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Lieutenant James L. Schmit

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, October 17, 1988

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Reflections for Lieutenant James L. Schmit

I am a Student Police Officer of Detroit Police Academy and I am graduating august 25, 2023.

During the 6 months of the academy I got the opportunity to pick LT James L Schmit as my silent partner, I am reaching out to hopefully his family to know that I am grateful to have him as my silent partner and will carry his name and remember him always as I now pursue my new journey as a Detroit Police officer. Thank you for your service LT Schmit may you rest in peace always.

P.O Patras 3027 born 1988 and is one of the reasons I felt connected to You as a partner since I was born 8 months prior to him passing.

Detroit Police Department

August 22, 2023

Remembering Lt. James Schmit for his service and devotion to duty. RIP sir.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

September 13, 2022

Rest in peace Lt. Schmit.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 13, 2022

Lt. Schmit,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officer who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Detroit. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 17, 2018

Lieutenant James Schmit will never be forgotten. Thank you for your services. RIP. May your soul rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

February 16, 2018

Thank you for your service and bravery. You are missed so much my cousin. With all the police being shot these days makes me think about you. I think about you every day. I have reconnected with your children, who are all wonderful, respectful adults.

Rest in peace Jim

Debra Rudel

September 23, 2016

Thank you, sir for your bravery and service. You are not forgotten.

Police Officer Scott Hockenberry
Metroparks Police

December 12, 2015

I wish I could have met the man that my father speaks so highly of!

William P. Fuson
Retired Detroit Police Officer's son

October 17, 2014

My faithful servant.
You were called upon to serve others.
You were asked to see, what no man should ever have to see.
To go through, what no man should ever have to go through.
But you did so with pride, honor, and integrity.

My faithful servant.
You were called upon to defend those, who could not defend themselves.
To provide justice to those, who did not respect it.
To lay down your life, if the time called for it.
Again, you did not question what was asked of you.
You did it with love, compassion, and loyalty.

My faithful servant.
In times of adversity, you prayed for strength.
In times of triumph, you praised your Lord.
You served your Country, State, and city proud.
Your service will forever be remembered by the many lives you’ve touched.

My faithful servant.
When your service on this earth is finally complete.
I will welcome you home with open arms.
I will embrace you and proclaim,
“Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

Sergeant Barton
Garden City PD

October 1, 2013

My father served with this man. He was in the hospital with my mother giving birth to me. I have never met this man, but I have heard many great stores about him.

William P. Fuson
Retired Detroit officers son

May 24, 2013

My father is a retired Detroit police officer. My farther was off duty with his wife while she was giving birth to me when this man was killed. I am 24 years old now. eventhough i have never met this man, my father reminds me every birthday I have what a great man this fellow was.

William P. Fuson
Retired Detroit officers son

May 24, 2013

Lt. you will not be forgotten; your department needs officers like you more than ever. I hope they will find them.

Capt. Glenn Kresge3
Delaware Department of Health and Social Services

February 28, 2013

On this special day I remember you my friend Jim. It seems only yesterday we were at the FBI academy. I pray that your family is doing well. God bless you and rest in peace as you are in the palm of God's hand. Your sacrifice is not forgotten. Chief Dave Sloggie, Williamsburg, Va. Police Department

Chief Dave Sloggie
Williamsburg Virginia Police Department

May 30, 2011


I think about you often, especially as I attend FBI National Academy training sessions. I truly enjoyed our time together, as room-mates, at the 140th session of the FBI National Academy. Rest in Peace. Thanks for all the good times. -Captain Peter Sevetz, Simsbury, CT P.D.-

Captain Peter P. Sevetz
FBI National Academy - 140th Session

April 23, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd 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

Dear sir you are not forgotten,thank you for your service
rest in peace.

Lee Jent
Nephew of officer Frank Walls

March 24, 2010

You were a wonderful teacher and hero. I learned a lot from you and still miss you to this day. I wish all the best for your family and fellow officers--God Bless them all.


April 11, 2009

I would like to say thank you sir for your service and and that you are not forgotten.

Lee Jent
nephew of Frank Walls

August 6, 2008

Jim, you were a great friend,outstanding person to work with and be with off duty. I truly miss you, may you rest in peace.

Deputy Chief of Police Frank Mitchell

February 13, 2008

"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 13, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 16, 2007

You were a Great teacher. I still remember you and think about you. You were the first person whoever asked me why I wanted to become a police officer. I have never stopped remembering you and thinking about you. You are a true Hero.

C. Barrera

April 28, 2007

It has been eighteen years. You have not been forgotten. Rest in peace, Lieutenant.

October 16, 2006

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies.....

Rest in peace, hero. God bless.

September 29, 2004

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