Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Guard Joseph Michalowski

Middlesex County Sheriff's Office, New Jersey

End of Watch Saturday, May 8, 1943

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Reflections for Guard Joseph Michalowski

On this actual anniversary of your heroic death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your service and sacrifice are always remembered by your law enforcement family. Rest in peace always.

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

May 8, 2021

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

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

August 8, 2020

My career with the Sheriff's Dept., like Joe's, started in the Middlesex County Jail. Mine started in 1973, 30 years after Joe's incident. No one ever told us about Joe's death but all us new guys heard rumors about "the incident". No one there new any facts. Jail duty was never easy.
I'm glad that Joe finally got the recognition and honor he deserves. To the Michalowski family...Joe is a hero and he, and you, will be in my prayers. in peace brother.

Lieutenant Michael Poznanski (Retired)
Middlesex County Sheriff's Department

March 3, 2020

Pop Pops....

I know that yesterday was a day to rejoice as your Sonny (my Dad) was reunited with you and Grandma in heaven. It probably seemed like a long time for my father here on earth to wait for the day to be reunited, but when you have eternity in heaven left, I am sure he is overcome with joy.

I will miss my Dad, and even though I never met you, I knew the man that was my father and know your 10 years together was enough to shape a great man for which I will forever be thankful to you.

Peace be with you and enjoy being reunited with your son......

Greg M Michalowski

October 13, 2019

On May 15th, 2007 on Peace Officer’s Memorial Day - the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office held a ceremony to honor Joseph G. Michalowski and the Law Enforcement Officers of the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department. To read what my father wrote about that fateful spring day and spoke so eloquently at the ceremony please see:

It was a wonderful day of healing for many.

Trish (Micalowski) Conrad

May 8, 2013

Thinking of you today Pop Pops. Although I never knew you, I think of you whenever a fellow officer is lost in the line of duty and wish for peace to the fallen and the victims family.

Greg Michalowski

April 21, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 69th 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

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 8, 2012

To my uncle who I never knew... rest in peace with my father, your brother.

Stan Michalowski, Jr.


October 16, 2008

Rest in peace my brother.

Kevin T Ryan

May 8, 2008

God Speed, Brother.

Union PD, NJ

September 15, 2007

For 40 years, I never really knew why I only had one grandfather. "Grandpa had died, when I was a child" was about all that was offered and accepted. While I never met my grandfather, I know he was an honerable, moral, hard working, caring, loving person. He had to be. The apple does not fall far from the apple tree, and my father and Aunt are a testiment to this.

I Love You,


April 23, 2007

I never knew about this,i now send my prayers and thoughts to his family

Sergeant Bruce Allen
Middlesex Sheriff(ret.)

March 2, 2005

Great Grandpops,
I never met you, but I want you to know that I love you and wish I could have had a chance to tell you that.

Your great grandson

January 25, 2005

Even though I never met you in person, I still have the utmost respect for you. It is true that I only found out about you because of a project, but I'm glad I did. What you did was courageous. You are truly a great man. And for that you deserve to be remembered.

Rest in peace.

Jonathan McElroy

December 20, 2004

I served several years with Middlesex County Sheriffs Dept prior to transferring to a Police Dept. This is the first I heard of this incident and it is a shame that hero's who made the ultimate sacrifice arent memorialized within that agency. I am glad that this website is correcting that and that this fallen officer is finally recieving the recognition due to him. Rest in peace brother !!


February 29, 2004

Even though we discovered your loss late, it doesn't diminish the fact that you fell in the line of duty.

I hope you are at peace in all ways. You died protecting society from those who would do us harm. You are a true hero.

Rest in peace.


December 10, 2003

Rest in Peace.

December 10, 2003

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