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

It will be 8 years since your tour of duty ended. You have not been forgotten and are a true hero. Next month the Chicago PD will finally dedicate their police memorial to all the fallen officers from the City. It was a long time in coming and only fitting that individuals such as you be remembered with honor and dignity. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

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

Bob Gordon, Chicago Gold Star Father

August 20, 2006

Michael.

You will never be forgotten. Thank you.


CHICAGO POLICE WIFE

August 2, 2006

Officer Ceriale, thank you for your courageous service. You were way too young to go. My prayers are with your family, friends, and Police brothers and sisters.

Tim Reise

May 30, 2006

Mike,

You were a second cousin of mine that I never got to meet. My mom tells me that we are alot alike. I wish I would of had the chance to meet you and shake your hand, one day...I promise.

Tony Wojo

Tony Wojewocki
Scottsdale Police Officer

April 19, 2006

God bless you Mike, you were taken before your time.

Dave
CPD

March 3, 2006

Michael,
You, and your family are in my thoughts and prayers this Christmas season.
Keep an eye out for us please!

Mike Murphy
Chicago Police

December 20, 2005

Rest in peace brother.

Police Officer
Denver Police Department

August 21, 2005

Thank you! I will never foget your commitment and love for your job!

August 21, 2005

every ceriale in the USA, and there are not many, is a distant relative of mine. i am sadened to have found out about this tragic episode...what a wonderful looking man full of life...may he rest in peace with all of the other ceriales in heaven....william ceriale seattle, wa.

william ceriale
none

June 28, 2005

Mike:
Although yours was not the last funeral I attended it was the first. It was clearly apparent just how much your family loved and cared for you. May you rest in peace and may your family find peace in their hearts knowing you gave your life doing what you loved to do.
may god keep your family safe.

Mike Barnes
BRPD

May 17, 2005

May God rest your soul, you are not forgotten.

Deputy B. P. Styles
Buncombe Co. Sheriff's Dept., NC

March 4, 2005

Rest In Peace , Your sacrifice will not be forgotten .

Police Officer
Chicago Police dept

October 1, 2004

rest in peace mike

skip roberson

August 17, 2004

Sometimes the feelings won't go.
Sometimes the words won't come.
Some people will never be forgotten.
Rest now Michael, We have the watch.

P.O. Jacobs
CPD

June 10, 2004

i am so sorry, i cried over this, i am now in the process of becoming a police officer to help people like michael tried to do, he was a young kid, i am 34 and i believe he lived to stop all this crime out there, god will bless him and i admire him, i want to be a police officer because of him, he was young, but he wanted to do the right thing, get the badness out of this world, god bless him and his family, he is an angel.

Anonymous

Michael was a close, life long friend of my brother.  I looked up to him like a brother when I was a child.  He paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.  My prayers are with his family and friends.

Amy Fanter

I didn't know Officer Ceriale personally, but I stood in prayer with his family, friends, and colleagues when I learned of his injuries. He, like all the rest of the fine officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, was my brother-in-law (enforcement). May God protect and keep all of us as we go about our daily sworn duties.

Special Agent Darin L. Paul
Federal Bureau of Investigation, IL

"The single shot"



It doesn't take much,

to take someone down.

Just a single bullet, that can bounce around.



A vest or not,

the bullet will find a way.

On any kind of night,

it can take someone away.



The bulletin was heard,

and every officer knew,

the one they called their own

had just left the team in blue.



Everyone knew,

this day could come.

and now everyone is left

feeling helpless and numb.



The killer is in jail,

but how little it eases the pain.

Because a mother and father,

know things will never be the same.



He was one of many

who answered the late night calls,

and now he will be one of many,

who's name is left on Washington walls.



written by:

Kayhla Brown



dedicated to Officer Michael Ceriale

shot in the line of duty on 15-08-98

died on 21-08-98

Chicago Police Department.

Kayhla Brown
Baltimore, MD

Mike I will never forget the day this tragedy took place and we lost you an ambitious officer and a great friend. We shared alot together from the days in high school to the days you were handling the wars on the streets. Rest in peace my dear friend, you will never be forgotten. "Blessed are the peacekeepers, they shall be called the sons of GOD" Matthew 5;9

D/S BRIAN GALLAGHER
COOK COUNTY SHERIFF~S DEPT

I have cried over your death many times and I read the story over and over again. I hope you're looking down on me as I begin my law enforcement career.

MR

Anonymous

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE OFFICER CERIALE!

IT SADDENS ME TO THINK THAT WE LOSE SO MANY OFFICERS EVERY YEAR, AND FOR WHAT? I HAVE READ SO MANY OF THESE MEMORIALS AND IT SEEMS THAT MOST OF THE OFFICERS WERE KILLED FOR NOTHING BUT A SUBSTANCE!

WHAT HAS OUR WORLD COME TO WHEN PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE OVER DRUGS. THE WORST PART IS IS THAT THEY ARE NOT JUST "PEOPLE" OR "COPS", THEY ARE SOMEONES DAD, HUSBAND, FATHER OR SON.

I OFTEN WONDER WHAT IS GOING THROUGH A PERSONS MIND WHEN THEY MAKE THE DECISION TO TAKE ANOTHERS LIFE.

DO THEY THINK OF THE COSEQUENCES? DO THEY CONSIDER THAT SOMEONE LOVES THIS PERSON, RELIES ON THIS PERSON, DO THEY THINK AT ALL?

I HOPE THAT THESE KILLERS GET WHAT THEY DESREVE. THEY DONT DESERVE TO REMAIN LOCKED UP FOR THE REST OF THIER LIVES, WHAT THEY DESERVE IS TO HAVE TO EXPERIENCE WHAT THESE OFFICERS FAMILIES AND CO WORKERS EXPERIENCE, THAT DEEP FEELING OF LOSS THAT CAN NEVER GOES AWAY.

THAT DULL ACHING PAIN IN THIER HEARTS. I WANT THEM TO KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO FEEL THE PAIN AND FEAR THAT THE PEOPLE THEY CHOSE TO ELIMINATE HAD TO FEEL.

I DONT WANT IT TO BE OVER FOR THEM AS IT WAS FOR THE OFFICER, I WANT IT TO GO ON AND ON FOR THE REST OF THIER LIVES, NO RELIEF.

I GUESS THAT MY WISHES WILL NEVER COME TRUE BECAUSE MOST OF THESE KILLERS DONT HAVE HEARTS SO THEY COULD NOT EXPERIENCE THE LOVE AND PAIN OF LOSS, ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS THEMSELVES, SO I GUESS DEATH AND HELL FOR THEM IS THE NEXT BEST THING.

I KNOW THAT GODS EXPECTS US TO FORGIVE THESE KILLERS, AND NOT HARBOR THE HATE IN OUR HEARTS, SOMETIMES THAT JUST SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE.

I PRAY FOR OFFICER CERIALES FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP EACH ONE OF YOU.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT HE DID NOT DIE IN VAIN. HE IS IN A MUCH BETTER PLACE NOW, AND VENGEANCE WILL COME FOR HIS KILLER.

Anonymous

I worked with Mike. He was a friend of mine. Going through dealing with his death was by far the hardest thing I have ever gone through in my life and hope ever will have to. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about Mike or the circumstances surrounding his death, and it's been 3 and a half years now since he died.It really taught me how real this job can be.

Police Officer Charles Artz
Chicagoe Police Dept.

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