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Officer Daniel James Muehlhausen

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Sunday, June 1, 1997

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Reflections for Officer Daniel James Muehlhausen

Its been to long Danny. You left us way to soon. I shall be retiring this coming December 27 years and change. I still remember studying in our dorm rooms with Nolte, Nunes to name few. RIP brother

Ofc J White AKA "Pappy" 13997
CHP CTC 4-94

June 18, 2021

Jesus Christ, during His Sermon on the Mount, proclaimed, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9 ESV]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed Independent Christian Clergy
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

February 28, 2021

I just found the article that I saved from this horrible accident and decided to share what I experienced that dreadful day.
My husband and I drove upon the accident just minutes after the impact. Every car that was following the group of mini trucks came to a complete stop. We all got out of our cars and were in shock as we watched the smoke and flames, both cars were unrecognizable. I'll never forget standing next to the young adults that were friends of the two young men that had died. I believe one young man was a brother of one of the deceased. They were all traumatized, shaking and crying. At that time, we all had no idea about who was in the other car.
That day is forever branded in my mind and soul. I think about the Officer and the two boys all the time. I think about their families and the friends of the boys.
My God comfort all the souls on this earth that loved those two young men and Officer Dan Muehlhausen, they are the ones left on this earth to suffer such a great loss.

Bambi Cortez
A witness to the accident

August 7, 2019

I was at the intersection of 177 and 62 yesterday, and stopped to read the memorial plaque again, as I always do when out there. Thank you for your service.

Tim Liddell
CA Hwy Patrol (retired) 5342

November 14, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother Leo. You are not forgotten. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

June 1, 2018

It's coming up on 20 years Sir. I did not know you but I lost my brother in the line of duty in 1984 with LAPD. My own husband had a freak fatal boating accident on Lake Havasu only theee weeks before your EOW. I think of you every time I go past your cross, and I left a star spangled heart there for you today. Slow hand salute Sir. We will never forget.

Donna Culwell

April 10, 2017

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 24, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 1, 2015

You are not forgotten, Your sacrafice, and that of your family"s are appreciated! I salute you!

Terry Nichols US Army
friend and classmate from Notre Dame

June 5, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Muehlhausen. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 12th 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 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


June 1, 2009

You will not be forgotten!

PS I'm Saul Martinez's younger brother

D.A. Investigator Ralph Martinez
Ventura County D.A.

September 29, 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 21, 2007

Dan, ten years later and you are still thought of. Your family is in our thoughts.

Franks Family

June 12, 2007

Been 10 years since we lost ya Dan But you know the Blue and Gold NEVER forgets !! Keep resting in peace brother !!

Calif Hwy Patrol..Ret.

June 1, 2007

G-d Bless.

June 1, 2007

We allways wanted to see Officer J. Muehlhausen.Every time we go to the river i see your cross! Thanks for being a great officer

yours truly,


March 5, 2007

Dan, its been 9 years since God has called you home and not a day goes by that we dont think of you.

Losing you was devastating to all of us, but weve learned to remember the good times and smile.

We keep your memory alive and the kids still know you as their Uncle Dan.

We Love you. We miss you.
God Rest Your Soul.
The Ostranders

Steve & Mary Ostrander
Best Friends

July 15, 2006

Dan, I miss you.


May 24, 2006

Dan and I worked together prior to either of us joining the CHP. Dan was hired by the CHP shortly before I was. I looked up to him and was thoroughly impressed by his professionalism and friendly demeanor. It was such a shock to see my friend's life taken at such an early age when he had so much left to give. To the Muehlhausen family, although it has been years since Dan's passing, I want you to know that he left a lasting impression on me and all that knew him. At the funeral, they played "Daniel" by Elton John. I can't hear that song now without remembering my good friend. He is deeply missed, but not forgotten.

Officer Stephen Erickson
California Highway Patrol

March 10, 2006

God rest your soul, Brave Warrior.

Deputy B. P. Styles
Buncombe Co. Sheriff's Dept., NC

January 23, 2005

I worked with Dan before he became a CHP officer. I do not believe there are enough words to express my true feelings for Dan. He was the best kind of friend you could ever want. I never realized the great person he was until it was too late. Attending his funeral was one of the very most worst days of my life. There are so many times now when I need to hear Dan's logic.....he was a very head-straight, logical person.....honest......caring. I miss him and for those who never met him......I'm sorry for you.....he was truly a person that everyone in the world should have met, for he made an impact on everyone he knew. Heaven is a lucky place, I bet they didn't think Heaven could get any better till Dan came.

Denise Callanta

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