Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Michael Robert Scofield

Reno Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Thursday, September 26, 2002

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Reflections for Police Officer Michael Robert Scofield

Mike was not only my partner but also my friend and neighbor. We had worked together off and on since 1980. He was a decorated Vietnam vet, a father, husband and a real good officer. He loved practical jokes. The day he died is forever etched in my memory. I miss him.

Officer John McCauley
Reno Police Department

September 28, 2020

Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 26, 2020

I knew of Officer Scofield's death because we share a name. Tonight, 14 years later, a woman I don't know contacted me on Facebook, asking if I was Mike Scofield from Reno, Nevada. We exchanged a few messages and I determined she was looking for Reno PD Officer Scofield. She told me he'd convinced her to leave her abusive husband and doing so saved her life. She left Reno and never saw Officer Scofield again.

I hope his family learns of this story.

Mike Scofield, Sergeant (retired)
Willits PD, CA

September 20, 2014

I'm sure Officer Michael Robert Scofield, was a great man and officer. It was a devastating tragedy to find out how he had passed. It is shameful to have known that this accident could have been prevented if the other driver involved wasn't under the influence. It also disturbs me to think that the other driver, was only sentenced to two years. I believe that she deserved much more time. I'm sorry that your department had lost a great officer and to both the department and Officer Scofield's family, I send my deepest condolences.



May 9, 2014

I have laid down my life in service to all of you.
I have been a part of the fabric that has held the line between your safety and your victimization. I have given my life so that others may live in peace. I have lived my life as a dedicated member of the greatest profession. There is no greater honor.

As I now become a part of the rich history of law enforcement, please remember me always for I have left behind those who loved and depended upon me.
My partners and my agency, please remember my family, their loss, and don’t let time soften your compassion for them.

You guard the gate now and I will continue my watch from above.


Doug Gist, Captain (ret) Washoe SO
Silver State National Peace Officers Museum

May 9, 2013

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

August 22, 2012

Merry Christmas, Dad. It's been 8 Christmas's without you and it still feels like the first. I think of you everyday and miss you so much.

I love you.

Barbara Scofield

December 22, 2010

Rest in Peace Motorman, you will not be forgotten.

Motor Officer Danny Johnson
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

December 20, 2010

It makes no sense, but I know that was you steering the other night. Don't stop helping - but believe me, I've learned a hard lesson!

You and your family are always in my thoughts.


October 6, 2009

To Officer Michael Robert Scofield and his loved ones:

On this the sixth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Officer Scofield. I am so humbled by your valor and courage.

I would also like to personally thank the Reno Police Department for your officers attending the funeral of my son Larry Lasater in 2005. I know that you were in Concord earlier this month for the funeral of the Martinez officer who was shot. You guys are great to honor our fallen officers in Northern California, and the next time I am in Reno I want to personally go to your station and thank you. Perhaps one of the reasons you guys are so supportive to other agencies is that you know what it is like to experience the loss of a brother/sister officer.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Officer Scofield gave to his community and the citizens of Nevada, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 26, 2002.

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

Phyllis Loya
mother of Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

September 26, 2008

I was just thinking about you today. I miss your smiling face and your fatherly advice! But, thanks for still getting me out of tickets, I know you're always looking over me! Love you dad.

Barbara Scofield

August 22, 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

December 11, 2007

Remembering Mike on this 5th anniversary, and thinking of his family as well. You are very much missed and never forgotten.

September 26, 2007

remembering your sacrifice - God Bless!

Officer B.Werner
Frisco Police Department - TX

September 26, 2007

Another year has passed and the 5th anniversary of your EOW has arrived. I know that during the last 5 years not a day has gone by that you have not been in the thoughts of your loved ones. Continue to watch over them and guide them on their journey through life. You have not been forgotten.

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

September 25, 2007

Officer Scofield, thank you for your service. Neither you nor your sacrifice has been forgotten. I think it is a shame that the person who took your life received only a 2 year sentance -- it should have been much, much longer. It doesn't say much for our society.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

April 26, 2007

My thoughts are with your family on this 4th anniversary. I know they think of you each hour of every day. You will never be forgotten. You are a true hero and heroes never die. Keep watch over your loved ones and wrap your wings around them to help ease some of their pain. Also, keep watch over those still out on patrol.

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

Bob Gordon, Gold Star Father

September 25, 2006

Rest in peace motorman.

Offc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

June 14, 2006

To the family and friends of Officer Michael Scofield and his fellow officers with the Reno Police Department:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Officer Scofield was so tragically killed. I am so sorry that after all those distinquished years of service to law enforcement, he was killed before he enjoyed one day of retirement.

To Officer Scofield, it has been three years since you were killed, but you are not forgotten. Your valor and bravery will be forever remembered.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of service Officer Scofield gave to his community and the citizens of Nevada, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 26, 2002.

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

September 26, 2005

Thank you for your service officer
Scofield, God Bess your Family
Fallen,but Never Forgotten.

MP Sdt. Patrick Hofer
Swiss Army, MP Service, Traffic Unit

September 26, 2005


It's been over two years now since the dreadful day. I just could not believe that I would never get to joke with you again. I miss all the pranks, especially all the jokes you pulled on Char. My favorite is the walker you were going to get her when she was pregnant. I sometimes sit in the motor office and just reflect on things, while looking at your cross and photograph. I also want to thank you for whispering in my ear during that motor school I took last fall. I know I made the right decision that day with your help. God bless and always know that there is a special place in Char and my hearts for you. Out prayers are with your family and your best friend John. Thanks for all you did for me.

Detective Kevin McMillin
Reno Police Department-Traffic Section

January 24, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace.

December 28, 2004

It is because of officers like you that I enjoy arresting drunk/impared drivers.

Rest In Peace, My Brother

September 28, 2003

I sure miss your grin and knowing you were up to something. I really miss having you around.
God bless you brother.

Ralph Willits - Retired
Reno Police Department

Hey Mike.........Been missing you.......I got a cold chill the other day.......Dispatch kept calling for Motor 24......Nobody answered the call...........I then had to step up and advise them.....Reno Motor 24 is retired forever, but forever in our hearts and your cross is in the motor office. I think about you everyday and your family too. Take care and I know you are watching over all of us. God Speed to you. Steve

Officer Steve Mussell
Reno Police Dept.

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