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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

10 years? How could that be Mike? I think of you often. I've never been the same since God took you. I sit here and stare at your picture and cant begin to explain how deeply broken hearted I am, you are the closest thing I ever had to a brother.
I cant believe your not here to meet my 5 month old daughter Mia, her name is for you, the feminine form of Michael.
I love you Mike, and I know it was you watching over me many nights on the street when I was scared to death.
After 10 years the only thing that makes any sense at all is that God really needed you up in heaven.
Thank you for being such an important part in my life.
You and your family are on mind every day. I love you and you will never be forgotten.


Sean Ryan

September 20, 2008

Whats buzzin, cousin? 10 yrs today brother. When you dropped me off from our Hayward trip, we hugged and said "Later". I talked to you on the phone before your tour the night you got hurt. I hope you know how much I appreciated having you in my life. That void will never be filled. When I dream about you, I wake up laughing because every memory I have with you was the best. I hope you know the impact you had on people was incredible. Someday we will see each other again, shake hands, hug and bs about what is happening. Until that day, know that your seat at Anglers is always open and I have a cold Leinies waiting for you. My life will go on but know all that happens in the future will be a lot more empty without you there. My heart is sad today. I miss and love you forever.

FF/Paramedic Joey Ceriale
Evanston FD

August 21, 2008

Officer Ceriale, rest easy knowing that your sacrifice has not been forgotten. Although we never met, I followed your story very closely and your passing truly hit home. Little did I know that I would have my own loss to endure six years later. I hope your family can find some peace today.

John E. Gordon
Brother of Michael P. Gordon, CPD (EOW 08/AUG/2004)

August 21, 2008

A decade has passed but you have not been forgotten by those that love you and close to you. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You have not been forgotten.

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

August 21, 2008

To My Loving Nephew
Michael, this will be the 10th anniversary of your passing and there isn't a day that goes by that we don't think of you and miss you. It seems like yesterday when the good Lord said he needed you more than we did. But we know that you are always with us spiritually and especially watching over my boys, Tony and Joey, your loving cousins. Pray for all your family, friends and all the boys and men that safeguard our cities. Until we see each other again, I love and miss you.........Auntie Yolanda


August 19, 2008

Class 97-2 has not and will not forget you. We now have 11 years on the job and everytime I have a P.P.O. with me I always tell them about you. I know I will see you again someday! Until we meet again my friend ............

Class 97-2

June 14, 2008

Mike, you were the first friend I lost on the job, I will never forget you. The your courage, dedication and the sacrifice you made for this city far outshines any of the recent negative news about members of this department.

Police Officer Dale R. Borchardt
CPD Friend

May 11, 2008

Hey Lil' Mike just thinking of you. Everyone misses you very much. Love you.


April 15, 2008

Mike, it's been a long time since you were taken from this earth. You touched a lot of lives while you were here and you will never be forgotten.

Captain V. Drozd

February 9, 2008

You are a hero!

CPD 011

February 5, 2008

Dear Michael,
Although many years have gone by, you are still remembered as a hero. God bless you Michael, and your loving family.

MSgt. Milan Bojovic
Bellwood P.D.

February 2, 2008

Hey Mike, just thinking about you...your thought of everyday...Love, Nick, Mom, and Baba.


November 30, 2007

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

October 17, 2007

Dearest Michael, There isn't a day that goes by that you are not on my mind. I am so grateful that I had you in my life. You were as close to me as my own sons, Joey and Tony and I thank God for you. Your wonderful life ended so tragically and it left a void in our lives. I know that God has you by his side and you are always watching us. Pray for us Angel Michael and watch over us and your family. You will never be forgotten. Your loving Auntie Yolanda

Yolanda Ceriale

October 2, 2007

Rest in Peace to a great guy that was taken so very too soon from this earth. The fun we had in Hayward will be memories that last forever. I know that you are a "Bright" star in the sky each evening and an angel watching ever so closely over all of your loving family.
Miss you Mike....There is not a day that goes by that you and your cousins are not thought of.
Brave man...Wonderful man.

Jennifer Pitts

September 15, 2007

Michael( My Angel Up Above )
It's been 9 years since you left us but it seems like yesturday. Everyday you are a part of my life and will always continue to be. When you left on your journey you took a part of my heart with you. I look forward to be with you again someday but for now just know that you are so missed and loved by so many. Till we meet again I justed wanted to say how much I Love and Miss You.
Your loving cousin

First Cousin

September 6, 2007

It's been 9 years since you have been taken from us. I love feeling in my memories all the great times that we had and sad at the same time missing all the great times we will never have. My very best friend, my life is a little more empty without you in it. We all have you in mind when we're in Hayward because I know how much you loved it. I miss you more than you know. You will always be in my life until we see each other again. I love you

Firefighter Joey Ceriale

September 3, 2007

Officer Ceriale,
Nine years ago, you were called home. We will never forget the man you were, protecting the great city of Chicago, and making a profound difference in the world. My thoughts will continue to be with your family and friends as they remember you today.

Pennsylvania citizen

August 21, 2007

Nine years have passed and you have not been forgotten. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones and those officers still out on patrol guarding over the Thin Blue Line. You are a true hero.

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

August 20, 2007

Mike, we love and miss you very will never be forgotten. Nick.


August 5, 2007

Merry Christmas Mike.We LOVE you. Never forgotten

Brothers in blue

December 25, 2006

Rest in Peace P.O. Ceriale. You have not been forgotten.

Chicago P.D.

December 17, 2006


class 97-2
police officer

November 11, 2006

Mike, It's been 8 years and how time flies. I continually visit this site to read of our fallen brothers and sisters who've given the ultimate sacrifice such as you did. It doesn't get any easier as others are taken from us and we go through the mourning process that never seems to end. Here we are 8 years later and the pain is greater today than it was that night we all found out what happened to you. I still feel that numbness from when I heard the news and it still feels like just yesterday that I, along with all of us in 13 were trying to understand why. We were still "rookies" (under 5 years) when you were taken from us. The reality of this profession really kicked in, for me because now it was someone I knew personally and man I tell you, there isn't a day that passes by that you are not in my thoughts/prayers,and I'm sure anyone would be lying if they didnt feel the same here in 13. As I pass the front desk everyday coming down from roll call I always glance at the plaque with your photo and when ever i'm sent or go to HQ's I always stop to view your retired star in the case. I've carried your memorial prayer card with your picture in my hat since that day you were laid to rest and it keeps me focused and I tell myself that you walk along heavens beat and watch over us.You are greatly missed friend, You have not been forgotten and you remain forever in my prayers and thoughts.

Officer E. Pacheco
Chicago P.D. District 13

September 7, 2006

To the family and loved ones of Officer Michael Ceriale and his fellow officers with the Chicago Police Department:

On this the eighth anniversary of Mike's tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today. Mike's professionalism and dedication will never be forgotten.

In reading the loving reflections left by his friends and co-workers I can see that he was very well respected and is sorely missed. I hope that God is holding him in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul.

I am so sorry that Mike was robbed of his life so young and so tragically, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Mike gave to his community and the citizens of Illinois, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 21, 1998.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

August 21, 2006

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