Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Michael V. Wigderson

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Monday, March 20, 1967

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Reflections for Reserve Deputy Sheriff Michael V. Wigderson

Mike was my friend when I was a kid growing up in Manhattan.
We both went to public school nine on the Westside.
I was shock and saddened to hear of his death

Alan Goldsmith

August 11, 2022

Today marks 55 years since you were taken! I miss you always and wear my lapel pin with a black ribbon in your memory and honor. As a LE firearm instructor I always begin any safety course with mention of you. Your are on my website so that everyone will understand that safety is always a priority. RIP
Peter Friedman, partner

Peter M. Friedman
LASO reserve March 20,1967

March 20, 2022

Olav hashalom and rest in peace Reserve Deputy Sheriff Wigderson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 14, 2022

Dear Michael and Alberta, we were neighbors in Hollywood for a brief time and I can still picture you both coming home, we lived next door to each other, and very close in age, and you were recently married. We spent many evenings chatting about life, and I will never forget you both and the terrible events that changed everything. Rest in forever peace.

Sandra Graves
Neighbor in Hollywood, ca. Many years ago.

July 18, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 20, 2018

I remember like it was yesterday driving with al matthew's to make the death notiiacton to mikes wife.
RIP Mike.

Dep. Gary Kotler
L.A County Sheriff (RET.)

September 27, 2014

Very tragic event! Was also preventable.

Dep. Gary Kotler
L.A County Sheriff (RET.)

September 27, 2014

I was Mike's friend and fellow Reserve Academy recruit. Myself and another of Mike's friends and fellow recruit, along with Academy staff were tasked with
notifying his wife of his death.

Neil N. Ornstein/SR retired

September 24, 2014

I was the Other Deputy Shot with Michael, I would like to make in correction, Mike was shot in the corner of Heart, he died while enroute to the Hspt.

Vern F. Bauer/ retired

January 1, 2013

I knew Mike from the time I was 16 years old in high school and he was a wonderful, caring person.

I was in such shock when I found out what had happened.

It was a short time after he had found happiness and a
wonderful life with his wife Alberta whom I also knew for many years

May he rest in peace and know he will never be forgotten.

Enid Strusser Berman

December 14, 2012

Rest in peace Reserve deputy Wigderson and Olav Hashalom, your bravery will never be forgotten, even though your death was accidential. I'm sure your Uncle, actor Milton Berle or Untie Miltie as he was called, Mr. TV was very heart-broken. my dad was a long time New york city policeman for almost forty years.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 20, 2012

Never Forgotten

Lieutenant Ron Melton
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Retired

January 8, 2012

I am the widow of Michael Wigderson. I will love you and miss you the rest of my life.



Alberta Wigderson-Kaplan

September 5, 2011

I was Mike's partner that day. I was within 1 foot away when the first two .22 rounds were fired at us by a LASO training instructor at the East LA academy. Mike and I were demonstrating a felony stop when the instructor leaped from his car, pulled a .22 revolver from his waistband and started firing at us. At the time I had exited the pax side of our patrol car and moved around the rear to stand next to Mike. (No mention by the way that Mike was Milton Berle's nephew!) As I approached Mike the instructor fired at us. Mike was hit twice in his chest (no vests then) and he fell over on me. I placed him across the front seat as other deputies raced toward both us and the instructor. To be fair, the instructor thought his .22 was loaded with blanks, but he never inspected the weapon prior to the training exercise by his own admission. Here we are 44 years later and the record is still incorrect! REST IN PIECE MIKE! YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY PRAYERS! GOD BLESS.

Peter Friedman

July 1, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 20, 2010

Rest in Peace, Deputy Wigderson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 23, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd 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
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 20, 2009



April 30, 2008

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

A hero never dies....

The Department never forgets.

Rest in peace, hero.

October 20, 2004

What a terrible tragedy. My prayers go out to all concerned.
Rest easy, Deputy Wigderson; you are not forgotten.

Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, In.l

March 20, 2004


Explorer Chris Chappell
Anne Arundel County Police

November 9, 2003

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