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

hi um.. u didnt really know me or i didnt really know u but i know now how much everyone loved u and it was hurting me to see how much this hurt the family and we miss u very much and we cant understand why god would take such a wonderful soul and person to him at such an early age .. WE MISS U AND WILL NEVER FORGET U U ARE IN OUR HEARTS 4 LYFE Love ya 4 ever...

Stephanie Alfredo

June 28, 2004

To the family of fallen Deputy Sheriff Michael Arruda,
our thoughts and hearts are with each and every on of you.We know how proud you were of Michael, and how loved he was. Be proud of him, and what he, and all fellow officers, past present and future stand for. You are not alone, we feel your pain & sorrow.

To fellow brothers & sisters,
We are all family at heart, keep that with you as you place that sheild on you chest. Be safe.

Officer Ronald Doyon (retired) & Debbie
New Bedford Police Dept, MA.

June 27, 2004

I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO HAS PASSED ON SUCH KIND WORDS TO MY FAMILY AND TO MY BROTHER. YOUR PRAYS ARE TOUCHING OUR HEARTS. THANK YOU,
LISA

LISA DUMONT
DEPUTY MICHAEL ARRUDA SISTER

June 25, 2004

MIKE I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART. I WILL REMEMBER YOUR SMILE IN MY HEART. MY BROTHER, MY FRIEND, UNTIL I SEE YOU AGAIN REST IN PEACE.

TO EVERYONE AT THE INDUSTRY STATION LASD;
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. TO HEAR THE RESPECT AND LOVE EVERYONE HAS FOR MY BROTHER MIKE.IT BRINGS ME AND MY FAMILY COMFORT. THANK YOU FOR LOVING MY BROTHER AND BEING HIS FAMILY.

WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU AND WE LOVE YOU ALL

Lisa Dumont
sister

June 25, 2004

I will always remember you as a little boy; cute, bright and energetic who adored his dad. I remember all the times you would come over with dad and mom for dinner and play with your cousins. You grew up with the same standards your dad had and instilled in you thats why you were so loved by everyone.

You will never be forgotten, Mike, may you rest peacefully now and watch down on all of us with your beautiful smile.

Love, Aunt Joan

Joan Felix
Aunt

June 23, 2004

My fiance, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure Michael did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and Michael be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Deputy Arruda's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all, especially to his fiancee. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that Michael is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain Michael was well respected and well loved.

Thank you Deputy Arruda for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiance Dennis for me.

Peace, Love, Luck, and Happiness!

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry - EOW (01/03/03)

June 22, 2004

Rest in peace knowing that you did a Job Well Done......

1942
PPD

June 21, 2004

Thankyou for all that you diid and all that you stood for. You will be greatly missed by all of your brothers and sisters, who will try to fill the void left by your loss. Sleep well and hold your head high knowing that you did all you could and we will not forget your supreme sacrifice. God Bless.

Hampton Patrolman
Hampton Police Division

June 21, 2004

Deputy Sheriff Michael R. Arruda or "Mike" as I called him, was a wonderful Father, and true friend. I know that his children will never forget the love he had for them, and the great example of sacrifice and heroism that he has set for them and for us. Michael was a fun-loving, humorous, loyal, and caring friend. I will never forget him, and the great times we shared together. My condolences go out to my nephew Michael Jr., to his unborn daughter Savannah, and Mike's loved ones. We'll see you soon Mike. Get some rest... Lu.

Luis A. Vazquez Jr.
Former Brother-In-Law of Deputy Sheriff Michael R. Arruda

June 21, 2004

DEAR MIKE,
THERE ARE NO WORDS TO TRULY EXPRESS WHAT WE ALL FEEL AT A TIME LIKE THIS. TOMMORROW, MON. THE 21ST, WE WILL PUT ON OUR CLASS A'S AND TRY TO LOOK OUR BEST FOR YOU THIS ONE LAST TIME...IT SEEMS SMALL AND FUTILE BUT IT IS OUR FINAL WAY TO HONOR YOU AS A FELLOW DEPUTY AND AS OUR FRIEND....IT WASN'T THAT LONG AGO THAT WE ALL WERE WONDERING WHEN WE WOULD GET OUT OF MCJ AND START OUR CAREERS OUT ON THE STREETS. NOW JUST A SHORT TIME LATER WE WILL SALUTE YOU AND SHED OUR TEARS, SOME IN PUBLIC AND OTHERS IN PRIVATE...WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU MIKE,,THE ACCENT, THE ALWAYS HAPPY ATTITUDE AND MOST OF ALL A GUY WE COULD ALWAYS COUNT ON...YOU WILL BE MISSEED MIKE....GOD BLESS

Deputy Sheriff
LASD

June 21, 2004

REST IN PEACE BROTHER. GO 10-8 IN HEAVEN.

DEPUTY R. ESCAMILLA
LOS ANGELES CO SD/TEMPLE

June 20, 2004

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept - as well as the family and friends of Deputy Arruda.

Our department has just lost a hero in the line of duty so we can feel your pain and loss all too well. May it comfort you to know that so many across the country mourn with you.

God bless you all, and may Deputy Arruda rest in peace.

Police Dispatcher
Sterling Heights, MI

June 20, 2004

Brother, our prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for your service as a LEO. Now rest in peace. We will take it from here.

Corporal John Beckler
Lee County Sheriff's Office, Fla

June 20, 2004

TO:The family;loved ones;friends and department members: A POLICE OFFICER'S PRAYER:--- O,gentle Lord! Keep the day/night watch with me.As I begin my tour of duty,I ask your protection from all mental,physical and spiritual harm. Sustain me with the knowledge that I am doing your work,endeavoring to keep peace among your people. Help me to be just as I enforce the law without prejudice or favor to anyone. May I be courageous but not reckless in carrying out my duties.Let me respond to all calls with haste realizing that so many are dependent on me for life and safety. Support me with your consoling power when I am tempted to think no one really cares and that I am taken for granted. Sustain in me the conviction that so many thousands do care and are grateful for my presence. Grant that I may be loyal to my partner and my fellow officers,and that I may back them up effectively when called upon for assistance. Lord,I ask that I may return safely,after my tour of duty,to my loved ones and those who love me.I pray that I may be a good and honorable police officer;and after my tour of duty is over here on earth,may I enjoy the peace and happiness of heaven that you have promised to those who serve you well.AMEN.*** REST IN PEACE*** Sent to you by the father of First Class Officer J.D.Koeppen,Capital City Raleigh NC,Trooper D.C.Koeppen,N.J. State Police and Cadet Officer A.M.Koeppen,Wilmington NC.

Chief (retired) Douglas A. Koeppen
Washington New Jersey

June 20, 2004

Dear Arruda Family and Friends,

I am sorry to hear about your loss. Please take some comfort in two verses from the Bible: "Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted." Matt. 5:4 and "Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the Children of God." Matt. 5:9. God Bless.

Ofc. Mike Snyder
Coral Springs PD, Florida

June 20, 2004

There are but two persons who protect the sinful human race from destroying itself. One is God's Holy Spirit. The other is the Peace Officer. Without them, we would all perish at each other's hands.

You were called into this profession and our Lord and Savior has blessed you because:
According to Romans 13.1-5...
God ordains the Peace Officer’s profession.
The Peace Officer is sent by God.
The Peace Officer is vested with God's authority to enforce the law.
A Peace Officer's badge is to be honored by us, because it is honored by God.

To the family of Deputy Sheriff Michael R. Arruda and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, your extended family of Law Enforcement Officers grieves with you during this time. I pray that God will wrap his loving arms around each of you and comfort you during this most difficult time.

You gave the ultimate sacrifice for your fellow man, your life.
While serving, defending, and protecting others in your community.
Rest easy with our other fallen Brothers and Sisters, we have the watch now.

To all my brothers and sisters, please remember the fallen officers we have lost. Remember the men and women who died trying to make this world a safer and better place for us all to live in. Please pray for this officer's family, agency, and friends as they struggle with this tragedy.
May God be with you every day, please remember, we are a part of the largest family in the world and when one hurts we all hurt.

Though our badges and uniforms may be different, our mission is the same. We will continue the fight in your honor.

Florida Deputy Sheriff

June 20, 2004

My prayers and condolences to the family and fellow officers of Deputy Michael Arruda. Rest in peace and know that we'll take it from here.

Lieutenant
San Diego CO SO

June 20, 2004

Rest in peace Deputy Arruda, We will pray for you and your family.

SGT (RET)
NJDOC SOG K9 UNIT

June 19, 2004

The members of the Royal Palm Beach Police Department wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family, coworkers, and friends of Deputy Michael R. Arruda. He has fought the good fight and has now gone to his reward. Many of our brothers and sisters are gone, but none are ever forgotten.

Sergeant T. E. Murphy
Royal Palm Beach, Fl. P. D.

June 19, 2004

My prayers are with the family. thank you for his service. I also pray for the other officers in this incident and I ask God to keep them strong.

Lt Tim Ridgeway
Greenville County Sheriff's Office

June 19, 2004

Rest in peace brother.

Detective John O'Sullivan
Eagle County Sheriff

June 19, 2004

The citizens of California have lost a true law enforcement professional and Deputy Sheriff Michael Arruda's family have lost a wonderful man. God Bless

Detective T. Kirkpatrick
Los Angeles Police Department

June 19, 2004

I remember the time you backed me up on a t-stop and then inquired about the results a few days later with genuine concern for myself and my partner. Thanks for being there. Obviously God called you to him too soon. You did your time on earth, now go 10-8 on the streets of heaven. Ofcr Vince Fontes, Los Angeles County Police/Whittier Narrows Station

Ofcr. Vince Fontes
Los Angeles County Police

June 18, 2004

We are truly saddened at Mike's loss.
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We all recall you gave your best.
You did your job, now you can rest.
Your comrades now can cover your post
as you take your place with the Heavenly Host.

God Bless Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters.
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Our prayers will be with you, your family, and co-workers!

Ptlm. P.K. Harding
Binghamton (NY) P.D.

June 18, 2004

I have read some of the reflections but could not bear to read all of them as I am very sad. However, I wanted to thank each of every one of you who have responded. Most of all I wanted to thank Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Industry Station for taking care of my family as we mourned and grieved here awaiting the funeral. Thanks so much for your kindness and caring ways. My family and I are extremely grateful and can easily see that Mike was loved by all.

Deanna Medeiros
Deputy Michael R. Arruda's cousin

June 18, 2004

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