Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Michael Thomas Hartzell

Youngstown Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, April 29, 2003

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Reflections for Patrolman Michael Thomas Hartzell

You are still with us, Mike.

Youngstown PD

October 3, 2006

Happy Belated 30th B-day, Mikey....not a day goes by that we don't think of you. Continue to watch over us and know how much you're missed.


September 27, 2006

Thinking of you on your 30th birthday. We miss you so much and know that our little guy would've gotten a big kick out of you....especially your laugh. Please watch over him. We will never ever forget you.

Rob, Nicole, & Robbie

September 23, 2006

It's hard to believe it's been three years since that day you were taken away from use. I remebering answer calls with you. you were one of the best a well repected officer that will always be missed in the law enforcement community.

god bless you mike


Deputy Sean Toohey
Mahoning Co Dog warden

July 6, 2006

I'm not a police officer but i used to work in youngstown as a security officer.I had a problem one night and Officer Hartzell was the first one that showed up my god bless Officer Hartzell and his family GOD SPEED

July 3, 2006

I was thinking about you tonight and still can't believe you're gone though it's been more than three years. You are always in my thoughts and you were the best cousin anyone could ever have. You are missed.

Shannon Finnerty

June 25, 2006

It seems like yesterday when this all happened. I never knew you, but we are all connected in this field of work we do. I paid my respects to you and your family at the services by representing my agency that sad day. Mike, if you could only have seen the out pouring of support from your brothers and sisters on that day. Miles upon miles of patrolcars, filled with saddnes. I remember the outpouring of support from the people that stood on the streetside to pay respects to you for your service to them. I still have your bookmarker in my office, and know in our confrence room at the Federal Prison, your picture is displayed. R.I.P. my brother officer.

Paul Whitesell
US Dept. of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
FCI Elkton, Ohio

Paul Whitesell
Dept. of Justice / Federal Bureau of Prisons

June 1, 2006

It has been 3 years now, and still doesn’t seem real, that you, my ‘little’ cousin could be gone like this. I think about you often, every time my little Ryan sees a police car and gets so excited as he points it out to me… and breaks my heart that he and Luke will never get the chance to hang out with their own real life hero cousin, they only get to see your pictures and hear about you. I pray for your mom, and pray for God to hold her and comfort her and give her peace. I know you made her so proud. We all miss you.


May 12, 2006

may you always be remembered officer in blue

May 10, 2006

Thank you to police officers everywhere! I and my children live in peace because you watch over us. These "sheep" love their "sheepdogs". We know if God had not put in your heart to protect the innocent, our lives would be filled with terror. May Mike rest in peace with God who loves him and every one of you brave men and women. May his family find comfort in the arms of God who grieves with them, but is holding Mike in those same strong, loving arms. No words I can say can take away your pain, but know your sacrifice is not taken for granted nor forgotten. From the bible - John 15:13 "No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends." Thanks for the love, Mike.

Mom of young children/ California

May 2, 2006

May God bless and take care of officer Hartzell, his family and agency.

108th Academy Class
El Paso, Texas Police Academy

April 29, 2006

We miss you.

Rob & Nicole

April 29, 2006

It has been 3 years since you were called away from duty. I know your family has thought of you every hour of every day and will do so for as long as they walk this earth. You are to be commended for your dedication to law enforcement and are a true hero. You will never be forgotten. Keep watch over your loved ones and help them with their grief.

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

Bob Gordon

April 29, 2006

Three years ago today the career of this fine officer ended. The citizens of Youngstown lost a public servant and the members of the Youngstown Police department lost one of their own.
It is in the memory of Officer Michael Hartzell that we continue on.

Master Trooper
Virginia State Police

April 29, 2006

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your loved ones on your three year anniversary. You have given the ultimate sacrifice and we are eternally grateful. Rest in Peace Pfficer Harzell and Bless your family...may time ease their pain.

Officer L.A.Madore
New Bern PD, New Bern, NC

April 29, 2006

To Patrolman Michael Thomas Hartzell, his loved ones and his fellow officers:

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

May your family continue be to comforted by the warm embrace of their law enforcement family, and other police survivors who share this painful journey with them. My heart is with your family.

Reading all the loving reflections left by those who cared for you gives us an understanding of what a good and honorable man you were and of the high esteem with which you are held. I am so sorry that you were robbed of your future at such a young age.

Michael, as a peace officer you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

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, Patrolman Hartzell. I am so humbled by your valor and courage.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Patrolman Hartzell gave to his community and the citizens of Ohio, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 29, 2003.

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

April 28, 2006

April 29th is coming up again. Three years ago and it seems just like just yesterday. As we prepare for yet another anniversary, we get terrible news. Sgt. Bob Magnuson of the Canfield, Ohio P.D. is on his way up to be with Mike. A terrible accident takes another hero from us today. Another guardian angel watching over the Safety Services of the Mahoning Valley. Bob and Mike will make quite a team up there. I'll see you guys soon. God Bless.

April 23, 2006

Mike, my thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family constantly. The morning after the attack i realized how much i wanted to continue in this profession. I think of you constantly. RIP as we continue the watch.

Ptl Bodnar

April 21, 2006

Michael, as I am in the midst of helping to secure donations and contributions for the upcoming Michael Hartzell Charity Golf Outing, I couldn't help but think just how proud you would be of what our family and your many friends have done to honor your memory.

We all think of you often, with the fondest of happy memories.

Angela Williams

March 29, 2006

Ii only wish I got to know you Michael. I often think about you, and the ultimate sacrifice of laying down your life so that we all could be safer. Thank you for protecting us. You will never be forgotten. I see your family during different memorials and events, and I am having a difficult time of saying some words of comfort because I see the sadness, and it really hurts to see it. Rest in peace.

March 7, 2006

I was in the academy in 2003 when this tragedy happened. Myself and others from my class attended the servies for Officer Hartzell. Although we never met him, we felt the need to be there. I am now a Patorlman for a small dept. outside of youngstown and I think of Mike often, while on and off duty. Mike, Your ultimate sacrafice is what kept motivated through my training and is the reason i am a Police Officer today!
Love ya Brother. I will never forget

Ptl. Justin Beveridge

February 22, 2006

Have not stopped thinking of you. Miss you, like mad. God bless you


January 16, 2006

God bless you Mike, we all miss you and will hold you close forever. A special thank you to all of you who are serving and have left notes to our brother. A very special thank you to all the civilians who care enough to enter this site and leave notes to all who have departed. It is good to know that people who are not in this profession understand how important and dangerous this job is and take time to remember those lost.

Youngstown PD

December 12, 2005

Officer Hartzell, I will be honoring your sacrafice in the 2006 Police Unity Tour.
God Bless

Sgt Medina
Jacksonville Beach Police

November 30, 2005

RIP Officer Hartzell. You made the ultimate sacrifice. Its officers like you who make me proud to be a police officer, and protect and serve.

Deputy Ron Hausted
Jackson County Sheriffs Dept

October 29, 2005

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