Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Michael David Stephen, Sr.

Stone County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Reflections for Sergeant Michael David Stephen, Sr.

The Lord God with us, our hearts and prayers go out to the Stone County, Arkansas Sheriff’s Office and for the family, friends, and colleagues of Sergeant Michael Stephen, of the Stone County Sheriff’s Office, who was shot and killed in the Line-of-Duty on Thursday, July 18, 2019. Depart, dear Brother-in-Blue, out of this world into the arms of the Father who created you, into the arms of the Son who redeemed you, and into the arms of the Spirit who made you whole. You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, and you have kept the faith [Inspired by 2Timothy 4:7]. Now rest easy in peace. We will take it from here. Amen.

Jesus teaches us the following:
1. God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God [Matthew 5:9 NLT]
2. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted [Matthew 5:4 NLT]
3. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends [John 15:13 NLT]

Minister Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS, NCCA, NACM
Ordained & Licensed Independent Christian Minister
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
Merrimack, NH 03054
A Christian Global Outreach Ministry [Since 2018]
Chartered by the National Association of Christian Ministers [Since 2015]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D. Div., NCCA
Nashua / Merrimack NH Police Departments

July 19, 2019

Prayers for your family and department. Thank you for your service. Blessed are the peace makers !

Parole Academy Instructor Brandon Smith
TX Department of Criminal Justice-Parole Division

July 19, 2019

Rest in peace Sarge....My thoughts are with your family, friends, and the members of the SCSO during this most difficult and tragic time....

LT. Joseph Ward, Ret
Jackson, NJ PD

July 19, 2019

Rest in Peace Sgt Stephen, my sincere condolences to your family and to your department. God speed as you now patrol the streets of gold. Your ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten.


July 19, 2019

Rest in Peace Sergeant Stephen. May the Lord grant your family, friends and co-workers peace during this difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Deputy Parole Administrator Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

July 19, 2019

Rip officer

John Mclain

July 19, 2019

Rest in Peace Brother

Sgt. CCB (Ret)

July 19, 2019

I pray God be with Sgt. Stephen family and friends during this darkest of times. RIP Sgt. Stephen

Lt. Marvin Ryals
El Paso County Sheriff's Office-El Paso, Texas

July 19, 2019

My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sergeant Mike Stephen on their tragic loss. May our Lord give you all the strength and comfort needed during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you Sergeant Mike Stephen for your dedication and service to your community, and your country. Rest in peace .

CBP Officer(retired) Luis Otero
DHS/Bureau Of Customs And Border Protection

July 19, 2019

Rest in Peace Sergeant Stephen. Thank you for you service. I pray senseless tragedies like this stop happening.

Erica Richardson
National Police Foundation

July 19, 2019

Prayers for the family and friends that grieve for this tragic death. Rest In Peace!

Retired Deputy Sheriff Leah Stephens
St Lucie County Sheriff's Office

July 19, 2019

Rest in Peace Sergeant Stephen. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, coworkers and friends.

Lieutenant Robert T. Mote (ret)
Buena Park, CA Police Department

July 19, 2019

My prayers are with the Department, Friends, and Family.

R. C. Taylor, Sr. Police Officer
Houston P.D.

July 19, 2019

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, my brother.

Retired Chief of police Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

July 19, 2019

Sgt Stephen, you have led a life of service to your country, your Police and Fire Department! I can only imagine how much you will be missed. Another good, brave Officer violently taken from us by a coward. Heartbreaking.
May God Bless all of those that loved and cared about you on earth. My deepest sympathy to the Stone County Sheriff's Office and to the Pine County Fire Department. Rest in Peace now, Brother. Thank you so much for your brave service.

Mary Milam
Sergeant (Ret)
Chicago Police Department

Flowery Branch, GA

July 19, 2019

Thank you for your service! You will never be forgotten brother! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and your agency.

Chief Deputy Darrik Gregg
Grant County Sheriff's Office

July 19, 2019

Praying for peace and comfort today and in the days ahead. With deepest sympathy,

Rita Rocker
Deputy Executive Director
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles

July 19, 2019

Our condolences go out to the family, friends and co-workers. Rest In Peace my Brother in BLUE.

D.A. Investigator Esrael Silva
Deaf Smith County District Attorney Office, Hereford, Texas

July 19, 2019

Rest in peace Sergeant Stephen!
You will not be forgotten!

Willie Bell Hopewell VA!
Friend Of All Law Enforcement Officers!

July 19, 2019

Rest in peace Sergeant Stephen.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 19, 2019

On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Sergeant Michael Stephen and the extended law enforcement family of the Stone County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas.

End of Watch Thursday, July 18, 2019.

Rest in Peace brother and watch over us. We will protect and serve from here on in your honor.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

July 19, 2019

Thank you for your service.

Carol Pumphrey

July 19, 2019

As one of Mike's Academy instructors, I will say there are few men as squared away and dedicated as Mike Stephen. He is a great police officer, family man, and friend. I don't think I ever heard him say a bad word about anyone. Today as our state and country mourns such a fine American, I am reminded of something given to me many years ago.

The Lord is my Shepherd and I shall not want
His comforting hand reduces fear to naught
He makes me walk through streets of crime
But He gives me courage and peace of mind
He leads by still waters in the paths I trod,
And He says in Romans I'm a minister of God
He leads in righteousness as He restores my soul
For His namesake He keeps me whole
When I walk through death's valley right up to the door
I will fear no evil for He comforts me more
For thou art with me every step of the way
As Thy rod and Thy staff protect me each day
He prepares a table especially for me
As I walk daily among life's enemies
He gives me authority to uphold the law
And He anoints my position in the midst of it all
Surely, goodness, and mercy shall follow me
Each day of my life through eternity
As I long to hear Him say, "Well done"
When I lay down my life, my badge,
And my gun.

God bless the Stephen family, the Stone County Sheriff's Office, and all of Mike's brothers in law enforcement.

Jared Bassham
BRTC Law Enforcement Training Academy

July 19, 2019

Rest in peace Brother.

Lieutenant A. B. Hoopes
Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Va.

July 19, 2019

We extend our heartfelt love and sympathy to Sergeant Stephen's family, fellow officers, and friends. He was one of the best. Our continued prayers will be with those touched by this senseless act. Even amid the pain we know that "God's grace is sufficient" 2 Cor. 12:9.

Ted Darling, Chaplain
A-2, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

July 19, 2019

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