Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant James Michael Lane

Beaumont Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, September 16, 2004

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Reflections for Sergeant James Michael Lane




May 3, 2005

Rest in peace Brother. You will not be forgotten! Keep a close eye on your fellow officers as you fly through Heaven.

December 17, 2004

Sergeant Lane, your sacrifice to protect us all will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace and may the Lord provide comfort to your family.

S.C. Powell, Capt.
Texas Dept. of Public Safety, Aircraft Section

November 28, 2004

On behalf of the pilots of the FBI, I salute your service and that of your colleagues. May God be with your family. Rest In Peace. Romans 13:4 NIV

Special Agent/Pilot Darin L. Paul
Federal Bureau of Investigation

November 14, 2004

God Speed, Brother.

Union PD, NJ

October 25, 2004

I met one of your co-workers today. You would be proud of him. Rest in peace you are now flying the friendly skies.

ISU Public Safety

October 24, 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.

Houston, Texas

October 5, 2004

To all Family, Friends, and Co Workers of this Officer:

On Behalf of myself, and the Family of Police Officer Daniel Starks (Ft Myers Fl, E/O/W 10-25-03) we want you to know that you are all in our prayers! The Lord will sustain you as you go through this difficult, and trying time, but just remember your loved one is being cared for in Heaven, and is now eternally safe. We hope that you all remain as strong as possible, and know that we are all thinking of you. No words are quite ever adequate, but Police Officers make the ultimate sacrifice everyday, and our hope, and prayer is that they will always be remembered for their heroic efforts, and kind hearts.
Jessica Ruhl (Daniel’s Fiancée) & the Family of Officer Daniel Starks

October 2, 2004

The members of the Royal Palm Beach Police Department wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family, coworkers, and friends of Sergeant Mike Lane. He has fought the good fight and has now gone to his reward. Many of our brothers and sisters are gone, but none are ever forgotten.

Sergeant T. E. Murphy
Royal Palm Beach, Fl. P. D.

September 25, 2004

In loving memory of Sgt. Mike Lane:
You gave the majority of your life in
service to others and we honor you
for that. 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 by dying on that cross to pay the penalty
for our sins. 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.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

September 25, 2004

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sergeant Mike Lane gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting the members of his community. You now walk a beat where there is no violence, only peace. See you on the other side.

First Sergeant Salvatore Torelli
Fauquier County Sheriff's Office, VA

September 23, 2004

To the family, friends and co-workers my prayers are with you. The only thing that helped me through Clint's, was that I knew he loved being a police officer and would not have traded places with anyone. I miss him everyday and think about him everyday, but I will never forget him.
Sergeant Lane your family will miss you everyday, but we will never forget you. Look Clint up for me tell him that I Love Him The Most!!! He will know what it means.

Connie Barker
Mother of Clint Walker E.O.W. 1-14-04

September 23, 2004

I'm sorry for your loss. We all feel the pain of a lost officer.

Sgt. Tony Meadows
PN-G Class of 1980

Sgt. Tony Meadows
Hendersonville Police Dept. Tennessee

September 23, 2004

Sgt Mike, as you now know, Jesus Loves You, so do we!
John 3:16

Ret Officer RB WAde
Richmond, VA Police

September 22, 2004

My family would like to send our heartfelt sympathies to the family, friends, & fellow co-workers of Sgt Mike Lane.
You're in our thoughts and prayers. May God watch over all the brave men and women in law
enforcement who put their lives on the line everyday as they serve & protect their communitites.
Your job is a difficult one and we truly appreciate all you do. God bless each & everyone of you.

Gail M Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig eow 2-16-04

September 22, 2004

I pray that your family and friends fine comfort in the heart felt reflections left on these pages by your extended Law Enforcement family. May your spirit have a joyous homecoming. Go rest high on the Mountain!

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

September 21, 2004


When you feel cast down and despondently sad
And you long to be happy and carefree and glad,
Do you ask yourself, as I so often do,
Why must there be days that are cheerless and blue?
Why is the song silenced in the heart that was gay?
And then I ask God, "What makes life this way?"
And His explanation makes everything clear
The soul has its seasons, the same as the year.
We, too, must pass through life's autumn of death
And have our hearts frozen by winter's cold breath.
But spring always comes with new life and birth
Followed by summer to warm the soft earth.
And, oh, what a comfort to know there are reasons,
That souls, like nature, must too have their seasons.
Bounteous seasons and barren ones too,
Times for rejoicing and times to be blue.
For with nothing but "sameness" how dull life would be,
For only life's challenge can set the soul free,
And it takes a mixture of both bitter and sweet
To season our lives and make them complete. (Author - Helen S. Rice)

Thank you Sergeant Mike for your gift of safety and concern for all of us. We love you and pray for your loved ones.

Grandma & Grandpa Minnie
Parents of a Kern County Deputy Sheriff who lost his partner

September 21, 2004

~The Dash Between The Years~

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning ... to the end.
He noted that first came her date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the "dash" between those years. (1900-1970)

For that "dash" represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth
And only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own;
The cars...the house...the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our "dash".

So think about this long and hard
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
To consider what's true and real,
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show our appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we've never loved before
If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy's being read
With your life's actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your "dash"?

September 21, 2004

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Sergeant Mike Lane and the Beaumont Police Department...our hearts and prayers are with you all...... Thank you for a job well done Mike... 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

September 21, 2004

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds...and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of...wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up, the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, nor even eagle flew.
And while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space...
...put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

- Author John Gillespie MaGee, Jr.

Fly high, and rest in peace brother LEO.

Deputy Sandra Shofner
Broward Sheriff's Office, FL

September 20, 2004

Thank you for your 32 years of dedicated service. May your family find comfort and peace in God's mercy and grace. Rest well my brother.

P.O. Mitchell Kornberg
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

September 20, 2004

I was so sad to hear of Officer Lane's death. I just wanted to extend my sympathy and concern for your family. The future will be tough without him, but find strenth from others that are there to help you. God Bless your family and Beaumont PD.

Christina Gernale
Sister of fallen Officer Conrad Gernale

September 19, 2004

Sgt. Lane, Your dedication to your profession, your Department and most of all your family, will be sorely missed. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest Easy Brother !

Dep. Paul Sperandeo
Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office, La.

September 19, 2004





September 19, 2004

My fiance, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis was a Deputy Sheriff with the Davis County Sheriff's Office in southeast Iowa. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure Mike did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and Mike be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Sergeant Lane's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all, especially to his wife. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that Mike is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain Mike was well respected and well loved.

Thank you Sergeant Lane for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiance Dennis for me.

Peace, Love, Luck, and Happiness!

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry - EOW (01/03/03)

September 19, 2004

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