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Patrolman Michael Angel Rosa

Rock Springs Police Department, Wyoming

End of Watch Saturday, July 15, 1978

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Reflections for Patrolman Michael Angel Rosa

My Name Is Andrew Rosa Sarvis, I am The Grandson of Mike Rosa I’m 19 Years old beard plenty of Stories about my Grandpa and how well respected and honorable he was. If he was still around he’d Be proud to know I am Joining the Marines and have enlisted In honor of him I’ve always wanted to carry out his legacy and Be great Just like he was So that we can Sit Together one Day and Share the Same honor He did with his fellow brothers .

Andrew Rosa

September 10, 2020

I served with Mike while in the Marine Corps in Vietnam. He was an honorable, brave, and conscientious young man back then. It’s so difficult to believe that he is now gone. When we returned from Vietnam, we got together in New York City to celebrate life and the birth of his new baby.

Bobby (Hobo) Hancox
United States Marine Corps

September 6, 2020

Number 42, the amount of years you have been gone. Always a piece missing, never forgotten. I love you dad, words I’ve always wanted to say to you personally.

Your son, Christopher


July 15, 2020

Sadly in today’s environment I felt the need to protect your memory several times recently. Part of me is relieved that you don’t have to see what is going on here. You gave your life for the good of humanity and right now humanity doesn’t deserve it, forever a hero...BTW you would approve of the man I have in my life, something tells me he is just like you ♥️

Jasmine Rosa-Belgio
Youngest daughter

June 9, 2020

I’m not sure if this is the same Mike Rosa I served with in Vietnam, over there he was in communications as a wireman. We were very good Friends over there. After the war he lived in Manhattan and I lived just across the river in Hoboken. Mike was a good man and Super Marine. This is a very sad story especially after we went through over there. May God deal with the bastard that is guilty of his death. Semper Fi my Brother

Sargeant Bobby Hancox
Unites States Marine Corps

February 15, 2020

never knew him, my Dad did, they were in Gillette, Wy. and took different cases to take on. My Dad went to Texas, Rosa went to Rock Springs, Wy. From everything my dad said about him he was a Great man. He was killed by a Crooked Sheriff in that town, my Condolences to the Family. Would like to chat with any family he has left.

Nicholas Lee Wales
Son of the Man, who considered Mr. Rosa, one of his only friends.

November 10, 2019

I came upon this story while searching for my family name "Rosa" online. I am very proud of what he did. He truly was a hero and his sacrifice should never be forgotten. My respect to Michael and his family who sadly and painfully Became victims of an entire corrupt city.

My love goes out you...

Angela Rosa
Miami Dade Police Dept. (Retired)

October 28, 2019

It is a coupe days after anniversary of going to heaven. Would be awesome to have you here to help and guide us in to continued adulthood.

Christopher Michael Rosa

July 17, 2019

As a retired New York State Police Veteran and Homeland Security Assesor, I just want to express my gratitude to our fallen comrade and his family, who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
I recently had the pleasure to meet Mike’s son, Chris. Mike would be so proud of his kind, intelligent, and successful son, and beautiful grand daughter.
Having lost my baby brother to a senseless murder 11 years ago, I understand the emotions and permanent ache that a family endures after such a senseless tragedy.
RIP brother and know your wife raised a wonderful young man, who has honored your legacy in countless ways!

Staff Sergeant Toni PALMER-retired
New York State Police

July 17, 2019

Well Mike, we’re pushing 70 while you are forever pushing 30. How we wish you were here in person to meet your grandchildren being raised by your amazing kids, getting old and ornery with us!

Deborah L Smith

July 2, 2019

Jasmine Rosa, sorry for your loss, i cant say any more, but i know someone who knew and respected your Dad, very much

Nicholas Lee Wales

October 25, 2018

I just visited The Law Enforcement Memorial in Judiciary Square. So many names. Gone 40 years, seems like way less time. Never forgotten.

Christopher M Rosa. Proud Son

September 22, 2018

It’s nice to come back to this page from time to time and see another life who was touched by my father ❤️ The 40th Anniversary of his sacrifice is coming up this month. Gone but never forgotten...

Jasmine Rosa

July 3, 2018

Just watched this story on city confidential. Amazing this corrupt officer got away with murder you keep secret his illegal activities. My sincerest condolences to the surviving family of Mchael Angel Rosa. Though this man may have escaped justice on this plane he will no doubt be served up in the afterlife.

John Dozier
Private citizen

April 4, 2018

God bless the Rosa family, and give you peace. My family and I were in business in Rock Springs during those days, and virtually everyone knew of the crime and corruption that infested the town. I hope you find comfort in knowing there are very many people who believe Michael was a good officer, fearlessly trying to his duty. I didn't know Michael personally, but have tremendous respect for him.

Mark Haddock

July 25, 2017

I knew Michael Rosa in Rock Springs. He went by another name at first the name was Carlos Pacheco. Some friends and I were working at the Silver Dollar when he came to work as a bar back. We were living in a hotel and I think he must have thought we were prostitutes (we weren't - but there were plenty in town. Mainly at the BBQ Shack ran by Mr. Dottsy). We were going to leave Rock Springs and Mike brought over his son and daughter to our hotel to say good bye to us. I always wondered if they remembered that?
One friend of ours stayed in Rock Springs and she called us the night he was killed. She worked at the hospital and told us he came in DOA.
We were very sorry to hear about that.

Janet Maxwell
I knew him in Rock Springs

November 27, 2016

I remember well the events of that night, though at the time, my life revolved around achieving high levels of success in sports. At the time, nothing scared me, but I was very naive to what really controls law, lack of law, politics, and capitalism. Yes, I was naive to the power of money. No one I knew thought for a second that Cantrell was innocent. Everyone knew he was shot in cold blood, over laws being bent, broken, and shattered for money. Years later I waited tables in Laramie, where Ed C was a regular customer. I remember being scared of him, even though he seemed old and maybe even frail. Yours should not have been the broken family. But know, your father is forever. Not just in your heart, but in the eyes of most every resident in Rock Springs in that time period.

B Brown

March 22, 2016

I was 15 at the time of this incident. I remember well conversations about this incident among my parents and local friends. I grew up in Rock Springs, and with my later experience in Law Enforcement this case has always interested me. I have never believed for a minute that Ed needed to defend his life. He was only in fear of being caught. I grew up with the children of Rock Springs Mobsters, and Drug dealers, some of which are drug dealers and criminals today. It has taken many years for Rock Springs to settle down. I remember when Don Anselmi was executed in his home alone with another unnamed man in Anselmi's home after rumors of Don going States Evidence. I have no family left in Rock Springs, and have only been there once since I graduated in 1982. Officer Rosa's family can be very proud. An Air Force brother of mine, Duane Pacheco is now the Chief of Police in Rock Springs. Officer Rosa has paved the way for a more peaceful Rock Springs. God Bless

Sgt. Anonymous

January 14, 2016

July 1978......I believe you, Rosas. I was in Rock Springs for one very frightening night, on a cross country camping trip with my younger sister. We slept in the car, on that main street. Only night in my life I slept with a bowie knife in one hand and the other on my sister, who I made sleep in the back seat, just in case. Asked a cop for help, he told us to get out of town before dark. Or we could sleep underneath our stuff and he would try to be sure we were safe, but no guarantees, better to leave. Never looked at my face, looked left and right as if he himself were afraid.

After dark, all kinds of things were happening. It was the most frightening night of my entire life, and I'm almost some 40 years on now.

He was not your dad, but another good man.

I believe your story.

Passed through Rock Springs July 1978
Human being

August 17, 2015

God continue to bless you Mike and thank you for protecting your wife and children to the bitter, bloody end. I know you have watched over them and continue to watch over their beautiful children now as well. I never heard my father weep until the morning he phoned me with the unbelievable news of your murder...he is with you now and no doubt still you two are still having your friendly arguments..your story and your truth continues..we have had the luxury of getting old thanks to you, and you remain forever 29..and forever in our hearts.

Debi Smith

August 29, 2014

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

July 15, 2013

Ms. Rosa,

I lived in Wyoming when this happened and Ed Cantrell was hiding at the Spence Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming while waiting for the trail of the murder of your father. I was 13-14 then and I remember seeing the Spence/Cantrell guys in town a few times. I never met your dad but I know he was working in a very dangerous town during a "lawless" time with the oil & mining workers and drug dealers running around. One thing is for sure, Ed Cantrell was no hero...he was a murderer and Gerry Spence has always been an unscrupulous lawyer looking to make a name for himself and sell books.

The Rosas can be proud of their Father.


December 1, 2011

Although I think of my father often, I am thinking of him more than ever these days. In one month I will walk down the aisle without him leading the way much like I have walked through my entire life without his guidance and protection. I was barely a year old when my father was ripped from our lives so suddenly. I often wonder how different my life would have been if I had him there for all the important things that daddy's are supposed to be there for. My first boyfriend, my first actual date, my prom, my first broken heart, my graduation, the birth of his grandson, the ailing questions of who am I and what on earth am I here for? I often wonder what a different person I would be if I had had the love of a father to teach me the things that only a father could. Now one of the most important days of my life is here again and im doing it without his advice or his blessing. I can only hope he will be proud of his grandson as he walks me down the aisle stepping in to fill such important shoes. Although I could not think of a better, more fitting "stand-in" I truly hope you are watching on that day and that I do have your blessing. You gave everything to protect and serve others, including raising your children, all to do the right thing and for that I AM PROUD TO BE YOUR DAUGHTER but I miss you terribly. Every night we play out in the band I know you hear the song I sing to you and as long as there is a breath in me I will continue to do it. Thank you daddy for giving up so much to teach your children the greatest lesson in life, doing what is right is sometimes the hardest thing you will ever have to do, but there are times you must do it no matter what the cost. I love you and you are my hero.

Jasmine rosa
Youngest daughter

October 8, 2011

i do not know my heroic grandfather, Michael, but the stories iv been told tell me he was a very noble man and, believes that he could have made this world a better place... i may have have never known my grandfather but for him to make a sacrifice for our family means the world to all of us, to give up his to save ours. we miss him very very much and i do to, i wish i would have been able to meet this mysterious but heroic man that I've been told stories of. i hope that one day i can follow in his footsteps and try to change the world to be a better place as he did. my three aunts, my father and my uncle loved him very much.if i could have met the man just once, just to get to know him in the flesh, that would be the best gift in the whole world, i wouldn't ask god for anything else but to get to know my heroic grandfather, Michael Angel Rosa.:)

shelby marie rosa
grandaughter 14

February 12, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty-second 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer. He was also your fellow Marine so I also bid you semper fi.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 15, 2010

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