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

God bless sir, we will not forget you.

Deputy Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept

June 16, 2004

I would like to extend my condolences to Deputy Arruda's family and friends, and to the men and women of the Los Angeles County Department. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of tragedy. Rest in peace Deputy Arruda, your duty here is done.

Deputy Sheriff
Butte County Sheriff's Office

June 16, 2004

On behalf of the men and women who serve and work for the Georgia Perimeter College Police Department, our thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Michael Arruda's family, friends, and co-workers with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

May you rest in peace our brother in blue. God bless.

Officer Johns
Georgia Perimeter College Police Department

June 16, 2004

I stop by this site often after the death of my brother. I am saddend to see the list has been added to.

My sincere sympathies to the family freinds and co workers of Deputy Arruda. May God be your comfort and know the thoughts of many are with you.

Deputy Arruda thank you for your selfless acts, dedication ,courage and sacrifice. You will not be forgotton.

You are a hero to more than you know.

Emory, Ephrata WA
brother of Ferry County WA Undersheriff Matthew J. Lane EOW 5/30/03

June 16, 2004

Please accept my thoughts and prayers to Deputy Arruda'a family, friends and co-workers. I know the pain must be indescribable. My heart goes out to ALL of you.

Deputy Faith Cunningham
Shelby County Sheriff's Office

June 16, 2004

God bless you and be with the members of your agency.

My heart goes out to the deputy that shot him.

June 16, 2004

May god bless your family.

Cpl. Scott Ainsworth #2260
Prince George's County Police Dept., Maryland

June 16, 2004

Michael, you will not be forgotten. You died a warrior, protecting all of us. I honor you, your name, your memory and mostly for the ultimate sacrifice you made for all of us. We all give "some" . . . you have given "all" . . . go rest high on that mountain my brother. We'll cover your post on the thin blue line. With brotherly love and utmost respect, Jim Crotty (Former Richmond, VA Police Officer.)

Jim Crotty, Special Agent (Ret.)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms

June 16, 2004

“When God made Peace Officers….”

When the lord was creating Peace Officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, Have you read the spec on this order? A Peace Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn’t touch, and not wrinkle their uniform.

They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half- eaten meals. And they have to have six pairs of hands.

The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands….No Way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me the problems,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have.”

That’s on the standard model? asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, “May I see what’s in there sir?” (When they already know and wishes they had taken that accounting job.) Another pair here in the side of their head for their partners’ safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, “ You’ll be alright ma’am, when they know it isn’t so.”

“Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve,” rest and work tomorrow.”

“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on civil service paycheck.”

The angel circled the model of the Peace Officer very slowly, “Can it think?” she asked.

“You bet,” said the Lord, “It can tell you elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in it’s sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five judges to debate the legality of the stop…and still it keeps it’s sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with crime scenes painted in HELL, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim’s family’ and then read in the daily paper how Law Enforcement isn’t sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Peace Officer. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

“What’s the tear for?” asked the angel.

“It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, and for justice.”

“You’re a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked sober. “I didn’t put it there,” he said.


Senior Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

June 16, 2004

This is such a tragedy and our prayers are with those Deputies involved. May God grant the family, friends and co workers of Deputy Arruda peace and understanding. May you rest in peace sir.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

June 16, 2004

Dep. Arruda and Family...
I heard about this accident right after it happened from some of my officer friends. I just wanted to say I am sorry to hear about your loss. He has been in my thoughts and prayers ever since this happened. I kept hearing he was in Critical but Stable condition. Kept checking on him daily and now he has gone 10-7. I wish he was still 10-8 , he was a wonderful officer. Be safe out there. God Bless.

Elise Ostby

June 16, 2004

Rest in peace Brother Michael, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

June 16, 2004

I am saddened to hear of such tragedy. I pray for peace for your family and friends and for self forgiveness for the officer involved. We are involved in a field that always has potential for injury and we all accept that. Go rest high on the mountain! You are a hero.

D/Sgt. Vencent Woods
State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

June 16, 2004

Rest easy our Brother. You will always be remembered.

J.D. Goff
Bartow Police Dept. Bartow, FL

June 16, 2004

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).
Unfortunately, I had to add the name of another friend. Deputy Jeffrey Hewitt, Buncombe County (NC) Sheriff’s Department, E.O.W. April 4, 2004.

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family and the other officers involved.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti Ingle (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood County EMS (NC)

June 16, 2004

God bless you and your family at this tragic loss. My heart goes out to you and your family and the officers involved in this accident. You are all heroes for your service.

St. Louis City Police

June 16, 2004

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