Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Travis H. Maki

Elko County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

End of Watch Saturday, November 29, 1997

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Reflections for Sergeant Travis H. Maki

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

January 24, 2013

although I have never met you ,your story and reading reflections have really touched my heart. You were one of the true american Hero's that touched a lot of peoples heart. Although Nevada does have a handful of legends; You Sir are the Law Enforcment Legend of Nevada, At least for this generation. I am proud to tell you Sir that my wife and I have named our son "Travis" who was born November 2005. He is now in 1st grade and talks about becoming a police officer when he grows up. I now know for sure that we chose the right name for him. I will keep you updated Sir, RIP brother.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

December 3, 2012

For our dear friend Travis...You are now and will forever be my ex-husband's best friend. Today is not any kind of anniversary but just a day among many that I think of you and know that you look down upon those you love. Thank you for your service and loyalty...I know you are in a place of peace with people you know and love and also those you have served with and that will always put peace in my heart and mind.

With love and affection forever,
Theda Miller


September 13, 2012

Thank you Sir for your service and heroism everyday. You shall always be remembered. RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

July 9, 2012

This reflection is in response for Errica (Travis' niece).... Your Uncle Travis was amazing, and yes, he was a strong man. He was also incredibly loyal to his job, to his friends and to those he loved.Interestingly, he also loved killer whales, not only for their beauty, but because of their family loyalty. Although he was right-handed, he shot his gun left handed (and he was quick!). I'm sure you know that he loved the Dallas Cowboys and had an affinity for them since he was a little kid. His all-time favorite player for the Dallas Cowboys was Emmitt Smith. Travis cooked an amazing lasagna, which he learned how to make from his dear friend Vivian. His two best guy friends were Tim (from the military) and Mike (ECSD). He was incredibly patient and kind beyond anything you could imagine. Always supportive. One year during the christmas holiday he told me that he was always amazed by the recipients of "Shop With A Cop" because the kids would always want to buy for their family and not for themselves. And the Christmas before his accident, I had heard that he had used his own money to buy things for a little guy in the "shop with a cop program" because the little boy used his donation money to buy for his family instead of himself, and Travis wanted this kid to have gifts as well. A series on television that your uncle loved was called the "X-files". He absolutely never missed an episode. He drove a red Camaro IROC and his patrol car was a Ford Explorer (not that that's important). One thing I don't want to forget to tell you is that Travis was really proud of your dad for all the positive changes he made in his life. And Errica, he adored you. He thought you were the cutest kid ever. He also had a tremendous respect for your grandfather and truly loved him, as he did all of you. He was an excellent cop, Errica. So respected. His uniform was meticulously perfect-always if you can imagine. He would even go through his "troops', reports to correct any typos...he just felt that those kinds of things were important. Travis was 6'2" and incredibly handsome. Aside from being a strong individual, he also had a sensitive side that few people saw... And He loved with all his heart -- in all these years since his accident, he still remains the best human being I have ever had the privilege of knowing. He really was extraordinary......

Personal Relationship

April 11, 2012

My dear Uncle Travis. I only knew you for almost 5 years. My father and grandfather say you were an amazing and strong man. A loving son, brother, uncle and friend to all. We love you, and miss you. I wish I could have grown up with you around. I'll see you some day. R.I.P.

Errica Holsclaw

March 4, 2012

I never had the honor of meeting you but I write this today to share my gratitude for the life I have with my husband. You remind us each day to take nothing for granted and never miss an opportunity to say I love you. We had our fourth child in June, her name is Charlotte Maki.
Thank you Travis and God bless you.

Jessica Jones
Wife of Officer Sean Jones

September 8, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twelth 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you. Both the pain and the pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 29, 2009

I never knew that this page was out on the web until looking for Officer Survival information. I am glad to see Travis here and remembered. Thanks to Sean Jones who now works in Reno for his reflection. Officer Jones was recently a Police Survivor. Stay safe, Sean. I too remember working the night that travis ended his shift. I was full of shock and yet very angry. I remember running south from Jackpot as fast as my car would take me. I and another Deputy were stopping every vehicle that was on the highway that night. Taking information and checking the vehicles for damage. We were told that night that he was forced off the bridge by a vehicle and may have been struck by it. We never found anything. To this day the vehicle on the pass with Travis was not located. It leaves you empty not knowing why your friend and fellow officer had to leave. We then returned hours later to the Substation and called every Deputy in Jackpot for a meeting at the office. There, we broke the news to them in person. What a horrible silence there was. I found it difficult to think about Travis in public because I would become involved and lock out the world. The service was heartbreaking. I pass by that very location more times then I can count each year and not once do I go by without thinking about my friend and wondering what actually happened or what he was thinking. Travis will not be forgotten. His name comes up alot and his plaque hangs prowdly in our front office. It's been going on 11 years now and still seems only last fall. Take care my brother and I will see you again when God says it's time.

Sean Murphy
Elko County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sean Murphy
Elko County Sheriff's Office/ Friend

June 23, 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

December 11, 2007

On the 10th anniversary of Sergeant Maki's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Sergeant Maki is not forgotten.

Agent Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

November 29, 2007

rest in peace hero


November 29, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 29, 2007

We just learned of Sergeant Maki's death. Want you to know that our prayers go out to his family. He was a true hero and will never be forgotten. May God bless his family and his fellow officers.

Lyndell and Elizabeth Taylor (Amarill,Texas)
Parents of Deputy Sheriff
Morris Lyn Taylor (EOW 9-14-02)
Douglas County, Oregon
Roseburg, Oregon

January 8, 2007

I visited this site numerous times throughout the years, reflecting back on that night. I was the young rookie Trooper that Sgt. Maki helped out that night and the last one that saw him alive.
I think back to that night often, how I was standing at the trunk of my car, picking up a handful of flares, preparing to set up them up for traffic control, when he approached me.
Sgt. Maki was on prisoner relay from Elko, NV to meet with a Wells Deputy who had made a late night arrest. Sgt. Maki, as I recall, volunteered to meet with the Deputy so he didn't have to drive all the way to Elko to book the prisoner into jail.
The location where the two Deputies were supposed to meet was miles away from where this accident occurred and if the Sgt. would not have volunteered to continue on to the accident scene to help out, there’s no doubt that he would still be here today.
I never knew him prior to that night, my interaction was brief. It consisted of him taking the flares from me, telling me that he would set them out and he suggested that I start the accident investigation. What a decision. I know that Travis understood the hazardous situation that we were in and that he put himself on point, without hesitation.
No doubt, I have pondered what might have been if he did not show up that night. What other possible outcomes could have played out.
When I consider what he must have been like, as a cop, as a friend, as a man, I am left with the brief interaction that I had with him that night.
Here I am, a lowly tail light chaser, still wet behind the ears. This man, a Veteran officer, a Sergeant, he goes out of his way to help me when he didn’t have to. He did his duty above and beyond, with courage and he showed me respect when he didn’t have to. I thank him everyday for the sacrifice he made for me, knowingly or not. I hope that I am worthy of it.

Sean Jones

Reno Police Department

Sean Jones
Reno Police Department

December 1, 2006

G-d Bless.

November 29, 2006

I’m not sure what made me check this page today as it has been years since my last glance. I found myself reading the past couple of remarks left here and once again finding myself completely lost in raw emotion. Although all our lives have continued down a path we could have never anticipated, I know that each one of us who knew you are better because of you. I am well aware that your influences have propelled me over these years despite your absence. Through it all, you have not been forgotten.
I was watching Dancing With The Stars last night on television (which I typically never watch) and saw Emmit Smith featured as a favored choice of the voters. I thought…. Oh dear God, what you must be thinking of your favorite former running-back for the Dallas Cowboys, dancing “ballroom” on television. I bet I laughed for ten minutes.
When you love someone, I believe you take that with you everywhere you go and in everything you do. It’s not just a part of your day; it becomes something so strong that it remains in you forever no matter where the journey takes you. If there’s anything I have learned, it is this. You will never be forgotten. I will always miss you.

Personal Relationship

September 28, 2006

My Best Friend,
If time heals all wounds, then in a hundred years maybe this day will not hurt as much as it does now. I still look up and smile when the Cowboys win. I know I'll see you again someday, until then watch over your friends and family. We miss you.


MSG Tim Miller
US Army. Fort Benning

November 29, 2005

For Travis, he loved his job and every aspect of it. He held himself in such a way that it commanded repspect. Never leaving a stone unturned, and following through until the day's end was truly over, he was a guiding light for anyone who knew him. Today, and every day that light still burns brightly. We haven't forgotton him, nor will we ever..... "Sam 6", I miss you...



May God continue to watch over your friends and family Travis. You are still not forgotten (5 years later) and never will be. You impacted people's lives in a profound way, even those that did not know you well. You have forever changed our lives and know that we think of you often, especially when on duty. It was an honor to know you and is a blessing to have you as a guardian angel watching over us.


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