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Deputy Sheriff Paul Lee Mickel

Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, November 18, 1973

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Paul Lee Mickel

I also attended the Wayne County Sheriff’s Academy with Paul. Little did I know that 9 months later I would be standing as the honor guard at Paul’s casket while his mother talked to him so lovingly. It was one of the most emotional anguished moments of my career. Prayers to his family who raised such a great young man.

Executive Lieutenant Frank M Pare
Wayne County Sheriff’s Department

December 13, 2023

Deputy Sheriff Mickel,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wayne County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 18, 2023

Fifty years ago you were brutally taken from those who love you. Although the time has been long, the pain of your absence still lives on.

YOU DON'T MOVE ON BY - Donna Ashworth

But you must move 'with'.
You must shake hands with grief, welcome her in, for she lives with you now.
Pull her a chair at the table and offer comfort. She is not a monster, you first thought her to be. She is love. And she will walk with you now, peacefully if you let her.

I have moved on as you would have wanted but think of you every single day these past fifty years. You never forget a soul mate who will be with you forever. I know one day our paths will meet again.

Continue to rest in peace my love. Pam

Pam Cohn

November 17, 2023

Paul and I were teammates on the football team at Wyoming. We were two young guys far from home trying to find our way as student athletes. Paul was a warm and intelligent young man. I was drawn to him as were others. We became good friends. I lost track of him after leaving school, but have often thought of him, remembering his warmth and generous spirit. I am so sorry to learn that his life was cut so short.

Charles Averbeck

November 6, 2022

Deputy Sheriff Mickel, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 10, 2019

I met Paul when he was a resident dorm advisor at the University of Wyoming. He was a good leader and person.
Currently I am assisting an area city to find a new Police Chief. During this assignment, I have often thought of him. I want to acknowledge that he is not forgotten.

Jim Nuse

September 8, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer

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

November 18, 2011

Paul was a friend, we sat next to each other at the academy, I still remember riding with him in his old Ford. I went to the funeral but was unable to cope with or face his family. He was a big teddy bear! Paul's memory is for ever on my mind & in my heart.

Marvin Mittlestat Retired

June 13, 2010

Remembering you and the sacrifice you made 35 years ago today. Rest peacefully, blue angel.


November 18, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 29, 2007

"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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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 26, 2007

There is not a day that passes that I don't think about you and all the wonderful times we had. You had a gift relating to all who came in contact with you. Your sense of family, kind and giving spirit, warmth and a personality bigger than life are the reasons I fell in love with you. Even though you have passed on, my love for you lives on. I think of your family often and hope that they have found peace over these many years. You will live in my heart forever. Pam

September 24, 2006

Deputy Sheriff Mickel,
It has taken over 33 years, but you are finally being honored. I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wayne County.


March 4, 2006



March 1, 2006

Rest in Peace Deputy.You are not forgotten

March 1, 2006

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