Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Michael K. Aselton

Barnstable Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Tuesday, March 29, 1983

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Reflections for Patrolman Michael K. Aselton

Officer Aselton, it has been 51 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your 4 years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

March 30, 2024

Thank you for your service Officer Aselton !!!!!

Sergeant David Dufault (Ret)
Hartford Police Department
Hartford, CT

March 6, 2024

Officer Fenton, it has been 40 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices that you and too many others have made for us. Thank you for your service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

March 29, 2023

Ptl. Aselton, it's now been 37 years. God Bless, Brother and continued peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

March 29, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Aselton.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 24, 2019

The funeral of Sean Gannon is today and I am reminded of Mike's funeral. They were both so young. I worked with Mike in Barnstable. I think of him often. I especially remember his sense of humor. He was a great guy and after 35 years is still missed.

Colleen Cassidy
Former BPD

April 18, 2018

We remember Michael on the anniversary of his death. Heroes are the people who do what has to be done regardless of the consequences. Michael is a hero in life not death. Michael served with pride, commitment, and service.

Robert Aselton, Operations Supv. Ret.
Toronto Police Service

May 29, 2016

It was an honor to run in the snow dash down in East Hartford for your cousin. You will always be remembered and honored! Thank you for your service American Hero!

Former Protective Security Officer (PSO) for Region 1 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Protective Service Police, Pete Harrington BostonMA

March 31, 2016

Rest in peace my brother. It's been 31 yrs since that night of 3-29-83. I recall it well. It was a very sad time for all. Your humor and smile was always enlightening no matter the situation. I am now retired Mike and will always remember the few short yrs we worked together at the BPD. Your heroism and dedication will always be remembered. Gone but never forgotten. PR......

Retired master patrolman
Barnstable P.D.

March 31, 2014

Thank you Michael for your service

Operations Supv. Rob Aselton (Retd)
Toronto police Service

March 29, 2014

i work in police dt easthartford ct with his brian i do miss

sargent hodges
head of detevies

February 26, 2014

I watched Michael grow up. We were family friends. He was a good man.He grew up next door, it was a shame the way things happened...but he was doing what he longed to do. If you are still around...hello Joan, all my love.

Mark Lyon
Friend of the Family

April 9, 2013

It's been 29 years since the death of Michael. I miss him still. It is so precious that he is still remembered by ALL of you. I am not a police officer so I am sure this isn't appropriate to write in this space. My name is Nancy and Michael was my husband for a very short time. I am a better person to have been a part of his life. God bless all of us especially those who risk their lives for others. Thanks for letting me share.

Nancy C Murray civilian

May 21, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th 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 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 Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 29, 2009


Your friends and brother officers still remember you with a smile and a tear. Rest well.....

Barnstable PD

May 15, 2008

Still remembered on this, the 25th anniversary of your tragic death.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

March 29, 2008

Patrolman Aselton,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Barnstable. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



March 29, 2008



February 26, 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

February 18, 2008

Gone but not forgotton. God bless you and your family.

New Haven Police Dept, CT

October 27, 2006

I remember attending the funeral of Patrolman Aselton while still with the UMass/Boston Police Dept. The new Barnstable Police Facility had just recently been completed and I recall how we all gathered in one of the large garages of the building. All of us in attendance were so impressed by the new building and there was talk of how sad it was that Mike Aselton would never really be able to appreciate what had been done and how sad it was that his family (home and work) was now without him. It was an impressive turnout and I was very impressed by the number of Firefighters who were in attendance. I know some folks on a couple of the Fire Departments in Barnstable and know just how close the Public Safety family is down there.

You made the ultimate sacrifice and I mourn that, but I thank you for your efforts on behalf of the citizens of Barnstable.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

October 12, 2006

Thank you for your service Brother. May you rest in peace and may God keep you close.

Yarmouth Police Dept.

August 3, 2004



February 15, 2004

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