Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Nels Daniel "Dan" Niemi

San Leandro Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, July 25, 2005

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Reflections for Police Officer Nels Daniel "Dan" Niemi

You flooded my memories today my friend, miss you.

Jason
Beat Partner

June 4, 2019

I think about you often, but even more so over the past few weeks. So many senseless L.E. deaths, so many heroes lost, so many departments traumatized, so many loved ones grieving. I pray it will stop, but fear it'll continue to worsen. I am proud of those who continue the fight with integrity and am honored to be part of the process. I hope we continue to honor your memory and never allow you to be forgotten. I miss your wit, your humor and your unique ability to read my mood over the air and remind me not to sweat the small stuff. Rest in Peace #298

Donna Balelo
San Leandro PD

January 12, 2019

Rest In Peace Nels. You will always be remembered.

Gary Moore
San Leandro Police

July 25, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 13th anniversary of your EOW. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

July 25, 2018

The blue band that encircles my right wrist has been there for 13 years straight now. The engravings of your name and badge number have long since faded from it, but your memories are permanently etched in my heart.

#300

July 25, 2018

Miss ya dude. Things have gotten crazy now a days. You are with me every day. We would be ready to retire between now and the next year or two. You had every right to make it to the finish line, you earned it right away during the first year. This place doesn't deserve you, watch our backs, check in with the guys upstairs.

Friend, LEO,
Bay Area PD, CA

April 21, 2018

Dan, I was sitting at my desk working and thought of you. I wondered what you'd be doing if you were here. Likely promoted to a rank, working some assignment. Although its been a while since we have posted on your wall , it doesn't mean that we don't think about you everyday.

Ali Khan
San Leandro PD

March 15, 2018

Thank you for your service to our community, our best goes to your family. Rest in peace, and God bless.

Police Explorer Matthew Badie
San Leandro Police Department Explorer post #540

November 27, 2015

Dan, you are always in my thoughts. Today, Sgt Lunger is being laid to rest and it brings so many memories back. This week is the 10th anniversary of your leaving us. Your death was the most significant event that happened to me during my 30 year career.

I was the evidence tech that night and you were assigned to cover my beat. I can't help but wonder "what if" I had gone to that call instead of you. I thank you for your service and sacrifice. I hope that Jason and I were able to make you comfortable during those moments waiting for the medics....it seemed like it took hours but it was only about 2 minutes before a firefighter took over. Several hours later when we were notified that you had passed, I realized I still had your blood on my hands and uniform. I didn't want to wash it off. I guess I was just working on autopilot trying to get the job done.

I can picture you hanging out in Heaven with legendary lawmen like Wyatt Earp....you too are a legend!

Scott Cagle
SLPD #228 Ret

July 30, 2015

You may be gone, but you are not forgotten. May you R.I.P.

Ron Skeeters
Surviving Son Trooper Bernie Skeeters
Illinois State Police
EOW 5-20-1982

July 25, 2015

I'm sitting here watching the SJPD service for Officer Johnson and I couldn't help but think about you and how this must affect your family. I am having a hard time watching this....Even though I didn't know you, my late wife worked with you and we attended your service together. She isn't here to remember you. I lost her one month after she lost you. Ten years go by so fast. She spoke very highly of you and felt your loss very deeply. I pray for you, your family, Laurie, and now Officer Johnson's family. God bless Nels, Laurie and God bless Mike. There is a special place in heaven for you.

LPD AC
Widow of SLPD #243

April 2, 2015

It's hard to believe that this year will mark 10 years since that fateful day. How can that be? I can remember the tragic phone call that night like it was yesterday. Your picture continues to be prominently displayed on the wall in our office. I didn't know you, but I was there at your funeral sitting with all of the other SLPD wives silently and selfishly thanking God it wasn't my husband. Whenever I hear a Sara Evans song, I still get chills. Over the years I have continued to watch your SLPD brothers and sisters suffer in their own ways. For many of them, SLPD became too painful and they pursued other departments and careers. However, the one thing I am certain of is that you will continue to live on in each and every one of their hearts and you will never be forgotten.

Wife of a former SLPD officer

January 8, 2015

Everyone is thinking of you today buddy. We all miss you.

Randal Mitchell
Father-in-law & friend

July 25, 2014

Dan,
I went back to the chapel a couple weeks ago for an unfortunate tragedy with Bart PD. It was the first time I had been back since we watched over you and folded your flag. It took me back as if it was yesterday, especially after seeing a handful of "the guys" there too. I think about you and the family often. You start and finish the shift with me daily. We are all better people from being around yuo and knowing you. You are never forgotten.

Officer Steve Shodeen
SLPD

February 13, 2014

Dan,
I miss you! I think of you often. Your funny MDT messages are missed and would definitely provide interesting insight to all the changes to our department over the past 8 years. You have made me a better dispatcher every day I take that seat. I wear your badge with pride and fond memories everyday.

Dispatcher Megan Wilske
San Leandro PD

October 12, 2013

Dan. It has been 8 years since that fateful night when evil took you from us. By now, I thought that it would get easier. It hasn't. You are still missed buddy!

Steve Harris #1167
Richmond Police, SWAT
(Retired)

Inspector Steve Harris #7058
San Francisco District Attorney, Bureau of Investigations

August 13, 2013

Thinking of you today with a lot of sadness for many reasons. Your memory will never die and you remain in the hearts and souls of so many, especially your mother, father and brother. Your brothers and sisters in blue remember you and continue to go out to protect and serve their communities with the ever present risk of their own safety in jeopardy. Be reassured that there will always be those who will be vigilant about seeing that you get the full measure of justice you deserve.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

August 10, 2013

Danny, my brother. Years have come and gone and this day has not gotten easier for me. I still remember our days on dog watch and I still remember our conversation the last day I saw you on our "Friday." You will never be forgotten my brother.

Officer S. Nelson
San Leandro PD

July 26, 2013

I can't believe it has been so long since you were taken from us. I often think of you and wonder what to say but words can't begin to express my feelings and how much you are missed each and every day. You were taken from us too soon but I am proud and thankful for your guidance over your brothers and sisters in blue! Not a day goes by that you are not thought of. We all miss you xo

Kayla Bacon
San Leandro Police Wife

July 25, 2013

I miss you and love you. Thank you for all you taught me in your life and death. There isn't a day that goes by without your light shining in my heart.

Jim Niemi

Jim Niemi
Brother

July 25, 2013

I miss you dearly Danny, but I do know that you keep watch over your wife and children, and THAT touches me! I know that your light shines BRIGHT for all who cared for you, and that you cared for. Writing was a passion of yours. I will continure that candle for you, with your angelic guidance. A powerful person in life and earth, and even more powerful in spirit.

T. Lee Campbell Ca 90-93
Friend from Campbell Ca

May 1, 2013

Dear Dan,
Today is Nevada Day and my girls will be walking in the parade, thanking and celebrating all who have served on both foreign and home land. They will proudly carry your photo along with photos of my families fellow officers who continue to serve today.
How I miss you. How often I think of you. How I wish you were still here. In college we promised to make a difference. You did your job and I continue to do mine. You continue to live in so many heart. It helps me to read their comments and know they continue to post. Never to be forgotten.
I have to tell you it still hurts. I check in on your Mom and Dad from time to time. They are so you. Keep being my angel.
See you later.
Big hugs, Priscilla

Priscilla Raphael Cyphers, MAT, BSCJ
College Friends - Sacramento State University

October 26, 2012

Thoughts of you are strong today with the passing of CHP Officer Youngstrom.

Michelle Habiger CNA
John Muir Hospital

September 6, 2012

I knew Danny from grade school untill he quit the liqour store and went to collage. He introduced me to my wife.
Both our fathers were airline pilots. We lost communication in the 80s and I have just now heard of his passing. I always knew he would grow up to be Capt. Kirk.

Mike Shipp Capt. F/V Wild Honey
childhood friend

August 25, 2012

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your bravery and service to others.

Bob Gordon, Ret. Asst. Chief
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

July 25, 2012

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