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

You are a true hero who made the ultimate sacrifice. May the memory of your service, heroism and sacrifice remain forever. May God bless you, your family and brother/sister officers in the LA County Sheriff's Office.

Pennsylvania State Police

June 18, 2004

Deputy Arruda, I met you once many years ago when you worked for my father, Retired Sergeant Fredric Montaldo (LACSD). Although our meeting was brief, I still remember it. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family. You will not be forgotten!

Police Officer Fredric Montlado II
Phoenix Police Departmetn

June 18, 2004

I am Deputy Sheriff Mike Arruda's aunt.
I have read some of the postings and would like to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers for Mike. I will share with the rest of our family.
Thank you so much it means a great deal.

Officer Carol OShea
New Bedford Police Dept

June 18, 2004

My prayers are for all the officers involved in this incident and their families. God Bless.

Lieutenant Glenn Powell
Sacramento County Sheriff

June 18, 2004

On the wings of angels he flew, all forgiven he knew, now at peace with GOD, no more worry, no more tears...Enter MY Kingdom Officer Arruda, GOD said "Peace I will give you here, tears I will wipe from your loved ones near, I am proud of you Peacemaker, here we will wait and with joy, think of the day when we all reunite just one last time, in one last battle, now stand at my right side son, I have chosen another great warrior for my side, be at peace, your comrades will sustain, I will look upon them each day and together You and I will pray"

May GOD Bless Arruda family and comrades....

Officer Scott Parker
Pelican Bay Police Department, Tarrant County Texas

June 18, 2004

May God our Almighty Father be with you to welcome you home and may He be with your family who morn your loss. God Bless you Brother. You are in our prayers

Officer Patrick Kennedy
Vancouver PD, Vancouver WA

June 18, 2004

May God our Almighty Father be with you to welcome you home and may He be with your family who morn your loss. God Bless you Brother. You are in our prayers

Officer Patrick Kennedy
Vancouver PD, Vancouver WA

June 18, 2004

To Dep Arruda's fiance,
It is troubling that another name has been added to the list. Though words cannot erase the pain that your family is going through, may you be comforted in knowing that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Rest assured that your love's legacy will live on through your children. He died a true HERO in every sense of the word.

To The LAC Sheriff's Dept Family,
Your Deputy was taken from you in the most unfortunate of circumstance. Wrap your arms around your surviving deputy and hold him close, for his grief is such that you may never comprehend.

May God Bless and Keep you all.

Friend of fallen Officer Mark Sawyers, Sterling Hgts PD EOW 6-05-04

June 18, 2004

Deputy Arruda,

Rest in Peace my Brother...Thank you for your service and dedication. My prayers are with your family and the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Office. GODSPEED.....


June 18, 2004

My heart and prayers are with the son, fiancee, parents, family, friends and coworkers of Deputy Arruda. May he rest in peace now and continue his watch from above. God bless you all.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee D. Azure
EOW 08/06/02

June 18, 2004

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. Thank you Deputy Arruda for a job well done. Please continue to watch over us and protect us as only you can. You will forever be at our side and in our hearts.

For those of you who still have loved ones with us please take the time to tell them how much you appreciate and care about them.


If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.

June 18, 2004

Rest in peace, brother. You were taken too soon and under tragic circumstances. May you watch over your family from above and be there to back us up in our future hour of need. You are a hero to all of us.

Mike Sergeant
Los Angeles Police Department

June 18, 2004

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Deputy Sheriff Michael R. Arruda and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department our hearts and prayers are with you all...... Thank you for a job well done Michael... rest in peace as you continue your watch from the heavens......your memory will never be forgotten...

God Bless....Be Safe..... and wear your vests...

Vin, Pook and all of us at beyond-the-blue

Vinman and Pooky -Site Owners

June 17, 2004

My thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Arruda,his family,fiancee and the LA County Sheriffs Dept.Rest in peace brother.

Texas Peace Officer
University of Houston Downtown Law Enforcement Academy Class 89

June 17, 2004

You, your family, your Dept., and the community you served are all in my prayers.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174

June 17, 2004



June 17, 2004

Rest in peace my brother. You will not be forgotten.

Deputy J Walton
Los Angeles County Sheriff

June 17, 2004

Godspeed Brother. Your duty and sacrifice will not be forgotten.

S/A C. Cooper

June 17, 2004

May GOD always be with you and your family,we shall all meet again at the cross roads.

Detective T. Robertson
Shelby County Sheriff's Office

June 17, 2004

To the family and friends of D/S Arruda, and to the LACSD members, may God bless you and be with you in this time of sorrow. America lost another hero today; you are now 10-42 go walk a beat on Heaven's streets, you've done your time here, you are a blue angel, R.I.P. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. God Speed Brother

Diane Dodge
Polk County Sheriff's Office, Bartow, FL

June 17, 2004

Rest easy brother, The watch is ours now.

Atlanta Police

June 17, 2004

The news hit us all hard when we heard of the shooting, my husband and I sat back on the couch and listened about what had happened, we prayed for his family and we prayed he would be ok. We wondered if it was our friends we knew, or someone we didnt. We prayed for days, looking up anymore information, the condition of this deputy. We then began to pray for the deputy who shot him, the pain he must be going through. Then as I kissed my husband goodbye and sent him off to work and told him to be safe. I got a call a few hours later, it was my husband calling to tell me that Deputy Arruda had passed away. I can hear it in his voice that he was shaken. As I have talked to my husband, he said it could happen to any of us, the suspect moved to quickly and Deputy Arruda moved to get out of the line of fire. But unknowing he stepped into another line of fire. My husband told me later if that ever happened to him that not to blame the deputy. To try to forgive, but a double nightmare for the department to be going through. I pray for you Mrs. Arruda and I pray for your 11 year old and I pray for your unborn baby. I pray there is comfort in God's hand, and in His light there is forgiveness. Our husbands go into the night, some return and some dont. We pray for you as a family in lawenforcement, and we pray for you to be able to get up and breath everyday. I dont know what its like to lose a husband, I have only talked to my friend who has. She gives it one day at a time, one breath, one minute, one hour, one second. I pray you will know there are wives all over the country praying for you to get by one day at a time. The journey has ended and now a new has begun. Teach that new baby about her dad, the hero he is to all of us. People she will never meet, your husband stood for us as a proud american, the badge of honor he wore daily. The name deputy, husband, dad, friend, son, brother, uncle, cousin, all lays in one man Michael Arruda. Please know our prayers are with you. Our hearts break for you and your family. We pray for everyone involved.

Deputys Wife
Riverside County Sheriff Ca

June 17, 2004

This is just a note to let you know that though these words are few. They bring the deepest sympathy and warmest thoughts to you and your family.

Rosalind S. Curry

Rosalind S. Curry

June 17, 2004

My prayers go out to you and your family. May you rest in peace. Thank you for the the hard you you gave to the County of Los Angeles.

Police Officer
Los Angeles School Police

June 17, 2004

My thoughts and prayers are for the family of Michael R. Arruda. May they find peace
And to the members of the Los Angeles County Shefiff's Department My prayers are also for them.. God Bless you all

Retired Master Police Officer
Fairfax County Police, Fairfax County Virginia Retired

June 17, 2004

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