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 years of service and dedication. Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

May 7, 2006

To Police Officer Michael KIng and his loved ones:

Please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart is still with your family and I look forward to meeting them in D.C. You’re all in our thoughts and our prayers. Reading the reflections about Michael gives all the readers of his memorial some insight into what an amazing man he was, and how many miss and love him.

Michael, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Officer King. I am so humbled by your valor and courage.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Michael gave to his community and the citizens of New Mexico, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 18, 2005.

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

April 29, 2006

Dear Family:
I met Mike while working with BCAC while waiting in Metro Court. He always made me laugh as we talked "business". I admired him for his constant smile and support. He so touched my life that I still have his card in my wallet. I cannot tell you how much of a difference he made to me in my career and how much he is remembered and missed. I have lost friends and family in the line of duty and understand the grief but...he is trading road stories with all the others who have gone before him in services to us. May God grant you peace until you see him again.

In your service, S. Gold

Shari Gold
Former Supervisor, Bern. Co. A.C.

April 8, 2006

Officer King and family,

Of course all of Albuquerque is thinking of you and officer Smith, since the death of officer McGrane. How sad it is that we have lost another Hero. I made the giant badges that were left at your memorial. I will now leave one for Officer McGrane. I also displayed 2 badges on my truck for you and Officer Smith to honor you and I have also done the same for officer McGrane. I pray for strength in your families and the officers that are still serving proudly. I also pray for God's protection upon all officers. Thank you so much for the ultimate price you have paid.
My heart aches knowing that there are so many of you willing to go out and protect us.

God Bless!


April 3, 2006

I will miss seeing you on the streets i hope all is well with your family. You will always be in our hearts


March 28, 2006

I met Mike many years ago when he was riding with Officer Loomis. I was working a security job in SW Albuquerque and would always buy these two a cup of coffee and a donut every morning. It was out of respect for what they did daily. I used to knock working security and tell them I would give my right arm for a place in their department. Mike said to me there was no shame in what I did as long as I did the job well. Since then I have been working at the detention center for 9 years now. Mike I still carry that with me, as a reminder of the sacrifice you made. God speed and say hi to my cousin Jerry for me tell him I miss him and will see him someday.

Corrections Officer R. Madrid
Metro Detention center

March 28, 2006

Mike this is hard for me cause you were like a brother to me. I try not to think of that night,,but I miss you and Richard,but thanks for all the motorcycle training you gave me and all things you did.God bless you my friend and your family


February 20, 2006

Today is the 6 month anniversary of Mike's
death. He was the best friend I every had and it is unlikely I shall ever have another as good as he. He also meant so much to my family, my wife and my four children. My daughter who is in the Navy told me whenever she has a problem she always asks herself, what would Mike tell me to do about this before she thinks about what I would suggest to her. I am not insulted, it is what I do so much of the time.
I still remember too vividly the night of Mike's death. My wife and I were in bed watching the late night news, and there were the stories about three people being murdered mysteriously. I asked my wife to turn it off, I just didn't want to hear about those awful things. I tried to sleep but sleep just wouldn't come that night and I tossed and turned until I just had to get up. I went outside to my backyard, and there to my horror I saw Mike's son Michael run down the street crying. From the number of police cars around the house I new what had happened, though I must admit still to this day it just doesn't seem to be real.

I just can't be real to have a person like Mike taken away. He was too strong, too full of life, and loved by so many people. I had become accustomed to seeing Mike almost everyday. A typical day for me would be to look out my back door and see Mike's garage door open with smoke from his welder coming out. I would always go over and see what he was making today and have friendly chat. Just like the mountains I can see behind the view of Mike's house, and the blue sky, it always seemed Mike would always be there. It seems he would be perpetually working on something. I thought of him as a perpetual motion machine. I always admired his determination and constant energy. I will be forever awed by his love for work.
But Mike was more than a workaholic. He was the most compassionate man I have ever known. I have had some serious medical issues over the past 5 years. Mike understood and comforted me without bringing the subject up directly. He was a wizard in human relations without being a wordy "know it all". Those of use who knew and loved him know what I am trying to say. You knew he loved you and he never had to verbalize it. Two weeks before Mike died, I strolled over to his house one morning and he said that he thought that I looked like I was feeling better the past year. I told he yes that I was, and he turned to walk away, and then turned and kicked me in the chest. Not a kick that would hurt, he could have easily done that, but a playful kick, and then he said "I was just checking to make sure." And then we both laughed and clowned around like two young school boys.
The summer of 2005 had been good to Mike up until August 18. He had some good vacation time with his family and was so high on life. For some reason, and I'll let you readers decide why or if it was somehow spiritually motivated, he told me that he had a great life and somehow if he died tomorrow he would have no regrets. I told him he would be around for alot longer, joking that only the good die young, and that he would be around to kick the first dirt clod in on top of my casket. We laughed and then talked about repairing the bumber on my truck. There has not been a day go by since his death that I have not thought of that conversation. Joni Mitchell wrote a song with a line, "Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you got till it's gone."

I am still luckier than most. I was one of the lucky people, and there is a large number of us, who got to think of Mike as our best friend and our hero. I will miss him for the rest of my life.

Hasta que encantraramos otro vez mi amigo.
(until we meet again my friend)
Wayne Burnett

Wayne Burnett
Mike's neighbor for 21 years

February 17, 2006

Mike you were a great guy to work with and were always there to help with anything on or off duty. It was always fun to have you assist me on my calls. The one thing that always stands out was when you were on Motors and you were responding to my accident. You said when you were leaving the last accident you were on you took off kinda quick and popped a wheelie on your motorcylce. You were excited when you arrived at my call and told me about it like you were a kid that learned a new trick. I remeber you saying as it was ahappening that all you could think that this was gonna hurt thinking you were going to go all the way back. Apparently you masterd this trick. Because a couple times when we would meet up you would tell me about another wheelie you had done. hahahhahahahah We'll miss you Mike.

Officer Mark E Mabry (retired)
Albuquerque Police department

February 6, 2006

The superbowl is this sunday,it will not be the same without you. I think of the many super bowl sunday's at Vince Salas house with you and your boy watching the game together. Before the game I will think of you and miss you. May the Lord continue to look out for your family and give them comfort, as he has with your friends that miss you. Rest in peace Mike.

Detective Mike Riley

February 4, 2006

Officer Michael King....I was just heartstruck because the day of your passing is the day of my birthday. When I grow older I want to become a police officer also. I've always wanted to become one. Now a good police officer has fallen on my very own birthday.


December 21, 2005

He was yours to give,
and yours to call home,
please stand by his brothers,
so they don't feel alone,
dry the tears of his family,
so they clearly see:
that he gave his all,
so all could have peace.
Blessed are they,
the children of God,
with heavy hearts,
and honor they trod,
to pay their respects,
to give their salute,
and to ask for your mercy,
on heroes in Blue.

Michael, rest easy brother, we have the watch.

Mesquite Police Dept., TX

December 7, 2005

Brother King,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables Law Enforcement Motorcycle

December 2, 2005

We think of you and your family during these holidays, and offer thoughts and prayers as you celebrate without your loved one. Cherish the memories of the past and be open to new ones with your loved ones and friends. Your loved one will never be forgotten and always honored for their sacrifice.

Alissa Scott
Widow of Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-03

Co-Founders of Survivor Help Network

November 29, 2005

Officer King will be missed by all of us here at Brookwood Transport. He had a warm smile that he greeted us with on scences. He will never be forgotten.

Brookwood Transport

November 27, 2005

On 08/22/05 Boston Police Academy RTG 42-05 remembered Officer Michael King and dedicated our training day to him.

You are not forgotten.

Boston Police Academy RTG 42-05

November 22, 2005

I am very proud that Mike was born an Englishman and even more proud that he is and will always be my cousin.
Mike was born in 1955, Norwich, England, where I still live today. Mike with his family, mum and dad, brother and sister, left for America in the early 1960's.
More than 30 years then passed before we met up again. Mike would take me out on ride-alongs and it soon became clear to me how much Mike was loved, admired and respected by everybody who knew him.
Mike will never be forgotten because he has left so many fond memories, action and adventure stories which will proudly be recalled and shared by those that hold them.
Mike, we all miss you so much.

Matt Stevenson
Norwich, England

November 17, 2005

I remember hearing stories of you as a little boy from my father. I remember thinking, you must be the toughest police officer ever. My father and I both think the world of you. You will always be in my heart and memories. God Bless you. My prayers and thoughts go out to your family. Steve

Patrolman 1/c Officer Steve Altman
Albuquerque Police Dept.

November 10, 2005

Thank you sir for your service and sacrifice. The coward that ambushed the paladins' will pay! Rest in Peace!

Paramedic Ralph Montoya

November 9, 2005

My family would like to extend our deepest heart felt sympathies to the family, friends, and fellow co-workers of P.O. Michael King. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We would like to let law enforcement officers everywhere know how much we appreciate them for putting their lives on the line everyday doing their jobs to keep their communities safe. May God watch over and protect each & everyone of you!

Gail M Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig eow 2-16-04

October 26, 2005

I was informed with great distress of this incidet. I remember Officer King of our first encounter in which you taught myself and the members of our Department in the skills of Police motorcycle riding. I watched in awe as you performed your skills as a Motorcyle Officer and shared unselfesly your secrets in this field.. I speek often of our training togeather and how shared your skill. Myself and the members of the Santa Fe Police Department are truly greatfull for the time you shared with us.In the time i was honored to have severed with you and your agency we proudly escorted two Presidents of this great Nation. My Brother it has been and will alway be my honor to have served with you. You know patrol heaven under the watchfull eye of the most honored and greatfull police chief, god almightly.. Rest asure my brother i will never alow any one to forget one of not the greatest motorcye officer Mike King. I inspired to to greatness by you my brother and fellow Motorcycle Officer. God Rest your Soal............

Officer Matthew Trujillo
Santa Fe Police Department Traffic Services

October 20, 2005

I watched in amasment as you displayed your motorcycle skills. Myself and the members of my department watched in amasement as you showed us uselfelfesly your motorcycle skills. I will always remeber the honor I had when you and your agency helped escort two Presidents through our city. Officer King you have shown and inspired me to what it is, and will always be to be an honored member of the Motorcyle Division. It has been and has always be my honor to have served with you. I can only hope that I can teach inspire the ambition and heart and soal of a motorcycle officer that you showed me. In Heaven you will patrol the streets of Heaven. I look forward to teaching and speaking of our encounters togeather... I will miss you my brother because I know in my heart that we held the same thing dear to our hearts. With my heart and soal i hold dear your memory and what you stood for. God rest your soal my fellow Motorycycle Officer. WE WLL NEVER FORGET. I will make sure no one ever forgets because I speak of often will great pride and admiration.

Detective II
Santa fe Police

October 19, 2005

Thank you Officer King for your service to the City of Albuquerque and your sacrifices.

My prayers to the King family, please know that Officer King will never be forgotten!

Kim Vigil

September 22, 2005

Mike was a big man with a big heart thay will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Mark A. Chavez
UNMH Security Albuquerque NM.

September 21, 2005

I remember when I heard that you were a police officer; I was so surprised because the Mike I knew from elementary school was so quiet and shy (but Tom sure could get you going!) I regret that the last time I talked to you was at Jeff's funeral.
I thank you for your dedication and service and your willingness to do what you did for so many years. I thank your family for sharing you with the rest of us.
When we gathered to say goodbye to you, I was amazed at the incredible number of people who went to your service and the thousands who stood on the streets to show their respect for you. It certainly was a testament to the quality person you were.
I am proud to say that I knew you.

Phyllis Townsend Galloway

September 19, 2005

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