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Sergeant Michael Allen Scarbrough

Wayne County Airport Authority Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, February 9, 2005

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Reflections for Sergeant Michael Allen Scarbrough

Today would have been our 19th anniversary. I spent the day with Diane. Katy's dad died and we went up to Bay City for the viewing. I have to say that it was a good day to be with friends and not with my own thoughts. This anniversary coming up has thrown me a bit. I miss you and love you boo.


November 12, 2007

Hey,Mike: It's took me a while (obviously) to get on here and post to you, so here it goes. Man are you ever missed and I often say HI and salute your pic in the hallway at your house, you are and was a super cool brother-in-law I really lucked out with all my in-laws they on the other hand.... well you know me Mike ha ha. Heads up!!!! Kellbell is on the road and I must say she's not a bad driver, but her Ryan and Luke are all hitting the road about the same time so look out but they'll do fine. I've tried to help Denise the best I can with my limited skill set because I know in my heart you would do the same for Robbin and my family. By the way Denise must have been a Marine also because she is doing a fine job with the kids as I'm sure you know, she holds a loving line and listen the best teenagers can ( go ahead and laugh as my teen years lie ahead with mine). Hunting season is hear and I often think how much you enjoyed that especially duck and gesse season, every time I hear or see Point Mouliee I think of you and the whole hunting thing, but the thing that gets me most is walking around at Halloween and having chilli and Fritos and hot dogs for dinner rest assured the tradition still goes on and alot of laughs are had at your house. The original girl(Kelsey) is a true beauty and I'm pulling my hair out for you but as you know she's agood girl and Sydney just loves her as we all do and what a athlete she has become, very proud we all are. Josh and Mark these two GOONS are growing at a crazy rate we may have to get them tested or cut back on their feedings, I make it a point to wrestle them down and bang them around a little while I still can much like I know you do them. Soon I'm going to wish I learned all those pressure points and holds because the tables are going to turn on me quick and I see some broken furniture in the future but it's all family love ha ha, OK know broke furniture Denise. Robbin, Donnie, Sydney and myself are doing well and miss you tons, we talk openly about you and that has been very good for all of us especially Denise I believe. I'll sometimes jokingly say " DID YOU HEAR THAT UNCLE MIKE" for whatever reason and it gets us laughin. Well this was good for me and I'll post again in the future, we love you and miss you buddy look over us in our daily travels. Duane


November 6, 2007

Kelsey and I got the opportunity to participate in a graduation ceremony of the police honor guard that was here close to home. Theresa and Linda were there, of course, too. It was the first one to be run in Michigan. Dan F. asked our family to assist so that the men and women graduating would be able to feel the realism of the situation. He is so passionate about what he does with the honor guard that I know for a fact you would have really liked him. His sense of honor, professionalism and kindness remind me of how you handled yourself.

I have to say that it was truly awesome to be there. I felt really honored to see these new officers graduating for a job nobody wants to perform and yet they readily and actively participated knowing what it means to be a member. It was great watching from a different perspective. I could truly appreciate everything they did without being overwhelmed by the grief.

It wasn't a coincidence that we were there or the other officers either. I ran into Dave T. who wasn't suppose to be there and only got to attend when his co-worker couldn't. That he got a chance to honor you and our family made it awesome for both of us.

Just thinking about you a lot, with the memories rushing through my head, especially on the cold, cloudy days. I miss you and love you, boo.


October 29, 2007


What just happened in Miami was un-believeable. What you did, I still don't understand how or why.

I was beat, and wore out and looking for every last bit of energy to continue on with. I looked up into the rafters of the Panthers Arena and looked at their banners and saw it. The number "33" staring right back at me.

I knew you were with me and had my back. That and the thought of my kids, pushed me through and stayed with me till the end. Because of that, I'm going to Pasedena!!

If it's not edited out, you get your "props" at the end of the interview buddy!

I'll see you at the Rose Bowl!!!

Sgt Clayton Monte, #40

October 24, 2007

Our girl was 16 yesterday...somehow, I can't believe she's that old. We had a great party at Theresa's. All of the family was there including Sue and Erica. Kelsey invited tons of friends and we had 3 huge bonfires...the kids sang karoke, played guitar hero, played cards and had a donut eating contest. There was sooo much laughter and fun. At one point, Theresa, saw Kelsey go sit by herself on a swing. She said Kelsey had looked back over her shoulder at all the people there. Therese thought something was wrong and was going to talk to her but when she got to the swing Kels had left. When I questioned, Kels, the next day she said she was just looking at her party and feeling really happy and excited. I'm so glad that my family, my friends and I could do this for her. I still thank God everyday for all of the great support we have.

Kels will be taking her driving test this week. Put in a good word for her. We all miss you and love you, boo.


October 14, 2007

Well, I'm at the beginning of remembering all our special times, again. 21 years ago today was our first date. That seems like forever ago. We were sooo young! Time passes by so quickly sometimes, especially, with anniversaries and birthdays.

It seemed odd again spending another birthday without you. As I get older and look in the mirror for changes, you and I get further apart in my mind because you'll always be 39 to me. My head and my heart will always picture you as this handsome, vibrant, athletic, healthy's a wonderful picture...but I'll always mourn the fact that I couldn't see you grow older with me. Thinking about you alot today and really missing you. I love you, boo.


October 4, 2007

Hey partner, the strangest thing happened when I was on google. I was looking for images of police vehicles and typed the words, "airport police vehicles" in the search box. I scrolled down and there was your picture. Im sure it was due to the many times you had searched for better equipment for our vehicles on the internet. You always found a way to get things done. Im glad that we were partners in the A.S.I.U. for those couple of years. It helped me be a better officer and I will never forget the things that I learned working with you. There are a select few of us that were lucky enough to have you for an F.T.O.
Thanks for everything Mike. J.C. #233

Inv. Joseph Chamie
Wayne County Police / I.D.B.

September 29, 2007

You have an awesome brother! He REALLY makes us siblings laugh!! The love and admiration he has for you is very evident and he misses you so much. Please send him some signs....

September 26, 2007

Got back from COPS Spouses Retreat. Another great experience and another stress reliever. We all talked alot, laughed alot and even cried some. It was great being back with all the people who get what it means to be me. Another opportunity to heal and build new happy memories. I miss you and love you, boo.


September 26, 2007

Hey bro! Just checking in to say Hey and look at your reflections. This website is a lifesaver. I miss you bro. Just got back from Sibs retreat. COPS is sooo awesome. It's nice to have others in the same boat as me to talk with and understand what I go through everyday. I've made some incredible friends for life. I wish I never had to meet these people but I'm thankful for them. You would be so proud of Denise and the kids. They've made some incredible strides since that horrible day. I feel your strength through Denise. She's an amazing woman.

I love and miss you Michael

your Brother

Brian Scarbrough

September 21, 2007

Hey Scrap,
just sittin around with some of the fellas thinkin' about ya. Not much has changed here except we got some new officers. Oh yeah, I got promoted along with Clay and a BUNCH of others. I have a lot of cool memories of you. I really miss your leadership and humor. You'd have fun working with these new guys. From the other reflections, it sounds like you family is doing pretty good. You're in my prayers,

Sgt. Brian Petroski

September 19, 2007

Hey Scrap,
I just wanted to say hi. I'm a changed person since the accident and Police Week in D.C. I get emotional way to easy these days. I've also grown to realize how important ones family is and that work isn't. Because no matter what they (you know who I'm mean) say, everyone is just a number to them. They don't care. Give me strength dude!

I talked to your Lil' Lady a few weeks ago. She told about the MICOPS deal, thats great! and that the kids are doing good and that they had a busy summer.

Oh how can I forgot this! I picked up were you left off with the EOD robot upgrades, worked on it with WC EMD. Mckernan then worked on it when I was promoted. And finally...... they approved it and it was shipped out last week. P.S.-Since the accident, this was Denine Carlson's(EMD) goal to get this approved because she knew how strongly you felt about it. ITS DONE.

Oh by the sucks!! Nothing has changed!!

Be Good...SDLP!!!

Lt. Brett Michalski

September 4, 2007

Just thinking of you alot recently. I find the kids and I mentioning you more right now...I keep having flashes of you and our life together running through my mind. Maybe it's because a new school year is starting and fall sports have begun...which means our favorite time of the year is approaching. I'm missing you and loving you, boo.


August 22, 2007

The boys and I just got home from COPS kids camp. Again, another great year being with those who truly "get it". I was so ready to reach out to the new survivors and felt that I could be of some help. It was so packed there... That was a good thing and a bad thing. The good thing is that there were so many people able to come to camp and get the help that we've experienced and then the bad thing was that we were all there for the same reason...but no matter how crowded it was, it's such a wonderful place that Josh referred to it as his "home". That statement alone, is a testament to the wonderful staff and volunteers that are there for us and how important the program is.

Kels came back late last night from Outward Bound. She couldn't say enough positive things about it. She connected with so many new kids and is already trying to plan some vacations so they can get together again. I haven't heard her talk so much in I don't know how long. She was truly a leader there and I think she proved alot of things to herself during the week.

I know you understand how important the COPS organization is. It has been a major part in helping the kids and I on this journey and I am sooo thankful for it. So thankful, that when the president position of our local chapter was vacated, I volunteered to take on the resposibility until the next election in October. I'm very ready to be involved and help others like I've been helped. What a wonderful group of survivors they are.

I'm feeling like I've received a much needed break and feel energized to continue keeping on. I love you and miss you, boo.


August 7, 2007

Just back from COPS Kids Camp. I had to visit this site to see Sgt. Scarbrough's smile. His beautiful children have that smile, and with it, they brighten the world for so many other children who experience loss.

They are a guiding light of hope and inspiration.

Miss Mary

August 5, 2007

Just stopping by to say hey. I want you to know that I think about you everyday. At least 5 times a day. Seems like yesterday we were celebrating your birthday at my house. I miss you so much.

talk to you soon
Sibs retreat coming in Sept.

Love Brian

Brian Scarbrough

July 30, 2007

Hey Scrappy,
Just was sitting around the house thinking about things. I remember when I was talking to you about me getting married and I was pretty nervous. I wish you were still here to talk about me getting divorced and give me some of your advice again. We all miss you and you are thought about often. I still remember like it was yesterday when we all over Marty's house and you were sitting there in the corner of the basement holding Marty's guitar smiling and laughing.

Deputy B. Laverty
Wayne Co Sheriff

July 29, 2007

Thought of you all day today, especially in church. At one point in the mass, Father Bill gave out presents to dads for different reasons...he asked who was the newest dad, and which dad had the most great-grandchildren. The next question gave me a little chuckle...He asked which dad traveled the furthest to spend the day with his family...I immediately thyought of you and I knew I would have won if I had answered..."heaven". It wouldn't have been a lie. I felt you there today, especially when the responsorial psalm was #33. Josh and I looked at each other and smiled. The communion song was "You Are Mine" which is one of my most favorite and has made me think of you every time I hear it. Just wanted to let you know. I love you boo.

You Are Mine

I will come to you in silence
I will lift you from all your fear
You will hear my voice,
I claim you as my choice
Be still and know I am here

Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

I am hope for the hopeless
I am eyes for all who long to see
In the shadows of the night
I will be your light'
Come and rest in me

Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

I am strength for all the despairing
Healing the ones who dwell in shame
All the blind will see,
The lame will run free,
and all will know my name

Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

I am the Word that leads to all freedom
I am the peace the world cannot give
I will call your name
Embracing all your pain
Stand up, now walk, and live

Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow me
I will bring you home;
I love you and you are mine.


June 17, 2007

Hey Scraps,

Happy Fathers Day Buddy-


June 16, 2007


Thinking of you today and always.


June 15, 2007

It's been awhile since I've been here. We've been really busy with the end of the school year stuff. We had lots of homework to catch up on when we came back from DC but it was worth all the extra hours. DC was so different in a good way this year. We stayed in one of the overflow hotels and it was so much more relaxed and less stressful. Being familiar with the schedule, the people even the metro made it all easier. The kids connected with all their friends and I connected with all the spouses. I can't explain how good it was...but I know you know.

I had one of those moments there. It just hit me with what I had to do next. I came back knowing I was ready to get involved with our local chapter of COPS. I feel pulled in this direction and feel this is what I've been waiting to decide to do. It feels really good having a plan...I'm excited about it which is wierd because of why COPS exists. I guess I can say excited about knowing where I'm going and knowing I have another direction to go.

The boys and I just got back from Chicago for their fieldtrip. It was so awesome. Julia, Rachel and all the boys and I hung out for the 2 days. We saw alot and did alot and had the best time. I thought about you so much since you and I never did get the chance to go there like we were suppose to for our 15th anniversary...It's nice knowing what Chicago is like, now, and being there with the boys was a great way to see it.

We'll be really busy this week with soccer banquets, track banquets, baseball games, softball games and studying for finals. Busy...but in a very good way. I thank God for the peace I feel right now. I love you, boo.


June 2, 2007

Hey Mike. Just got back from an overnight stay in DC for Police Week. I really just wanted to go to the wall and see you there. Bag pipes were playing "Amazing Grace" again. That really gets me everytime. Stayed for the initial events and of course the candlelight vigil. The wall is an awesome place to be. What a tribute to you and all of the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. I really feel your presence there. Came back home today because they're not offering anything for returning survivors until wednesday. I'm taking off out of here at O dark thirty on Wednesday to meet Denise and the kids for the breakout sessions that day. I made a promise to you and myself to continue to go every year and honor your memory Mike. I will be there every year barring anything out of the ordinary. I miss you. Look over your family this week while they're in DC and know your always on all of our minds. I'll talk you soon. Thanks to ODMP for this forum; giving me and all that love you a way to connect with you in some way. It truly is therapeutic.

Love you Bro! Your still my hero!


Brian Scarbrough

May 14, 2007

We're going to DC again tomorrow for police week. This year feels so different from last year and I'm thankful for that. Knowing what to expect takes away so much of the anxiety. Sue and Mike are coming up to meet us at the hotel tomorrow and then we're going to see the your name on the wall. It'll be the first time for them and I'm glad the kids and I will be there with them. Bri and Bridge are going to try to come up early on Sunday so we'll tool around with them that day. The kids and I are looking forward to seeing all the other spouses and kids we know and we're ready to reconnect. You'll be in our hearts and minds the whole week. Just know that we all love you and miss you. I love you, boo.


May 11, 2007

Hi, Mike

My grandpa died this morning I would love if the two of you could meet, he is a hoot! Take care of my "Papa" up there. Please remind him how much we loved him and will miss him. Continue to watch over the guys, they need you. We miss you everyday.

Alison wife of WCAAP

May 7, 2007

Hey Mike. Working the Mid watch again. Wanted to stop by and say hi. I'm putting in for a supervisor position with mixed feelings. I know I'll lose some friends in the transition (Management is the enemy you know), but I'm ready for new challenges (and more money) in my career. I wish I could talk to you and get your advice. I think I know what you'd say though. "Go for it". I know I didn't always act as though I was listening when you gave me advice but I was. I wish I could turn the clock back and hear it all again; I would give anything for that. Oh well, I guess I'll have to wait on those conversations with you. Still working on getting a road sign put in place on I-94. Haven't heard from the Governors office in a while. I think I'll call tommorrow and annoy them again. You know what they say "squeaky wheel gets the grease". Maybe I can get ahold of some of your co-workers and we can make some noise together on this issue. I'll keep on keepin on anyways.

I'm still missing you. I guess I'll say that still when I'm 80. (If I make it to that age)

Anyways, till next time Bro!!

Love you

Brian Scarbrough

May 1, 2007

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