Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Public Safety Officer Mason James Samborski

Oak Park Department of Public Safety, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, December 28, 2008

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Reflections for Public Safety Officer Mason James Samborski

I first want to express my condolences to the family. I am so sorry that Mason has been taken from you, words can not express how i feel for you all. He died in the line of duty and is very respected for that. May he be with God and continue to watch over all of you the way he did every day in the line of duty, now only from Heaven. I pray for all of his fellow officers and their families. I pray for the Hodakoski family, as i am a close friend. May the Lord comfort everyone and help you to get through this very difficult time.

Mary Tworkowski

January 4, 2009

Sarah, please know that we all love Mason. Our department will forever have a gaping hole left when he was taken on 12/28/08. He was our family and that makes you family... do not hesitate to call upon us if you need anything, we will be here for you. Not just now, but forever. Hold your little girl tight and know that Mason is watching over you.

Rest easy Mason knowing that we will make sure that Belton is held responsible for what he did to you.

Officer Kerry Wood
Oak Park PD

January 4, 2009

Your service will never be forgotton. Thank you for making the world a safer place. You are a true HERO and will never be forgotten. You are in our prayers.


January 4, 2009

on january 4 2008 my nephew deputy jason zunker was struck and killed by an INatentive driver on behalf of the zunker family we would like to send our deepest simpothy to you and your loved ones thank you for your service and god bless you all

peggy (zunker) gajewski

January 4, 2009

I am so very sorry for this family & police department's loss!! My thoughts & prayers go out to all the friends & family of Officer Samborski. God Bless!!

Michigan Resident

January 3, 2009

Ofc. Samborski....thank you for your service and protecting my family and I. To the family of Ofc. Samborski, I am sorry for your loss and pray that you will find comfort in knowing how much he was appreciated.


January 3, 2009

As an Urban Solider (Police Officer), and defender of Homeland Security, you fought a good fight. You gave the ultimate while protecting our State. You will forever be remembered as a Hero. As sad as your death appears, you have save many lives from becoming a victim of this young man who took your life. God is his judge. Now rest in peace, and may God bless your family, and may they be productive and prosperous in this life.

James A. May
Special Agent
Michigan Attorney General
Sgt. (retired) Detroit Police Department

Special Agent James A. May
Michigan Attorney General

January 3, 2009

To the family of Officer Mason Samborski,

I am the father of Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Kara Kelly-Borgognone, #727, EOW 2/28/08. Please know that you and Mason are in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time and we are thinking about you and know that Mason is with all the Heros who make this world a better place for all of us. Know that always, "Heros Live Forever" in our hearts and Mason will NEVER be forgotten. To the fellow officers of Oak Park Police Department please be safe and we are thinking of you also as you honor a True Hero from your Department.


Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly

January 2, 2009

We'll take it from here.
Rest easy, brother.


January 2, 2009

On the behalf of the Wake Forest PD we send our condolences to your family and brothers and sisters of the Oak Park PD. R.I.P brother we got ur back!

Officer Loveless
Wake Forest PD

January 2, 2009

When an officer falls in the line of duty, we all feel the pain, but more importantly, the pride. Know that your sacrifice will not be in vain. We will honor you by serving our communities to the best of our abilities and not letting your sacrifice slow us down but instead to motivate us to be the best law enforcement officers we can be. Thank you for a job well-done. Rest in peace.

Alberta Sheriff's Branch, ASGPS

January 2, 2009

Rest in peace, and may god bless your family

Police Officer
Scituate Police Department

January 2, 2009

Our prayers and thoughts are with you, your wife, and child. Although we never met you are our brother. May god bless your family, your department and your freinds. We are so saddened for your loss.

Deputy K. Merser FTO
Lapeer County Sheriff Department

January 2, 2009

My condolences are with the family and friends of Officer Samborski. The community has lost a fine officer through a selfish and thoughtless act of coward. Officer Samborski’s funeral was the first “line of duty” funeral that I have gone to and words can not begin to describe the sorrow or pain that all officers feel at a time like this. Mason, until we meet someday, God Bless and please watch over all of us that are continuing the job that you so loved.

Hamtramck P.D.

January 2, 2009

Officer Samborski, thank you for your service and dedication. Watch over your family as they begin this long, dark journey without you giving them the love, guidance and support they will need.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

January 2, 2009

Officer Samborski,
I was brought to tears by a statement your in-laws made in an article I read online. It said that Madeline will never know her Daddy. I remember the devistation our department felt when our Officer was taken from his 1 year old daughter...She is 5 years old now and speaks of her Daddy Mark with pride and love. She remembers him because of stories and memories shared by her Mommy, Grandparents, aunts/uncles, friends and members of our department. It shouldn't have to be like this...She should have you to kiss her to sleep at night and sing her lullabies.

Mrs Samborski,
I believe whole heartedly that because of a childs innocence, they have the ability to see and feel an undeniable spirtual presence...She will share Masons "visits" with you. He is with you always. I know that hundreds of people have told you to call if you need anything... Don't hesitate to make that 4am phone call when you can't sleep, when you need to sob or when you just need to yell at someone. You are surrounded by people that love you. Try to let them help you through.

Your HERO will NEVER be forgotten!

Friend of Mark Sawyers, EOW 6-5-04

January 2, 2009

Dear Sarah,

We all have fond memories of Mason. Here is one story I remember. I was working the midnight shift with Mason. All the guys on the shift thought it was funny to grow mustaches. All the guys grew mustaches. One of the guys' mustache grew in so blonde you could not see it, only in the right light. He went home and dyed it black with "just for men." Another officer's wives hated his mustache; therefore he shaved. Everyone gradually shaved their faces over the next few days, except Mason. He kept his mustache for what may have been a month. He would smile, crinkle his nose and stroke it at roll call. He had a great sense of humor. We will miss him forever.


PSO Rouleau
Oak Park PD

January 2, 2009

We found out today that animal that murdered you will be tried as an adult. We are heading towards justice!!! God Speed!!!

Gang Squad
Detroit PD

January 2, 2009

I am most terribly sorry for the loss of your co-worker and to his family my condolences. There are never words that will help but leaning on God has always been my way to heal. He is always there for our solace. God bless you all. Rusty Cox

Rusty Cox, CID Secretary
Asheville Police Dept., Asheville, NC

January 2, 2009

Officer Mason Samborski,

I attended your funeral yesterday to say Thank You and Good Bye. I was pleased to see the large number of offices in attendace. One officer replied to a question, he said We are all part of Team, and he was there for the Team...How true, we are all Family.

Your Father did a remarkable job when speaking of you...he said you had Great Character for your young age...I agree!

Thank you for you Honesty, Integrity, Valor and your Love for the Law. You will never be forgotten!

Rest in Peace!

Tim Sampey
Byron Police Chief - Michigan

President - Michigan 1 - Metro Detroit
Blue Knights LE Motorcylce Club

Chief Tim Sampey
Byron Police Department - Michigan

January 1, 2009

Rest in peace, your service and sacrafice will not be forgotten!

Patrolman Jeff Tripp
Marion,Ma Police Dept

January 1, 2009

I never had the privilege of meeting Ofc Samborski, but as I stood in formation at his funeral on wednesday, with his other brothers & sisters; his extended family in blue, I said goodbye to a brother. There are no words to properly express my condolences to Mason's wife, his daughter, his family, friends and fellow coworkers. Years ago as a Marine recruit I was told "Marines never die, they live on in the name of the Corps". Mason will never die and will live on in every man & woman who wears the badge. For his family and friends....Everytime you see a police car glide past on patrol or streak by with lights & siren enroute to an emergency run....Mason will be there. Mason will live on in every life he touched! For the little boy that always wanted to be a policeman and the lives he touched.....this ones for you Mason.

A mother and her son strolling down the street,
passed a policeman walking his beat,
mom says to her son, "see that man?
when you need help, he'll do all he can."

He'll protect you when things get too tough,
he'll save you when people get too rough.
he'll stop you from doing something bad,
he'll comfort you if you are alone and sad.

The young officer turned with a smile,
he said, "thats the best thing I've heard in awhile.
it's nice to know you feel that way,
because we sure don't hear it everyday."

The boy passed the officer all the time before school,
he began to think being a cop would be cool.
"If I could wear that badge and have a gun,
shooting up bad guys could be tons of fun."

Then one day the boy thought and found
that for days he had not seen his friend around.
His mom said "I've got bad news for you
because there is something sad we must go do."

The boy wore a nice shirt and had his shoes tied,
while his mom told him his friend the officer had died.
He left his friends, his family, his daughter & wife,
all just to protect our way of life.

The boy now grown into a man,
and he is protecting us in the only way he can.
He now passes a mom and young boy on the street,
while he is out walking HIS beat.

This little boy looked at the new officer in awe,
like he was the neatest thing that he ever saw.
The young cop crouched down with a smile,
and said to the mom,
"Thats the best thing I've seen in awhile."

I'm sure Mason met alot of "little boys" during his watch. God Bless & God Speed to you Ofc Samborski

CPL. Keith VanValkenburgh
Dearborn Heights Police (MI)

January 1, 2009

Rest in Peace Officer Samborski.
To you your family, I pray for them, we too just lost LEO
EOW 10-19-08. Deputy Sarah Jones, Monroe County, IN.
May they find some comfort in the support of the FOP and
the COPS program. You will not be forgotten.

Connie Jones

Connie Jones

January 1, 2009

In valor, there is hope


January 1, 2009

To the family of our fallen Brother:

My heart is saddened by your lost. He gave all. You will now have to continue without him and know that you can rely on his "Brothers in Blue" the helo and support that you need.

To all the Officers taking the time to either read or post refelctions, remember the foolowing:

"Peace is the gift of God. Do you want peace? Go to God. Do you want peace in your families? Go to God. Do you want peace to brood over your families? If you do, live your religion, and the very peace of God will dwell and abide with you. For that is where peace comes from and it doesn't dwell anywhere else."

PAO T. Thomas Cooper
henry Ford Hospital Police Authority

January 1, 2009

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