Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Steven Edward May

Modesto Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, July 23, 2009

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Reflections for Sergeant Steven Edward May

Dear Sgt. May,
Though we have never met during your journey on Earth. We want to say thank you for your brave and selfless time serving as a protector in our community.

Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten!!!

We keep our prayers over your beautiful family and look forward to the day we are ALL together in the perfect Love of Jesus in Heaven.

May God's Mighty Mighty Mighty arms be around your family and those who serve today and in the future.

God Bless the Peace Maker's and those who love and support them always!!!

Family of
Sgt. Howard Stevenson E.O. W. 1/9/2005

July 21, 2022

Thank you for your service and today we take the time to remind you and your family that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 23, 2020

Sergeant May rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 21, 2019

Sgt. May,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Modesto. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

United States Border Patrol

July 23, 2019

One of the best men I have ever known. I'll see you on the other side Sergeant May.

Officer Mark Starr
Modesto Police & Hayward Police

September 30, 2018

Scripture assures us that, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called [children] of God.” Matthew 5:9 ESV and “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 ESV.

Rev. Dr. Steven Robert Closs, DD, MSBS
Licensed & Ordained Independent Christian Minister
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
“An Intercessory Prayer Ministry for Law Enforcement”
Chartered by the National Association of Christian Ministers
Merrimack, NH 03054

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DD, MSBS
Merrimack NH Police Department

July 29, 2018

Scripture assures us that, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called [children] of God.” Matthew 5:9 ESV and “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 ESV.

Rev. Dr. Steven Robert Closs, DD, MSBS
Licensed & Ordained Independent Christian Minister
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
“An Intercessory Prayer Ministry for Law Enforcement”
Chartered by the National Association of Christian Ministers
Merrimack, NH 03054

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DD, MSBS
Merrimack NH Police Department

July 29, 2018

Most of you knew him as a police officer but I knew him as my brother. I miss him every day. Wish I could have one more big hug from him.

Gayle May Barker

July 23, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 9th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

July 23, 2018

Dear Sergeant May,
I did not have the privilege of knowing you when you were here in the physical form...yet I know you through your amazing family, especially, your soul mate, Diana:)

I want to Thank you for all you have done for your community, family, and friends...and now you still watch over so many from your position in Heaven...

You Sir are loved beyond words !!! and NEVER FORGOTTEN!!!

Thank You

wife of
Sgt. Howard Stevenson E.O.W 1/9/05

January 14, 2015

With all due respect I Irvin Martinez would like to dedicate my very last quarter at Heald college to officer Steve Edward May and his family. I believe that a police officer is never off duty, they are the heroes of our society and the back bone of our country. When a police officer has meet his end of watch not only does his relatives and his agency suffer, but also our country as a whole. My prayer go out to you and your family, thank you for your service, REST IN PEACE.

Irvin Martinez

July 30, 2014

Officer May, you have been on my heart these last few weeks. I never met you but I feel like I have because of your amazing and beautiful wife. She is an inspiration to not only me but to so many others. She honors you daily and reminds us what grace really is. Thank you for your sacrifice I know it was greater than anything imagined. I keep your family and all our brave LEO, Military, Fire, and EMS in my daily prayers....praying always for safety and a guidance. I look forward to the day I get to meet you face to face in Heaven.

kathy stevenson, wife of
Sgt. Howard Stevenson E.O.W. 1/9/05

August 3, 2013

Strength and courage are the only two words I can use to describe your family, friends and colleagues that I met in 2010.

I think they got that strength and courage from you and it is very inspiring. I have reminded myself of your story when I find myself needing to be brave and strong.

Sergeant May, you are not forgotten.

Officer J. Payne
US Mint Police

June 6, 2012

Rest in Peace, Sergeant May. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 15, 2012

Thanks for sharing your Reflection, it was very touching. I wish you could have met Steve. He was my partner, a great friend and a tremendous cop. The thugs feared him, he worked Gangs most of his career.

I had a dream about Steve awhile back, the only one I have had. I walked into our locker room and could hear him talking and laughing. It was so real. I found him standing in the doorway that separates our two locker areas.

He turned toward me, smiled and gave me a Maddog bear hug. I asked him how he was and he simply smiled and responded "I'm fine."
Then I woke.
RIP Maddog, miss you.

Sergeant Tim Helton (Ret.)
Modesto Police Department

November 15, 2011

I never met Steve personally as I learned about him through his story through "Operation Maddog". I too am a Traumatic Brain Injury,TBI, Survivor from a gunshot to the head when I was 16. I recovered and went into LE for almost 10 years. I read Steve's story and as a former LEO and TBI survivor I wanted to help somehow. I contacted Gail Smith at Modesto PD who got me in touch with Diane, Steve's wife. I was going to participate in a fund raiser for Brain Injury survivors called the "Pikes Peak Challenge", held annually in Colorado Springs, CO. The "Pikes Peak Challenge" raises funds for the Brain Injury foundation of Colorado and serves as a representation of the monumental challenges TBI survivors face. Diane sent me one of Steve's uniform patches with his Sergeant stripes on it. I safety pinned it to my Army rucksack that I wore in the climb. I also represented my Army Reserve unit in Denver, CO and climbed in uniform with our Battalion flag, the 244th Engineer Combat Battalion,Denver,CO. Steve's patch summitted Pikes Peak, Colorado at 14,110 feet elevation on September 11, 2008. I arranged a collage with pictures of the climb and Steve's patch and mailed it to Diane. I wanted her to have the patch back. I just read today that Steve died from his injuries in 2009 and I broke down in tears. I know that not everyone is as fortunate to recover from TBI as I have been, it's a harsh reality. I always hoped and prayed Steve would regain consciousness, however St.Michael decided Steve had fought long enough,
RIP Steve.

PFC Randall Davis, US Army Reserves
Former Norfolk PD,VA

January 10, 2011

Sergent May,
We want to say THANK YOU for all you have given to this community! I know it has been just over a year that you passed on to Heaven. I keep your family in my daily prayers...always asking Our Lord Jesus to keep them safe and continue to give comfort that there will be a day that each of you will be reunited for eternity!!! May all of us never forget the sacrifice that has been paid!!!
Diana, please know that you are one of my Hero's and am looking forward to seeing you soon xoxoxo
love and respect always

Kathy stevenson wife of
Sgt. Howard K. Stevenson EOW 1/9/05

July 28, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the first 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 24, 2010

What a journey we've had. Because of you the lives of our families will be forever intertwined. You are missed by one and all. Soon we will see you again.


July 23, 2010

I've said this before, and I'll say it again. Steve was one of the best street cops I ever worked with. He was the guy you hoped to see coming first if you were in a jam, and needed help. It still makes me sad to think that he is gone, and I still miss him. May God bless his family because I know they miss him too.

Tay Maniaci Master Officer-Retired

July 23, 2010

Steve, I think of you often. I learned a lot from you, especially as a new supervisor of the Street Gang Unit. You were a mentor to me and helped me grow individually and as a new supervisor. You were very knowledgeable and well respected, both within the law enforcement community and with the gang bangers. You are sorely missed and will never be forgotten. Until we meet again......Dave.

Dave Funk, retired

July 23, 2010

A year ago at 1332 hours is a date I won't forget. Just thinking about you Mad Dog. Rest well my brother.

Ed Smith
Modesto PD (Ret)

July 23, 2010

Diana, Mike and Corrine,

My family and I have recently returned from a trip to the East Coast where we had the opportunity to visit the National Law Enforcement Memorial. Seeing Steve's name among the others reminds us of the sacrafice he made for our community. He most definately has made an impression on me and my career and I think of him often. May God continue to watch over you all and give you comfort.

Detective Jim Rokaitis

Detective Jim Rokaitis
Modesto P.D.

July 23, 2010

Where has time gone, it seems like just the other day I was walking the patrol building as saw Sgt.May.
We passed on the street or maybe it was on a call. His laugh was always hearty and came from down deep as I recall.
Steve was passionate and always wore a smile. He was tough on the outside,soft in the center, yeah that was just his style.
Steve loved the chase of bad guys and always gave his best. When it came to hunting them down, finding them out, Steve was relentless.
We have his memory, his honor, the bar he did raise. Now he's in heaven, giving God all the praise.
So know this my warrior brother, your shift on earth is done. You've won your fight and gave your all and God is proud of his other loving son...RIP my brother.


July 23, 2010

Today marks the first anniversary of Steve's death. Steve was a great friend, coworker, father, husband, son and cop. We will never forget his sacrifice or that of his family who have to go on without him. Steve will live on forever in the memory of those of us who loved him. We hold his family in our hearts, today and always.

Gail Smith
Modesto Police Department - coworker and friend

July 23, 2010

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