Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Michael L. Wilson

Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Monday, August 5, 2013

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Reflections for Sergeant Michael L. Wilson

Sgt. Wilson,
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 Charlotte County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 5, 2023

Thinking of you and that mischievous smirk, that made everyone wonder what you were up to. Rest easy brother.

Retired Lt. Melissa Kilby
Charlotte County Sheriff's Office

August 5, 2022

Reflecting on the service and sacrafice of Sergeant Mike Wilson. While his loss is tragic, his 20 years of service to Florida and Charlotte County make his a true Florida Hero. He was in harm's way dedicated to provide for a safer community and his intervention likely spared other innocent victims from being injured and/or killed. Thoughts and prayers remain with Sergeant Wilson's widow, family, loved ones and the members of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office.

Director Gary Howze
Florida Office of the Attorney General

August 4, 2021

Rest in heavenly peace

Mark Mottola

August 6, 2020

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 5, 2020

It has been seven years, although I remember it like yesterday. Listening to the radio wait to see if you were okay. Miss you brother.


Lt. M. Kilby

August 5, 2020

Sgt. Wilson you were a great man i remember having you as a school resource officer at PCHS. You taught me that the stereotypes that i had from negative interactions with the police were wrong of me to categorize all officers the same just because of the negative actions of a select few. You showed me that you can have a sense of humor and that under the uniform you were just a normal man that loved his family and catching a game when you could. You will be deeply missed. You were taken away too soon. And by a unworthy person of even breathing the same air as you. It was also a great lost to our community and to the younger generation here that wont get the pleasure of experiencing having you as the resource officer or interacting with you in a public setting. Rest easy Michael god needed to call an angel home early. And my best wishes to your wife and kids

Corey Johnston
Community member

November 29, 2019

We haven't forgotten your sacrifice and courage. Rest easy Sergeant.

Officer Chris Harris
Maitland Police Department

August 5, 2019

Sergeant Wilson, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 30, 2019

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

September 13, 2018

Just goes to show there is never such a thing as routine in this line of work. R.I.P Sgt Wilson.

Citizens Police Academy - Tampa Florida

May 13, 2017

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Steve Casey,
Executive Director
Florida Sheriffs Office

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 6, 2016

Mike, I think about you and your family all the time. I remember the sheriff explorer days with your son Brandon. You would go out of your way to chat and hang out with us before going 10-8. You were a good father to your kids and mentor to us. You are dearly missed. We can't bring those days back, but I will always cherish them. God Bless you and your family. - Former CCSO

Deputy Sheriff N. Iannucci
Alachua County Sheriff's Office

July 8, 2016

I was in the Civilian Police Academy class learning to become a CCSO volunteer when I heard what was happening over the radio. Coming up 2 years later, I am now working to become a CCSO deputy and I strive to be as good of a peace maker and leader as you were. You will never be forgotten Sergeant.

Fly High Brother.

Civilian/Cadet Harris

July 24, 2015

As we approach the 2nd year from you being taken from us, the pain is as real today as that night. I am thankful to have served as one of your dispatchers as well as the rest of your "Night Crawler" squad.
I remember one early morning you called into dispatch to tell me to put you out of service...and that you had the best gift of all waiting when you arrived home. I asked what that was, and your reply was, "my little girl was waiting up for me". The love for your family was immense.
Every time I go across the NB 41 bridge, I still think about you standing there and calling off vehicles to Greaves and they were preparing for the traffic stops....and keeping your dispatcher (me) on her toes.
I do miss you just is not the same with out. I do know there is a place in Heaven for Heroes like yourself. RIP

Communications Dispatcher Sondra Dennis
Charlotte Co Sheriffs Office

July 3, 2015

Mike was my first FTO. I was about 15 years older than him at the time. He worked hard at making sure I made it through training. We had lots of fun together. He was a funny funny guy. He carried a smile everywhere he went.
My wife Laura and I spoke with him just a few weeks before he passed. He was as always very upbeat and happy to be alive.
We will miss you always Mike. RIP Brother.

Sergeant (Ret.) Jorge Fortuno

March 8, 2015

It was an honor to work besides you, Sgt. Wilson. You were a great cop, and I remember several nights responding to do searches for you - having you show up to back up Eric and I when we'd be out with someone in Punta Gorda, way on the outskirts of civilization - I always thought it was awesome that when everyone else was keeping busy, you would always keep your ears open when we'd stop out with someone -you never got too far away in case we needed anything. It was so devastating to hear that you made the ultimate sacrifice- but I'm no surprised that you died a hero. That you were able to warn other officers of danger even after being shot.

You will be greatly missed by the entire CCSO family as well as fondly remembered by those of us who have retired, moved or gone on to work elsewhere. God speed, brother. We'll take it from here.

DFC. K Corson (Ret.)
Charlotte County Sheriff's Office (former co-worker)

November 23, 2014

Mike was an awesome deputy. I remember when I was in the explorers and rode with members of his squad. Mike was definitely dedicated to his job. If you needed someone to make you laugh, it was Mike. It was such a tragedy to lose such a great friend and brother. I miss you brother and know your watching from overhead. Hard to believe it's been over a year.

Deputy S. Sella
Charlotte County S.O.

September 21, 2014

I wrote a research paper on sergeant Wilson and I would just like to say that I feel honored of learning only a part of your life.

Student Ricardo Taboada
Mission Hills High School

May 9, 2014

Mike I was I was driving through Charlotte County yesterday I was stopped at a light in traffic. I looked over to the side of the road and I saw blue ribbons still on the light poles along U.S. 41 from your funeral It brought a smile to my face I was like Mike Wilson I miss you man. I still remember our last conversation when we ran into each other in the gas station and your were with your daughter. I still remember some of the crazy things that we have done together. A friend that misses you.

Ofc Lenny Hills
North Port Police Dept/ friend

March 1, 2014

Sgt. Michael Wilson served proudly as a School Resource Officer at Port Charlotte High School, Charlotte County, for several years. He was admired and appreciated by both students and faculty for his level of professionalism and the delivery of law enforcement in the school setting.

Sgt. Catherine Stewart
Charlotte County Sheriff's Office

February 5, 2014

To the family of Mike Wilson...I bless that God is with your hearts day and night and know he is safe to patrol the heavens... May his wings shine on...
God Speed !!

Nephew - Brian A. Haas
Henry Co. deputy
EOW 4-24-20144


January 20, 2014

Mike, no one made me laugh like you did especially when you did a stupid trick on the jet ski and thought it was awesome not so much lol! I am still so sad over your death not only were you a great friend but an outstanding officer. RIP my friend I will miss and love you forever.

Tpr. Sandra Thompson
Friend jet ski buddy

December 7, 2013

Mike, I met you in another tragic situation and God Bless! Ididn't want this to happen to you. You were there for others and then your life was taken from us. God Rest Your Soul!

John Schwamborn

November 22, 2013

My heart goes out to his wife, children, mother, father and the rest of his extended family. May god have mercy on them and comfort them as they live without this man in their lives. I have wept for their loss.

Provincial Constable
Ontario Provincial Police, Canada

November 6, 2013

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