Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Michael J. Metroka

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Monday, December 15, 1997

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Michael J. Metroka

Uncle Michael,
Please watch over officer Tome's family this week as they are going through a difficult week. I havent been on in a while, but wanted you to know I have gotten your Aime signs over the last week. Im still trying to figure out what you are trying to tell me, but i know you are watching over me. This month starts the usual sad feelings that i get, with your birthday and then Thanksgiving and Xmas, but i know you are with me through it all. Tell Gram I love her and miss her so much!

Love u

robyn caiazzo
niece

October 12, 2010

Uncle Michael,
Sorry, havent been on in a while....We are all moved into the house and it is WONDERFUL :) Just wanted to let you know i was thinking abt you today. I got a notice in the mail that they are going to refurbish the memorial wall this year. That makes me so happy because it really needs it and you deserve the best! Love u always,
Robyn

Robyn Caiazzo

April 9, 2010

thank you : )

robyn

February 24, 2010

Well, we went up to the house yesterday and got a great surprise~ the siding was all done: ) I know u have had a hand in them getting things done so quickly for us! I am so excitied to FINALLY have it done, its been such a long road. The snow is starting to melt and hopefully spring is right around the corner. I love you and miss u...

robyn caiazzo

February 22, 2010

Deputy Metroka,

God bless you sir and may he watch over your family and hold them tightly. What a wonderful niece you have and I know your so proud of her. Robyn, I know your uncle is watching over you and he will keep you safe. Your a very special, caring person and thank you from my heart for visiting my son on his birthday.

With deepest respect,
Kim Weigand
Mom of Sgt. Michael C. Weigand
E.O.W. 9/14/2008

Kim Weigand

February 21, 2010

Uncle michael,
Can you please look down on me and give me some luck in the next few days? My work is just awful and the house is almost done and I need to keep my job in order to get the house, which i have waited so long for now. I know that u already know all of this as u are watching it all unfold. Please send me a sign so i know u are up there helping me out with this. You would think that after all i have been through, this would be a piece of cake to get through, but its not. Im struggling here and need some peace and tranquility. Please help me with this. I miss you and love you so much. Still think of you every day! Tell gram i said hello and give her a kiss me me and Dyllan!

Love, me : )

Robyn Caiazzo
neice

February 1, 2010

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 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.
The hurt never goes away, but both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest in Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 15, 2009

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones on this anniversary of you being called away from duty. You have not been forgotten as true heroes never die. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones, wrap your wings around all of them and protect them from harm.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

December 15, 2009

Uncle Michael,
12 years have gone by. So much has been missed in that 12 years. Sometimes it seems like it was just yesterday and sometimes it seems like a lifetime ago since so much has changed in my life since then....I wanted you to know your still thought of and missed each and every day. Russ is going to the Memorial Wall in DC tomorrow to leave you something. I hope you like it!

We love you,
Robyn, Russ, Dyllan & Lainy

Robyn Caiazzo
niece

December 15, 2009

Uncle Michael -

12 years now since you have been gone from our lives... I continue to write here because it makes me feel a little closer. I learned a long time ago how to live with your loss, however the pain is still very much there. I have been married for 3 months now. I know you were watching over me because my wedding day, was nothing less than Perfect. Thank You!! I hope that I made you proud. I wish you were there to dance with me. This time of year brings back so many painful memories of your horrible accident. Please know that I am thinking of you on this day and every other day of my life. I miss you so very much!! Happy Holiday in Heaven!

<3 Hugs, Kisses, & Lots of Love <3
Dawn

Dawn Wenzel (Kuhar)
Niece

December 14, 2009

Uncle Michael,
Sorry I didnt write this yesterday. Seems like just yesterday I got the call abt the accident. We continue to miss u each and every day!

All my love,
Robyn

Robyn Caiazzo
niece

November 30, 2009

Happy birthday,although belated. I'll never forget you. You were one of the most important and influential people in my life.

sue

November 5, 2009

Uncle Michael,
Happy Belated 51st birthday in heaven. We continue to miss you each and every day! Hope your watching down on us and are proud of how Im living my life now : )

I love you

Robyn

Robyn Caiazzo
niece

November 3, 2009

I salute you for your service and honor you for your Sacrifice. It's obvious you had a loving family, They remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Rest easy Deputy...

Deputy
Florida - Former BSO Fire

September 27, 2009

Uncle Michael -

Another year has passed and it still feels like yesterday that you left us. I don't think a day goes by that your not spoken of or thought of. Please know that you hold a special place in my heart and you are thought of on this day. I love you and miss you always & forever.

<3, Dawn

Dawn Kuhar
Niece

December 15, 2008

Uncle Michael,
We are remembering you today and everyday on this eleven year anniversay of your death. As Russ and I were driving back to Maryland last nite i was remembering back to that fateful day eleven years ago. Sometimes i cant believe it has been eleven years and other times it feels like a lifetime ago. So much has happened, SO MUCH, in these eleven years that you have not been here for.....I only wish you were still here with us to be enjoying Dyllan and Lainy. I can only hopeu are watching over us all and we will see you and Gram again some day in Heaven.....

All our love,
Robyn, Russ, Dyl and Lainy

Robyn Caiazzo
Niece

December 15, 2008

Uncle Michael,
Just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving in Heaven. We love you and miss you every day...

Robyn, Russ, Dyllan & Delainy

Robyn Caiazzo
niece

November 26, 2008

Uncle Michael -

Happy 50th Birthday in Heaven!! You were so young when you passed away and missed so much. Not a day goes by that we don't think about you or talk about you. I got engaged 2 weeks ago. I feel very strongly that you sent Ethan to me, he is so much like you. He graduated from police K-9 school in August and is a K-9 Officer just like you. "Gas" is his name and lives with us. Mom bought his vest for him in memory of you and Woedon. I know you are watching over us all and keeping us safe, please continue to do so. I miss you and love you as much as I did 10 years ago. You would have been the coolest 50 year old I knew!! Happy Birthday!!

I Love You,
Dawn

Dawn Kuhar
Niece

October 29, 2008

Uncle Michael,
I just wanted to say happy birthday! Wow, can you believe you would be 50 today? Whats even crazier is that im 34 : ( I think about you every day. Just wanted you to know that even though it has been many years since we last spoke or saw each other you are in my thoughts each and every day! I love you and miss you!

Robyn

Robyn
niece

October 29, 2008

On behalf of the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association, I would like to express our deepest regards and sympathy to the family, friends and fellow officers of Deputy Sheriff Michael Metroka. You gave the ultimate sacrifice. Michael, you may be gone, but you will NEVER be forgotten. Rest in peace blue angel and thank you for your service.

James A. Cortina
Director / Connecticut Police Work Dog Association

January 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
Sergeant
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 10, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you and your K-9 partner for your service

vandenberghe
manchester, nh

December 8, 2007

Uncle Michael -

I can't believe that it has been 10 years since you left us. I need to tell you that not a day in those 10 years did I not think of you. You are missed and loved as much today as you were that horrible day. So much has happened in these 10 years that I wish you were here for. I know that you are watching over all of us and keeping us safe. I try very hard to be as great of an aunt to Dyllan and Delainy as you were an uncle to me and Robyn. 10 years ago I was only a senior in high school and now I am 27 years old. I so wish that you could know the person that I am today and I pray that you are proud of who I have become and what I have accomplished. I wish you could meet Ethan, like you he is a police officer who is as dedicated to the job as you were. He is a wonderful guy who loves me very much and makes me so incredibly happy. I just miss you so much and if I could have a wish I wish I could have the opportunity to talk with you again. On the approaching 10 year anniversary of that horrible accident I just want you to know that you are still loved and missed so extremely much and the emptiness in all our hearts and lives is still as big as it was then. Please continue to watch over us and keep us safe.

I Love You Forever,
Dawn

November 19, 2007

Uncle Michael,
I have been meaning to write to you for a long time, and im sorry its been so long, but i just wanted to tell you I love you and still miss u as much as i did on the day you left us. My life has changed so much. I have remarried, a wonderful guy named Russ and he loves Dyllan and Lainy as if they were his own. We live in Baltimore, MD now. I am extremely happy with him and he is the guy i was meant to be with all along. I know you and gram watched over me and helped me get through everything and gave this wonderful man as a gift to me. I wish you could have met the kids, Dyllan, hes 8 now, knows all abt you and he is obsessed with being a police officer. He has a picture of you with Woedon that he adores. He misses gram so much. And Lainy, she is 4, i wish she could have met you too cause she would have loved all the cool animals you used to have. I must admit, i am the anumal rescuer now. We love all kinds of animals, just like u. I remember when i would come and visit you and Id be scared of those dogs of urs. haha, i would run from room to room so they wouldnt bite my ankles. Boy has time changed....I just want you to know i love you and I am hoping to get to the cemetary in the next year when we go to spring training... November is always hard but this year it is especially hard for me. I remember talking to you the day before your accident and just kidding and joking. I will always regret handing the phone over to someone else for them to talk and not telling you that i love u. I hope u knew. I remember getting that call in the middle of the nite, i was the number they found in your phone to call, that was the worst nite of my life...Anyway, i guess thats it. I love you and miss u so much. I often wonder how different things would be now that im older and have the kids. We would have seen you more and not felt so far away from you. Since you were so much younger than everyone else, you were always the COOL uncle....Please keep watch over me and my new family and say hi to gram for me. I bet she is so proud, being there with you!

I love you,
Robyn

Robyn Caiazzo
niece

November 8, 2007

Mike,

Just want you to know Pal that you have not been forgotten. Not a day goes by that I don't turn the headlights of my patrol car on in memory of you and Mike Doane.

There are days that I just wish I could give you a call and we could get together and just kick back and laugh at all the stupid stuff that we did during our short time that we had together.

Well buddy, just want you to know that I still miss you and think of you often.

God Bless my Brother,

Your Pal, Your Friend and Partner forever.
Until we meet again

Deputy Philip M. Marino
Broward Sheriff's Office

Deputy Philip M. Marino
Broward Sheriff's Office

October 16, 2007

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