Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Michael Arthur Winter

Branch County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Michael Arthur Winter

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
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Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police Department

June 9, 2016



June 8, 2016


Deputy Zak Rodgers
Boone County Sheriffs Dept

June 8, 2016

God Bless you our Brother in Blue. Prayers out to all of your family, friends, and co-workers. I know that you will be missed, but I'm certain that you will never be forgotten.

Former Deputy/Jail Officer
Wayne County Sheriffs Department
Wayne County Mississippi

June 7, 2016

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Michael was killed.

To the Winter family, fellow officers, and all who call Michael beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Deputy Winter gave to his community and the citizens of Michigan, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on May 31, 2016.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

June 7, 2016

Our entire Unit sends our prayers to the family of Deputy Winter's and our support to the BCSD. Your service to your Community and Country will always be honored. RIP our brother you won't be forgotten.

Commander Griffin
MPS DOPS Special Ops, Chicago

June 7, 2016

My prayers and condolences to the family, Friends and members of the Branch County Shriff's Office. R.I.P Sir!

Wm Jean-Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP, Trafic & Escort Unit

June 7, 2016

Thank you for your service.God bless you.RIP.

Dylan Feeney

June 6, 2016

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Deputy Winters. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Branch County Sheriff's Office.

U.S. Postal Inspector Scott Horne
U.S. Postal Inspection Service

June 6, 2016

Rest in peace brother. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.......

Det. Sgt. Edward Carlile
Northfield Village Police Dept (OH)

June 6, 2016

Some gave and some gave all, you have served your community above and beyond the call of duty may your soul rest in peace my brother.My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends through this difficult time of mourning.God Bless

Larry Mccorkle (Deputy Sheriff) Ret.
Burke County Sheriff's Office

June 5, 2016

Thank you for your service. You have paid the ultimate price serving your community. Sometimes it appears that the community don't appreciate what we do, but rooted deeply there are some people in the community who really appreciate what we do to protect their safety. My your soul rest in peace my brother . My heart goes out to your family throughout this difficult time of mourning. God bless.

Deputy sheriff Owen D Gayle
Osceola county sheriff office.

June 4, 2016



June 4, 2016

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for over five years. Feel those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

June 4, 2016

My blessings to your family.

Charlotte Hough
from DL Tunney Family

June 4, 2016

RIP Brother......(Salute)

Retired Trooper A.D.Dezso

June 4, 2016

God bless you Deputy Winter and thank you for your selfless service. Thoughts and prayers are with your family and your brothers and sisters at the Branch County Sheriff's Office. Rest in Peace Brother, we have the watch.

Officer Jim Drabos
San Gabriel (CA) Police Department

June 3, 2016

Rest in eternal peace, brother, for we have the watch now. Your family and your brothers and sisters in uniform, our brothers and sisters, too, are in our thoughts and prayers. May they find comfort in remembrances of your dedication and service.

Deputy Warden Patricia Powers
Philadelphia Department of Prisons

June 3, 2016

Very sorry to hear the news... Rest in peace. My thoughts are extended to family, friends and fellow officers.

Reserve Police Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

June 3, 2016

My prayers for Deputy Winters and to his family and Department.

Mounted Deputy Sheriff Steven M. Stojda
Berkshire County Sheriffs Dept.

June 3, 2016

I am sorry for your loss to the Family, fellow officers, and friends. I will keep you all in my prayers. RIP

Frank J. Corasaniti II, Fire Lieutenant
Baltimore City Fire Department

June 3, 2016

I am a 42 year law-enforcement officer and a Mounted Unit. My heart just breaks for the family and friends of Deputy Winters. May our Lord give peace and comfort to them at this time.

Chief Deputy
Meigs County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

June 3, 2016

Thank you for your service. Rest in peace brother.

Cpl. M. Davis #2614
Prince George's County Police

June 3, 2016

Rest in peace Brother.

Lt. A. Hoopes
Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Va.

June 3, 2016

To the family of Deputy Sheriff Michael Winter

My deepest condolences for your loss. Times like these can be very difficult so pray to our Heavenly Father and throw all your burdens on him. He will in turn strengthen you and place peace on your mind and heart. I hope you all are able to find comfort and heal very soon.

Cpl. William Stanback (Retired)
Pennsylvania State Police

June 3, 2016

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