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Police Officer Steven Joseph Reuther

Milan Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, February 4, 1991

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Reflections for Police Officer Steven Joseph Reuther

A couple years ago. The city of Milan honored Steve and had his daughter attend city counsel meeting where they unvailed the new design on the squad car doors where they’ve placed steve’s Badge and number as part of the decal for the city...

Jeffrey S. Taylor
Former Sargent Milan Police Reservest

January 26, 2018

Steve was one of my best friends. We became friends in 4th grade and remained best of friends through high school at Napoleon. We kept in touch for awhile, but eventually had no contact with one another. I learned of Steve's death when another high school buddy called me. Shock doesn't even begin to describe my reaction. Al had to repeat several times before it sunk in. I drove up from Indianapolis to attend Steve's funeral and was deeply moved by the ceremony. The honor he received was fitting for my childhood friend.

The reason I write this is because it used to be that fallen law enforcement officers didn't receive the receive the recognition they do today. It has become almost customary around Indianapolis anyway, streets and highways have been named after fallen law enforcement. To my knowledge, no such honor exists for Steve. I realize it has been a long time since his death, but perhaps he and others who have made the ultimate sacrifice could be honored in a similar manner?

Steve will remain in my memories for my remaining days. I'm glad we were once the best of buddies.

Mitch Carl
Friend from our youth

October 3, 2017

I am currently on patrol and a thought of you came to mind. I then realized it was the date you left us. I still remember the terrible news and the shock of that day as if it just happened. I did not know you well having met you just a couple of times through a mutual officer friend of ours but it was easy to see why he respected you and considered you a dear friend. I guess I just wanted to say you are not forgotten brother. Rest in peace.

Officer
Ret. Adrian PD Current Raisin Twp PD

February 4, 2016

Steve, You taught me some much, and you were so patient with me. I was a 19 year old reserve. You always respected me as I looked up to you. The lssons I learned from you stuck with throughout my career. Thanks Steve. I still think about you. Rick.

Ret Officer Rick Knieper
Homer Police Dept

February 1, 2016

I knew Steve as Eddie. He was one of the funniest people that I have ever known. He was quick witted, and loved to joke around. He was professional when it counted but believed that laughter was the best medicine for life. I wittiness Steve losing a hat on the job, and I understand it was a reoccurring Theme with him.

Citizen Joe Graber
Friend

February 5, 2015

Never a day has past, never a moment lost that your memory is not cherished... Been a long time since you and Ramon Beltran graduated and we became friends. Miss you and your family...see you again at last roll call.

Chief of Police (Ret)
Hartford, MI PD

December 22, 2014

I just got off the midnight shift that morning and was shocked at the news. Milan is a small town in Monroe and Washtenaw Co. Death to cop killers

Deputy Dean West
Monroe County Sheriff Dept.

February 5, 2014

Hard to believe this happened so long ago, I remember like it was yesterday. I had about a year on the job and worked in SW Michigan but will never forget. RIP

Sergeant Bill Clock
Ann Arbor, MI Police Department

February 5, 2014

The members of the Coastal Carolina Shields will dedicate its February 4th meeting to the memory of PO Joseph Reuther. May he rest in peace and never be forgotten for the ultimate sacrifice he made in protecting others.

President
Coastal Carolina Shields

February 4, 2014

I miss you every day! I'm still not over it. I'm proud to say, Amanda has found peace, and true love. But, most of all happiness! She asked me if I knew how to contact your assassin. She told me she is ready to forgive him! You would be quite proud!
Thanks, for being there for me! I still suffer the truth every day! I had a long talk with Amanda and explained what and why and who. That was a hard talk. But, it helped us both! I Love and Miss You!

Reserve Officer
Milan P.D.

February 4, 2014

You carried me and covered my back more times than I can remember, I carried you one last time after your assassination. Always remembered, never forgotten, I still have your back.

Patrolman
Partner & Dear Friend

August 30, 2013

Again it is so nice to see everyone still remembers my father. Thankyou to you all. Its nice seeing all the reflections on here even after 22 years after his passing. It helps keep his memory alive.

Amanda Mckenzie
Reuthers oldest daughter

May 23, 2013

RIP my brother, and thank you for your service and putting up the fight that needs to be fought everday. May God bless your family, and those that you served with.

Sergeant Barton
Garden City Police Dept.

February 3, 2013

Just a reminder that you are still in my thoughts, friend. I am still at it after 33 years. I still remember our days in the academy way back then.

Chief Ramon Beltran
City of Hartford, Michigan

February 9, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twenty-first 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hold your family in my heart's embrace today. To your daughter Amanda, thanks for sharing a child's devotion to her beloved father.

Rest In Peace

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

February 4, 2012

I met Officer Reuther in January of 1991 after being stopped by him for speeding on US-23 going through Milan.

I was young and dumb... and probably not deserving of the break he gave me for speeding 79/55. I will never forget his kindness and professional demeanor that day.

I later learned that he was from my hometown of Tecumseh, Michigan.

Rest in Peace Sir.

Jim Ivan
Citizen

December 17, 2010

As if it were yesterday, I can see you walk through the door into dispatch: cup of coffee in your hand, cigarette tucked behind your ear, your top button undone and your tie dangling off to the side. Your devilish charm and playful attitude made working midnights a treat. RIP my friend...you will never be forgotten.

Michelle Stanbury, Captain
City of Ypsilanti Fire Dept/Former Plymouth Twp Dispatcher

February 4, 2010

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones on this day. Continue to watch over all of your loved ones and close friends, you have not been forgotten.

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

February 4, 2010

I worked with steven in plymouth township in 1987 thru 1989. We worked the same zone and shift. He was a teriffic man and Officer. I have been out of law enforcement for many years however I will never forget this man and how he helped me become a better Officer.

former officer daniel newman
plymouth twp police and canton twp police

March 27, 2009

Thankyou to all who remembers my dad still after 17 years. Dad i miss you more and more each day. i am now 26 and married. i had a good childhood. mom and my "step"dad did an awesome job raising us.we never went with out. you and mom are now reunited since she passed away 4 months ago in my arms. take care of each other and i hope you mom are watching megs and myself. we need you both as our gaurdian angels. i love and miss you both, rest in peace my loving parents!
Love always,
amanda (yours and moms little pooh bear)

Amanda Mckenzie (Reuther)
Oldest daughter of Officer Reuther

September 20, 2008

steve, i miss your devilish prankster smile. when i moved back to michigan,and worked at fci milan, you knew how i hated corrections,and wanted back on the road. you were a great help,getting me acclimated to the area,and the other dpts. i remeber we use to visit all the time,when i lived on main st,and wabash. that night you fell i was 15 miles up the road in lodi twp,now working for the sheriff dept. i was the closest county car,but some idiot told me not to respond.well after hours i arrived only to learn i lost a freind,to a peice of dirt.you were the second friend lost by a creep.RIP Trooper D rucker DPS texas.it really hit me knowing your famlies medical scares we talked about,but god was there to help you rest,and family given some comfort. you were an asset to milan, a small town that needs officers like you.well rest in peace,you will never be forgotten tomretired wcsd.

retired sheriff deputy tom peters
milan within county /plus i lived there

March 2, 2008

A terrible chill ran throughout our city when news of Officer Reuther's death spread from one person to the other. The chill was more than a standard Michigan February day. Seventeen years ago, this week, Milan lost one of their finest through the senseless act of another. In a split second violence, broke the hearts of family, friends and community. Time goes on, but we will never forget the service of Steven Reuther. You shall forever live on in the hearts of those who knew you.

The Milan Area Chamber of Commerce

Norma Shull Smith
Milan Area Chamber of Commerce

February 4, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 1, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 26, 2007

Just wanted you to know that I still think of you, old friend. After 28+ years of service it is still not the same without you.

Chief Ramon Beltran
Harford PD

May 17, 2007

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