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Sergeant Michael J. Bossuyt

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, March 8, 1983

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Reflections for Sergeant Michael J. Bossuyt

Rest in peace Sergeant Bossuyt.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 28, 2019

Rest in Heaven. 3/8/2019


March 8, 2019

The details of that day are forever etched in my memory. I will never forget that time, and Mike will never be forgotten. I've come to internalize, through time, that we lose the ones we love and we cannot change that. Coming to peace with that fact helps, if only a little. No one said life is fair, but this was a tough one. I pity the living who never knew him in life.

Here's to the better times, Mike, cruising from here to there in that brown Camaro. (Or was it a Firebird?) No matter, the one with that broken window from your neighbor! Hearing you talk about getting your son's stolen bike back always sticks with me, too. And your neighbor's dog that attacked your kid...Christ. Your (never ending) chats with Lt. Ferris always kept me waiting. I remember these stories like yesterday. Miss you, friend. We'll have a lot to catch up on, one day.

Anonymous, Ret.

July 25, 2018

I miss you every day

Teri Bossuyt Gribbin

July 18, 2018

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

March 10, 2018

I was a Criminal Justice major, now an attorney, when I first met Sgt Bossuyt. Sgt Bossuyt was my adjunct professor at University of Detroit when this incident happened.

It brought great sadness to me knowing that a fine person like Professor Bossuyt was viciously murdered.

Whenever an incident like this happens, I think of Professor Bossuyt and why we should respect our men and women in blue. RIP, professor.

Former student

March 8, 2018

There's a thing called Facebook now Mike, and all the old cops you worked with have been on it all day reminiscing your glory days with the DPD. You will never be forgotten.

Jimmy Palm, Detroit PD Retired
Detroit PD

March 8, 2018

Thirty five years ago today. There is solace knowing that I will see his guy when I get to the other side, and we can hang out again.


March 8, 2018

It always hits home a little more than usual when this date of March 8th, actually falls on the day of the week Mike died on; a Tuesday. Thirty Three years past, it still feels like yesterday. But alas it has been a long time ago now. I wish Mike were still here to joke around with and shoot the breeze with in conversation, because it was always enjoyable.

Karla Schettenhelm
Detroit Neighbor

March 8, 2016

I know from personal experience Teri, it doesn't stop hurting. You just sort of learn to live with it. To this day I don't think one week goes by where I don't think of Mike even if it's only for a brief moment. I may remember a conversation he and I had or something funny he did. If it stopped hurting entirely I think that would be odd. You're just a normal person who misses your brother.

K. Schettenhelm

December 25, 2015

I still hurt. When does ir stop?

teresa bossuyt

November 8, 2015

thank you for all your comments. I am still grieving and this helps me TERI Bossuyt grab


September 28, 2015

Thirty two years. Hard to believe that so much time has gone by. Mike was like a brother to me.

K. Schettenhelm

March 29, 2015

Bossuyt Family,

I went to grade school with Tony and I would like to inform you that I will be riding in the 2015 Police Unity Tour this May in honor of Sgt. Michael Bossuyt. I hope this reflection finds the family in good health and as a reminder that he will never be forgotten.

Deputy Brian Vitale
Kent County Sheriff Dept

March 20, 2015

Another year has passed and it has now been 31 years ago already since Mike's passing. Whenever I think of him it always seems like it was just yesterday when I saw him last. But it has been quite a while now and I still miss him now as much as I did then.

Karla Schettenhelm

March 8, 2014

I loved Mike too. He was the coolest.
Thanks Teri.

Karla Schettenhelm

August 28, 2013

Karla, mike loved you. Thank you for your thoughts. i feel the same

teri sister

July 3, 2013

It's hard to believe that it's been almost 30 years since Mike has been gone, because it doesn't seem that long ago. I still remember the way he laughed and spoke. The way he'd drift off someplace in his mind while thinking, to the point where I'd literally have to nudge him to get his attention he'd be so deep in thought. I miss going on bike rides with him and his kids, ending up down by the lake, and playing catch/baseball. Shooting hoops in the backyard. He is forever locked in at age 34. And while he never had to get old, or be terminally ill, end up in an old folks home, I still prefer that he was here, older and grayer. Selfish as that may be of me, I guess it is also selfishness that makes us miss loved ones after they are gone.

K. J. Schettenhelm

February 2, 2013

thanks for all your thoughts

Teri Bossuyt Gribbin

teresa gribbin

July 8, 2012


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

March 8, 2012

bossuyt family, rose & my mom mariette were best friends. mike & i were good friends. i rode 2 school in scout car with mike & joe . i think about him often.

norm brewer
childhood friend

January 16, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

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

March 8, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th 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 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 8, 2009



March 11, 2008

"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

November 13, 2007

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