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Captain Michael Leonard

Pittsfield Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, June 1, 1898

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Reflections for Captain Michael Leonard

I am the great grandson of Captain Leonard. He was the original Irishman to Migrate to this country for the Leonard family to start their great adventure in the United States. He was my three time great grandfather. I have tried to find out anything about his parents to no success. If anyone can point me in the right direction I will appreciate it so much. Fires in Ireland have destroyed a lot of our records so that makes it hard.

Daniel T Leonard

October 30, 2021

Proud to have Captain Michael Leonard on my family tree. He is my 2nd great grandfather, and a true hero. May he rest in peace.

Mrs. Eileen Franklin

April 15, 2017

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 1, 2015

I am Captain Micheal Leonard's great great granddaughter. My Grandmother Mary E Dwyer Cain was his daughter Elizabeth Leonard Dwyer's daughter. We read the newspaper clippings many times when I was a child. I have told his story proudly many times. It is an honor to be his descendant. Thank you for service and selfishness. You will never be forgotten.

Megan C Cain Sheldon
Great Great Granddaughter

November 24, 2014

I'm trying to get into touch with Jonathan Herman above, about his ancestor. I am writing a paper on him. This is a long shot but maybe he will get in touch!!

will thurlow
cadet in academy

April 4, 2014

Captain Leonard was my grandfather many times removed (great,great grandfather?) I grew up in Pittsfield. We still have all of the newspaper clippings of his heroism. I want everyone here to know that I tell his story often and in this way he still lives on. I live in Brookline now and plan to bring my young children to the police memorial which bears his name in Boston. I am proud to be his descendent. Thank you. And thank you Captain Leonard for your service and heroism.


Jonathan Herman and the entire Herman family

Jonathan Herman
Great great grandson

June 11, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the one hundred and eleventh anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya


June 1, 2009

You have not been forgotten. God bless you and your sacrifice.

Detective D. Thompson
Colorado Springs Police Department

June 1, 2007

Capt. Leonard, you died as a direct result of an unselfish act. Your helping that woman and child cost you your life. If that does not define what a hero is, NOTHING does. On this sad 108th anniversary of your death, I salute a true hero.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

June 1, 2006

Every Officer listed here deserves to have a reflection. It is my honor to be the first to leave one for you.

On this the anniversary of your death, I remember your sacrifice and testify that you are not forgotten. You may have served and died a long time ago, but you are a hero today and always.

Rest in Peace Michael.

Officer Frank Finch
Federal Bureau of Prisons

June 1, 2005

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