Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Harold Michael Altman

Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, January 30, 2007

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Harold Michael Altman

I miss you more with each passing day,
I stand at your grave for hours not
knowing what to say.
I bow my head and say a little pray
how I just wish I was there.
How I wish I could ease the pain.
With each beat of my heart.
I am really scared.

I will follow you soon,
for I know this is true
I know in my soul
I will be there with you.

The moon is full, the stars are bright
I just want to close my eyes
and say goodnight.

copyright 2007, Marcia Altman Grandstaff. All rights reserved. Permission is granted to use only on internet web site provided. there is to be no content change including this statement


October 28, 2007

Standing out in the moonlight
I can almost see you there

I think it is a reflection
of deep within my soul

The warm feeling I get
when I think I see you there.

If I close my eyes real tight
and say alittle pray
It isnt in my imagation
you are really there

Your memory
lives forever in my heart..
and that is where it will never part. written in honor of my brother Deputy Harold Michael Altman


October 27, 2007

We don't understand why, and never know when. However, Deputy Altman gave his life like a brave soldier, fighting for others. God will strengthen and bless the family left behind. Mike died doing what he loved.

Deputy Larry Grainger
Bay County Sheriff's Office

October 22, 2007

Mike, I miss you even more than I did yesterday..I will look at your picture and then it hits me, You are never coming home, I will never get to hear you laugh again..but when I get to heaven I will..
I love you so much Brother,love, Sister


October 19, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Van Den Berghe

October 18, 2007


We leave Tuesday for the Parents Retreat in Ark. I know nothing can take the pain away of losing you. We got the license plates yesterday with your memory on it. We will alway love you and remember all the good times we had together.

Your Dad and I miss you so much.


Deputy Mom

September 29, 2007

Never forgotten~ Rest in peace. God Bless your family.

September 16, 2007

If I could have saved you, You could have lived forever.
I miss you so much..


September 14, 2007



September 8, 2007

I can tell, without never having met you. That you were a special person, with a big heart. Just by reading these reflections. Your service will never be forsaken. Officers like yourself, is the sole reason why I decided to become an officer. Your dedication to your job, you willingness to serve an protect those who expect it and to those who don't. Deputy Altman, you will be sorely missed by those of us in this great profession and those loving family members alike. Thank You...

Officer Hubbard

September 3, 2007

Son, your sister and I are working hard to get the petition in your memory passed. I don't want other Mother's to go through what I have. I want to see the illegal bullets off of the streets.
I Love You and Miss You.


Deputy Mom

August 31, 2007

Will you remember me after a mornings rain?
Will you remember me when you smell a rose and after a mornings dew?
I will be the rainbow, the blue sky .
The warm sunshine you feel on your shoulders.
The warm feeling in get in your heart when you think
of my hugs.
The warm feeling you get all over is my love for you..
so I now know you will remember me...
Marcia Altman Grandstaff 2007
In honor of my brother..
Harold Micheal Altman
copyright 2007, Marcia Altman Grandstaff. All rights reserved. Permission is granted to use only on internet web site provided. there is to be no content change including this statement

Marcia Altman Grandstaff

August 21, 2007

Mike, today as been such a hard day for me..I miss you so much. You will always been in my heart..I love you baby brother..till we met again..

Marcia Altman Grandstaff

August 20, 2007

I came across your name among the many pages of heroes and wanted to stop at your page and leave a reflection to thank you for your dedicated career to law enforcement. I know all too well the pain your parents and other loved ones experience every day. If they could save all the tears they have shed, they could fill a small pond and sit beside it and reflect on the many wonderful memories they have of you. There are no magic words I can offer them to help them with their grief except to talk about you and keep your memory alive for you are a true hero and heroes never die. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol.

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

August 10, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

August 9, 2007

May God bless your family and ease their pain. My prayers are with your family and friends in this time.

BPA R. Colburn

July 26, 2007

A horrible, tragic loss of this magnitude can never be understood. Even as time passes and distance forces you forward, you will continue to question why it happened. My heart is sick with grief and despair for your loss and for the pain that your family, loved ones, and brothers and sisters in blue must now endure in Deputy Altman’s absence. The tears diminish with time, but they never go away. Sometimes they catch you by surprise when you hear a special song, or you unexpectedly come upon a memory so strong that it forces you to feel the shock and impact of his death all over again, as if for the very first time.

By honoring your beloved Mike and keeping his memory and the love you have for him thriving and powerful, he will continue to be a part of your lives. Through my own family’s loss, I know the emptiness that you now suffer in the wake of such a horrific crime. I am so deeply sorry that you must now know it too. Even in my seemingly endless grief, I am comforted in knowing that my own brother lives on in my heart and head. That helps me during the darkest days. I hope there is comfort to you in having such a brave, unflinching, dedicated hero in Deputy Altman. It never gets better, just somehow easier to accept the unacceptable. Just know that you are not alone; MY FAMILY CRIES WITH YOURS, and there are countless others out there who also cry for your loss. Even though we don’t know each other, we are ONE collective family.

Deputy Altman, thank you for your honorable and courageous service. You will be missed by all who knew you, and by all whose lives you touched. You will never be forgotten. May you continue to look after your loved ones from a much better place.

With deepest sympathy and respect,

Sister of
Sergeant Howard Stevenson, EOW 1/9/05

July 25, 2007

Rest easy brother. We have the watch.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept.

July 25, 2007




July 12, 2007

Life without you will never be the same. I am proud of you. You always wanted to help someone. I will never understand why God let this happen to you but, I am sure he has a reason. I know we are not to question God. One day I will be able to be with you again and I feel the way things are it won't be long. Dinners are never the same. Christmas is coming up soon and I have to take your beautiful leather coat I had bought you two week before this happened back. It is going to be so hard. I love you so much and always let you know it.

Son, I am looking forward to coming home and be with you.



Deputy Mom

July 12, 2007

I haven't spent a lot of time this year reading the memorials of the fallen officers, mainly because it saddens me that so many great men and women have fallen. It's a terrible thing that so many great lives were cut so short. As a fallen officer survivour, my heart goes out to all those that knew and loved Deputy Altman, especially to his wife. Know that you are not alone in this journey that you walk and that Mike will not be forgotten here in Winnipeg.

Deputy Altman, thank you for helping to make this world a safer place. If you run into my late fiance Dennis up there give him a hug for all of us down here. It's been just over four years and we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

"Forever Loving & Missing 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Surviving Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

July 2, 2007

R.I.P god bless you!!! thank you for serving, protecting, and helping us in this world, but it is you who made all the difference in this world...! thank you very much...!


June 19, 2007

Son, I miss you so much. I have listened for you phone calls and expected you to walk in anytime. I just can't accept you are never coming back home to see us. One day we will be going to be with you. I know you would never want to come back to this cruel world.

I love you,


Deputy Mom

June 12, 2007

I lost so much that day
Although most are not aware
The tearing pain that ripped my heart
As I saw you lying there.

The rage, the pain, the anger
The questions, and fear
The heartache, void and emptiness
All alone you left me here!!

In the quiet of the night
In the stillness of the dark
Is when you had no choice to leave this world
And make your final mark.

A mark, a brand, a gaping hole
Left deep, deep, down inside.
So many mixed emotions
Of which I try to hide.

No one knows what hides inside
Or the questions in my mind.
Won't ever know the answers; don't even know the time.

The phone call came
To tell me you were gone
The screaming of the sirens
Cut the silence of the dawn.

A part of me left with you,
The night that you died.
Leaving behind an empty shell
No chance to say good-bye.

I miss you more than you'll ever know
Your grin and laughter
And times of younger days.

Until we meet again my brother
I'll find you where you are....
The fresh blowing breeze, the clouds in the sky,
The brightest shining star.
We will meet brother..I promise,,

Marcia Altman Grandstaff

June 4, 2007

I miss you so much. I wont forget your laughter, and I wont forget the sound or your voice. We all miss you so much. We will be together again some day. I love you..

Marcia Altman Grandstaff

June 2, 2007

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