Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Michael Blankenship

Ohio State University Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, February 10, 1997

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Reflections for Police Officer Michael Blankenship

It’s been 25 years today. It’s been a long time, but then again…like yesterday. Life changed for so many. Your friendship and your actions inspired many to accomplish great deeds. Your death was not in vain.

“No one left behind” was our agreement during SRT trainings and missions. I hope we carried on with what was important to you. The department is in a better place today due to training, recruitment and community service, greatly in part to your ideals, dedication and sacrifice.

Most of us serving with you have now passed the finish line and wish you were here to celebrate.. We popped a cold one on your birthday this week and again this date in remembrance.

Watch over our Brothers and Sisters still serving as well the Sheepdogs who continue to watch the flock in retirement. Semper Vigilo.

I look forward to the day that we can all be together and laugh. I hope you have a good supply of Coors Light.

Rest In Peace my friend. You are never forgotten!

Lieutenant Denny Hollern (Ret.)
The Ohio State University Police Division

February 10, 2022

Remembering you again today, as I do every day, but this day is always harder. God used you for good to protect and help those around you and you were always there no matter what. That one day you couldn't be helped and we lost a great man and a great dad. I wish you were here, dad. It's so hard without you and remembering all of our good times helps and hurts at the same time. There is so much I want to share with you. I'll stay strong and keep my chin up as I always have, until we meet again. Miss you, Love you.

Dianne (Blankenship) Ratliff

February 10, 2022

There aren't enough words in the world, to explain the way I feel for you. How I miss you. But reading and reflecting on all of the lives you've touched and what you've done for this world, the legacy you've left behind...It all speaks for itself. I think of you more than I think even possible sometimes. You're the best man I know, always have been, always will be. But, I know you're always there, where you're needed. I miss watching 'John Wayne' movies and eating too much popcorn on your lap. I miss and love you, just as we all do. Merry Christmas.

Zac Blankenship

December 20, 2020

I just learned of why OSU Blankenship Hall was named. The person telling me the story had known Officer Blankenship and had taken the R.A.D. women's self defense class. She also recounted that shortly after taking the class that she had to use the skills she learned to save her life. She attributes Officer Blankenship with her life as well. Since I have learned of this, I have shared the OSU R.A.D. class info with some of my co-workers and other OSU employees. I have also shared the link to the national R.A.D. website with friends.

I always try to thank our offices, fire personnel and military whenever I encounter them. It is because of their selfless devotion to helping others that we can freely go about our lives. We owe them all debts of gratitude and continued respect!!

Leisl Ashbaugh
OSU employee

March 11, 2020

You were one the first examples I had of what it took to be a great police officer. After 23 years on the job I still find myself hoping I'm living up to your example.

May God be with you and your family, now and always.

Ranger L. Johnson
National Park Service

February 27, 2020

It doesn't take much,
to take someone down.
Just a single bullet, that can bounce around.

A vest or not,
the bullet will find a way.
On any kind of night,
it can take someone away.

The bulletin was heard,
and every officer knew,
the one they called their own
had just left the team in blue.

Everyone knew,
this day could come.
and now everyone is left
feeling helpless and numb.

The killer chose suicide,
but how little it eases the pain.
Because a mother and father,
know things will never be the same.

He was one of many
who answered the late night calls,
and now he will be one of many,
who's name is left on Washington walls.

Lt. G D Spence (ret)
The Ohio State University Police

February 9, 2019

Thinking of you a lot lately. Love you miss you. RIP

Dianne Ratliff (Blankenship)

August 8, 2018

I attended another funeral today for 2 Westerville officers killed, Officers Joering and Morelli. Now 2 more angels watch over us. On February 10, I was reflecting on that day you were killed and I heard the news about their shooting, my heart sunk. It brought back so many hard memories. Today and everyday, you are missed and remembered. You will never be forgotten and will always be cherished. Love you. Until we meet again, Rest in Peace.

Dianne Ratliff (Blankenship)

February 16, 2018

Rest in peace my brother you are missed. Never forget you.

Deputy Denny Steele

February 10, 2018

There is a friend worth fighting for,
the type who cares for glory no more.

The friend who's honest without regret,
who will stand by you and honor protect.

The friend who's name prompts a smile,
who renders support with every trial.

No amount of time or miles deflect
a friendship developed with respect.

The friend that accepts you as you are,
your values and beliefs will never mar.

This is the friend worth fighting for
who's worth over shadows riches galore.

This type of friend is a rare treasure!
To BE this friend, a reward beyond measure.

Rest easy my friend. We have the watch.

George Spence (retired)
The Ohio State University Police

February 10, 2018

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Michael Blankenship of the Ohio State University Police Department, Ohio and the additional 67 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

February 10, 2018

The reflection that precedes this one is magnificent in it's simplicity and poignancy. Nothing more needs to be said.

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

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

February 10, 2017

In the simple performance of duty,
he pinned on a badge,
checked his gear with a practiced eye,
and kissed his loved ones good-bye.

In the simple performance of duty,
he reported for work,
joked with his buddies at roll call,
and made his last trip down the squad room hall.

In the simple performance of duty,
he answered the call
to help the helpless, to find the lost,
no matter the danger or how great the cost.

In the simple performance of duty,
he lay down his life,
for those in peril he tried to save,
our brave friend went to his grave.

In the simple performance of duty,
we honor his deed,
as we carry him to rest in a flag-draped casket,
long after the world has forgotten,
we shall never forget.

Never judge or regret, what he did,
In the simple performance of duty

Lt. G D Spence (ret)
The Ohio State University Police

February 9, 2017

Ofc. Blankenship, I wanted to take a moment to let you know I'm riding in the 2016 Police Unity Tour in your memory. I'm a lieutenant with the University of Maryland Police Department. Like you I'm a bike officer and a defensive tactics instructor. May your memory live on with your family, coworkers, and all your brothers and sisters in blue.

Lt. Robert Jenshoej
University of Maryland Police Department

May 11, 2016

My dear friend.. I found your memorial page while looking at a friend's facebook page just now. So strange that I saw this at this time. I don't believe this friend knew you, only that she posted your memorial on the anniversary of your death. I last saw you 20+ years ago before I moved back to my hometown in 1996. Back in 1997, when I heard the news of your death via the television.......My heart broke and fell to the floor. We shared some wonderful friendship memories, Mike. I cherished your friendship and also your loyalty to your brothers and sisters of the badge. You were taken from all of us too soon my friend. The Lord must have had a greater plan for you. Rest in peace Michael.

Sgt Deb Wolford kna Deb Wilson Baker
past Grove City Police 911 supervisor and dispatcher

February 20, 2016

Thanks to a mutual friend, I'm visiting again. I hope you are resting peacefully, knowing there are many here who still miss you.

God Bless you Officer Blankenship. It's now been 19 years.

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

February 10, 2016

Never forgotten. RIP Mike.

Kim Clements
OSU Police

February 10, 2016

A man, just a man, simple and sublime
No more than normal most of the time
But when it gets tough, you know he’ll be true
Because he is a Cop and that’s what Cops do

He deals with the heartache and then he moves on
Not showing emotion because that could cause him harm
At times he seems callous and laughs at the wrong things
It is just his way of fighting the reality that stings

The things that he sees and the jobs he must do
Are like waves of emotions that he has to wade through
Most times he’ll keep dry, as they’re often small swells
But each time he’s not looking… a large wave rings his bell

The tough one he is… yeah, he hides it real good
Till it rips him apart and he cries like he should
The pain and the sadness he fought off all those years
Finally shows up and it rains… Hero’s Tears

Always remembered my brother. Rest easy, we have the watch.

Lt. G.D. Spence

February 9, 2016

Do You Know

Do you really know what we do?
Keeping peace and sanity just for you.
We go to work and try to keep our minds clear,
Knowing the dangers, yet we show no fear.
You say we look angry and sad all the time,
It's because of the horrible things that play in our minds.
Do you know what it is like every time we close our eyes?
To relive the death and frantic cries?
If only you knew the stress we carry around,
You would continually praise us rather than run us in the ground.
Do you know what it is like to watch a person die?
Or console a battered woman and tell a child not to cry?
You cast your problems on us day in and day out,
We try to help you and show you the right route.
Do you know what we would like to hear?
"I want to congratulate you on your courage and what you see every day".

Lt. G.D. Spence

February 10, 2015


In Criminal Investigation class this semester, I worked your case with your former Chief at OSUPD Ron Michalec. You seemed like a great Officer and funny guy. RIP.


December 8, 2014

My best friend.

Patrol Officer Don Cornwell
OSU Police retired

May 22, 2014

Dear Michael,

I never knew nor met you but you wore OSUPD Badge #303
just as I once did. Brenda Anderson Gaynor wore it before me. You are now both gone and our badge is retired. It will be my turn before much longer and then we'll meet. I look forward to that day when the 3 of us will compare notes, share some laughs and talk about the good old days.

Orval Simon-Bower, Ph.D.
OSU Police: 1979 - 1983

April 8, 2014

"Never stop learning." ~Mike Blankenship

I've not stopped; not ever. And I'll never forget you, Mike.

Federal Law Enforcement Ranger E. Blair
National Park Service

February 10, 2014

We gather today to remember, the sacrifices our loved ones have made.
We will never forget those loved ones, and the terrible price they have paid.
Their courage, dedication and professionalism will forever be alive in our hearts.
May God, in His infinite power, help to mend those broken parts.

There is no greater pain, then the loss of those we love,
But we pray you will find inner strength, with guidance from the Lord above.
It's a very tough journey you are faced with, but together we can all make it through.
So, we gather today to remember, and share the love for
"Our Heroes in Blue."

We know they are watching us now, and so proud that you're all here.
They would like to see smiles not sadness; see hope in your eyes not fear.
They are at peace with the Lord up in heaven, and they would like us to be at peace too.
They know in their hearts how we miss them, and they want you to know they miss you.

May you all find some solace in knowing, that in God's eyes, they did not die in vain.
They gave their lives doing a job they believe in, and it hurts them to see you in pain.
So as we pray for those loved ones we lost, They would like us to pray too;
For the brave men and women still out there, their Brothers and Sisters in Blue.

Rest in peace my friend. We have the watch.

Lt. G.D. Spence
The Ohio State University Police Division

February 10, 2014

There's a reason I cried
When I heard an officer had died
The reality hit hard in the life that we live
To a job where people are asking you to constantly give

One of the finest today paid the ultimate price
And with pride and honor made his greatest sacrifice
The public has no idea on a day to day, what you went through
And how many lives that are now touched, the killer never knew

How you sometimes went to work, with very little sleep,
Duty and honor, a vow you must keep
And like most cops you were most likely underpaid
But it's a job you loved, the one for which you were made

To protect and serve, is how you lived your life
My heart goes out to your now widowed wife
It's a knock on the door every officer's spouse fears
And that's why today my eye's are filled with tears

Our thoughts and prayers are for the families that will be without
A father, a husband, a brother who will be missed beyond doubt

Heaven called one of our finest home today
A price anyone who loves an officer hopes they will never pay
Lord, Watch over each and every unsung hero we pray
So they can be with the ones they love at the end of their day.

Rest in peace my brother. We have the watch.

Lt. G.D. Spence
The Ohio State University Police Dept.

February 10, 2013

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