Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Joshua T. Miktarian

Twinsburg Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, July 13, 2008

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Reflections for Police Officer Joshua T. Miktarian

I was only fortunate enough to meet Josh just a few months before he was taken from us, but I knew from the very first time we met he was "one of the good ones". R.I.P. Ptl. Miktarian you will never be forgotten, and may god watch over your family and ALL your fellow officers.


March 17, 2009

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1

God bless you and all who mourn you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


February 28, 2009

I often think of you, and I can still hear your silly laugh. Know though you are not hear, we watch over HOlly and Thea for you. Justice will be served!
Love and miss you bro!

Carrie Williams
Good friend

February 20, 2009



January 25, 2009

It's took me a long time to write but I am going to do so, I rode in your Memorial ride and that was one of the hardest things that I have done in a long time, Trying to hold back the tears and all the memories, I lost my Brother Captain Carl E Summers of the Lodi Police Dept back on Dec 10th 1977 and belive me I know what your family is going through. If you could of seen the people who were there for you it was so wonderful to know that there are still people who respects the Police Officer today. May you rest in peace my friend. Dave Summers


January 9, 2009

Happy New Year Josh! Time for Justice.. Miss Ya Brother...


Patrolman T. Wain
TwinsburgCity PD

January 1, 2009

Joshua you are a caring and loving man and we miss you a lot. Merry Christmas and Happy New year man love your brother Paul

paul k. miktarian

December 26, 2008

I love you Son

Mindy Barlow

December 26, 2008

May you, and your family know, you are not forgotten. I will be riding in the 2009 Police Unity Tour in Josh's memory, as will other members of the PUT. My funds are raised, as many folks wanted to honor and pay tribute to you and your family. May your family know that they are remembered in our prayers and are in our thoughts. I hope to meet the family at the Memorial Service on 5-13-09. Until then, God Bless each of you and may the love and support of friends and fellow LEOs provide strength and encouragement.

Michael T. Rae
US Postal Inspection Service

December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas Josh!


December 25, 2008

Angels In Blue"
He worked the holidays and weekends,
away from family and friends.
To keep this peace for you and me.
Then one day he paid the price, he gave his life.

You've done well my friend, patrolling these earthly streets.
Now it's time to walk on Heaven's beat.

The next time you see a Police Officer or two,
remember they are one of God's Angels in Blue.

And God said; "Blessed are the Peace Makers."


December 12, 2008

We raised $1400 towards our $5000 goal with a benefit for the Police Unity Tour. Many cops from the Cincinnati area came out to hear about your story and support the memorial in DC. For those of you reading this post, visit and help me raise money in Josh's name. Also, leave a reflection for his family. They need the support of the law enforcement community over the holidays.

Det. Todd Campbell
West Chester PD, OH

November 26, 2008

RIP.You will never be forgotten.


November 11, 2008

Her hair was up in a pony tail, her favorite dress tied with a bow.
Today was Daddy's Day at school, and she couldn't wait to go.
But her Mommy tried to tell her, that she probably should stay home.
Why the kids might not understand, if she went to school alone.

But she was not afraid; she knew just what to say.
What to tell her classmates of why he wasn't there today.
But still her mother worried, for her to face this day alone.
And that was why once again, she tried to keep her daughter home.

But the little girl went to school eager to tell them all.
About a dad she never sees a dad who never calls.
There were daddies along the wall in back, for everyone to meet.
Children squirming impatiently, anxious in their seats

One by one the teacher called a student from the class.
To introduce their daddy, as seconds slowly passed.
At last the teacher called her name, every child turned to stare.
Each of them was searching, for a man who wasn't there.

"Where's her daddy at?" she heard a boy call out.
"She probably doesn't have one," another student dared to shout.
And from somewhere near the back, she heard a daddy say,
"Looks like another deadbeat dad, too busy to waste his day."
The words did not offend her, as she smiled up at her Mom.
And looked back at her teacher, who told her to go on.

And with hands behind her back, slowly she began to speak.
And out from the mouth of a child, came words incredibly unique.
"My Daddy couldn't be here, because he lives so far away.
But I know he wishes he could be, since this is such a special day.

And though you cannot meet him, I wanted you to know.
All about my daddy, and how much he loves me so.
"He loved to t ell me stories he taught me to ride my bike.
He surprised me with pink roses, and taught me to fly a kite.

"We used to share fudge sundaes, and ice cream in a cone.
And though you cannot see him. I'm not standing here alone.
"Cause my daddy's always with me, even though we are apart
I know because he told me, he'll forever be in my heart"

With that, her little hand reached up, and lay across her chest.
Feeling her own heartbeat, beneath her favorite dress.
And from somewhere here in the crowd of dads, her mother stood in tears.
Proudly watching her daughter, who was wise beyond her years.

For she stood up for the love of a man not in her life.
Doing what was best for her, doing what was right.
And when she dropped her hand back down, staring straight into the crowd.
She finished with a voice so soft, but its message clear and loud.

"I love my daddy very much, he's my shining star.
And if he could, he'd be here, but heaven's just too far
You see he was a policeman and died just this past year
When airplanes hit the towers and taught Americans to fear.

But sometimes when I close my eyes, it's like he never went away."
And then she closed her eyes, and saw him there that day.
And to her mother's amazement, she witnessed with surprise.
A room full of daddies and children, all starting to close their eyes.

Who knows what they saw before them, who knows what they felt inside.
Perhaps for merely a second, they saw him at her side.
"I know you're with me Daddy," to the silence she called out.
And what happened next made believers, of those once filled with doubt.

Not one in that room could explain it, for each of their eyes had been closed.
But there on the desk beside her, was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.
And a child was blessed, if only for a moment, by the love of her shining star.
And given the gift of believing, that heaven is never too far.



November 5, 2008


Just sitting here thinking of you while I was viewing another friend of mine who was killed in the line of duty 22 years ago. I vist this site often to reflect and just talk to him and want you to know that i think of you also.

God be With you

Dennis Barney

October 21, 2008

May God lay his healing hand upon the family and friends of Officer Miktarian and may they know he will never be forgotten. Thank you Officer Miktarian for your dedicated service to the people of Ohio and the United States.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

October 18, 2008

To those who loved Officer Miktarian, my heart goes to you all. Know that you're not alone in this journey you walk. I lost my fiance in the line of duty January 2003 and my world was forever changed. It's been a long hard road, and even as time as gone forward, and I've found many reasons and ways to smile, I still have not forgotten the man that he was. Dennis was a beautiful person and he forever has a part of my heart, just as I'm sure Joshua will always be a part of yours.

It takes a special person to put their lives on the line everyday to make this world a little safer for us all. I know many of these men never would've thought of themselves as "heroes" but they were in so many ways. It's sad that it they had to lose their lives for some of us to see that. Having said that, thank you Officer Miktarian for helping to make this world a better place. You will not be forgotten here in Winnipeg. I know this isn't a very manly thing to do, but if you happen to run into Dennis up there, please give him a big hug for the kids and I. Dennis was a good man and we miss him more than words can say.

Wishing those who loved you brighter and better days,


"Forever Remembering 26-3"

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

September 26, 2008

To the family and friends of Officer Joshua Miktarian and to his fellow officers, and most especially to Joshua:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to extend condolences for the grievous loss you suffered when Joshua so tragically lost his life. His heroism, valor and bravery will be forever remembered.

May you be continue to be comforted by the support and caring of your law enforcement family, and other police survivors. We grieve for you and with you.

Our family lost our beloved Larry Lasater when he was fatally shot in April of 2005 during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, so we know the anquish you are experiencing. We know the meaning of lives forever changed because those bullets didn't just kill our beloved officers, but killed a part of everyone who loved them so dearly.

Rest in Peace, Joshua. May your spirit continue to soar and your memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Joshua gave to his community and the citizens of Ohio, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on July 13, 2008.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg, CA PD eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 21, 2008

I grew up in Twinsburg and I never imagined I'd be posting a reflection about a fallen Twinsburg police officer on a website.

I moved to neighboring communities over the years, but I watched Twinsburg grow into a wonderful, thriving community under Mayor Perici, then Mayor Karabec and now Mayor Procop. My parents were both very community active in town; they loved our city and they rest in peace at Crown Hill, with Officer Miktarian...

I returned to Twinsburg 3 years ago. It's home to me; it was growing up and it always will be. I go to bed at night and I sleep very peacefully. It's that way for me, and for you, because of the generous efforts of the public servants in uniform who keep us safe, like Joshua Miktarian.

I didn't know Officer Miktarian. I wish I had. I generally only thought of our law enforcement officers when I'd be traveling a few miles over the speed limit and I'd pass a cruiser. Since Officer Miktarian's untimely and horrifying death, I now quite often think of the men and women in uniform that selflessly put their lives on the line for you and me, every day. And I pray for them, their families and their safety. I hope everyone reading this will too. They deserve that, and our gratitude.

God bless Holly and Thea Miktarian and the entire family, including Josh's brothers and sisters in uniform.

Theresa M
Twinsburg resident

September 4, 2008

A Mother's Love

Mother's love is something
that no on can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation . . .
A many splendoured miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God's tender guiding hand.

Written by: Helen Steiner Rice

in loving memory ...Josh's Mom

Mindy Barlow

August 24, 2008

Thank you for your service.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol

August 12, 2008

You will not be forgotten.

Officer S.Mason 2469
Columbus Ohio Division of Police

August 12, 2008

Dear Family, Friends, and Co-Workers of Police Officer Joshua T. Miktarian,

We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of Police Officer Joshua T. Miktarian. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in support during this very difficult time. We know that sometimes there is little comfort that comes from words. Keep focused as you can on the memories and joyous times for these things may bring you comfort. Rely heavily on family, friends, and other law enforcement for support. Honor your fallen loved one, for their sacrifice will not be forgotten. Police Officer Joshua T. Miktarian is a hero.


Alissa Scott
Widow of Beryl Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-04

Co-Founders of Survivor Help Network


August 9, 2008

My thoughts & prayers are with you. Rest Easy.

Cindy, Arkansas
sister of slain Officer Randy Basnett, eow 9-24-1976

August 9, 2008

Not even a month has gone by that god took you home and there is a new list of officers on the main page of ODMP that have also been taken???????? WHY?


August 9, 2008

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