Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Michael Kevin Saffran

Chesapeake Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, October 8, 2005

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Reflections for Police Officer Michael Kevin Saffran

Thank you for your service and please know that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

October 8, 2020

The one thing, I can reflect on Mike the most was he loved his family and cigars. I’d often see him about on the deck plates and it was always great encounters between he and I. The memories are faint but I know Johnny and some of the other guys in Auxiliary viewed his as an awesome guy. I remember Saff verbally correct a guy on the boat deck for calling him a dude. Mike replied “my name is not’s Petty Officer Saffran.

I had a great deal of respect for EN1 if you respected him, you received the same respect in return. Rest In Peace Mike. You are forever in our memories.

BM2(SW) W. Anderson
USS Shreveport LPD-12

May 13, 2020

Mike was my LPO (Direct supervisor) on the USS Shreveport.
It was his last Command before he retired.
Mike came off to all of us in Auxiliaries Division as a hard ass at first.
Serving with him for the short time that I did, I got to know a great guy.
Always talked about his family. His wife, daughter and grandson; whom he affectionately referred to as “the boy”.
A fine cigar aficionado, he closed out each night at sea on the smoke deck, cigar in his hand to watch the sun go down over the ocean.
I will always have fond memories of Mike.
May he Rest In Peace.

EN1 Patrick Bedard

April 20, 2019

I'm sorry to say I lost touch with a dear friend as so many of us do. Mike and I served together on the USS Radford. Today the last day of 2017 I found out my friend had been killed. My heart is heavy, not only for myself, but for his wife and family.

MM3 Jim Hernick
US Navy

January 1, 2018

I remain proud to call Mike "Friend". I served along side Mike in the USN for 3 years. The stories I could tell. He was welcome in our home as well as in my parents' home. God Bless our Republic's Patriots and the parents that raised them.

MMC/ss Scott R Williams
USS Canopus AS-34

November 6, 2017

I was thinking about you again today Saffy as I was catching up with some old shipmates. We were talking about how well some of the guys off the Shreve were doing, and talking about how we can't believe that its been 13 years since we got out. While talking I was going through my old Navy Photos and seen one I have of you working on one of the rib boats. I know that if you were still with us you too would be one of the old shipmates doing well and living life to the fullest.

I know I'll never forget you Saffy, I have an etching of your name hanging by my desk as a reminder to always stay safe, and as a reminder of why I do this job. Your service to your country, the City of Chesapeake, and your family will never be forgotten.
Former DC3(SW) McClain USS Shreveport LPD-12

Sgt. Jon McClain
Bellevue KY PD

February 3, 2017

For 11 years and for all the rest of my days I have and will continue to live with the "what ifs?". There are so many, but the biggest is always "What if I hadn't burned that Comp day on Oct 08, 2005?" Beside raising an amazing son, my next greatest accomplishment in my life was training a hero. The hero that saved the lives of hostages on that miserable day, October 08, 2005. That hero, my hero, is Officer Michael K. Saffran. It was a day in which a split second changed the course of too many lives. Hostages lived to tell their story that day, but a wife lost her husband, children lost their father, a mother lost her son, a man lost his brother, two women lost their brother, and many officers were permanently broken...I am one of them. Yes, some may say that "he died doing his job and he died a hero", but that doesn't make it any easier on the survivors and the guilt we have to live with for the rest of our lives. With all of the 'bad' cop stories that are shown on the news day in and day out, always remember one thing......NOT ALL are corrupt. There are bad apples in every bunch. Every single career has it's own who are corrupt, not every career has it plastered all over the news. However, when your house is broken into, you have been robbed at gunpoint, have been raped, beaten or suffered some other horrific crime....the one person you are still going to call to come save you is a Police Officer. Mike was a hero, through and through. A bank was robbed, hostages were taken and Mike answered the call. He selflessly gave his life, so that others may live and that my friends is the definition of a hero. We love you Mike and we miss you, always. It will always be the greatest honor of my life to say "I trained a hero, a hero who saved lives that day".

Faith Gollob
Former Officer, Chesapeake Police Department

October 6, 2016

We miss you so much uncle mike, the whole family does. We think of you everyday and know that we are protected by you still. I finally met faith after so many years and we email each other often, im planning a trip to actually go and meet her in person this summer. She is a wonderul lady. We love you so much uncle mike, plase keep protecting us and looking down on us. And please pritect my grand parents up there with you.


February 25, 2016

A decade.... How is it even possible that you have been gone for 10 years already. In some ways if feels like yesterday and in other ways it feels like a lifetime.

I have been blessed by your nieces this year. They looked me up and reached out to me. I was amazed to open up my email one day and find an email from Lauren. It was such a wonderful gift. Then a couple of weeks later I received another gift when I opened my email and found another one from Emily. They were longing for another connection to you and I was blessed with having two more pieces of you in my life. They have grown into beautiful young women. They both look like your sister, especially Emily. They love to hear stories about you in the Police Academy and those 5 short months we had you on the streets before you were taken from us. I am still have a few more to share with them.

So much has changed, yet a few things have stayed the same......the fact that you are missed more than you know, that we all wish that we could turn back the hands of time, that it still hasn't gotten any easier. You are always with me Mike, always!!!

Faith Gollob
Former Officer, Chesapeake Police Department

October 6, 2015

I think of you so often. Wonder may times "what if" or "only if"
You are in my heart forever...
Love you and pray God is taking care of you.

Friend forever

February 13, 2015

Your sacrifice has not been forgotten and you will be forever honored. May God continue to watch over your family and bless the future of your children. RIP

Maj. Larry Carter
NSO/NPD retired

October 9, 2014

Today on the anniversary of your death we wish to remember you and thank you Sir for your service.

D. Holmes, Lieutenant
Federal Bureau of Prisons

October 8, 2014

How can it possibly be 9 years already? So much has changed, yet a few things have stayed the same......the fact that you are missed more than you know, that we all wish that we could turn back the hands of time, that it still hasn't gotten any easier. You are always with me Mike, always!!!

Faith Gollob
Former Chesapeake Police Officer

October 7, 2014

And yet it still doesn't get any easier. You are always in my thoughts.....miss you!

Faith Gollob
Former Officer, Chesapeake Police Dept

February 1, 2014

He wasn't around long long enough for many people to get to know him. I did not know him. Never forget him

Retired Sergeant William F. O'Mara
Chesapeake Police Department

February 20, 2013

Dad the whole family misses you so much. I can't believe it's been this long we all just want back are friend father brother and husband back. Miss you everything waking mintue and day of are lives .


November 14, 2012

ItI was an Honor & a Priveledge to have worked with Officer Saffran. He made the Ultimate Sacrifice for us. I still can't believe it's been 7 years ago! He was an Officer & a Gentleman. I thank you so much for the sacrifice you made to keep us safe. Til we meet again, may you R.I.P.

ARS Clerk Karen Bauer-Adams
CPD 1st Precinct-Central Records

October 9, 2012

Mike, I can't seem to wrap my head around the fact that it's been almost seven years since you were taken from us. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. You always are and always will be in our hearts and minds. Till we meet again.......

Former Officer, Faith Gollob
Chesapeake Police Department

October 5, 2012

Mike was a great guy I enjoy working with him on the USS Donald Cook. He was a true shipmate and a good friend to me. I remember when I had to wake him up in the middle of the night so he can stand the next watch and really did not enjoy that but he knew he had watch. he did his thing. He is a funny guy and I thank him because of him he was part of something I am now.

HT1 (SW/MTS) Retired Navy
United State Navy

December 9, 2011

Never forgotten ! Duty - Honor - Sacrifice- Police Officer

Chesapeake Police Officer
Chesapeake Police Dept

October 8, 2011

I remember it like yesterday....still vivid in my mind....thanks for your service, sacrafice, and dedication....we have the watch now brother...know you are still missed to this day...and never forgotten!

CPD Officer

October 8, 2011

Hey Saff, It's coming up on six years, but I will never forget the day. God bless you and your family.

Former Chesapeake Officer
Academy Buddy

October 3, 2011

The fall is almost upon us, it is coming on 6 years since you fought so bravely to protect the innocent people of our community, laying down your life so others could be freed from their nightmare. We will never forget you.

Officer CPD

September 19, 2011

I remember Mike as the quiet type. He was kind to give a girl(me) some tips on how to more easily handle her brand new motorcylce. He always reminded me of Humphrey Bogart. Enjoyed our road trip from San Deigo to Great Lakes in '85 with Paul, Kurt, Fred, and Jerry. Mike remains one of many I will always remember.

Bonnie Caouette
USS Salvor shipmate

November 6, 2010

Yesterday a term of past tense. It has been 5 years since that tragic yesterday, and you Mike are not a thought of the past. You are present in our memories and honored in our writings. Rest well my fallen brother, the future holds a reunion for all.


October 9, 2010

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