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

BUFFALO, NEW YORK

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE
OFFICERS WISH TO SEND OUR CONDOLENCES.
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH DEPUTY
ARRUDA, HIS FAMILY AND CO-WORKERS.

GOD BLESS...

PO ERNEST G. PENN
DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE

June 17, 2004

He who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Galatians 6:8

Patrolman
Frankfort P.D.

June 17, 2004

Rest in peace, we will carry on.

Sgt. Al Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Yuma, AZ

June 17, 2004

God Bless Brother..

Officer
San Francisco PD

June 17, 2004

Rest in Peace...

Police Officer
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

June 17, 2004

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Deputy Michael Arruda in your time of loss. Los Angeles County has lost a true hero, a deputy who laid it all on the line. To the other deputy(s) involved in this tragic accident continue to do the good job that you do. Not to sound trivial, you reacted to a violent situation in an instant and sometimes things just don't go our way. As peace officers we have to accept that risk, thats what allows us to do the things that others would run from. Unfortunately ours is not a perfect world. Deputy Arruda will not be forgotten by the law enforcement community for his outstanding service. To the members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department keep up the good work and besafe.

Cpl. Bryan Taylor
Hillsborough Co. Sheriff's Office Tampa, Fl.

June 17, 2004

Rest in peace. Not to be forgotten.

Officer Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

June 17, 2004

What a terrible tragedy for all concerned. My sympathy and prayers go out for the family and friends of the fallen officer, but also for the unfortunate deputy that fired the stray shot that brought down his fellow officer.
To the family and friends of Deputy Michael Arruda-Nothing can replace your officer, but I pray that memories you have of happy times with him will help to ease the pain you're feeling now. I also pray that you can find forgiveness in your hearts for the one responsible.
To the officer who fired the fatal shot to Michael-you have my prayers also. May you find forgiveness from others, and for yourself for this terrible accident.
My sincerest condolences to you all.
Rest easy, Brother, you will never be forgotten.


Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, IN USA

June 17, 2004

My deepest simpathy to the family and friends of Deputy Arruda. May God bless you and give you the strength you will need to go on.

Deputy Arruda, rest in peace.

"Well done, good and faithful servant!... Come and share your master's happiness." MATTHEW 25:21

Rosa Waters
Mother of Michael Waters
EOW: September 11, 2003

June 17, 2004

The life of another hero is taken too soon. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Arruda. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time.
Rest in peace for your watch here is over; walk in heavens beat and guide us all to protect and serve others safely.

US Ranger Catroppa
National Park Service Kennesaw GA

June 17, 2004

God bless you brother and we will meet one day on the streets of heaven..

P.O. M. Simi
Chgo P.D.

June 17, 2004

To the family, friends, and co-workers,

My prayers go out to you, I know your pain, my son was also accidentally shot by another officer. There is nothing that I can say that will ease your pain at this time. Just know that there are other people that share your pain, and will never forget Michael, he is walking God's beat now. We will never forget you Deputy Sheriff Michael Arruda.

Mother of Clint Walker E.O.W. 1-14-04
Prattville Police Department

June 17, 2004

I was so saddened to hear of this terrible accident. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends at this time, also with the other deputy. May GOD bless all of you. Rest in peace, Sir.
Shirley Roberts

Shirley Roberts-Aunt of Fallen Officer J

June 17, 2004

This is such a tradgedy to loose a fine officer. May God be with your family, friends, and your fellow officers at the LA County SO during this difficult time. May your memory live on.

Inv. T. Faircloth
Laurens County DA's Office

June 17, 2004

A Tribute to the Heroes Among Us

Dedicated to Emergency Response Personnel everywhere and F.A.M.I.L.Y.

Our hearts go out to you and your families. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers. Thank you just doesn’t seem like enough for men who are heroes when we need them, but invisible, ignored, and unappreciated when we don’t.

You rescue us, save our possessions, our lives and our families. You are the heroes among us. You are always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we call, we just expect that you will come and do whatever it takes to help us. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring. We show our appreciation with low pay, little respect, and indifference for the issues in your lives, most of the time. As young children, we want to grow up and be you until we get older and realize the risk isn’t worth the reward.

As outsiders, we envy you, secretly. You have benefits in your careers that our jobs just can’t provide. Your work is not the same old thing every day. You get the opportunity to be heroes every time you go to work. You obviously love what you do, and you’re a family. You have a oneness the rest of society longs for. You care about and support each other. You know each other’s families, share each other’s lives. The rest of us face life’s trials and tribulations alone. You are never alone. You have each other, always.

It is our loss not to know you better. This world, this country, your individual towns truly are better places because of you. To lose one of you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We should be grateful for and to you, and honor you regularly for all you do for us day in and day out without a word of thanks or praise.

We should be ashamed of ourselves; and yet, you continue to do all you do for us in spite of our behavior, which speaks to the people you are. How many of us are willing to do a job knowing we may not go home at the end of the day?

Maybe one day in the future, you will be recognized for all you do with better pay, and the community support and respect you so richly deserve. Until then, hang tough together, and God Bless You and your families.

Anonymous

June 17, 2004

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family and friends. God bless.

Rich
Chicago P.D.

June 17, 2004

Losing one of Americas finest is always a tragic thing. Thank you Brother for your faithfulness and dedication to duty. You gave above and beyond the call. Rest in Peace knowing your loved ones are never alone. We are but a phone call away.

Bob Johnson VA-VA

Bob Johnson U.S. Marshal's (Ret'd)
Blue Knights International Police

June 17, 2004

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

June 17, 2004

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Deputy Michael Arruda.


Riverside County Sheriff's Department, CA

June 17, 2004

The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint."

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at time I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell

GREGG HOUSTON
SOUTH CAROLINA

June 17, 2004

To Deputy Arruda's family and department-

I am very sorry for your loss. Life just doesn't seem to go right sometimes. When you expect to be protecting the public it is hard to carry on when one of your own is lost.

Lydia-
When my husband died in the line of duty 3 years ago I thought I would never return to the road. I couldn't bare the pain of hearing the radio and knowing it wasn't his voice on there like before. There is no point in me saying the pain eases, because you know it never will. But it does get easier for you to get out of bed everyday; especially when you look at your child. My son was born 8 1/2 months after my husband died. It's nice to know they left a treasure behind for us... Good luck to you and your daughter.

June 17, 2004

In loving memory of D.S. Mike Arruda:
Our hearts are grieving with you for this officer, his family and loved ones, and his co-workers. Thank you for your selfless service and sacrifice. It is a long road to healing that lies ahead, but I know that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will extend His mercy and comfort to all who reach out to Him. There is none greater than He. We don't get to Heaven based on what we do, but what He did for us!! AMEN! There is now a huge void that cannot be
filled. God be with all those who mourn and may His promises lift all those with heavy hearts for many years to come. I found this poem on another's site and wanted to share it.

We may never understand it,
the risks these brave ones take,
but occasionally we see a bit
of the difference their lives make.
Some do it for the action,
others find it a callin'.
All find the satisfaction,
and few become the fallen.
Being an officer is what he loved,
To him as good as it gets.
Law was what he dreamed of,
He would have no regrets.
And though it saddens all of us
to lose him in this way
He knew how an officer must
Live life to the fullest everyday.

You are in my thoughts. If only I could erase your pain...

Lynn Kole
Bellingham, Washington






June 17, 2004

MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND FOR THE FAMILY OF DEPUTY MICHAEL ARRUDA. AS A FATHER WITH A SON AND A DAUGHTER ON THE WAY I CAN ONLY SAY HE WILL BE WITH YOU FOR EVER. FOR HIS KIDS REMEMBER YOUR FATHER IS A HERO AND ALWAYS WILL BE REMEMBERED AS JUST THAT.
DEP. J. KROENING


DETENTION DEPTUY SHERIFF F.T.O.JASON KRO
MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE FLORIDA

June 17, 2004

Godspeed brother, we'll take it from here!

Florida Deputy Sheriff

June 17, 2004

You were a wonderfull deputy who lived a full life may you rest in Peace

Anderson
LAPD

June 17, 2004

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