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Sergeant Michael Scott Neal

Mexia Independent School District Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, November 22, 2005

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Reflections for Sergeant Michael Scott Neal

“When God made Peace Officers….”

When the lord was creating Peace Officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, Have you read the spec on this order? A Peace Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn’t touch, and not wrinkle their uniform.

They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half- eaten meals. And they have to have six pairs of hands.

The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands….No Way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me the problems,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have.”

That’s on the standard model? asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, “May I see what’s in there sir?” (When they already know and wishes they had taken that accounting job.) Another pair here in the side of their head for their partners’ safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, “ You’ll be alright ma’am, when they know it isn’t so.”

“Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve,” rest and work tomorrow.”

“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on civil service paycheck.”

The angel circled the model of the Peace Officer very slowly, “Can it think?” she asked.

“You bet,” said the Lord, “It can tell you elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in it’s sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five judges to debate the legality of the stop…and still it keeps it’s sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with crime scenes painted in HELL, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim’s family’ and then read in the daily paper how Law Enforcement isn’t sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Peace Officer. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

“What’s the tear for?” asked the angel.

“It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, and for justice.”

“You’re a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked sober. “I didn’t put it there,” he said.


Anonymous

Senior Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

November 28, 2005

Scotty, you were the real deal. I wished a million times that I could just wake up from this awful nightmare. For you, we will always remember you. God's speed my friend and we will see eachother again some day. Thanks for being a great partner and for all the good times. As for me and Jennifer, we will never ever forget your heart. We love you. Rest Easy - 328

Roy Fikac Patrolman
Mexia PD

November 27, 2005

In Valor there is Hope. I hope that prayer will sustain your family at this tragic time. Rest in Peace, Brother.

P.O. Chris Welby
Bridgeton, MO. PD

November 27, 2005

I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to the family, coworkers, and friends of Officer Scott Neal. Many of our brothers and sisters are gone, but none are ever forgotten. May you rest in peace. Then I heaard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send? and Who will go for us? And I said "Here I am. Send Me!" ISAIH 6:8

November 27, 2005

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE
OFFICERS SEND OUR CONDOLENCES. OUR
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH SGT.
NEAL, HIS FAMILY AND CO-WORKERS.

GOD BLESS...

PO ERNEST G. PENN
DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE - BUFFALO, NEW YORK

November 27, 2005

Scotty, you were a good officer, instructor, and friend. You will be missed by many, and remembered by more. Your body was laid to rest, but you heart and soul will never be lost.
Be safe brother.

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FF-NREMTB Brody Weinmann
Mexia FD-EMS / Teague EMS

November 27, 2005

You will be missed. Thank you for your service and dedication. I will never forget you.

E. Vaughn
Navarro College Police Academy, Corsicana, Texas

November 27, 2005

To the family and friends of Sgt Neal: May you all allow time for each other now and in the near future. Dont be afraid to turn to each other and show emotion whether it be laughing or crying.

Sarge, may you rest in peace knowing that your family in blue will take care of your immediate family and friends on this horrible journey. God speed sir.

Friends of Larry R Cox EOW 4/21/05
Chillicothe Ohio Police Department

November 27, 2005

Scotty,

I am going to miss you alot buddy. We had some really good times together. I'm not sure what I'm going to do without you being around. I know that you are in a better place and you are now serving the lord on his beat. I promise you that I'll take care of Cindy and Tracy and make sure that my kids remember thier "Poppy". I love you and I'll never forget you.

303
Mexia Police Department

November 26, 2005

Scott,

We had some good times back in the day at Navarro County...You were always willing to come into dispatch and work the radio and answer phones to give me a much needed break...I pray for your family and your department.You will be missed.

Communications, Curran Oakley
Corsicana Police

November 25, 2005

My husband was also shot and killed following a SWAT training exercise - it is incomprehensible to know that a tragedy like this has happened again. My thoughts are with the family, friends and fellow officers of Sergeant Neal. May you rest in peace, Sergeant, and may God bless and watch over your family.

Carin E. Sollman
wife of Easton Police Officer Jesse E. Sollman EOW 3/25/05

November 24, 2005

Sgt Neal, may you Rest In Peace. God Bless your family and our prayers are with them.

MPO Rich Cheatham
Va Beach Police dept

November 24, 2005

God bless you and your family at your tragic loss. You will never be forgotten by your entire police family.

Doug Eatherton
St. Louis City Police

November 24, 2005

Rest in peace,we will meet with you on the other side someday. Godspeed to your fellow officers, family and friends.

Patrolman
Jersey Village Police Tx.

November 24, 2005

Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes.

Be at peace Brother.

Heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Sergeant Neal.

Ofc. Scott Bachman
Baltimore County (MD) PD

November 24, 2005

I will pray for God to confort your family and friends. Thank you for your service.

Captain Michael Wood
Leon County Sheriff's Office (Florida)

November 24, 2005

On behalf of the Pekin, Illinois PD, we wish to express our sympathy to your family. Go with God brother, you will be missed and never forgotten!

Patrol Officers
Pekin Police Department, IL

November 24, 2005

Scott, I was honored working with you the few times I did. You will be missed GREATLY. God bless you and your family. 7723

7723

November 24, 2005

my prayers to the family in the days ahead.my prayers are that god wil keep you in his grace. To the law enforcement family in mexia you how my prayers.

patrolman
charlotte meck school law enforcement

November 24, 2005

My heart goes to you, your family, friends, and to the Mexia School District Police Department.

Insp. Alessio Rogelli
Polizia Munizipale Sondro / Svizzera

November 24, 2005

God be with his wife,children family and friends. Be with those officers that were training that day, and give them strength to go through each day. R I P Another angel watching over us.

Sr Disp B J Kendrick
Chesapeake Police Department VA

November 24, 2005

To Sergeant Neal family and friends our hearts and prayers go out to you. To the other Officer we are praying for you.

God Bless you

terry miyares, surviving spouse
Officer Emilio Miyares, Hialeah PD, Fl 11/6/86

November 23, 2005

Thanks for your service to your community Sergeant Neal. I pray that God will provide a comforting peace to your family, friends, and fellow officers that you leave behind. You will now move on your ultimate reward, patroling heaven's streets under God's command. Please keep an eye on the rest of us as we continue the watch. We will see you again, Warrior of Peace.

NNPD Officer
Newport News Police Department (Virginia)

November 23, 2005

My family would like to send our condolences to the family, friends, & fellow co-workers of Sgt. Scott Neal. You're in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God give you the strength to carry on and help heal your hearts. I'd like to express my gratitude to all the brave men & women in law enforcement who continue to do their jobs protecting those in their communities everyday. May God watch over each & everyone of you and keep you safe.

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

November 23, 2005

May God bless you, your family and Department....Rest In Peace!!!!

Officer
Fort Worth Police Department

November 23, 2005

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