Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Michael Bancroft

Robertson County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, August 23, 2005

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Michael Bancroft

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

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

August 23, 2020

Rest In Peace Deputy Sheriff Michael Bancroft. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Robertson County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers and those brave souls who choose to follow in your footsteps.

Amen.

B. Sherwood Senior Special Agent retired
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

August 20, 2016

I served with Michael in Rota, Spain and became friends instantly. I look at the pictures of our time there and laugh remembering the good times. I am sad to say I did not know of his passing until this morning. My son played in a baseball tournament in Franklin yesterday and we drove through Wheelock and I instantly thought of him. I was looking him up to try to get in touch when I stumbled upon this. I am very sorry for the loss and will pray for his family. Rest in peace Marine and friend.

Semper Fi,
Chris wall, Cypress, TX.

Chris Wall
Friend

July 13, 2013

Five years has passed by too quickly. I still think about you, your passion for working narcotics, and the invaluable insight you gave me when I was your dispatcher and later, a fellow officer. You are missed and you will never be forgotten.

Officer Lacey Carvin
Giddings PD

September 26, 2010

I served with Mike in the Marine Corps. He was a good man and I am sorry to hear about his passing.

Anonymous

August 31, 2010

It will be five years tomorrow that we lost you. The boys look more and more like you everyday. They have grown into very polite and hard-working little boys. They talk about you and recall the memories they have about you. Heather is a very independent young lady. She is very polite and hard-working too. Not a day goes by, that they don't remember you. I wish we would have had more time together as a family. You are truly missed and will never be forgotten. We love you! Until we meet again.

Denise
Mother of your children

August 22, 2010

To Deputy Michael Bancroft, his family and his fellow officers with the Robertson County Sheriff's Department:

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

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

August 23, 2009

I still don't have the words to express how much you mean to me and my family. I wish you could have met my daughter, she would have loved you as much has we do. Your memory still lives on in all of us. Thank you for keeping us safe.

Investigator Shawn Lippe
McLennan County Sheriff's Office

January 26, 2009

Michael,
I miss you every day and can't believe it has been almost 3 years that you have been gone. It still seems like yesterday when I last spoke to you on the phone. I love you very much and have such a hole in my heart.

I want to thank all of those who have left who have left memorials for you. It means so much to us to know how much you are respected and loved. God Bless you all!

Karen
Sister

May 5, 2008

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice, you are not forgotten

POLICE OFFICER
PHILA PA

March 8, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

February 20, 2008

Thank you for guiding us through another year. You are still in our thoughts and prayers.

Chris

Captain Chris Henson
Limestone County Sheriff's Office

December 30, 2007

You are still not forgoten, you live now in our memories, and we do have so many great ones. We love and miss you, keep looking out for us!


Friend

December 8, 2007

Hard to beleive that it's been two years since you have been gone. Not a day goes by that something reminds me of you and the things we used to do. You were the best partner and friend that a person could have asked for. I still miss you greatly. You have made a tremendous impact on my life and the lives of many others.

Investigator Shawn Lippe
McLennan County Sheriff's Office/friend

September 4, 2007

Deputy Sheriff Bancroft,
Today is the second anniversary since you were called home. My thoughts are with your family, friends and department as they remember you today and forever. You gave everything there was to give, and indeed will always be a hero.

Pennsylvania citizen

August 23, 2007

Two years have passed since your EOW and you have not been forgotten. Not a day goes by that someone doesn't think about you. Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 22, 2007

It has been almost 2 years since that horrible day. Even though I have moved on with my life, I think about you everyday and miss you. The kids are a constant reminder of you and I am glad for that. They remember you and they talk about you often and the things they did with you. You would be proud to call them your children. May you rest in peace.

Denise Bancroft
Spouse

August 10, 2007

I went to the Capital today to honor you and your family. May God keep you close as I pray for those you had to leave behind.

Terry Donovan,spouse of Amy Lynn Donovan EOW 31 October 2004

May 7, 2007

I miss you Mike. When I pulled this up and seen your face it brings tears to my eyes. I know your happy where you are but we all miss you here. Every time I swing my clubs I think about the last time we played together which was just a few days before you were taken from us. Well I want you to know that I am not going to give up on our dream. My whole family misses you.

officer
friend

November 15, 2006

I miss you so much. Pulling up this site and seeing your face. I am sorry your life was cut short and I promise I will never forget you. I love you.

November 15, 2006

To My Beloved Husband,

It has been over a year since you were taken from us. Not a day goes by that I do not think of you and what our life would be like now if you were here. I know that you are with us each day and giving us the courage and strength to go on without you. It gives me a little comfort knowing that you are beside Mom, knowing how much you missed her. Your little shadows, Nicholas and Matthew, constantly remember me of you. Nicholas has the craziness you had. He can always make us laugh by his dancing moves, facial expressions and his adorable smile that would make anyone smile. Matthew has the serious side you had. For him there is no time for playing around when we go somewhere and of course, he also has an adorable smile that would make anyone smile. Heather has grown into a beautiful young lady. She has helped me so much with the boys and around the house. You would be proud of her. She keeps reminding me that you told her she could have a boyfriend when she gets in the 7th grade. She took you serious when you were joking around with her. They all still go around the house singing the song you taught them when you were in the Marines. We all miss you so much. There is not a day that goes by that we do not talk about you or remember all the times you made is laugh. You will always be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. I promise to you again, that I will never let our children forget you, how much you loved them and what you worked so hard for. May you rest in peace.

With Love Always and Until We Meet Again,
Your Wife, Denise

Denise Bancroft
Wife of Office Bancroft

September 1, 2006

To My Beloved Husband,

It has been over a year since you were taken from us. Not a day goes by that I do not think of you and what our life would be like now if you were here. I know that you are with us each day and giving us the courage and strength to go on without you. It gives me a little comfort knowing that you are beside Mom, knowing how much you missed her. Your little shadows, Nicholas and Matthew, constantly remember me of you. Nicholas has the craziness you had. He can always make us laugh by his dancing moves, facial expressions and his adorable smile that would make anyone smile. Matthew has the serious side you had. For him there is no time for playing around when we go somewhere and of course, he also has an adorable smile that would make anyone smile. Heather has grown into a beautiful young lady. She has helped me so much with the boys and around the house. You would be proud of her. She keeps reminding me that you told her she could have a boyfriend when she gets in the 7th grade. She took you serious when you were joking around with her. They all still go around the house singing the song you taught them when you were in the Marines. We all miss you so much. There is not a day that goes by that we do not talk about you or remember all the times you made is laugh. You will always be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. I promise to you again, that I will never let our children forget you, how much you loved them and what you worked so hard for. May you rest in peace.

With Love Always and Until We Meet Again,
Your Wife, Denise

Denise Bancroft
Wife of Office Bancroft

September 1, 2006

To the family and loved ones of Deputy Sheriff Michael Bancroft and his fellow officers with the Robertson County Sheriff's Department:

On this the first anniversary week of Michael's tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today. Michael's professionalism and dedication will never be forgotten, nor will his valor and courage.

I also salute his patriotism to our country through his service in the USMC. My son Larry was his brother in green as well as blue and I know those Marines have everything squared away in their new home.

In reading the loving reflections left by family, friends and co-workers, I see that Michael is so loved and so missed. I hope that God is holding Michael in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul.

I am so sorry that Michael was robbed of his life so tragically, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Michael gave to his community and the citizens of Texas, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 23, 2005.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

August 24, 2006

I can't believe you've been gone for a year baby brother. I miss you so very much and think of you every day. I love you!

Karen
Sister

August 23, 2006

Mike, I remember many occasions playing softball with you in Mexia and I also remember the many times you and I talked at the Limestone County Sheriff's Office. You will never be forgotten and will always be loved by those who knew you. Rest easy brother.

Trooper II
Texas Highway Patrol

July 11, 2006

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