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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

This poem was written after getting my wife’s 19 years perspective of being a police officer’s wife.


“He Does it For You!”

He doesn’t do it for the money,
Cause surely there’s something better to do,
He says, “Someone has to do it!”
So really, he does it for you.

His eight to twelve hours is from call to call,
From a murder to a cat in a tree,
You say he’s never around when you really need him,
But without him, where would you be?

You curse him when you get a speeding ticket,
And scream there’s something better he could do,
But have you looked at how many deaths there are on the highways,
So really, he’s doing it for you.

He’s always seeing so much bad in the world,
He really doesn’t know what to do,
He wonders sometimes if it’s even worth it,
But he knows he has to do it for you.

Each day when he leaves for work,
And I always kiss him good-bye,
I don’t know if I’ll see him again,
Cause the day might be the day he dies.

So many times he comes home from work,
And I see a small tear in his eyes,
I ask him what is the problem dear?
And he says another innocent person has died.

You always say a cop isn’t human,
Cause at a tragedy he’s cool from the start,
But you don’t have to live with him,
And watch his mind and heart break apart.

I remember one hot June night at work,
His supervisor came, “Your husband’s been hurt!”, he said,
It was such a long ride to the hospital,
They wouldn’t say if he was alive or dead.

Crime is always on the increase,
The streets a battle ground,
And when one in “Blue” is slain,
At the funeral-taps will sound.

He’ll lay in a flagged draped coffin,
An honor for those who die for this land,
Just like the Army, Navy and Marines,
He died by the enemies hands.

Most ordinary citizens won’t be at the funeral,
But you’ll see plenty of people wearing blue,
You’ll see dozens of marked patrol cars,
Honoring the one who died for you.


Written by David L Bell Copyright © 1991
Retired Deputy Sheriff after over 38 years
Richland County Sheriff’s Dept
Columbia, SC

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

August 8, 2013

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

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

This may be re-posted in the Honor of his death and the death of any Law Enforcement Officer!

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

August 8, 2013

Words can not even describe the profound sadness that we feel. We both had the distinguished opportunity to work with Mike and while we both left to go to other agencies, we always considered Mike to be a brother in blue/green.

God speed Mike and may you rest in peace. Always remembered.

Chief Kevin & Officer Kimberle Vespia
North Port Police Department ~ FL & Sarasota Police Department

August 8, 2013

Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now. Thank you for your many years of faithful service, you have served well. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Cpl. Wilson during this time of tragic loss.

Donnie Meaders
Wewoka, OK Police Department

August 8, 2013

Growing up in Charlotte county i had the honor of crossing paths with officer Wilson several times. He wasn't your tipical law enforcement officer. He was kind, friendly, and always eager to lend a listening ear. He is a great man. He may be gone but will never be forgotten. My prayers also go out to his family.

Aleem Khan

August 8, 2013

My heartfelt condolences to Corporal Wilson's wife and children. Such a tragic loss. Too many guns on the streets!!! Rip Corporal Mike. You will be missed by your family and co workers.

Robina Browne
Mother to Dep. Sheriff Daniel Browne-Sanchez, Honolulu, HI.EOW 2/10/07

August 8, 2013

Corporal Wilson,

Thank you for doing your job and setting the standard for all of in law enforcement. We will take your watch over from here and may you rest in peace. My prayers are with your family and the family of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office.

Ofc. David Brown
Florida Department of Corrections (Probation and Parole)

August 8, 2013

I can still see that goofy (up to something) smirk on your face when you were my supervisor. I remember the day I was using the restroom and you got into my patrol car, then proceeded to take everything out of my trunk (to include the spare tire) and put it all into my front seat. Then you called communications and had them issue me a bogus call while you waited outside to see my face. I miss you brother!! Always willing to back a squad member up without hesitation and do what was necessary to protect those who could not protect themselves. Rest in Peace Brother.

Det. John Sadler
Co-worker

August 8, 2013

Mike was one of my neighbors when we lived in Florida. He was no doubt a family man who loved his family immensely. I remember when he started his lawn business and he came to me see what I thought about the name "LAWN ENFORCEMENT". I told him it was awesome. He will truly be missed. My heart goes out to Joann, Brandon, Tyler and Emily. They will always be in my prayers. I remember when he would pass my house in his cruiser and give a couple of "WOOP WOOPS", from the siren to give my little one a big smile. We love you Mike, we'll see you again.

Mike Suprata
Neighbor and friend

August 8, 2013

Rest in peace Brother. May God bless you for your ultimate sacrifice.

Cpl. P. J. Colonna
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 8, 2013

Rest in Peace Sir......................

Officer Thomas Wiederhold, Retired
Fort Worth PD, Texas

August 8, 2013

RIP Corporal Mike Wilson! Thank you for your service, and courage to face the elements on the street that we do every day! My condolences to your family and co-workers!

Detective Arthur Clark (Ret.)
East Providence Police Dept. Rhode Island

August 8, 2013

Rest In Peace Corporal Wilson.

Officer Christopher Goodwin (Retired)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg NC Police Dept.

August 8, 2013

Rest in Peace, Cpl Wilson. Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten or taken for granted. My heart goes out to your family, both at home, and your law enforcement family.

Communications Officer B. Jackson
Garza County Sheriff's Office, TX

August 8, 2013

Rest in peace, brother. God Bless your family and bring them peace in this tragic time.

ACO Ashlee Zucker
Rawlins PD

August 8, 2013

Thank you for your service. May God's Peace be with your family.

Sgt Cliff Torres
Port Canaveral

August 8, 2013

God Bless and Godspeed.

Lisa B.
GEORGIA CIVILIAN LEO SUPPORTER

August 7, 2013

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. My condolences to your family, friends and coworkers of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office. May you rest in peace.

Ptlm. William F. Shields
Federal Reserve Police/Philadelphia - Retired/Haverford Police

August 7, 2013

R.I.P Brother. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Sergeant Fred Meyers Jr.
City of North Port FL Police Department

August 7, 2013

You are a hero & an angel. God bless you & your family.

D/S Timothy Hernandez & D/S Christina Hernandez
Escambia County S/O. FL

August 7, 2013

May you RIP Corporal Wilson. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family,and co workers in the Sheriffs Office in this hard time

DFC Bruce McLaughlin (retired )
Harford County Sheriffs Office (MD)

August 7, 2013

God bless the family of Sgt. Wilson. This is a trying time, and as a brother to all police officers around the world, we all mourn together.

Officer Justin D Winland
Florida International University Police Dept.

August 7, 2013

When I start my tour of duty God,
wherever crime may be,
as I walk the darkened streets alone,
let me be close to thee.

Please give me understanding
with both the young and old.
Let me listen with attention
until thier story's told.

Let me never make a
judgement in a rash or
callous way. But let me
hold my patience,
let each man
have his say.

Lord if some dark
and dreary night,
I must give my life,
Lord with your
everlasting love
protect my family
and those in my life.

God bless Sgt. Wilson, the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office,
the Wilson family, and freinds.

Detective D. Cruz
Martin County Sheriff's Office

August 7, 2013

Rest in Peace Brother..Thank You for your service.

Police Specialist Michael A. Tackema
Fayetteville,NC PD

August 7, 2013

Rest In Peace Corp. Wilson

Resident of Malden, MA

August 7, 2013

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