Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Michael W. Muzychenko

Lyndhurst Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, November 25, 1997

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Reflections for Sergeant Michael W. Muzychenko

May God and St. Michael watch over you in Heaven. Rest in peace, brother.

Patrolman Kenneth Collins
Former Patrolman Sheffield Village Police Department (Ohio)

November 29, 2020

Hey Big Dog, this has been a crazy year. Today is one of your favorite days: you would eat from breakfast till bed


November 26, 2020

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorney Generals Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Sergeant Michael W. Muzychenko of the Lyndhurst Police Department, Ohio and the additional 55 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

November 25, 2020

Dear Michael,

I'm sure you know by now my Mom died of the Covid19 pandemic. Please take care of her in heaven as you did here on earth. She loved you❤️. And thank you for your service to our wonderful country. Missing you. Di

Diane D Muzychenko

May 24, 2020

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Sergeant Michael W. Muzychenko of the Lyndhurst Police Department, Ohio and the additional 54 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

November 25, 2019

My dearest, it is so hard to believe you've been gone 22 yrs. It still seems like yesterday. I hate having my phone ring at night, it's never good news. Still finding those pennies and the family of Cardinals live in the same bushes. I'm glad we still have a connection and you will be glad to know I finally retired. I wish you could hold our miracle grandson Matty. He is my sunshine,my only sunshine...


October 21, 2019

Hey Dad. I am looking for a fallen officer (DC)for one of my recruit classes here. I always come back to see you here though. I wish I could tell you about all the things I am doing now at work. If I could tell you in person it wouldn't be so hard. ...
I am so glad that I can come to the wall and bring my recruits and share you with them. Miss you everyday for always!

Officer Sarah Snapko
Metropolitan Police Department District of Columbia

August 22, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Sergeant Michael W. Muzychenko of the Lyndhurst Police Department, Ohio and the additional 68 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

November 25, 2017

Sgt. Muzychenko,
On today, the 17th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the USN. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

November 25, 2014

It's May again, Police memorial coming up..I still dread it..The pain in my heart comes back just as sharp as ever. Everyone says time heals all wounds...I don't believe it. My mind, to retain some sanity, grew a thin scar over the pain...but it's there, always.
Keep those pennies from heaven coming..I love finding them, knowing you're thinking of us.

Diane Muzychenko,
widow of Sgt M. Muzychenko,EOW Nov1997

May 2, 2014

I still think about my old pal and neighbor when we lived in Augusta, GA. I remember when Mikey and Sara were just little tots when we'd explore the new neighborhood we shared. Miss you Mike!

Friend and neighbor

February 7, 2014

Diane, my name is Jimmy Reeves and though you will probably not remember me. I served with Muzy on the USS Little Rock. I was in GM Division in the missle house. I just was on the Little Rock web site and thought of Muzy and Googled his name. You can imagin how dissapointed I was when I found this article. What a fine man he was. You and Muzy welcomed me, a 19 year old kid in your home for dinner when we were in Gaeta Italy in 1974 and I never forgot it. He was the Greatest. I myself became a Police Officer after I came home working in Georgia for 12 years but got out in 1987. I just wanted you to know that my heart is broken for you and your family and although its been many years I never forgot the kindness my friend Muzy always showed me a kid from Ga. God Bless you and your Family.

Jimmy Reeves
Old Friend

March 12, 2013

Wow, Muzy, hard to believe it has been this long, One day we're having breakfast at Broadway Bagel, the next day your guys called me to tell me that you were gone, Never had a chance to say good-bye, we had just shaken hands and said "see you tomorrow". Tomorrow never came.
I was so honored that LPD asked us to be the Honor Guard for your services, and it was the hardest day of my career.
In my time with the pipe bands and stuff I took part in so many police funerals that I stopped counting. Maybe that sounds cold or callous, but I built a wall up.
The day we buried you the wall broke, and I cried for the longest time, and then your shift and my guys, we laughed, and we talked, and we joked, and we remembered.
Rest in Peace My Brother.

Robert Heiss, Ptrl. #29 (Ret)
South Euclid PD

July 9, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 12th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 25, 2009

"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

January 3, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 27, 2007

A decade has passed since your EOW but you have not been forgotten. Today I decorated the exterior of my home with all blue lights in honor of fallen officers. One of those blue lights burns in your memory and will be lit every night from now until New Years. You are a true hero. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol.

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

November 25, 2007

It's hard to believe it's been almost 10 years. We remember and talk of you often. I won't forget my time with you as a rookie. God bless you Diane.


June 2, 2007

Dear Michael, I hope you know how often we think of you, and that I have moved away from our home [twice already!]... The kids have grown and moved on--we have a new son-in-law---Sara missed you walking her down the aisle...and I miss you, every day...I just hope people don't sweep your death 'under the carpet' ---I never hear from our old friends---I hope you keep an eye on them, and keep them all safe...I keep finding the 'pennies from heaven' you are sending---Thanks! Always our hero, always on our minds, forever in our hearts,

Diane Muzychenko,wife
widow of Mike

April 28, 2007

God bless your soul and keep your family safe, ecspecially that daughter of yours who answered the calling to be part of the thin blue line.

DFC. Daniel O'Donnell
Orange County Sheriff's Office (FL)

December 31, 2006

May Our Lord pour blessings on your loved ones and may you Rest in Peace.

November 25, 2006

You have not been forgotten and are a true hero. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol.

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

November 25, 2006

Fallen 9 yrs. ago, but NEVER forgotten.--Joanie (Cleveland Hts.)

Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEO's

November 9, 2006

not a day goes by that I don't think of you in some way. You truly were my 'gentle giant', and I was so proud to stand by you as you became Sgt. [you worked so hard!!!]. The memorial service is coming up again, Sara is getting married in Sept;Colin has a great job and a nice girlfriend, and Emma is thinking of opening her own business....I'm sure you know all of that...I miss you.

Diane Muzychenko

May 12, 2006

Sergeant Muzychenko had been with the agency for ten years and was survived by his wife and children. The next chapter in all this story is that his daughter Sarah has herself become a police officer in the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C. I wish the best for this young officer and that she learns well the meaning of Law Enforcement Officer.

Though I never new Sergeant Muzychenko, yet he was a member of my Law Enforcement Family. So that we never forget those who die “In the Line of Duty” I ride in the Police Unity Tour each year. I saw this poem and thought that I would be nice for this reflection page.

“When the Lord was creating Police Officers, He was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the requirements on this order? A Police Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch, and not wrinkle their uniform."

"They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day."

"They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals, and they have to have six pairs of hands." The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands . . . no way!!"

"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord, "it's the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have."

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. "One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before they ask, 'May I see what's in there, sir?'" (when they already know and wish they'd taken that accounting job) "Another pair here in the side of their head for their partner's safety, and another pair of eyes here in front so they can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, 'You'll be alright, ma'am,' when they know it isn't so."

"Lord," said the angel, touching His sleeve, "rest and work on this tomorrow."

"I can't," said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."

The angel circled the model of the Police Officer very slowly. "Can it think?" she asked.
"You bet," said the Lord, "it can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in its sleep, detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop . . . and still it keeps its sense of humor. This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim's family, and then read in the daily paper how law enforcement isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Police Officer. "There's a leak," she pronounced, "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."
"That's not a leak," said the Lord. "It's a tear."

"What's the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, for justice."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there," He said”

Lt. Michael A. Smith
Metropolitan Police Department

October 7, 2005

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