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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

Well Mikey another Christmas without you. The time just seems to fly by, three and a half years already. You are missed every single day but I'm sure you know that. We can only hope there is a heaven and you are watching us all from up there. Rest in Peace.

Auntie Carol

Officer Carol O'Shea
New Bedford Police Dept

December 27, 2007

"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

November 29, 2007

Well, it's been a few weeks now, but I'm sure you were watching. A great series, with your beloved Sox coming out on top. While I enjoyed each game and each victory, a part of me kept thinking about you and why you're not here to enjoy this. So much has happened and continues to happen since you've been gone. Lives go on, people change, and we all just try to put the puzzle back together. However, there is a huge piece to that puzzle that is missing and other things just don't seem to fill that hole. I just keep thinking that each day will be the one when this whole thing makes sense and there will be some sort of clarity. Yesterday wasn't that day and I guess today isn't either. Maybe tomorrow.....

Hopefully you know that no matter what, you will always be loved and remembered. Not a day goes by when your not in my thoughts. Rest easy Mikey, you deserve it. I'll talk to you soon......

November 13, 2007

As I watched your beloved Sox beat my Angels last night, I could not help but think of you and remember our sports chats we had. I miss those times very much. My tears soon turned to a smile when I think of those special times we shared. I love you and miss you.


Sean H.

October 4, 2007

mike we miss you so much at industry cant believe your gone i will always remember your great smile keep watch over all of us at industry

lasd volunteer
industry station

August 25, 2007

uncle mike,
that day at the softball game in las vegas is one of the only memories i have of you but you had many more of me. you knew me as a baby and remembered me years later. even though i barely knew you i felt comfortable calling you uncle. i know how much you loved what you did but now you get to be a guardian angel. i know you are watching over uncle felix and my dad so i don't worry too much. just keep them safe and let them come home every night. one day i will meet you again . rest in peace.
Olivia Lamp

Olivia Lamp

August 6, 2007

tomorrow is your birthday...and in my thoughts i can only wish you a happy one up in heaven. i read the reflections that are left for you and i still can't believe you are gone. a piece of my heart will always be with you. happy birthday mike.

with love...

July 20, 2007

From the moment I met Mike (thru Lidia) I knew he was Special...especially for Lidia. The way that they looked into each other's eyes was only something you read about. Lidia was the Happiest I had ever seen her. They were SO CUTE together.

Today, I came across some pictures of them together from Laughlin. Mike & Lidia were in-seperable, So Much In Love.
The Most Perfect Couple.

Mike, I can't believe that your gone. You made everyone laugh and smile, even if we didn't want too.

Mike, you left my friend Lidia with the most Precious Gift your daughter Savannah. Your life lives on, in the Loved Ones you left behind.

Elizabeth Rojas

July 13, 2007

Mike and I weren't super close friends, but, I remember him fondly. He and I used to play on the same baseball team together, along with other deputies and police officers. Of all the guys on that team, he was the one who would show up disgruntled in the begining because he would have to get up early, but by the end of the game, he was the one who would be keeping the team together. When I or other teammates would be at each other's throats, he was there to help assist and calm us down. He was one of the truly great individuals that I had the pleasure to have known. He will be truly missed. I only hope that we can learn from this incident and, hopefully, never have to relieve it.

Police Officer II Timothy Estevez

July 5, 2007

Deputy ARRUDA:

I was so bummed the day of Your shooting.
May You Rest-In-Peace

Maj M. B. Parlor

June 15, 2007

Thinking of you today. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

June 15, 2007

Honoring you on the 3rd anniversary of your passing. Still missed and remembered.

June 15, 2007

Hi Mikey,

Another sad anniversary. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. We all love and miss you and not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Rest in peace my nephew.

Auntie Carol

Officer Carol O'Shea
New Bedford Police Dept

June 15, 2007

May you rest safe in the hollow of His Hand,May he bless those you love and those who love you.

June 15, 2007


I was able to finally go to the "wall" it is sad thing that we have a need for such a place. As I sat and looked at your name, that night came rushing back, I wish there was a rewind button, but as we know thats not how life works. You made all you came across better for knowing you.

I hate the fact that your name is on that wall, again nothing which any of us can change. So all we will be able to do is remember you in our own way. You are missed everyday. Watch over us as always. Rest Easy.

Always in our Thoughts,

Felix, Bette, Jon, Ana

Felix Serrano

June 7, 2007


As we close in on the 3rd anniversary of the tragic night you were taken from us, I just wanted to let you know, as you watch over us from heaven, that you have not been forgotten. As new people come and others leave our station, you are still remembered by all. You really touched the hearts of so many people. I miss talking to you and hearing that funny laugh of yours when you would come into the station to start work. I feel I am blessed to have known such a beautiful person and I will never forget you.

Patrol Secretary LJC
City of Industry Station

May 30, 2007

Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. You are in my heart forever.

May 21, 2007

Mike, I was very sorry to hear about this tragedy. I wanted to write and say you were always a good dude. It is sad to see such a tremendous person leave this world, although to a much better place. Today is May 1st, 2007. Today we lost another brother in arms, LASD Deputy Raul Gama. Since you have left us, five brothers and one sister from our LASD family have gone with you. I kmow you are all Angels of God. You will never be forgotten my brother. All our love from your LASD family.

Retired Deputy V.

May 1, 2007


Its been awhile, but as you know I/we think of you everyday. We just returned from Jonathan's Navy Boot Camp graduation. Yes, Jon went that route. As we were sitting there waiting for things to start, You came to mind, I know you were watching. Can you believe it? 20 years ago we were playing the game, now Jon gets to play. I can only hope he finds a friend like I did. Mike you are one of a kind. Oh by the way, he is also going to ABF A School.

Watch over him Mike, like you do all of us.

Rest Easy, We miss you.

Felix, Bette, Jon, Ana


April 20, 2007

Happy Easter! I'm sure this will be a special one; you're no longer alone and you're with the ones that love you so very much. I hope your Meme and Uncle Raymond are by your side today and that you're all aware... we love you and miss you very much.

Michael is doing fantastic. I suppose I don't have to tell you; I'm sure you're a big part of his success. He seems to be on the right track for a bright and successful future. He'll be attending UC Irvine again this summer. He's really looking forward to living at the dorms again. Michael is gifted and is an Honor Student. He is striving to become either a pilot or an attorney; we'll see, he'll probably change his mind 10 more times before he enters college. Wow, college, can you believe he's going into high school in September? It seems it was just yesterday you were cutting the umbilical cord and shouting out for the world to hear, "Mana, it's a boy, it's a boy, he's got a peepee!" It took you months to come off of that cloud you were on, but you never changed, you always loved him with all of your heart. Michael was your world and now he is so much like you; I'm sure you're even more proud of him now than you ever were, I know I am.

I won't lie to you, it's not easy being mom and dad for him; he really misses you. His room is a shrine to you and we talk about you often. He is always so curious about the things you did in your life and about the person you were. When the Navy invited us as their special guests to sail on the USS Belleau Wood, your home of four years before they decommissioned it, Michael was beside himself. He couldn't believe he was going to walk the halls you walked, he was going to see your sleeping quarters, and he even got to eat and play where you hung out; no part of the ship was off limits. We had our own personal "Commanding Officer" as our guide. He had an incredible adventure that day. For about 8 hours at sea he imagined what life was like for you, and he imagined you were there with him. I'm thankful to the Navy for the honor and the privilege; they treated us like true dignitaries that day. They made Michael feel like one of their own. Michael loves to be told stories about you. He especially loves it when I'm able to share a moment the two of you had shared that he didn't or can't recall because he was so young. His face lights up and you'll catch him smiling for hours. He holds your memories close to his heart. You will always be the light and inspiration of his life, of this I'm sure.

Our son is very special, I pray you'll always watch over him and guide him in making good decisions.

We all miss you very much and we think of you often.

Unitl next time,


Marisol Rilloraza
Glendora PD - Mike's Former Wife

April 8, 2007

Just dropping you a line to let you know I still think about you everyday. As the world goes on and the madness continues, there are still many of us who will never completely move on from that horrible night. I miss you Mikey and just wanted to let you know one more time, you'll never be forgotten.

February 17, 2007

I did not shed a tear today as I spoke of you. In a small way I actually felt some relief in sharing memories about what a beautiful person you were to me. I realized I had reached a milestone because to share stories about you without breaking down and crying was absolutely impossible before. In these past few years since you’ve been gone there were many days that I felt completely lost and only able to function on auto pilot. I could no longer call you on the phone and you’d answer the other end to say “hello”, no longer share a funny email and get a “lol” back from you, nor see you walk by with that “brighter than the sun” smile on your face. Time has helped give me strength. And although I did not cry today, inside my heart felt the overwhelming comfort of your spirit that has remained with me. I know that you are comforting all of those that love and miss you dearly everyday. You will always be missed, thought of, loved, and adored by your family and friends of us who are still here. There are truly no words that can express the gratitude that I give to God for allowing me to have known you in this life. I miss u Mike!

February 9, 2007

Thinking of you Mikey. I love you and miss you. God Bless.

Auntie Carol

Officer Carol O'Shea
New Bedford Police Dept

December 25, 2006

Well my goal has become reality, and I thank you for helping me get through it. We think about you each and every day.

Daren, Barbara, Jasmine, Olivia, Joshua

Trooper Daren Lamp
Texas DPS

November 13, 2006

Hey Mikey,

I just had to write to tell you I thought about you alot last night. Trick or treating brings back alot of memories of "us" as kids. I remember you would fill up pillowcases of candy, dumping it and going back for more. Life was sweet back then. No worries, hassles, or responsibilities to consume our thoughts, it was just us kids being just that, "kids," I miss making mudd pies, watching you play baweball, and trying to get you to play dress-up. You were always around us girls so you were tortured by bows, ribbons, etc. You were cool about it though as you just kinda just sucked it up. Anyways life isn't so easy anymore.

I lit a candle for you last week at my daughters' school. When I dropped her off yesterday I went inside and there it stood, no longer lit but still shining. I wrote a brief summary of you and how your life was taken so abruptly from your family.

Because I hadn't seen you for a few years before the accident it still doesn't seem real. I have your pictures." on my fridge and my daughter kisses them nearly everyday. Although she only met you once she constantly talks about her "cousin Michael," and she always adds you in her daily prayers.

I hope your doing well up there and I hope "your" Heaven is as beautiful as the Heaven I've always envisioned. I call it "My Heaven" with everything so pure and beautiful. I'm going to go to sleep now and I'll talk to you soon.

I miss you Mikey...

I miss you always!

Your cousin

November 1, 2006

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