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

You will never be forgotten Mike!!!!! There isn't a day that goes by where I don't think about you. As we approach the 5 year anniversary since we lost you, it is still as fresh and raw as if it were yesterday. I just had major back surgery and can't quite formulate my thoughts as well as I would like to, but I just wanted to let it be known that you will forever be a part of so, so many of us, and our hearts will always ache because you are no longer here.

Faith Gollob
Former Chesapeake Police Officer

October 4, 2010

On Feb 20th I was blessed with the birth of a son. He was 8 weeks early and he had to work to get out of the NICU but now he is strong and healthy 5 months later. His mother on the other hand took on the struggle for him when here kidneys failed and she ended up in the hospital 3 weeks after he was born. Now on dialysis 3 days a week she is need of a kidney transplant. I with out a second thought was the first to be tested and I am the match. On Aug 2nd I we will be undergoing the transplant. I have been blessed to be able to step up into this place in my life.
We will never know if things that day could have turned up different. I feel I am able to live my life and Honor you every time I am able to look at my wife. Just like I was able to that afternoon in Oct, when she arrived to Norfolk for that weekend trip.
Look over us on this day and help us through and look over her to help here body accept this transplant. Not a day passes that I do not remember that day, what your family and us all lost and I continue each day to remember this is a gift not a right to have this day.

Adam C. Renaud
Department of Veteran Affairs Police

July 19, 2010

As another one of my birthdays has come to pass, I can't help but think about all the birthdays that you should've celebrated, but never got the chance. You were taken away too soon, but you will always be loved and never be forgotten, Mike, never!!

Faith Gollob
Former Officer, Chesapeake Police Department

February 15, 2010

It was a pleasure to have served with you in the Navy. Still remember those late watches we stood together. Can't believe you are not with us no more. You are in my prayers and your friends in engineering and myself will always have you in our hearts. RIP.

EM1 Chavez

EM1 Chavez
US NAVY Shipmate

January 13, 2010

You are in our thoughts, as is your family. I know you will welcome the Brother from Las Vegas Metro, he arrived at the gate today.



October 8, 2009

Today has been 4 years....Seems like yesterday we were doing pushups in the academy. Though you may be gone you are not forgotten. We draped our badges today in your honor. You are a true Hero.


October 8, 2009

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Keep watch over all of them. You have not been forgotten as true heroes never die.

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

October 8, 2009

To Officer Michael Saffran, his family and his fellow officers with the Chesapeake Police Department:

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

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

October 8, 2009

It is hard to believe that tomorrow is 4 years anniversary of our brother Michael death. To all that were there that shift with me on the street or dispatching us from HQ we will all always remember that day as our radios called out. Mike continues to watch over us, our families and keeps us safe. You will always be in my thoughts until one day we will meet again.

Officer Adam Renaud
Dept of Veterans Affairs

October 7, 2009

4 years later, you are still in our hearts and in our minds Mike. It never gets any easier, living day to day without you here. We miss you more than you would ever be able to imagine!!

Former Officer, Faith Gollob
Chesapeake Police Department

October 7, 2009

Officer Saffran,

You are a true hero.

A Texas Street Cop #614


October 2, 2009

Mike, it's coming up on four years next month since we lost a hero and friend. Not a day goes by that I don't sit and think of the good times we had, there were a lot of laughs in the car during your field training. Just remember you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers each night. God less you brother and keep watching over us.

James J. Blount

September 1, 2009

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, as always, this Christmas Eve. We still miss you Mike and always will!!

Former Officer, Faith Gollob
Chesapeake Police Department

December 24, 2008

To Mike and all his loved ones. You are all in my prays, God Bless you ALL.

Police Officer
Omaha P.D. Nebraska

November 26, 2008

RIP Brother!


November 26, 2008

I can't tell you what a comfort it is to know that Mike is on so many minds and in so many hearts. I miss my brother every single day, my whole family does. It never gets any easier, I think you just learn to live with the sadness. So to Faith, the "big fat sgt" and everyone else who peridocally drops by this site to remember Mike, I thank you on behalf of my mom Anita, my sister Joann and my brother Matt. We appreciate it more than you know.

Julie Saffran

October 10, 2008

Officer Saffran just writing to let you know that you have not been forgotten. You are a hero and will live on in the hearts and minds of all those who serve in this ungrateful profession.
Faith, it is not your fault, it is the low life scum that is to blame. God needed some leadership up in heaven and called on Officer Saffran. He is at peace and patrolling heavens golden roads with St. Michael by his side. He will never be forgotten.....

Sergeant Chris DiToro

October 8, 2008

To Officer Saffran and and his loved ones:

On this the third anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today. Rest in Peace, Officer Saffran. I am praying for solace for your family today and each day of their journey as survivors.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Officer Saffran gave to his community and the citizens of Virginia, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 8, 2005.

Phyllis Loya

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

October 8, 2008

To the Big Old Fat Sgt, let me tell you....there isn't a day that goes by, especially when I am at work, when I don't think of all of my old cop buddies!!!! I read your note the day you posted it and cried....cried because you have no idea how much those few words you left meant to me...and cried because I feel like I am never going to recover from the loss of Mike and I am terrified of losing another cop buddy.

I have left so many posts on here since Mike died....and yet, I have noticed, it isn't getting any easier. I have lost almost my entire family to cancer, and other close friends in accidents, yet nothing ever rocked my world like the death of Mike....I had such a bond with his rookie class, and I never thought I would live to see the day when I lost one of them.

And yet every day that I spend at the fire station, I live in fear that the next dispatch is going to be the one where I am on either the fire engine or the medic unit that responds to the next shooting...or the fear that I WON"T be the one responding, like the night Jarrod was shot and I was stuck at the station, not being able to do anything because M3 and E2 responded instead.

And every day I live in fear that it will be one of my closest cop buddies who will lie in the medic unit right in front of me, right underneath my hands as I care for him.

Because the scariest fact is that the question isn't if it's going to happen's when and who??? And those thoughts keep me awake at night...along with the thoughts of "why Mike and not me....why did I have 11years of my career as a cop and he got ripped at only 5 months?"

And right exhaustion leaves me to the point where I can't type anymore. To the Big Fat Sgt....I may have figured out who you are....but just to be sure...drop me an email

And to Mike's family....thank you for sharing your hero and making him our hero too

And to are in my thoughts.....just about every moment of everyday!! You may be gone...but you will never be forgotten

Firefighter, Faith Gollob
Chespeake Fire Department - E4/E24

Former Officer, Faith Gollob
Former Chesapeake Police Officer

October 7, 2008

As I sit here in my new department going through training to start my new law enforcemnt career with the Veterans Affairs Police Department I remember with it was like 3 years ago. The rush of memories have come back going through gear that has been in boxs sience I moved back to RI. I have never forgotten that rainy sat and how it has changed my life and brought me to where I am today. Contuine to watch over all of us that serve and protect you are always with me.

Adam Renaud
VA Police former Chesapeake Police Officer

September 22, 2008

Faith, thanks for keeping your old cop buddies in yor heart.

Big Fat Chesapeake Sergeant

June 20, 2008

It's been 2 1/2 years since we lost you and I still can't go to the spot where we lost you without breaking down in tears. I am so thankful that we trained you well and you saved those hostages, but I am still so angry that you had to die in order for them to live. I am so honored that I had the chance to be your academy instructor and spend 6 months training you. I would give anything to have that day back, so we could do it all over again. If I could, I would not have taken the day off. Things would have been different. Maybe you would still be here. Just know that you are with me always Mike.....the pain I feel since we lost you is immeasurable and I don't wish a pain like this on my worst enemy. Until we meet again Mike.......

Former Officer, Faith Gollob
Chesapeake Police Department

April 19, 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 2, 2008

Thankyou OFFICER SAFFRAN for your service and sacrifice. You are a hero to us all and will never be forgotten


February 23, 2008

Tonight another brother was called home. Please take care of him and walk that eternal beat together for his journey here has ended but never forgotten. My heart and prayers go out to the Chesapeake Police Department, for we know this feeling all to well. Please know your Brothers here in Norfolk are keeping you near and dear to there hearts.

Norfolk Sheriff's Office

January 18, 2008

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