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

I think about you all the time Danny. I tell your story often about how I asked you not to ever become a police officer because of the immediate vision I had the minute you said that you wanted to One Day become a police officer as we were walking out your door to go to the shooting range and practice with our guns. You said to me one day I'd like to be coming an officer Tina a police officer. I remember saying Danny please don't ever become a police officer immediately because of the immediate vision I had of a handgun and your future.
And then you poo-pooed me and said you didn't believe in all that crap. That's okay sweetheart. God bless you.
I hear the family is okay, your wife is doing great. Your kids are doing wonderful and we appreciate you being up there in heaven and in the spirit realm, to help all of us down here cuz we know you're still on duty darling!
God bless you Danny always in our hearts! No matter what year, no matter what month, no matter what day, you are one heck of an angel!


December 14, 2023

Today marks 18 years since you tragically left us. I still vividly remember having a conversation with you as I was going off duty. If I only knew about an hour or so later, you’d lay your life doing this job. What would I have said differently, how could I have convinced you what was about to come…

Eighteen years, yet it seems like it was just yesterday. RIP Dan.

Captain Ali Khan
San Leandro PD

July 26, 2023

Always have you in my heart but today I was really thinking of you. Thought of your smile and some comedic and insightful input you would have on somethings around the department. I wear your badge number with a heavy heart and beautiful memories. Miss you buddy.


March 28, 2021

Fifteen years ago today, Dan. I hold close our friendship, conversations, and laughter......God speed, mate.....

Rick Turner
San Leandro PD (Ret.)

July 25, 2020

You’re not forgotten - and continued prayers for your family - friends - wife and kids.


July 25, 2020

You flooded my memories today my friend, miss you.

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.


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 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 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.

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

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

February 13, 2014

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

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

July 25, 2013

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