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Corporal Norbert Melvin Szczygiel

Dearborn Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, August 27, 1977

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Reflections for Corporal Norbert Melvin Szczygiel

Rest in peace Norbert. Always remembered by many. I remember that night.

Ken Paris
Retired Dearborn Police Lieutenant 2002

May 10, 2019

Respect. RIP

R Lupo
Dearborn citizen of the 70s

January 31, 2018

I remember when Corporal Szczygiel was killed. It breaks my heart. My brother Tom Harper was a young officer who was their with his much senior partner. Tom never disclosed any details of his participation in this incident. We lost my brother on January 28, 2006, to complications from cardiac surgery. He was just shy of 54 years old. At his memorial service his partner from that day back in 1977 told us just how involved Tom was in capturing the shooter. I'm sure Tom downplayed it to keep my mom from excess worry. I think about Corp. Szczygiel often. My brother loved being a police officer. It so suited his personality of being kind and helpful and not suffering fools. Thank you to all who have sworn to serve and protect. Blessed be.

Karen Harper Krumbach

January 30, 2018

Norm was a great Officer and fun to work with. May you rest in peace. You are missed by many of us and will never be forgotten.

Michael Anderzak (Retired Sergeant)
Dearborn Police Department

August 28, 2016

So many years have passed but you have not been forgotten. Rest in peace Norb we shall meet again my friend.

Sharon Oaks Hill Paugh

August 28, 2016

Thank you for your service. You've made the ultimate sacrifice and Dearborn thanks you for that. RIP

Future Detroit PO Ali .
Dearborn, MI

September 8, 2015

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.”

I wrote this when I lost a good friend (Police officer) to a horrible disease (cancer). I think it applies to all law enforcement officers (that’s who I had in mind as I wrote), but it resonates most when we lose one in the line of duty…RIP my brother.


August 1, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. 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.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 17, 2013

You would be about 60 years old today. You've been gone now as long as you lived. Your heroism and bravery will always be remembered. Rest in peace, sir.


August 27, 2008

Corporal Szczygiel your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

April 28, 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

30 years have passed since your brutal and tragic murder. May your family take comfort in knowing that you will NEVER be forgotten and will FOREVER be a hero!

DET SGT, Retired

August 27, 2007

corporal Szczygiel you are a brave officer,and you will not be forgotten REST IN PEACE.


May 16, 2004

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