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Officer Michael Anthony Partin

Covington Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, January 4, 1998

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Reflections for Officer Michael Anthony Partin

Officer Partin,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Covington. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 4, 2023

Thinking of my friends in Covington today - present and retired. That was a horrifying night. To his family, I have not forgotten Mike. Only met him on a handful of incidents when he was in the west side of the city as I was in a neighboring small city, but I could tell, he was heading for a great career. Peace and love.
My home will be lit with blue lights this evening.

Scott Dhonau
Park Hills Police 94-98

January 4, 2021

Worst night of my career Mike. We still miss you. Rest in Peace, we'll have the shift back together some day.

Sgt. Kevin Brady
Covington Ky Police Department 1992-2013

January 3, 2021

May you continue to Rest in Heaven. You will never be forgotten and your sacrifice is honored


January 4, 2020

Officer Partin,
On today, the 22nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Covington. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 4, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Partin.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 27, 2019

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

January 5, 2019

Il never forget officer Partin and the night he fell. That night was the very first call out for task force one dive team and it was heart breaking that we could not find him.

Retired deputy j.harper
Clermont co so

April 8, 2018

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

January 6, 2018

I was looking at the Covington Police Department at the ODMP Page, and I read about your incident. I appreiate your service Officer Parton to CPD, may you Rest in Peace, it's to bad that the suspect didn't fall thru that gap in the bridge. I know that God didn't let your suffer, God opened his hands and caught your soul and took you to heaven that day, Amen !

Former Sgt. Joe Covington, M/C #4926
Corpus Christi Police Department

September 12, 2014

Officer Parton, I would like to thank you for your service with my heart. My husband is a police officer, too and I pray everyday for him to come home safely. Rest in peace officer and I wish that guy got more sentence


March 7, 2014

Live close by Officer Parton, thank you for your services, did not know your badge # was the same as my husbands. You will never be forgotten.

wife of a fallen officer 5/19/03

January 4, 2014

Mike Partin and I met through a mutual friend who also attended Glen Este High School. Right away, we hit it off. I will always remember the day he stopped by my apartment to show off his Covington Police Department badge he had just received as a new hire. He was beaming with pride and was so excited to start his new job. I was still searching for my first law enforcement job and he provided me with hope through seeing him so happy. Finally, in December of 1997 I received my offer of employment from the Cincinnati Police Department. I told Mike about my good news and he was equally as happy for me. A week before I was set to start the academy, that's when I received the news of Mike's ultimate sacrifice. It was with a heavy but honoring heart that I began my journey into law enforcement. I am a better person for having known Mike Partin and he will never be forgotten.

Lieutenant Jay Johnstone
Cincinnati Police Department

June 21, 2013

I was working the night officer Partin fell from the bridge . I was at Co
5 ...but awoke to the stress in the dispatchers voice...then watching the review screen on dispatched equipment...after being relieved..went to the bridge site to help...with all the people felt desolate. Told to come back later...bringing lighting for them to the boats...there was so much silence for there being so many people .
I still carry the black/ blue striped elastic badge band with the pin attached to has the date, his badge number, and Mikes name. Its always in my car...
in plain sight hanging from my mirror...always a reminder that life is short and should be cherished for what it is

betty schwartz retired emt
covington fire dept

January 20, 2013

We remember you, Mike, tonight in a memorial service on the bridge...Your heroism lives on!

Chaplain Randy Wallace
Covington P.D.

January 2, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 14th 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Those months spent waiting for your body to be recovered must have ben agonizing.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 4, 2012

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain; but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

November 15, 2010

May God continue to comfort your family. Rest in are NOT forgotten!

MPO Penman
City of Fairfax PD, VA

May 8, 2010

After all these years still thinking of you Mike........


March 17, 2010

This happened 11 years ago and it is very sad reading about it for the first time.
He is not forgotten and may the good memories of him bring you peace.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


January 4, 2009

"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

January 19, 2008

My sympathies to the Partin family on this terrible anniversary. During the time that Officer Partin fell into the river, my friend was missing. A river search began to recover his body. A week later, they found my friend's murdered body instead. I believe truly that things happen to people for a reason and that we all have a mission in life. Without the search for Michael Partin, her body may never have been recovered. I just wanted to say that somehow he was her angel that tragic day. I know these words will never make up for the pain his family has encountered. But I just wanted to say that in conjunction with being a brave hero, he was also an undercover angel. God Bless the Partin Family.

Joy Fry
Laney's Legacy

January 4, 2008


Ten years later and your sacrifice will not be forgotten. God bless you and your family.

Cranford Police Dept (NJ)

January 4, 2008



December 31, 2007

As I walked through the halls of Glen Este High School which I attended, which now my 16yr old daughter attends, I stopped to reflect your honor on the wall of your sacrifice. Thank you for making us proud here in your home town of what a great police officer you were. Glen Este High School now has one of the best Cincinnati football programs, wish you were here to see it. Thanks again, Mike.


May 30, 2007

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