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

Have been thinking about you more often this week. Your smile is still missed around the station. I want you to know that I am teaching the Explorer Post about the Law Enforcement Memorial this week and your great heart. I think of you often and your smile watches over all of us in dispatch daily.

PSD Megan Wilske
San Leandro Police Department

May 1, 2012

Still miss you buddy!

Master Detective S. Harris #1167
Richmond Police SWAT

April 9, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Niemi. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 22, 2012

Hi Dan. I know it's been awhile since we last spoke, but I want you to know, that there has not been one day in my life that I have not thought about you. I can't believe it's 2012. I just wanted to say "Hi" Dan, and I miss talking with you.

Officer Michael Rose (Retired)
San Leandro Police Department

January 5, 2012


It's Jan 1st 2012. And, I actually just found out about your passing. Quite honestly, I don't think it has sunken in yet.

I remember you vividly from the DSC days before you became a police officer. You taught me how to shoot... well not quite... but you did teach me how to shoot fast, accurately and safely.

I am glad that at least the vermin who took you from us got the death penalty. Rest in peace Dan.

Dwight Looi
Dan's Friend and Student

January 2, 2012

Just passin' through, Dan....thought I'd say hello....

R.W. Turner / Training Mgr (Retired)
San Leando PD

December 8, 2011

I still think about you every day as I prepare to continue your work here. I miss you buddy!

Mst. Det. S. Harris #1167
Richmond Police, Homicide

May 15, 2011

Dan Merry Christmas to you and your Family, think of you all of the time, Frankie


December 19, 2010

Hi Dan.
Ran into Lou from the DSC last night at a school function. It brought so many fun memories back. I think of you all the time with loss, but it was so nice to be able to remember all the fun we had, what we learned, the new friends we made, all because of you. You still have an effect on the lives you touched every day...
Love you and miss you,

April T.

September 25, 2010

Dan, were thinking of you often. Thank you for enriching our lives and keeping us safe. You taught us well.

Doug and Kristi Johnson
Friends / DSC

September 3, 2010

Dan, your heroism and service is honored today, the 5th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer. Prior to your death, I had attended two law enforcement funerals: Ray's service and Larry's. Yours was the first I attended after we lost Larry. Unfortunately, since then we have paid our respects to other fallen comrades. They are always painful, but we must be there.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I am thinking of your parents today.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 25, 2010

Ooops!!! I'm sorry Dan I meant 5 years. Love Michelle Habiger


July 25, 2010

Today is 6 years since you have been gone. R.I.P. Dan we love and miss you. Not a day goes by that we don't have a thought of you or tell someone about you.
Love Michelle Habiger


July 25, 2010

My brother ... My friend ... it has been 5 years since you were tragically taken from this beat. Your memory has never faded nor will it. We still speak of you, your words, your stories, your kind and generous heart. Missing you always, but just a little more today. Please continue to watch over us as you continue to patrol from above.

Jailer Thompson
San Leandro Police

July 25, 2010

Thank you for all you done, God bless>


June 30, 2010

This week is Police Officer Appreciation Week. Thinking of you and missing you. Can't believe you have been gone for 5 years. Ken is not the same with you gone. Please look over him and guide him to do the right things with his family. Love Michelle

Michelle Habiger

June 24, 2010

Dan, just thinking of you...God speed, mate....lest we forget...lest we forget...........

Rick Turner, SLPD Training Mgr (Ret)
San Leandro PD/Colleague

May 1, 2010

Just thinking of you, again. Miss you buddy. We are getting ready to study the Civil War. The cap and ball you got from Chuck will, again, be part of the display for the kids.

Randal Mitchel, Father-in-law and friend

March 1, 2010


Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. You will always be our hero!

Officer Tim DeGrano
San Leandro Police Department

December 29, 2009

Just thinking of you today Dan

Autrey James
Alameda County Da's Office/San Leandro PD

December 25, 2009

Dear Dan,

What a beautiful young lady Gabby is becoming. Grandpa and I are taking her to her first Civil War Ball. Her dress is silk, her spirit is yours and I see it in her always. I know you are proud of her, as we are.


Jeri Mitchell
Mother in Law

November 9, 2009

Just thinking about you this week.

Officer Tai Nguyen
San Leandro PD

July 28, 2009

We spoke of you this morning at line up and a momment of silence was offered. Curt reflected on you "Academy" writings and what an amazing person and Officer you were. It was odd seeing all the new faces that never had a chance to know you ... they could see the impact in our faces ... the pain that is still here ... but the fantastic memories and impression that you left upon us. We placed a lei upon your plaque in front of the department ... we will not forget.

Jailer Thompson
San Leandro Police Department

July 25, 2009

Brother Niemi, another year passes, and yet it feels almost as painful as the first. Robin and I were talking this morning, there are only two other people on our shift who worked with you back then. Everyone knows you of course and still wears the bands. We'll be reminding everyone of just what you sacrificed four years ago, who you did it for, and who you were. Miss you brother. Please keep an eye on these young pups.

Tommy the Dog-man

Officer Tom Rosenlind
San Leandro Police Department

July 25, 2009

It's 4th of July ... Tommy is working OT and I am home trying to keep the animals calm. Sgt. Sanchez played the memorial DVD the other night at line up. So many new rookies that didn't have the pleasure of knowing you ... Bob wanted to make sure that they knew who you were and what type of impact losing you was to the department. He asked me to come down to line up ... I knew what impact seeing and hearing that DVD would have on me ... the minute it started, so did my tears. The pain is still real ... the empty place in my heart is still hollow ... I think my tears let the rookies know what you meant to me and SLPD as a whole. Bob reminded them WHY we do this job ... and WHY we continue to do things in a safe fashion. The 4th anniversary is sneaking up on us ... Tommy and I decided we needed to make that day a positive ... we are gathering our family together and having our 3D/4D ultrasound of our daughter that night. We will all be able to see her together then have dinner and raise a toast to you. I wish you were here to meet here in October, but I feel blessed that she will have such and amazing angel to watch over her. Continue to guide us all down the right path ... you are not forgotten my friend.

Jailer Thompson
San Leandro Police Department

July 4, 2009

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