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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

Up early today...no surprise in that. In a way, I'm glad this day is here so that I can face it, deal with the feelings and make it through another hurdle. We'll all be thinking of you today. I love you, boo.

neece

February 9, 2007

Sergeant Scarbrough,
As your two-year anniversary approaches, I wanted you to know that your bravery in serving your community will never be forgotten. In reading your reflections, it is heartwarming to know the impact you made on so many lives. You are a hero to all--family, friends and average citizens alike.
So, thank you for protecting us.

Pennsylvania citizen

February 8, 2007

Thnking of you today

February 8, 2007

Two years tomorrow...two years. Just acknowledging that is strange. It's hard wrapping my head around that number.

I talked with a few of your friends from the department...we're all kind of in the same place right now. Sometimes you think you have a good handle on this grief and then it hits you that you don't. I think we're all, in a way, shocked by these intense feelings. Almost surprised that sometimes the feelings are worse than they were at last year's anniversary. Maybe the disbelief was still so intense back then that the intensity of the pain just didn't hit. Now it's been so long since you were here last that you can't do anything but admit that the whole left by your death is staring us all straight in the face.

I think we're all just trying to figure out how to manage our way through this. None of us are sure just how to remember you tomorrow. It's this odd predicament...do you have another memorial and just rehash the funeral? Do we all get together and celebrate your life with a toast or two? I tried to get a mass said at our church but Father Bill will be on vacation starting tomorrow. We also tried to get a small group of people together and it just didn't work out.

Knowing all this make me think there is a reason for all of this. Maybe what we're supposed to be doing is spending time with our families and just enjoying our time with them...being thankful that we feel this strong connection to them and truly appreciate the gift that we have with those that remain. I'm sure we'll all connect in some way tomorrow and I truly feel that it will be enough.

I'm so thankful to still have all this support in my and the kids life. I'm thankful that I'm able to support others, too, and that we can all talk to each other about this. I also know that we're all going to continue to work our way through this journey together and that brighter days will come.

Again, the thing that I'm most thankful for is having had you be a part of my life. I feel so blessed that we had the time together that we did. Just know that my love for you continues and I know that you'll continue to watch over all of us and put in a word when one of us is feeling overwhelmed. I love you, boo.

neece

February 8, 2007

We are thinking of you and your family a lot this week. We miss you. Keep watch over our guys.

Alison
wife of WCAAP

February 7, 2007

Its been two years, how time really flys, my heartfelt symphathy is with with Denise and the family and the department. He's watching you all proudly. God bless

February 6, 2007

Just wanted you to know our prayers are with you and your family. We are thinking of you. God bless you all.

Vida Fisher
Mother, Owen Fisher, EOW 7/16/2005

February 6, 2007

Mike,
Just got back from the Super-Bowl yesterday. It rained so hard on Sunday, I thought Noah and his Ark was going to be the half-time show.

I arrived on Wednesday and walked into the NFL experience Team Store and the first personalized jersey I see being made had the "33" number on it. I knew.

So after the first 12 hour day down there, I go back to the apartment and turn on the TV to the local news channel and find that it's there NBC feed on Local Channel "33". The couple of guys I was staying with then heard the entire story and all agreed.

(Denise, I was going to call you but it was too late!)

Anyhow buddy, got you a new flag and Chamie's working on the Corps flag for ya. We'll hang it sometime next week.

Take Care and keep it up!

Clay
WCAP

February 6, 2007

It has been 2 years since your tour of duty ended and those that love you dearly have thought of you every hour of every day during that time. They will never forget you nor will the Blue Family ever let you be forgotten. Keep watch over your loved ones; and protect them from harm. Also, keep watch over those still out on patrol guarding the Thin Blue Line. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You will never be forgotten.

"Always in our Hearts,
Always in our Words.
Forever Young,
Forever Blue.
Our Guardian Angel."

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

February 6, 2007

Woke up this morning worried, scared and angry...I know why but it doesn't make it easier. Next week is coming so fast. I'm worried about the kids...I always watch them for signs that they aren't coping well. I'm scared of the future and what it will bring for them and me as they become more independent and make more decisions on their own...it's that feeling of having no control in regard to what happens next...and that's why I'm so angry today, knowing that I don't have the control, knowing I can't make everything better for them, feeling the huge whole that's been left by your death and trying to build a new life with the kids. Overwhelming some days. I ache for you today and miss you. I just needed to come here to get that out of my head today. Admitting to the pain and just feeling it helps. Gonna go do something positive for me and try to just muddle through. I love you, boo.

neece

February 2, 2007

Thinking about you and your family, especially during this month. I know that you are missed SO much...but never forgotten.
Brian~ Hang in there. The sibs are always here for you.

Shelley

Shelley Meares
Surviving Sibling

February 1, 2007

Thanking you with much gratitude

January 29, 2007

Hey Mike. Working the Mid watch and it's about 1:30am. Had a hard time today. We received a package in the mail from National COPS. I opened it in my car on the way to pick up Layton from school. COPS sent us a silver coin in remembrance of you. On it was your name and Your EOW date. I hate being reminded of that day. I found myself sitting in my car and crying. I guess I wasn't prepared for it; not being able to control my emotions. I sometimes forget you're actually gone and then I get slapped with reality. Anyways, I have this coin displayed under your last picture I have of you in my parlor at home. Love you Mike.

Later Bro.

Brian Scarbrough
Brother

January 25, 2007

Hey bro. Stopping by as usual to read your reflections. Thought alot about you lately. It's funny, though you've been gone for almost two years now I still find myself disbelieving that horrible reality. I probably mention you each and every day in some way or another. I miss you Mike. Sometimes, especially when I'm alone I find myself talking to you, asking for you to look over me. I turn 39 this year; I'm having a hard time with this, because you will always be 39 to me. Anyways, take it easy and I'll talk to you soon.

Love you bro
Brian

Brian Scarbrough
Brother

January 23, 2007

Thinking about you today

January 16, 2007

23 months today...so close to 2 years. Things have been a little tough lately. All the memories just free floating through my head...occupying my mind most of the time...bringing with it these heavy feelings. This 2 year mark feels so significant as it's arriving...that there's this huge space in time that you've been gone...like now, I have to really figure out who I am and what I'm going to do next...how I'm going to move forward. Scarey thoughts, overwhelming if I let them get away from me. I need to bring it back down to my One Day At A Time motto...I know that, but it's hard to do sometimes, especially when the emotions are running high. I love you, boo.

neece

January 9, 2007

Can't believe 2 years is coming upon us...to the family and friends and department your in my thought and prayers

January 5, 2007

Leaving Mike and Sue's the same day as your birthday may not have been the best idea...I'm already sad to be leaving them and having to deal with the fact that you're not here for another birthday is hard. The kids and I had a great time here, as usual, but it was sad knowing I had Sue to visit with but Mike didn't have you to hang out with and never will again...I hate that word "never". It's still overwhelming, at times, if I think about the rest of my life without you...the rest of the kids lives without you..the rest of your family and friends lives being without you. Today I feel the pain and sadness of being without you and miss you more than I can say...I love you, boo.

neece

January 2, 2007

New Years day...Spending it with Mike and Sue. Going to watch a little football and spend time with the kids...missing you and loving you, boo.

neece

January 1, 2007

Happy New Years

December 31, 2006

Up before the kids again this year...amazed they haven't gotten up yet! They're all excited about the gifts...I made sure to get them things that they didn't ask for but would really like so that there's been that same excited joy around here that they had when they believed. It's been fun for me thinking of ways to surprise them...I think I've done it...I can't wait till they get up either! Watch over us today and know that we'll be thinking of you. I love you, boo.

neece

December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas Mike and to Mike's Family, god bless you thru the holiday season, were thinking of you take care

WCAAP

December 24, 2006

Up early this morning thinking about you. The gifts are all wrapped and ready to put under the tree, the food prepared to take over my mom and dad's tonight and we're just about done packing for our trip tomorrow.

I remember last year looking forward to leaving...I said it wasn't really running away from home but being able to look back, I know it was. Marky said it best by saying that he was really excited about going to see our family this year and that last year, although he had fun, just didn't feel right. Luckily he said it in front of our other kids so we could open up a conversation about it.

We talked about how losing you was so fresh last Christmas...how everything felt kinda foggy...how sad we really were and that this Christmas is different because we have worked really hard on managing this grief, that we already know that we can make it through a Christmas without you and that,Thank God, we can feel some joy and happiness again.

Nothing will ever be the same without you and we all realize that but we are slowly building a new life that is being filled with friends, family, love and joy. I thank God, too, for all of the support we've been given which I know is the main reason we are able to make progress in healing through this journey.

You know that you are missed and that a special prayer will be sent to you as we gather tonight. I'm thinking about you, missing you and loving you, boo.

neece

December 24, 2006

Hey Mike-

Merry Christmas!

You're always in our heart and on our minds.

Monte
WCAP

December 23, 2006

Best Wished thru the Holiday season, God bless

December 20, 2006

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