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Deputy Sheriff Michael David Yahl

Lee County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, March 13, 1976

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Michael David Yahl

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Yahl.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 10, 2019

I was a new paramedic in Fort Myers. I was in the emergency room and they were working on both the deputy and the robber at the same time. Very sad day. The map location above is incorrect. In was on north airport road near page field, not Daniels road.

Mark Younger Paramedic
Emergency medicine instructor

August 9, 2018

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

HEROES live forever, and you sir are a hero. Continue to rest in peace Deputy Yahl.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

March 13, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

Time does not heal the pain in the hearts of those left behind nor does the memory of their hero ever fade. God bless you and your family for the sacrifice made for all of us. Continue to rest in peace.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


March 13, 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 13, 2010

It has been 33 years since your tragic death. Please know that your memory is honored and revered today.
My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.
This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Deputy Yahl. I am humbled by your valor and your dedication.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Deputy Yahl gave to his community and the citizens of Florida, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 13, 1976.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 17, 2009



April 8, 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

October 3, 2007

On the anniversary of your death, you are in our thoughts and prayers.


March 13, 2007

May you sleep safe in The Lord's care and may He bless you and your loved ones.

March 13, 2007

Thank you and may you be in Gods hands!!!

February 1, 2006

Lee County never forgets a fallen Officer. Gone But Not Forgotten.

LCSO Officer
Lee County Sheriff's Office

January 28, 2006

this brave deputy was murdered the day I was born, please watch over me during my career brother

patrol officer
cleveland, ohio police dept.

December 11, 2005

Continue to rest brother, thank you.


March 13, 2005

Deputy Sheriff Yahl,
On today, the 29th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lee County.

March 13, 2005

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