Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Michael Richard Arruda

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, June 15, 2004

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Michael Richard Arruda

18 years ago we laid you to rest on this day. In some ways it feels like an eternity and then in other moments, it seems like yesterday. One thing remains constant though Mike, you are still loved and missed as much as ever. There is that saying that time heals all wounds. The last 18 years have taught me that's not true, but it does help us cope and deal with wounds better. Thoughts of you still bring those tears to my eyes, but now they are more often than not replaced by a smile. A smile brought on by your memory, a smile that you are in a better place, and a smile that through it all, your spirit has led your loved ones and speaks to us all. One day we will meet again and maybe then we'll understand. Until then my friend, rest easy, you will never be forgotten.


June 21, 2022

It's been 18 years, but you are not forgotten. Now you live with the angels, your dad is one of them, he no longer wanted to be here without you, he missed you so much. I miss you both with all my heart, sending my love to you and your dad, my brother.


May 31, 2022

Thinking of you Mikey. You are not forgotten. You touched lives.


G Randolph

September 23, 2021

Seventeen years have passed since you were taken from us. We miss you so much. I think of you often. I would love to see your smile and hear your laugh again. RIP Michael while you patrol the streets of Heaven. Love and miss you. Auntie Carol

Police Officer Carol A O'Shea, reti
New Bedford Police Dept

June 15, 2021

It’s been 17 years since this tragic day. You are missed by everyone who loved you. Now your father has been up there in heaven with you. I hope you two are fishing, playing ball and cheering on the Red Sox from above. Love and miss you both terribly

Deanna Medeiros

June 15, 2021

God bless you Mike. You had a contagious smile in the academy where we first met. The last time we talked was at an event with the sheriff Baca. We were laughing and you were kidding my about being the driver. You made me laugh so hard. I appreciated your positive attitude and your ability to always put a smile on my face. Rest In Peace

Deputy Bavo

October 12, 2020

Another year has gone by Mike. Sixteen years. It doesn't seem possible. You are and forever will be in our hearts, thoughts & prayers. RIP nephew.

Carol O'Shea retired Police Officer
New Bedford Police Dept

June 15, 2020

Today in Patrol school I learned of your incident during training sir,
Your story is told in an effort to help save the lives of other deputies
I will pass on what I’ve learned from it to others that come after me to always honor your sacrifice.
Your story may be the difference in what saves the lives of others in similar situations and for that I thank you sir.
May you forever Rest In Peace
God bless.

Deputy Arellano

May 6, 2020

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments but what is woven into the lives of others.” (By Pericles)

May your family and friends be comforted by their memories.

Surviving spouse of LAPD Officer Roger Warren (eow 5/8/67)

June 16, 2019

It doesn't seem possible that 15 years have gone by since we lost you. I can remember that awful day when your Dad came to me at work and told me what happened. Now he's in heaven with you. You have quite a few family members up there now to look after and I know you'll do a good job. Love and miss you Mikey. RIP

Carol O'Shea retired Police Officer
New Bedford Police Dept

June 15, 2019

Cousin Mikey another year has gone by since this tragic day. It’s hard to believe that your father is now with you. Losing him in November has been a devastating loss for our family. I know he’s at peace being with you again. May you both RIP flying with the angels

Deanna Medeiros

June 15, 2019

Mike, I think about you often and always with fond memories.
I am sure you are watching your family from up in Heaven.
I hope your soul is at peace. You will always be remembered Mira!

Ken Emmanuelli
Friend / Shipmante

October 8, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 14th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

June 15, 2018

Thinking of you today Mike. A Massachusetts officer was shot & killed today. So sad. Show him the ropes when he gets up there with you. Love you.

Carol O'Shea, Retired P.O.
New Bedford Police Dept

April 13, 2018


I hope you are resting in peace. I've had you on my mind lately. God Bless You!

Ken Emmanuelli
Former Shipmate

July 26, 2017

Mike, we miss you more each year. RIP my nephew. Love you.

Carol A OShea
NBPD Retired Officer

June 15, 2017

Hi Mike, still miss you so much. It still hurts. Your always in my heart. Everyone misses you because you were such a good, loving person. Until we meet again, I love and miss you so much. Your number one fan, Love Dad

Rick Arruda
Proud Father

June 15, 2017

Missing you more each passing year. You will always be in my heart, love you always, Auntie Joanie

Joan Felix

June 15, 2017

You are never forgotten Deputy Arruda. RIP

Deputy Sheriff LASD
Class 295

June 16, 2016

To my Brother Mike,
I cant believe its that time again when we all lost a great friend and partner. There is not a time that goes by as I pass your final resting spot and were the tragic incident happened , that I don't recall some the great times we shared in custody, patrol , and outside of work. I know you are looking down on us and keeping us safe. You are very much missed and will always be remembered.

Deputy Andre Kneubuhler

June 15, 2016


It seems as though only yesterday we were partying at The Scuttlebutt and heading on West Pac 89. The memories still play in my minds eye. Thanks for still finding your way into my dreams after all these years. God Bless You!

Ken E

May 10, 2016


Still miss you after all this time. You were a wonderful young man, true person, fun neighbor. Still get choked up every time I think about you. Introduced my friend Emily to your Dad, what a match lol :-). Miss the good times. Miss you. Keeping you, Emily & Rick in my thoughts. Keep everyone in line up there. Peace.

[email protected]

April 22, 2016

Mike and I were in the same platoon at Whittier Academy. Mike was always happy. He was proud of his Naval Service. It is a shame that he's gone. I always knew some of us would fall in the line of duty. It doesn't make it any easier though. My thoughts and prayers are for Mike and his family. Mike... It's not "locker center. It la Crescentia". :-)
Miss ya,
Jamie Campbell MD

Doctor/deputy sheriff
Academy mate

August 13, 2015

I remember how Arruda was always in a good mood and smiling. He was one of the guys people liked to be around.

Lieutenant Merv Screeton LASD class 257
Currently Roseville PD/LASD 1989-1996

June 27, 2015

Hi Mike,
It's eleven years now and I miss you more and more each day. I went fishing the other day, just like you told Elizabeth my fiancee' through the medium. I don't know how she knew this but that's what she said. I know you were there with me, I could feel your presence. I love you so much and miss you terribly.

Rick Arruda.

Rick Arruda

June 16, 2015

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