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

I was up late surfing the web like I usually do. For some reason you came to mind. From time to time I visit this site and read some of the reflections left behind by some of your friends and loved ones.

I don't know though why tonight of all nights I decided to come back to this page. It had been months. Everytime I get on this site though I read everything about you. It's a custom for me now I suppose. I couldn't tell you why.

Then I noticed the date on which you left us my brother. I had to double check on the bottom right hand corner of my laptop, it was 12:01 a.m. June 15th 2009. What were the chances?

It's been 5 long years. I think about you from time to time and I miss eating Dominos Pizza and shooting pool.

I tell everyone about the night I met you for the first time and how I had all my closest friends over that night when you came home from your first date with my sister.

"Hey Lulu, guess what?" she asked. We all looked up at the both of you and answered in unison, "You're getting married!!!"

Of course Marisol was a little upset about that. It was a bit of an inside joke at the time. But here it is 20 years later. I guess it's safe to tell you... My sister had been proposed too the night before your first date. Hmmm, go figure, she said "yes" to that guy also! Sorry brother! It is a funny story to tell though.

What are the chances that of all the days to glance at your page, it had to be today? Were you here with me just a moment ago?

Did you tap me on the shoulder and tell me to read your sons reflection just to let me know "Hey Lou, look, he's all grown up."

Well, that he is my brother. From what I understand... A fine young man. Ya did good papi.

Thanks for reminding me to stop by tonight to say "hello".

Take care... I'll see you again. We'll have Domino's and shoot some pool... Alright?

Your brother,

Luis (Lulu) Vazquez Jr.
Former Brother-In-Law

June 15, 2009

Dear Mikey! Today is when the nightmare began, I still can't believe that phone call, it just didn't seem real to me... I immdiately decided I wanted to go to California to see you and me, Deanna, Auntie Joanie, and Aunt Carol booked the next flight out.. I will never forget you lying on that hosptal bed, not the same Mikey I remember, I held your hand and told you that I was by your side but I felt no response, at least not in a physical sense... I looked for your eyes to open or for you to wiggle you fingers, but nothing... I knew that I had to let you go and be with God.. That is wasn't just a bad dream, it was a reality now a reality, that you would no longer be with us in person. That this strong body of yours could no longer fight the trauma the it had endured and that the doctor's had done all they could to try and repair the damage but with no effect. I was however relieved to see that everyone who had loved you had been there by your side or in the waiting area... So many people loved you Mikey and I'm sorry that this had to happen to you and your family, friends, co-workers, and little Mikey...

I set up an album for you on my Facebook so that we can all remember you for who you were... A fighter, a warrior, and a true hero...

Love you cuz!

Dionne Arruda

June 9, 2009

It's coming on five years and i still think about you seems like a dream.


June 4, 2009

I remember when you were fairly new at MCJ in the early '90's. I remember you walking down 4400 "Able" row to talk to some inmates. About 3 minutes later, I remember you saying to me, "...hey, we need some 'assistance' down here" ever so calmly. lol. That was some good times.... Anyone else wouldn't get this story. They'd had to have been there. Miss you Mike.

Annonymous L.A. Deputy Sheriff

April 16, 2009

Hey Mike, I'm just thinking of you as always. I also ordered a decal with your name on it and I will be so proud to display it on my car.

The year you passed I began to faithfully watch your beloved Red Sox and have been hooked ever since. You must be proud watching them and what they have accomplished from up in Heaven... I rarely miss a game and watch nearly all 100 something games each season. Who would have ever thought that I would be a die hard sports fan?!?!

I'm also going to order a T-shrt for both me and Taitha, also with your name on it and proudly wear it this summer..

I miss you very much!

Dionne Arruda

March 25, 2009

Hey Mikey....

Just thinking of you like always. Days just keep going by, but still no answers. I still miss you as much as ever....


March 24, 2009

Dear Mike,

Well its been a long time, not a day goes by we don't think of you. Your son sounds all grown up. After everything happened I did not know when it would be a good time to reach out to your family, so I never did, but My thoughts and prayers were always with them. From reading your son's post I can tell you never changed your crazy ways, you stayed the same. You always knew how to have a good time, and you never let anyone tell you different. Your son is going to do great things. Maybe one day your son and I will exchange stories.

As you know Jon and Amanda had a baby boy(yes little Jon is a dad now)his name is Felix Michael. Jon came up with the name all on his own, his way of keeping you close. Jon and Ana are all grown up now. Time goes by so very fast.

We think of you everyday, rest easy and watch over us like you always do.

Felix, Bette, Ana, Jon, Amanada, and Baby Felix Michael

Felix Serrano

March 14, 2009

Hey Mike, thinking of you alot lately and wondering why this had to happen to you... I don't know but you're always on my mind and in my heart..

Mike Jr... Your post pulls at my heart strings... You're a smart young man and I'm so glad I had the pleasure of meeting you, I believe it was in 2005... I still have the picture of you and Tabby at the Rainforest Cafe and proudly display it in my home... I love how you think and as long as you do your best I think you'll be fine!

Would love to hear from you and see how everything else is going for you...


Dionne Arruda

March 11, 2009

not a day goes by where i dont think of you and your family. i always pray that all the officers remian safe thru these hard times<3


March 3, 2009

i wear the eow bracelet everyday.
i am the daughter of dan brownell and i am very proud of all the officers that risk their lives everyday to keep us safe

Kaitlyn Brownell
father is a deputy and friend of

February 25, 2009


I proudly display Your photograph upon several of my Facebook sites...

Michael B. Parlor

February 2, 2009

Hey dad, well the holidays have come and gone, but they just don't feel the same without you. It's going on five years since you've gone and not a day goes by that I don't think of all the crazy things we had done or of all the crazy things we would have done given the oppurtunity. We had some really good times thats for sure. I remember going hiking up in the mountains behind your house and the time we got stuck in the ravine. I was so scared, but you made me feel better and thought of a way for us to get out. And that one time we were just walking down the wash and you found the bee hive in the ground and smart you being allergic to bees, thought it would be a good idea to throw a rock at the hive to see what happened. Yep, I never forgot the look on your face as I watched you run up and down the wash trying to get away from them...classic.
Ever since you passed away it's, to me, become pointless to try real hard at something that could benefit me so greatly. I don't know why. I hear everybody say "your dad would have wanted you to do good." I know that, moreso than alot of people who decide to tell me that. It just feels like they're pushing me to move on, to act as if nothing happened. I know it's been almost five years, but it's still so fresh in my mind as if it were yesterday that they came and knocked on my door. Now, I'm really going to try. Not for them, for me because only I know what it'll take, what i'll need.
You were always my favorite.(don't tell mom) You knew just how to balance fun and work. Things used to be that way here, but everything went south once you were gone. The stress just overflowed and it hasn't been the same since. I really miss the way things used to be between all of us. Apparently, you were what kept us from going to the looney bin. Everything is just so serious now, there's no margin for having a good time anymore. It's work and no play. But you know what, I don't care what they want. I'm your son, the son of the craziest, funnest and goofiest[real word?] guys I have ever had the pleasure to hang out with. And I plan to fill those shoes. I'll get my crap done and once it is I'm not going to take all that "Oh well we'll see when the report comes in." or "Well I guess we can wipe that career off your future" B.S. One it's degrading and two who cares what that person thinks? Really where does that person get off putting me down? You would have never done that. You would have been proud that I was feeling so good about myself.
Anyways...[sigh] that felt good to let out. It's been awhile since I've talked to you and even longer since I've been able to vent to you. That's another thing I miss...talking. I'm sixteen now and there's alot of stuff that I would love to talk to you about. One particular topic that just about anyone could guess. I know for sure you'd be a huge help on that one. It's not the same talking to Alex about. I mean I love him, but he's not the kind of guy I'd talk about that to. so I guess I'm stuck talking to grandpa about it. Yep, overall I miss you so much and I cant wait to talk to you again. I love you soooooo much dad.

Michael Arruda

January 3, 2009

Hi Mike,
Missing you still on this Thanksgiving Day and every other day.

All my love,
Auntie Carol

Officer Carol O'Shea

November 27, 2008

hey there mike, just thinking of you as always. you might be gone but never will be forgotten. i miss you so much.


September 2, 2008

Well, another year has come and gone and you are still missed as much as ever. There are so many times when I just look up to the sky or stare off into space and wonder why everything aligned the way it did and left us all where we are at. Sometimes, it almost seems like you are right there and I wish I could talk to you one time....just to figure it all out. However, I know it's impossible, so I just talk to the wind and hope you hear. You'll never be forgotten Mikey and from the sounds of it, your legacy is in great hands. Rest easy my friend, I'll talk to you soon.

June 18, 2008

Dear Mr. Arruda,
Your son Michael and I have been dating for a little more than 6 months now. He means so much to me that I can't describe it using only words. He's strong, caring, sensitive to my feelings, intelligent, and determined. I see him everyday at school, and he never fails to make me smile or laugh. He has his eyes set on some pretty big goals for his future, but there's not a single doubt in my mind that says he can't achieve them. I've never been so passionate about anything else. My desire to stay together with him is one of the few things I can truely be certain about. I make sure to let him know he's the center of my world, and he does the same for me. Michael and I share everything with each other, and most often, its his great memories of you. He tells me how you used to go fishing or hiking. He tells me funny stories of you and him eating oreos or running scared of snakes at the river. Unfortunatly, I never got the chance to meet you in person; However, based on the fantastic stories I've heard, you sounded like a terrific guy, and a loving father to Michael. Michael is doing a great job to carry on your 'Arruda' bloodline, and I am deeply honored to be a part of his life and share his memories of you.

Rest in Peace; we'll share a ding-dong for you,

Alexis Alexander

June 10, 2008

Dear Mike,
Although we were not fortunate enough to have met you, we have been blessed by having your son Michael in our lives. Our daughter Alexis loves Michael with all her heart. We are sure as you watch over us all, you see what a fine young man he is becoming. Michael is intelligent, funny, caring and of course, handsome. We are sure you look down upon him with pride. He and Alexis have many conversations about you and he misses you very much. Michael has also shared many memories with Alexis. Michael has such a big heart; he treats Alexis with such love and respect. He is very special and Marisol is doing a great job. Just know Michael has not only one, but two families who love and watch over him.
Rest in peace,
Gary and Diana Alexander

Gary & Diana Alexander

June 9, 2008

Hey Mike,

As you know last night was the big day. Ana graduated from High School. That's it everyone is done, this fall off she goes. Keep watching over her, as you do all of us. I wish, as we all do, that you could be here.

Rest easy.

We miss you much,

Felix, Bette, Jon, Ana, Amanda, and soon Baby Felix Michael

Felix Serrano

May 31, 2008


I'm sure there isn't much I can tell you that you don't already know. Michael's first year of high school is coming to an end and he's done a hell of a job. He's in the ROTC and is thriving. The experience is guiding him in a new career direction and it's not too shabby. He wants to become an Engineer, earn his Bachelor's degree and then head into the Air Force as an Officer. He's got pretty lofty goals and we'll do what we can to help him fulfill them.

I'm sure you know about the love of his life Alexis; she's a sweet girl and we approve. She comes from a fantastic family. We like the fact they are very strict, but loving. They treat Michael as their own son and you know how feel about that; love Michael and I'm all about loving you in return. Michael treats Alexis like a fragile flower and he loves to show her off. We escorted them to the Military Ball; a very formal event complete with uniforms and gowns. Michael looked sharp and very handsome in his uniform and Alexis looked like a Hollywood movie star. He was the perfect gentleman introducing her to everyone, pulling her chair and even standing when the ladies had leave the table. Oh yes, the ROTC and Alexis have been very positive influences in his life.

We were out in Boston last month and we drove out to see your parents. We had dinner with your dad, Auntie Carol, Emily and Carol's grandson. We had so much fun and your dad cried tears of joy. Your dad has always been too kind and he and Michael didn't miss a beat. They hit it off with a whole lot of love between them.

We surprised your mom at work and well, it doesn't take much to bring her to tears. She didn't recognize Michael and started treating him like a customer until Michael pointed to a picture of you on her jacket. He said, "I know him." When she asked "how," he answered, "he's my father." She lost it. She had a really hard time letting go of her embrace. We had lunch with her and got to see Titi, Auntie Marie, your nephew Richard and your great niece and nephew as well.

Everyone agrees Michael looks just like you. He even sounds like you. I'm sure your family appreciates seeing and hearing you in their grandson.

Michael is awesome and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect love in my life. Thank you. We're very proud of who our son is becoming, but I guess it's only because he had a heck of jump start. Keep watching down on him, keep him safe and we'll take it from here.

Your friend always,



May 26, 2008

Hey Mike,

Not a day goes by that I don't think of you especially as I watch the Sox continue to do a great job. Wish you were here with us.

Hope little Michael is doing well, he's a sweet boy!

D. Arruda

May 25, 2008

Hello Mike,

I know its been a long time, Many things going on this summer. Jon is married, and expecting his first child, yes your name is still in our family. Jon named him Felix Michael Serrano. Ana is going off to college, so everyone is on their way. We miss you everyday, wish you could be here. But we know you are in a better place and are keeping a watch over us.

Well Mike rest easy, we'll cont. the good fight.

Miss ya as always,

Felix, Bette, Jon, Ana, and the added members Amanda, and soon Baby Felix Michael

Felix Serrano

May 17, 2008

Mike, it was an honor to be at your bedside, even for a brief period of time, prior to your passing. The most difficult time was when I read the hand written card that your son left at the foot of your bed. I think about that moment frequently, and it still tugs at the heart strings. Rest easy brother, for you always remembered. M.

Marc Parra

April 27, 2008

Hey Mike,

Things are going well, thank you for watching over me while I am out there in the middle of no where. I think of you often and thak you for helping me get home safe every night.

Your Bud

Trooper Daren Lamp
Texas Highway Patrol

Trooper Daren Lamp
Texas Highway Patrol

March 28, 2008

thinking of you...

March 14, 2008

God Bless!

Memories are what life is all about. Blufishing off the pier at Fort Rodman, Clegg Field Bronco Baseball, Voc-Tech Welders Class of "86".

My Condolences to your family.

Your friend,

Lenny Costa

Patrol Officer
UMass Dartmouth

January 27, 2008

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