willow Lane. I can still remember the numb feeling and knot in my stomach when I heard the news that day. Never forgotten, always a hero.

Brother in Blue
Mt. Prospect (retired)

November 5, 2009

Mike, Just want to say I remember you after 24 years. i am 41 years old now. I was an explorer at Prospect Heights and rode with you and P. McGee a lot,. You guys are the reasons I wanted to be in Law Enforcement. Our family moved to Calif. in 1984. I will never forget the ride alongs, and advice you gave me. Just want you to know that I lived my life as a good person, stayed out of trouble and did make it.. because you were one of my mentors...

Officer Steven Demaria
Santa Ana College -Santa Ana., CA.

October 20, 2009

When assigned to Prospect Hts. Mike and I worked the same shift, and worked as a team for most of that year. Mike had a way about him when it came to the job. He was a heads up cop who you never had to look for when things went bad. He knew the business better then most. I can still hear his greating, " hey Jimmy what's up buddy?" His loss still hurts. JWC

James W Coakley
CCSPD / retired

October 19, 2009

Mike I never had the pleasure of meeting you. I've seen your picture at Maywood HQ. I have heard many good things about you from your fellow Officers. Being the surviving widow of Ofr.James Knapp I surely know how much your family misses you. I will pray for your family. I appreciate your service. Tell my beloved that I send a hug. Though the Lord chose to take you Home, you will NEVER be forgotten Michael.

Lt.Grace Castillo Knapp (Ret./CCSD)
Surviving Spouse of Ofr.James Knapp (CCSPD EOW 04 Jan.06)

October 18, 2009

MIKEY,

WE WORKED TOGETHER, ATE ALOT OF MEALS TOGETHER, TALKED A BUNCH AND FOUGHT SIDE BY SIDE TOGETHER, UP IN PROSPECT HEIGHTS. 2 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR DEATH YOU ADVISED ME THAT YOU WERE EXTREMELY HAPPY THAT WE WERE TEACHING A NEW COURSE, "OFFICER SURVIVAL" AT THE ACADEMY. AFTER YOUR TRAGIC DEATH, THOSE CLASSES TOOK ON NEW MEANING. WORKING THE STREET TOOK ON NEW MEANING. LIFE TOOK ON NEW MEANING. 24 YEARS AFTER THAT DAY, I COUNT 28 OFFICERS WHO ADVISED THAT WHAT WAS TAUGHT TO THEM AT OUR ACADEMY, SAVED THEIR LIVES. THE FIRE THAT WENT INTO THEIR INSTRUCTION WAS YOU, MIKEY.

IN 2001, MY OWN SON WAS KILLED TRYING TO SAVE A WOMAN FROM A CRAZED GUNMAN. MY SON'S NAME WAS MICHAEL, WE CALLED HIM MIKEY. THE WOMAN SURVIVED, BUT MY MIKEY DIDN'T. IF I AM GOOD ENOUGH TO GET TO HEAVEN, I HOPE TO HAVE A BEER WITH BOTH OF YOU.

24 YEARS LATER, WE ALL STILL MISS YOU BROTHER, AND ALWAYS WILL.

PADDY McGEE

COMMANDER PAT McGEE
COOK COUNTY SHERIFF'S POLICE, (RETIRED)

October 17, 2009

Mike,

It is hard to believe that 24 years have passed since your life was so brutally taken away.

I can remember the days we spent as new recruits in our police academy like it was yesterday. I also remember the day you were first shot thru the door while answering the domestic call in Prospect Heights and again the day they took your life. That is a day I will never forget......

I've now retired after 30 years and I am sitting here looking out my window at the Rocky Mountains (Colorado) wishing that you were given the same chance to enjoy the rewards of your hard work and fair treatment of others.

God speed my friend,
John McQuinn

John P. McQuinn (Retired)
Cook County Sheriffs Police

October 17, 2009

Officer Ridges used to come into my 7-11 often, with all the other officers in the area, where I used to work the midnight shift. I came to work one night, after some time off, and the officers told me while I was off, there were multiple robberies in the area, of other places that were open late or all night. I hoped they would all stay close, but they got a call that would keep them busy and away from my store all night. Officer Ridges knew I was nervous, and he was the only one who came back to check on me. I remember it was raining really hard and he would stick his head in, wearing his raincoat, dripping wet and always said, "Everything OK? You know we'd be here if we weren't so busy." I'd say, "I know". We were buddies after that.

That was one night, in the summer of 1985, and I will never forget that act of kindness or will I forget Officer Ridges. What a tragic loss. He was a very kind man who didn't deserve what happened to him.

Thank you for this forum. I always wanted to share that story about him.

Kelly Gavril
7-11 clerk - Prospect Heights, IL

September 25, 2009

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