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

Dear Mike,

I miss you so much and I think and pray for you daily. It has been 10 years and yet it seems like yesterday. I still drive by the hotel almost daily and say a prayer and give you a thumbs up in Heaven. I hope you are receiving them and smiling. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend! God Bless You!


Sergeant Grayson Kline

June 7, 2014

Hey brother. It has been nearly ten years since your passing. Amazing how time flies. I think of that horrible night often, and I tell new trainees about your story, in hope that it will never happen again. This event made a huge impact on me, early in my career. Please know that you will never be forgotten and you made an impact on this world beyond anything you could ever imagine. Rest in peace and keep watch over us as we continue on.


Sr. Dep. Bryan Munana
SBSO (Former LASD Century Reserve Dep.)

May 30, 2014

Mike I enjoyed our time in the Navy together you are missed

ABF2 Paul Fogle

February 24, 2014

Mike, we still remember you and your kindness and great work ethic. You were a great man and we miss you.

John Almeida

June 17, 2013

Hi Mike it's me dad. It's that time of year again and I'm missing you more than ever. I think of you all the time. What especially hurts is when I see other fathers doing things with their sons, and I can't do that anymore. You are and forever will be my hero. Love and miss you so much.

Love dad.

Rick Arruda
Loving Father

June 15, 2013

You are a true hero and heroes never die. Let your presence be felt by those that love you dearly so that they know you are watching over them. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

June 15, 2013

Hey Dad,
I know it's been a while since I've written on here, but I'm a busy kid nowadays as I'm sure you know. I've been in the Air Force a little over a year now, and it makes me think of you all the time. So badly do I want to follow in your footsteps and be the hero to someone else that you are to me. It's been almost eight months since mom passed and I know she's up there with you, healthy and happy. I just wish I had you both longer..

I got married in April. I'm sure you know that too, but God I wish she could have met you. You are such a huge part of me and I don't think she could ever realize how much you mean to me without ever meeting you. I tell ya though, she is beautiful. You'd be proud. Anyways dad, I should be home to visit you in January and we can speak in person then. I Love and miss you so much... Always your son, Michael.

Airman First Class Michael E. Arruda

September 30, 2012

Hi Mike,
It's me dad. I think of you everyday. I look at your pictures on my wall. I pray to you everyday. Emily is up there with you, take care of her for me until I am with you both again. Love and miss you terribly.

Love dad.

Rick Arruda

September 7, 2012

Dear Mike,
You are not forgotten as we think of you all the time. It's still painful that you were taken so young. It's hard to believe it was 8 years ago. I hope you are at peace in Heaven looking down on all of us and someday your family will be with you again. Michael has become such a fine young man, you and Marisol should be proud. Take care of her up there as you both watch over your son. R.I.P.
Auntie Carol

Retired Officer Carol O'Shea
New Bedford Mass. Police Dept.

June 15, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 8th 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,

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Visiting these memorials pages is almost like a daily prayer or meditation for me as I try to remember our fallen officers, Today I read a lot of the reflections left for you, and was especially moved by the caring of a devoted friend, cousin, and a father and son who face Fathers Day this Sunday without you. I will be thinking of you, your son and your dad on Fathers Day when I honor my son.

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

June 15, 2012

I visited you today. Although I did not know you, your are my Brother in Law Enforcement. I attend your services along with thousands of it of others to pay our respect Rest in Peace my Brother.

Ofc: Robert A. Rodriguez Jr.
Metropolitan State Hospital Police Norwalk Ca.

June 3, 2012


Remembering you today on this Memorial Day. Remembering our childhood and all the fun we used to have hanging out. You and me, two peas in a pod! I'll tell ya, Mikey, the Sox aren't doing so hot and could use your help right now. I know you're watching and probably thinking what the heck is wrong with out bullpen. Perhaps you can throw them a ball or two from heaven and help them out.

Miss you and love you
Your Cousin
Deanna Medeiros

Deanna Medeiros

May 28, 2012

Hi Mikey,

I know your patroling the streets of heaven, and I know your doing a good job, you always did. I miss you and love you more everyday. Your son Michael is a good upstanding young man. He has your qualities and is affectionate just like you. I love you and miss you terribly. Love dad.

Rick Arruda

May 2, 2012

Hey Mike,
I dont know you but I know your son, you would be happy to know that he is a stand up kid. He would make you proud

Sons friend

March 24, 2012

Hey Mike...been thinking about you I thought I would let you know that. I am sure that you are looking down on those you love and guiding them to do the very best that they can. I hope that God will keep you close to him.


Ken Emmanuelli

January 24, 2012

Hi Mike, it's me dad. Miss you on these holidays. love and miss you always Mike. Emily is up in heaven with you Mike, take care of her for me and I will see you both someday. I love you with all my heart.

Rick Arruda

January 1, 2012

Thinking of you Mikey. Love and miss you. RIP

Retired Police Officer Carol O'Shea
New Bedford Police Dept

December 12, 2011

Mike, thinking of you today. Your daughter is doing awesome. She is beautiful and happy. Your family, your fiancee', your daughter and the rest of the clan are always in our prayers.

Also praying for all law enforcement including my second family, the LASD.

Copper just like you
Anaheim PD

November 17, 2011

Hey Arruda, just wanted to leave a message for your family and you. I didn't know you personally but I remember you were one of the friendlier faces at MCJ. I'd run into you at the gym or in the hallways while escorting inmates to and from IRC. Just wanted to let your family and you know that you guys are always in my thoughts & prayers.

LAPD/former LASD

October 26, 2011

I knew Michael as a public employee in the jurisdiction he served. He was a great cop, a good guy and served the La Puente community with respect and pride in keeping with the tenets of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

He is missed tremendously by his family, friends and fellow deputies.

David Lasher

September 20, 2011

Hi Michael, It's me dad. I have something to say to you. We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke my heart to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of me went with you, the day God called you home. You left me peaceful memories, your love is still my Guide; and though I cannot see you, you are always at my side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. Love dad

Rick Arruda

August 11, 2011

Hi Mikey,

July 21, Happy Birthday my son. You would be 43 today. Wish you were here. I miss you like crazy my boy.

Love Dad.

Rick Arruda

July 21, 2011

Happy Birthday! Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. You are missed tremendously...I would love to hear your laugh just one more time.


July 21, 2011

Well son, June 15, 2011 has come and it is seven years already, and it still feels like yesterday. I will never be able to fill this empty void you left in my heart when you had to leave. I will see you again, and we can go fishing and hunting like we use to do. I love and miss you very much.

Love your father
Rick Arruda

Rick Arruda

June 16, 2011

Another year gone by Mikey. It still doesn't seem real. We all love and miss you. R.I.P.
Auntie Carol

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

June 15, 2011

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