Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Michael Anthony Ceriale

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, August 21, 1998

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Reflections for Police Officer Michael Anthony Ceriale

Hey cousin, I’ve never spoken publicly about our relationship outside of close family, family friends, and my significant other. I was very young when you passed away so it doesn’t seem right to speak about someone I didn’t know. The few memories I do have of you seem like dreams. You were my godfather and we were destined to be very close. You came over all the time to hang out with my family and I think you took your older cousin/godfather role very seriously. Your passing has always been a shadow over our family and left a big hole in it.

People might not know it but you won the city wide Golden Gloves tournament. I took up boxing as well and think of that fact occasionally. Would have been fun to talk about the sweet science.

My brother and I became very close with your mom. We talk often and she’s one of my favorite people in the world. My brother and I do our best to take care of her but you know how she can be.

Anyway, thought this was a little testament to write.


January 22, 2023

I still think about you often. RIP brother.

Jim Krasinski

April 1, 2022

Forever in the thoughts of so many of CPD and other members of L.E. Rest for eternity with the the brother and sisters of the blue who had also gave their lives to the community.

Detective Mike (Retired)
Chicago Police Department.

January 8, 2022

I was fortunate to carry Mike out of the church. We were friends. A lot of our friendship was trading humor, life challenges and learning strategies about being cops. Heroes die before the rest of us. We were all lucky who knew him, worked with him. And a lot of our youth died with him. I Pray for him.

PO 19639 Ernest A. Gomez
Chicago PD (‘96-‘03) 24th, 25th, 13th Districts

June 26, 2021

You may be gone but not forgotten, in my prayers

George Gonzales Senior officer Specialis
Dept of Justice

March 8, 2021

You may be gone but not forgotten, in my prayers

George Gonzales Senior officer Specialis
Dept of Justice

March 8, 2021

Growing up in Chicago in 80’s and 90’s, this one stuck with me. I hope his family is at peace. He died a hero.

Bret Hullinger

December 17, 2020

I can't believe it's been over 22 years now. I attended your candle light vigil across from Cook County Hospital. I'm still saddened by the senseless violence that took you from us.

CHAPD and CPD Retired

September 6, 2020

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 21, 2020

My Brother John Ramirez is the actual Uncle of Michael, but Michael and I grew up together since he was about 4 and I was 10.

I will always remember Michael as my lil brother, well because I had four older ones, so I wanted a lil brother. Love you Michael, I'll always be proud of you buddy, you were a hero. See you soon...

Paul A. Solomon

July 30, 2020

Mike we will never forget! Thank you and may you always RIP (GT brother)

Mark Golosinski

June 7, 2020

You and you parents are always in our prayers.

David Graham

May 17, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Ceriale.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 16, 2019

I pray peace upon Officer Ceriale and his family.

W.S. Baxter
U.S. Army veteran
Son of retired police officer

January 17, 2019

RIP Mike Never Forget to a real police officer.

INV Joe Seinitz

September 9, 2018

Hard to believe its been 18 years, feels like yesterday I got the sad news that you had been shot and then the even worse news that you had passed. Gone but never forgotten brother. Still remember us playing softball together. From one Gordon Tech alum to another, RIP.

Andre Akerele
just a friend

August 21, 2016

Hey , Mike just wanted to say hi .I was in your class in the academy and now we're almost at that magic number (20 years ). I remember losing you as if it were yesterday the politics of this department has changed but the respect for you and all the fallen will never waiver God bless you and your family .I for one am a better person because of you .

Police officer Fellow class mate . 97-2
Chicago police department

July 31, 2016

Gone but not forgotten brother

Officer Joe Seinitz

October 31, 2015

It's been so long. I think about you all the time. I still can't believe it. You're my hero and my angel. I miss you sweetheart.

Patrol Officer

August 21, 2015


Illinois Antique Emergency Vehicle Assn.

June 24, 2015

Think about you all the time. You are not forgotten.

Officer Sister In Blue

April 8, 2015

Hey Mike, just wanted to let you know that you will always be remembered. You were a fellow classmate at Gordon and teammate on the track team. Less than a year after you were taken from us I became a brother in blue and have always thought of you. Praying for your family and you to have everlasting peace.

Officer Valdez A.
Earlville PD, GT class of 89

December 22, 2014

So much time has passed, I can't believe it. I still think about you. You're still my hero, always will be.


August 22, 2014

Mike, you are always in my prayers. You are in heaven with your dad, Tony, looking down on all Officers working the streets. The short time you were a proud member of the Chicago Police Department, you exhibited courage and exceptional skills reflecting what everybody refers to as the REAL POLICE. You fit that role to the T and did more good in your short life, then some people do in a lifetime. God bless you Mike, till we meet again.

Mike Byrne
Chicago PD retired

May 29, 2014

Hey Mike, been thinking about you alot lately. Everyone loves and misses you and thinks about you everyday. We are getting a huge team this year for the CPD 5k, for you. Well just wanted to say hi and let you know you are on my mind.


March 17, 2014

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