Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Michael Scott Nickerson

Centreville Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Tuesday, February 13, 2001

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Reflections for Police Officer Michael Scott Nickerson


It is hard to believe that almost 10 years ago we sat next to each other in that small classroom on Pontiac Street in Berwyn Heights for our academy training. Our squad during the academy had some good times. I'll never forget your headstand beer drinking down in Calvert County or all the other fun times. It is even harder to think that today has been 6 years. Like I said in an earlier reflection, I remember exactly where I was when I got the call. It seems like just yesterday.

Keep watching over all of us as we continue to do what you loved.

Officer Jeff Bunge
Montgomery County, MD Police

February 13, 2007

Just stopping by to tell you and Jason that you are greatly missed. I know you are both in a better place. Thank you for all that you have done while you were here. You will never be forgotten.......

LT. Justin Davis
Kent Island VFD

February 13, 2007

It has been a very long 6 years, and I still miss you so very much. The sacrafice you made that night will never be forgotten. Miss and love ya!!

February 13, 2007

It seems like yesterday we were standing in the cold honoring you for your heroic service. Not a day goes by that you are not remembered and I hope your family has found peace in knowing that you left us a hero.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

February 13, 2007

Rest in Peace and may Our Lord bless you and your loved ones.

February 13, 2007

Pausing to remember you on your angel date. Thank you for your brave service. You will never be forgotten.

A Maryland citizen

February 13, 2007

hard to believe that it has been six years already, still seems like just yesterday. know that we think about you everyday, you will never be forgotten.

February 13, 2007

God Bless You, every year my wife and I travel to Ocean City on Route 50 and pass the memorial road sign bearing your name. My prayors and thoughts go out to your family, friends and loved ones. You will never be forgotten.

Deputy Sheriff
Frederick County Sheriff's Office, MD

January 10, 2007

I still think about you all the time. I don't think that there is a day that goes by that I do not remember you, and the tragedy of 2-13-01. The pain of that night is a little eaiser, but it still hurts. People still talk about you, and naturally it is nothing bad. Everyone misses you so much. I know that one day I will see you again, but until then please watch over all of us.

Missing you always,


October 16, 2006

You are missed and loved! And will always be our mike nick
with all my heart and more! s


August 11, 2006

Mike, I never had the opportunity to meet you but I was one of ten Delaware Trooper's who made the journey South to attend your funeral. We all stood strong and we all prayed for you and your family and you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

August 7, 2006

Mike, I know you ride with me and the others every shift. And in my case Lt. Bill Foster rides along too. You'll never be forgotten.Every time I go out of the front door of the station, I touch your memory sticker on the door. Sorry I never had a chance to work with you. But I am sure you were just as good of a man as your brothers. Until we meet thanks for watching over me. Kim

Cpl Kim Conley
Centreville Police Department

July 6, 2006


I have to agree with the rest of the folks from the academy; we keep in the back of our minds that it happens far too often, but who would have ever considered this happening to any one of us? You, your family, and your friends will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Take care, buddy...

Officer Joe Mullendore
Prince George's County Police Dept.

June 25, 2006

Today is 5 years and 1 month... very hard to believe. I think about you everyday.


March 13, 2006

Mike- it has been just over 5 years now. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that something like this could have happened to someone who sat next to me through the entire academy. We had such great times during those several months. Although this is the first time I have sent a reflection on the site, please know that you have been in my thoughts over the past 5 years. I can still remember getting the call from Shelly on that fateful night, just as if it was last night. As others have said, continue to keep a watchful eye over all of us who are continuing to do what you loved so much.

Officer Jeff Bunge
Montgomery County, MD Police

February 19, 2006

Five full years, you would think that after five years the hurt would be less... but its not. You are still very much in my thoughts, in everyones thoughts. When ever I need to smile all I have to do is think back to your 'Bitty pimper' scheme, what a great boat that would have been, that is after a little work. Five full years and yet it feels like yesterday. With all my heart and more, I love ya!


February 13, 2006

It's hard to believe its been 5 years. It's seems just like yesterday. Take care of all the guys and we will see you soon.

Maryland Trooper
Maryland State Police

February 13, 2006

Mike, It does not seem like 5 years ago that you were taken from all of us. I still think about you each and everyday. You are greatly missed. Please continue to keep a close eye on all of us and make sure that all the guys come home safely at the end of each shift. Until we meet again, I love and Miss you!

February 13, 2006

I know the past 5 years have been difficult for the friends and family of Officer Nickerson. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers especially on this most difficult day. God Bless each of you.

Marti Ingle, Firefighter Paramedic
Haywood County, NC

February 13, 2006

Just want you to know I think of you and the ultimate price you paid. I will never forget your final call. It replays in my mind all the time.

January 28, 2006

Mike, Thank you for keeping a close eye on Tyler the other day and making sure that he made it through and was alright. You are still missed a great deal. Please keep the guys safe when they are out there and bring them home at the end of each shift safely.

December 26, 2005

We are still here thinking of you. 02-13-01 is a memory everytime I pass the police station and I look over at Nickerson Memorial Park. 071805

July 17, 2005

Hey Mike,
Wow i can't believe how the time has gone by and everyday i think of you as i drive through town and see a patrol car or anywhere drinking a beer. You touched so many hearts in so many ways and years later you are still talked about everyday just like it was yesterday. I pass Albert every morning and we give our fellow waves and know that deep down your watching over us that day. Chris and I finally got married and put you in our prayers. I wrote your name in our memorial page so i know you were there. Every year in Feburary I make sure people know who Mike Nick is and what the FOP does. We always reminise about you and all the fun times we all shared. I miss ya bud, please keep watch over the guys ecspecially Jason. I meet up with agian someday. God Bless you and your family.


Melissa Rhode-Litton

June 16, 2005

This is so sad! You were killed on my birthday. I send my love and compassion to all those who must go on without you. That is no easy task. Thanks for your service and sacrifice, though you were taken much too soon.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

February 2, 2005

Mike, you will never EVER be forgotten and you will always live on in the hearts of all who knew you.

For what you did of giving your own life trying to make this world a little safer is the main reason of why I wrote the following article for the newspaper.......

Pride Integrity and Guts

Some of you may know my face, but not my name. Most of you have seen me around the city and some have even met me, but not always under the best of circumstances. Some of you have even spoken to me on the phone, when you called me while I was working.

Most of you have an opinion on how my job should be done, but would never take my job if it was the last one on earth. And some of you who don’t even know me hate me, just because of my job. But when I go to my job, I go to make a difference and so I can fight what everyone else fears.

When most would be running away from danger, my job requires me to run towards it. I do this in the hopes of making a difference for someone else I don’t even know. Most people say I make too much money, because my pay is published in the newspaper. But don’t think twice about hearing about another sports player sign a 20 million dollar contract for 6 months a year of playing a “game.”

Since my job’s base pay isn’t the best I must work extra to pay the bills. Including working extra shifts on holidays, and pick up side work at construction sites as well on my days off. Most still complain thinking I am greedy, but don’t they realize that I too must pay taxes, have a mortgage, car payments, and kids in college as well?

Don’t they understand that I am not paid for what I do, but for what I am willing to do for them? After all how can you properly compensate someone to risk their own life and face danger everyday they go to work?

And when I go to work I am punched, kicked, spit on and called every name in the book for doing my job. And every night I leave my house to go to work I realize I may not come back home in the morning. Because when I go to work I can be stabbed, shot, drown, fall, be electrocuted, or die in a car accident rushing to help you.

My job also requires me to carry special “tools” to help me do my job. Sometimes even while doing my job I have to defend myself from someone attacking me. Although, the newspapers will report to you that I “beat someone down”, and not that I defended myself from an attack.

While at work I must also carry a gun to protect you, but should I have to use it, the media reports to you that I “gunned someone down” or that I “shot and killed” somebody, not that I defended myself. Don’t they realize that I shoot to live and never to kill?

Also when I go to work I wrap a protective vest around me to help keep me safe through my shift. I use this vest so that I will be allowed to live to the end of my work day. And hope and pray that should something bad happen that this vest helps keep me alive so that I will be allowed to see my children grow.

When I go to my job, I will see more pain, sorrow, agony, death and destruction in one month than most of you will see in an entire lifetime.

And to the ones who don’t know me, I unfortunately will meet most of you at the worst times in your life. You often will call me to come help you out with a problem. But if you have a really big problem you can get me at a special 3 digit number and me and my coworkers will race to your house, just to help you no questions asked. All you have to do is call and we will be there for you, no matter what time, day, night or holiday, rain shine or blizzard.

Sometimes my job also requires me to deliver lectures, babies and even bad news. I am also the one required to ring your doorbell in the middle of the night, swallow hard and advise you that a loved one will not be coming home tonight, then I spend the rest of my shift wondering why I ever took such a job.

Some people even refer to me as a “pig,” but when I hear that word called to me or one of my coworkers I think of Pride, Integrity and Guts, which everyone in my profession needs to do this job.

Me and my coworkers must be able to have muscles of steel, have a sense of humor and put ourselves into dangerous situations and face danger head on all in a days work.

We must act in a second and make a decision in the blink of an eye, and spend the rest of our life hoping we made the right choice in that split second. If not we can be arrested and charged with breaking a law, be sued for violating someone’s rights, or end up with even a worse fate.

My job requires me to take an oath to be their and to risk my life to protect yours. And it is an oath that me and my fellow coworkers have taken and is one that we will never break.

What you ask is my job? I am your local police officer. And what do I ask in return of doing all this and risking my life for you? Nothing at all because it is my job, and my hope of being the one who makes the difference.

- Paul Cotter, Lynn Mass PD

The week of May 9th through the 15th 2004 is National Police Week in which the hundreds of thousands of police officers across this country are honored.

And the 17,155 brave men and woman who left their homes and family behind and went to work as police officers and never came home the next morning, are remembered...........


(as of 12/10/2004 the number of police officers killed in the line of duty
protecting us has grown to 17,352)

Off. Paul Cotter

December 10, 2004

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