Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Michael Charles Kahl, Sr.

Gramercy Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Monday, October 18, 1999

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Reflections for Chief of Police Michael Charles Kahl, Sr.

You were a good friend to me while you were here on earth before you went to meet your maker. I miss you and know you are watching over all of us in law enforcement. RIP. And my prayers are always with you.

Assistant Chief
Gramercy Police Department

October 18, 2016

Who knows what I would be doing today, if you had not hired an 18 year old, two months prior to your untimely passing. You believed in me and I have thought about you regulary throughout the years. My only regret is not having been able to thank you for believing in me 11 years ago, when I basically had no direction. Thank you and please continue to watch over me and your family.

Detective Derek Pertuis
St. Charles Sheriff's Office

October 18, 2010


All my life, I wanted to be.....
a person who makes a difference.
I dedicated my entire being,
to be the absolute best , at what I do.
Day after day, I see death, I see life..
In its truest form, reality......its brutal.
Mid shift, I'm alone, my mind wonders,
So many memories flipping the pages,
hard to let go the visions..
To think, the little amount I am paid,
but that doesn't matter, I can make a difference.
For you... your children..... me children.
Thugs come and go, oh not another domestic.
A bruised face, a crying child, a gangster dead in the gutter..
Another report, under the microscope, its not written.. it wasn't done...
A fellow officer...losing their life,
How many times, must we die,,,
All in the name of humanity...
One life is given, so that many may live...
Doesn't seem fair....
Sun chases the night away, tour of duty finished,
Theres my love, waiting by the door,
Kissing me, I love you, off to work I must go...
Children following, smiling as the door closes....
All my life, I wanted to make a difference...
To be an Officer in Law Enforcement...
Finding out, its a faith, not a job......
Can't leave it at the office....
Forever imprinted, in my heart and mind....
In my life, I have made a difference.....



August 22, 2009



December 10, 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
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

February 2, 2008

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Chief Kahl Sr on the anniversary of his passing. May God continue to comfort you all. Heros are never forgotten. Rest in peace.

911 Dispatcher

October 18, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service


October 16, 2007

You have not been forgotten as you are a true hero and heroes never die. Keep watch over your loved ones as they continue their journey through life, stand beside them and show them the right path to take.

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

October 17, 2006

To the family and friends of Chief Michael Kahl Sr. and his fellow officers with the Gramercy Police Department:

On this the sixth anniversary of his untimely death, please know that Chief Kahl is not forgotten.
On behalf of our entire family, we wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when he was tragically killed in the line of duty.

May you continue to be comforted by the caring and support of your law enforcement family, and other police survivors. Our family grieves with you and for you. Chief Kahl's valor and dedication is not forgotten.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service he gave to his community and the citizens of Louisiana, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 18, 1999.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD eow 4/24/05

October 18, 2005

you are still in my heart!

Richard Kahl

August 11, 2005

The greatest man I'll ever know... I'll your forever and always Daddy... you will always be with me.

Gabby Kahl

July 8, 2005

Dearly missed, never got a chance to work with you as i was with st. james s/o but the words you spoke to be and the way you acted will live with me daily RIP

Gramercy PD

December 29, 2004

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

October 18, 2004

I attended the Lafourche police academy with Mike. What a great man and officer. He was chosen as our class speaker. Always proud of his family and always willing to help others.


August 22, 2003

Not Forgotten!

Jason Kahl

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