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Police Officer Michael Ray Bailey, Sr.

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, July 18, 2010

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Reflections for Police Officer Michael Ray Bailey, Sr.

Officer Bailey,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USAF. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 18, 2020

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

October 2, 2018

May Officer Bailey's soul forever rest in peace. Officer Bailey will never ever be forgotten, and his service to our nation will forever be acknowledged. Thanks goes to Officer Michael Ray Bailey, Sr.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop D

February 16, 2018

Rest in peace my brother. Thank you for your service. Scum bags like this should never be allowed to destroy families.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

July 18, 2017

Heroes are never forgotten. Thank you for your selfless dedicated service to protecting the citizens of Chicago, Officer Bailey.

Taylor Ramerth
Citizen of Chandler, Arizona, and supporter of law enforcement

July 18, 2016

You are not forgotten. Thank you for your service to the city of Chicago. Lights shine blue in your honor.

Cpl Eric Mayes
Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office

July 18, 2016

Dear Bailey family:
Today I rode the Conroe, Texas Heroes Ride in honor of Officer Bailey. His service in such an exceptional occupation helped to spur me on over very high hills on this ride.
I hope that this small gesture serves to remind Mr. Bailey's surviving family members that we don't forget such admirable service, and we are forever indebted to him and his colleagues for keeping our communities safe. May God bless you.

Lyn Hardouin

October 17, 2015


Illinois Antique Emergency Vehicle Assn.

June 24, 2015

Rest in peace Officer Bailey.

Cmdr. James A. Pickett
Evanston Police Department

July 21, 2014

Thank you for your Heroism Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

July 18, 2012

Officer Bailey,
He was a good man, son, brother, husband and most important a father. On that day he left behind 2 sons and 3 daughters. Yes there are 5 children not 3, and we all miss him very much.

His oldest daughter

July 17, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Bailey. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 27, 2012

Watching Officer Bailey's daughter, Jada, graduate from the Chicago Police Academy today was a very proud and touching moment. I know in my heart Officer Michael Bailey is smiling down from heaven as Officer Jada Bailey begins her law enforcement career. I will continue to keep the Bailey Family in my everyday thoughts and prayers.

Cmdr. James A. Pickett
Evanston, Il. Police Dept.

April 11, 2012

I remember the good times with Mike at the Naval Air Station Glenview Fire Department. Thanks for the memories..

Retired Deputy Fire Marshal Doug Kelder
Old friend

August 7, 2011

To Officer Michael Bailey Sr., his family and his fellow officers with the Chicago Police Department:
Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Officer Bailey’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Officer Bailey and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

July 18, 2011

Officer Bailey,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Police Officer, but also when you served as a Firefighter and in the USAF as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extende my deepest sympathy.



February 27, 2011

In the process of looking for a family member I found this Reflection about Mike. Great guy then and now. I pray for peace for his family and commrades. RIP

Elementary School friend: Joni Donad

December 10, 2010

Rest in peace Officer Bailey, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you very much for your service!


August 7, 2010

Rest easy Brother In Law, your watch on earth is now over. I pray Gods mercy and Love towards your Family, and Loved ones.......

Sgt. John L. Gulledge (Ret.)
Escambia CO Sheriff's Office Pensacola FL.

July 31, 2010

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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 whose 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Department, Columbia, SC

July 30, 2010

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of a man that obviously gave much more than his share to both his community and country. Let us not ask why for an answer will never be given but let us honor Officer Bailey for the dedication he gave throughout his life to protect each and everyone of us. May you rest in peace and begin your retirement(although not on earth with your family) but in peace in heaven and know that those you have left behind must be so very proud of you. Thank you for the sacrifice you made at the hands of those who will one day have to answer for there actions. God Bless you and your family in this most difficult time.

Aunt of Fallen officer e.o.w 3/9/2010 PGPD Maryland

July 27, 2010

I grew up in the same Neighborhood as Officer Bailey lived and I remember him as a kind and giving individual. God rest & receive his soul and watch over his family.

Stefan Sanders
Neighborhood Friend

July 26, 2010

Rest in Peace, Brother.

OFC B. Grajek

July 26, 2010

Rest in Peace my Brother, God Bless you, your Family and your Dept.

Officer Bob Swope #5609
Olmsted Falls Police Dept.Ohio

July 25, 2010

Another loss for the Chicago Police Department. My thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Officer Bailey at this difficult time. I salute Officer Bailey as a fellow Air Force veteran and Police Officer. Thank you, sir, for your years of service to your city and your country and R.I.P. brother. To the men and women of the Chicago Police Department, stay strong and honor the memories of your fallen officers. God bless.

Sgt D. Bowler

July 25, 2010

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