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Police Matron Marta Shanaman

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, December 12, 1971

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Reflections for Police Matron Marta Shanaman

I always remember her as "Mrs Shanaman" as she was George's mother back in the early 50's. George was our neighborhood friend of whom myself along with my brothers would play with almost daily. As time passed the Shanaman's moved and we grew older. I finished high school and went into the Marines. I returned in 1967 where I looked them up. I was lucky enough to find both Mr and Mrs Shanaman in Redford and had a pleasant visit. I think at that time George was in the service himself and wasn't present. I only found this tragic event while looking the family up on the net.
John Moldovan now aged 75

John Moldovan
Childhood Friend

January 12, 2018

RIP. Will take it from here.

Future Detroit Police Officer Billy .
Dearborn, MI

April 16, 2015

I lived with aunt Marta and her son cousin George, the year 1970. I loose my wonderful aunt too soon. Marta was kind and helped me get a good start in life.
Her son George passed away on December 9th 2014, George was my closest cousin, I miss them both. I have received George's ashes and will see that he is interned with his mother at Lodi cemetery, Lodi Michigan.
May they rest in peace together.

Rick Anderson

January 5, 2015

Thank you all for the thoughtful reflections on my mother's end of watch. I remember her friends asking why she wanted to work with the criminal element. I don't remember her answer, but I believe she loved her job. I don't think she would have wanted to do anything else. She talked about retirement but never applied for it. I remember too that she liked most of the prisoners. She was a person that believed that bad things sometimes happen to nice people While they had to experience the consequences of their actions, they were still nice people. RIP mom.

George Shanaman

November 18, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th 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
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 13, 2011

Ms. Shanaman,
Maam, on today, the 39th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Detroit. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



December 12, 2010

RIP.Justice has been served for you.You will never be forgotten by those who knew and loved you.


October 9, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you for your dedicated service

manchester, nh

December 6, 2007

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 13, 2007

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated service.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

October 4, 2007

My beloved Aunt you are missed.

Gregg Anderson

September 20, 2007

Marta -

Those who are never completely forgotten never completely die - you are remembered by many and live on in our hearts.

Bill Gray (LT. DPD - Retired)
Director, Sanilac County Drug Task Force

Director William Gray
Sanilac County Drug Task Force

December 2, 2005



December 12, 2004

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