Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Michael R. King

Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Thursday, August 18, 2005

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Reflections for Police Officer Michael R. King

Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 18, 2020

Rest in peace Officer King.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 16, 2018

Hi Mike, You were one of my Training Officers way back in '87, I do remember the hole time we spent together, you taught me many things that I carried with me even until this day. You were a great Police Officer, friend and mentor. I do still miss you, Rest in Peace my friend.

Keith D. Miller - Deputy Warden

February 23, 2018

Rest in peace Officers King and Smith.

Steve Van Slyke, retired K9 Handler
El Cajon Police Department

August 18, 2017

My husband is retired APD. He worked closely with Mike and Richard for many years. That day was so incredibly hard for everyone in our city. They will never be forgotten

Liberty Speaks
Wife of Retired APD Officer

August 18, 2017

Thank you for vour service my brother. May you rest well in the kingdom of our lord. May your family gain strength for your loss.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

August 18, 2017

I was younger when you where with us, We have a picture of you on our wall of a bunch of APD officers and my family when my older brother Jacob had cancer, and you all escorted us the airport for his make a wish trip. Thank you and we will NEVER FORGET you.

Brandon Maez, Supporter of APD
Son of an APD officer

October 27, 2015

Hey Mike,i was going through some my stuff that collects 0ver 60 years of time. one item in the bottom of my safe deposit box was a letter you wrote to me when you still lived in Colorado and worked odd jobs long before you decided to be a policeman,it started out "Hey ASSBREATH! then went on to tell me your woes as you were having trouble getting your P.O.S. Honda 750 backtogether..Mike,i miss those days of dirt bike riding so close to one another that I could smell what you had for lunch!We were supposed to grow old together still riding the dirt! Ya know, I was there for your family when your pop was laid to rest.i try to visit mum but any more, she doesn't know me.Every time I go up Comanche street I laugh at you for pulling an awesome wheelie on your trials bike only to smash into a no parking sign!,Every time I go up to Cedro Peak and rip the singletrack like we used to, I think of how I used to count the white hairs on the back of your neck under your helmet, I was riding right on your tail. You were fast! Mike,please forgive me as I have not been to your final resting place since you went away ten years ago. I just cant let you go! You are very much alive with me when I rip my KTM in the woods,or Southern or whereever You are there! I will always remember you as the tall snot blowing 3rd grader with the English accent that passed out on the playground and fell, eyes rolled backwards, imbedding rocks into your chin because you werent acclimated to the heat,to the 9 Weinerschnitzel eating 3 Coke guzzling poolshark in a beatup 66 VW bug with a megaphone for exhaust,(I hated that) to finally what turned out to be the best person I have ever known. Mike, I will always miss you!

Tom H Foreman
personal longtime friend

September 7, 2015

rest in peace my brother, you served valiantly.

Sergeant Barton
Garden City PD

August 18, 2015

We still have a picture of all of the guys and you when we where escorted to the ABQ SunPort when my older brother had cancer. We all miss you, God Bless.

Police Officers Son Brandon Maez

May 29, 2015

Was looking through old photo's of our family gatherings in Albuquerque and thinking about the great times we all had during our trips over from the UK. You always made sure we went back home with new experiences and tales to tell the folks back home.

We are always thinking of you Mike, from your English family back home in Norwich, England.

Matt Stevenson

September 12, 2013

I knew Mike since we were in seventh grade.
A lot of people don't know that, in the late seventies, he was a United States Champion kick-boxer.
I remember when I heard he'd been killed thinking that was impossible; he was just too smart and too strong. It couldn't be him.
Alas I was wrong.
I'm glad this memorial is here.
Guys like Mike should never be forgotten.

Gracie Hunter

March 14, 2013

So sad, in what we do the rewards are what we've done . May god bless your families. RIP from Trinidad in the Caribbean, West Indies.

#1943 W/Constable Semonne Mark
Trinidad&Tobago Suplemental Police

February 19, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

January 27, 2013

Has it really been seven tears? It seems just like yesterday we were joking around waiting for court to start. I remember all the "people watching" we did, I'd swear was only a few seems ago. I miss your advise and giving you my "two cents". You were one that actually listened. I remember where I was when I received the news, no way not Mike. The poor guy telling me how you died was near tears. I just kept shaking my head. Now, seven years later, I'm still choked up; however its easier to hear your laughter.

S. Gold

August 18, 2012

I never had the pleasure of meeting you. I have met some pretty amazing cops who knew you, every one of them has said how truly amazing you were. If these Officers can't say enough about you then you must have been one hell of a cop and even better human being! On this anniversary of you being taken I just wanted to leave a note to say that you will never be forgotten!

Rio Rancho Police

August 17, 2012

Today is 05/28/2012, Memorial Day, and while we remember those soldiers who have fallen while protecting our freedoms I remember my friend who gave his life for the preservation of these freedoms. The sacrifice is great and will never be forgotten as along as there are people who never take for granted what it means to be free and one nation under God. Rest in peace my friend.

Retired Police Officer Tom Perea
Albuquerque Police Dept. Albuquerque, New Mexico

May 28, 2012


My brother in blue. Your name and memory will live forever. Take care and God bless you my brother.

Lt. Mark Garcia
Albuquerque Police Department

September 1, 2011


On this 6th anniversary of your being taken from us, I just want you to know that Tom and I think of you every day and miss you more than words can say. The pain is still there and will be always.

Sharon Foreman

August 18, 2011

Mike, still miss you brother. There are memories of you everywhere. Debbie, Mike and Ryan. My prayers still go out to all of you.

Sergeant A. Montano

September 14, 2010

To Officer Michael King, his family and his fellow officers with the Albuquerque Police Department:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Officer King’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Officer King and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc.
Members and Staff

August 18, 2009

Mike, It will be four years ago on August 18 that you were taken away from us. I could not understand or comprehend why. The world so needs to keep people like you on earth.
I finally have come to terms that God must of needed you and Richard more than we all did.I never got to show you my new Honda motorcycle and you would of been so proud of me because I got rid of the Harley! You were like a brother to me and though we didn't always see each other for months, we would talk like it was yesterday. My family had the utmost respect for you. There wasn't anything that Mike King couldn't do. We couldn't wait to hear the next story or the latest crazy idea that you would conger up.
I truly respected you as a man and a human being.
Thanks for always being there to rescue me when I broke down or needed some advice on a problem. Thanks for always defending me and making me feel competent that I could achieve anything I wanted to physically or mentally. Thanks for always lending me your Sporty when I came to visit from Houston. Thanks for helping my brothers out when they got into some kind of jam and needed you. Thanks for being you and making our world a better place. Thanks for giving up your life to protect and keep us all safe. You had a good run brother and no one could make a motorcycle dance like you!
I love you forever and look forward to being with you again to show me what you have learned since you left. Until we meet again....

Connie Kawcak
neighbor and friend

July 20, 2009

Mike, I never thanked you for helping my son back in h in Little League days...... And also for giving my son his first speeding ticket to teach him a lesson.

My son and I will always remember what a fine Officer you were!

Kim Rowland
Just a friend of many years

May 5, 2009

Out of some confusion over the location of this memorial web site on the part of the remorseful author of this particular reflection, it was thought that he had missed the opportunity to express his sentiments about this tragedy in the appropriate place. Please allow these inexcusably belated, but truly heartfelt observations to be known about our dearly departed friend and public servant Michael King (Mike):

As a grade-level younger neighbor of Mike’s throughout our childhood/adolescent years and a life long friend, he was like a big brother to me. We shared some adventures and misadventures growing up together (with some bumps, scrapes and occasional bites to go with them), and many of the same friends too. I think most who knew Mike would agree that it wasn’t just his physical stature that was big - he always wore a smile that was so big it could be seen a half block away.

It was his great sense of humor and happy-go-lucky approach to life that were his most infectious qualities, which is also what made him such a widely-admired person (judging from the size of the congregation that amassed for he and his partner’s memorial services). In fact, the Governor of our enchanting state (Bill Richardson) ordered flags statewide to be flown at half-staff in their honor.

Inherent generosity was another of Mike’s admirable qualities, which he came by naturally – to try to count the number of lives that his loving parents have blessed with their kindness and generosity over their precious few decades together would be an exercise in futility, but would certainly include myself. They’ve passed along their faith-centered love and respect for others to all of their children (Mike’s brothers and sisters). We’ve been so very fortunate to have them as our neighbors for as long as can be remembered.

Mike was always ready, willing and able to help anyone in need, especially whenever he would see someone standing in front of a car with the hood open. His mechanical aptitude, natural curiosity, and willingness to roll up his sleeves and dig in to help troubleshoot auto problems got many a sputtering engine running smooth again. His high school shop teachers would have been proud of the immaculate and well-organized condition in which he always kept his own garage. It was readily apparent that he took to heart the saying: “a place for everything and everything in its place.”

It was also Mike’s innate desire to help those in need that made him such a great cop too - among the very best. There is no doubt that serving and protecting his community was what he loved to do, and I’m certain that most any of us could only hope that we are doing what we love to do when our time comes. Whether it was riding along with him on the graveyard shift in a real life 8-hour episode of “Cops”, or enjoying a morning cup of Joe with he and his hard working and ever supportive father (who exemplifies the notion that any man can shake hands, real men hug;), Mike’s spirit has left an indelible imprint on my soul that is now an integral part of who I am as a person today.

We are forever grateful to Mike (as we are to all who bravely serve in the protection of our communities and our nation) for his entire life of dedicated service to our uniquely charming whistle-stop along famous Route 66, and for his unwavering friendship. May our memories of him always make us smile and may God continue to bless and watch over his family; including, his loving and dedicated wife and two handsome sons who are no doubt already carrying on their father’s legacy in their own uniquely BIG way.

I would like to reiterate to all of his surviving family members that if I can ever be of any assistance at all, anything that Mike may have helped with if he were here, please feel free to call on me anytime and I will be honored to give it my level best.

In fond memory and heartfelt respect,

Tom Woods
A childhood neighbor and lifelong friend of Mike King

February 16, 2009

It's been 3 years since Mike was taken. Lean on the Lord Jesus and He will
carry you when you are weak. I know these anniversaries bring back many
painful memories.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


August 18, 2008

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