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

It's over,..your family can stop driving to Oakland,.waiting and going through the slow process. I can assure you we were all there for them. Your brother is strong and has been a "rock", and has represented your family well. Who knows when it will happpen, but the decision was made and a message was sent.
Watch over us,...days, swings and nights

fellow officer/friend

June 11, 2007

Dan: Today final justice was done. The jury believed, the sentencing was correct, and the SLPD family celebrated the great work that Orloff did. You will never be forgotten, and we know that you will watch over all of us. None of us will ever forget you, nor your family.

An SLPD Family Member & Friend

June 11, 2007

The Lord answered everyone's prayers, your killer will be behind bars for a very long time. You are still missed....

May 15, 2007

Dearest Dan,

You would have been so proud of Dionne yesterday. She spoke with such grace and love about what all the officers have been given with this verdict. To see all the officers standing there when the elevator doors opened, was something I will never forget. There have been many of these moments, and each one is stamped into my heart. I know you are there with us.

When I get to heaven, lets have coffee, you bring the donuts.

I love you, Jeri

Geraldine Mitchell
Mother in Law

May 12, 2007

They convicted the guy. The guy that brought about the need for us to talk to you here.
I haven't been able to write up to this time. Just visiting and reading was tough enough. It seems right now.
You were the kind of guy any father would want for his daughter. I'm glad my daughter had your love and company. I miss you buddy. We all do.

Randal Mitchell

May 11, 2007


A guilty verdict of first degree murder plus the special circumstances. We packed the courtroom and verflowed into the lobby on the floor. There was NO room. We held our composure, the tears flowed, but the right verdict was reached. Sentancing begins May 29th ... may the death penalty be the only option that is discussed.

Thank you for your strength and always continuing to watch over me and the rest of the troops at SLPD (and beyond).

I still miss you my friend.

Jailer Thompson

May 11, 2007

We were all there today. So many of us, that the hall was packed. The guys from OPD showed up, along with others. We are doing what we can to help and support the family. We heard what we wanted to today, but now a new phase starts,..and I hope it goes in the same direction. Almost 2 years, and you are missed and with us daily. Just a coule days ago we were talking about your "word"..don't make me try to spell it!~!
Ironically this is the week going into National Law Enforcement Week. Fitting I guess...Your FTO is on the Unity Ride,....
watch over us..................................

friend/fellow officer

May 10, 2007

As the SWAT Commander the night you were taken, I was forever moved by the mission we were tasked with; we are forever moved by the honor of your service in our proud are with us always my brother...

Lt. Tom Milner
Newark PD

April 16, 2007

Brother Neimi,
It's been a while, but I figured it was time to post again when your name, or some of the stuff you used to say popped up in conversation 3 times this week. Everything from your "Caveman Diet" to handgun retention seemed to get covered.

Keep watching over us, we need the help sometimes. We miss you Buddy.

Fellow SLPD Officer

April 4, 2007

Been thinking of you a lot. Memories of things you said or things our families did together are brought to mind just about every day.

Please watch over us all.


February 14, 2007

Miss you, I talked to MM the other day, we were both saying that each of us had been thinking about you alot, I had spent a lot of time "with" you that day too,..talking about you, answering questions about your bracelet sometimes seem so weird,...It's hard to believe it's 07',...
watch over us

friend/fellow officer

January 22, 2007

Officer Niemi... thank you


January 9, 2007

Ofc. Niemi,

The officer I'm training this phase is your partner's cousin, how small a world we serve, how close we really are...Bless you and yours.


December 29, 2006

Well,.....another day, another Christmas,..we are praying for the family as the calender turns......SFPD lost an Officer the other day,...
Miss you dude,..


December 26, 2006

Dan: On the celebration of your birthday, I had the pleasure of meeting your Dad & Mom. They are both such wonderfully warm & kind people. You were much like them.
We all need your wings of comfort around our friend Steve who will be leaving us for Iraq. I know you will help guide him and protect him. You are still dearly missed.

Jailer Thompson's Mom from SLPD

October 27, 2006

Your birthday is fast approaching.
We will celebrate you with a big BBQ surrounded
by family and friends and ... well ... ok a few
cocktails too! Pinatinis anyone! ;)

Tom and I miss you daily. We have been in court and will
continue to be in court every day that you killer is there.
No doubt he is sick of our faces, and we are happy for that.

You Mother and Father have the most incredible strength.
They continue to inspire me with their ways. I am only
sorry that we had to lose you in order to meet/find them.

Thank you for watching over me.

I miss you ...

Jailer Thompson #1038
San Leandro Police Department

September 7, 2006

Ofc. Niemi,

Its been a little over a year since you were taken from us, you are not forgotten, and your family and friends are often prayed for. I will always remember the overcast before the services, and the clear sunny blue skies when we exited the cathedral, a beautiful day...Bless our officers. Always look up and watch the hands!

bayview officer

August 3, 2006

To Dan and his loved ones:

I wanted to acknowledge the anniversary date of Dan's death or as I have heard other parents call it, "the first birthday in heaven". You will be forever missed and your memory revered.

Phyllis Loya, mother of Larry Lasater, PPD eow 4/24/05

July 28, 2006

Well, Dan, we did it. We managed to get through the past year without you, although sometimes I wonder how. We remembered you during a simple ceremony in front of the PD last night. Many of us choking back tears as excerpts from your memoirs were read and we realized anew how much we miss you. We tried to follow your brother's example and honor your life instead of dwelling on your death. I think we accomplished that. It was inspiring to see your loved ones sitting in the front row with their quiet strength and dignity. You'd always bragged about them, especially Dionne, and it's plain to see that you weren't exaggerating.

May we always continue to honor you so. You are still loved, missed and will never be forgotten.

San Leandro Police Department

July 26, 2006

Today was very long. I can't believe that it has been a year since I saw you. I will always remember your laugh, wit and smile because I see it all in your daughter.


Geraldine Mitchell
Mother in Law

July 26, 2006

Today, July 25, 2006, Class 64 of the Napa Valley College Basic Police Academy executed post inspection quality push-ups, in memory of Officer Niemi. His dedicated service and the selfless sacrifice of Officer Niemi and his family is an example to us all. We, as the next generation of Peace Officers, will continue to honor those who have fallen; never allowing ourselves to forget their sacrifice.

Cadet P. Gorman
Napa Valley College Police Academy

July 25, 2006

Dan was an engergetic and dedicated friend. His nuggets of knowledge and wisdom will live on in parts of my life in terms of my job and cosulting activities; as well as his contagious smile and of course, his forward sense of humor. I am lucky to have known a man like this to learn to teach others the values of courage, honor and duty.

Robert C

July 25, 2006

It will be 1 year that your tour of duty ended and I know it has been a long and painful uphill battle for your loved ones. The question they keep asking is WHY? None of really know the answer to that but you know it will be the first one we ask when we join our loved ones. Wrap your wings around your loved ones and help them with their grief. Visit them in their dreams so that they know you are okay. Protect them from harm. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten as heroes never die.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen Chicago Officer
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon, Gold Star Member

July 24, 2006

I can’t believe it has almost been a year.

I miss the early days of the DSC, when I was able to go regularly. I miss the late night Denny’s visits after shooting, where we made a noisy, happy bunch. I miss our weekly Friday lunches at Chevy’s with John. I miss being able to ask you about any topic, knowing that you would have something to say about it. I miss the discussions we had, often turned to debates as you stepped, yet again, into the devil’s advocate roll. You loved to stir it up and challenge my information, my theories, my beliefs, if only to make sure that I had thought it through before I had come to a decision. I miss your passions, all of them: for life, for family and friends, for knowledge, for shooting, for justice, for bringing out the best in people. I miss you, just as any person whose life was touched by you. I regret the times that I didn’t call, the effort I didn’t make to see you. I feel guilty for letting time get away…

My thoughts go to you so often. I think of that morning when I realized you were gone. I can still hear that wail of grief that my heart made at that moment and has been making ever since. I think of Dionne and can’t imagine… I think of Gaby. I see you holding her in you arms in the hospital when she was only one day old. Your feet didn’t touch the ground. We brought you champagne and strawberries to celebrate because we knew that you would be a father that all kids wish that they could have: patient, honest, fair, fun, attentive, proud. I think of your family and friends and fellow officers and the impact that you made on all of their lives and the hole that is left behind. I think of you when I go shooting with my Dad. I think of you when I see a police officer or a police car. I think of you when I see fighter planes. I just think of you…

The Friday before, I did what I frequently did. I told John that it had been too long since we’d seen the Niemi’s and we should call you. We didn’t get around to it. We would do it next weekend. The day before, when I was going shooting with Dad, I mentioned again that I really wanted to see you all and my Dad and I spoke about you and Dionne. (Dad does appreciate beautiful, intelligent women!) That Monday was John’s birthday. We had gone out to dinner to celebrate. We had gone to bed believing that tomorrow would be like any other day. It wasn’t and they never will be. John’s birthday is approaching and I am unsure how to celebrate his life and acknowledge your death on the same day…

I miss you…

April Tarbuskovich

July 20, 2006

I had the pleasure of saying hello to you on one ride-along occasion about two years ago.

I check your reflections often, and wanted to leave you a reflection to show my respects. Even through I am not a police officer yet, it still hits close to home when a police officer is killed in the line of duty in the PD I would like to be apart of someday. I cannot describe what kind of feeling you get when you hear that a police is taken in the line of duty, especially when I heard about your call on July 25.

This career choice is a challenging one to get into, and when I get down or get lazy I think of what you have sacrificed and that is all I need.

I wear your bracelet all day, everyday to keep me in line. You will never be forgotten! Officer Niemi.

It is coming close to your "end of watch" anniversary, and I wise the best for your family!

Kevin McShea
SLPD hopeful/citizen of SL

July 5, 2006

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