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Interim Police Chief Michael Franklin Knapp

Lynden Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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Reflections for Interim Police Chief Michael Franklin Knapp

I miss you grandpa there isnt a day that i dont think about you you helped me so much ots been 2 years sense you died i miss you- your grandson

Anthony Knapp

February 26, 2023

Rest in peace, brother.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

November 6, 2020

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

November 29, 2019


The Policeman stood and faced his God.
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining bright
Just as brightly as his brass
“Step forward now, Policeman,
How shall I deal with you?
Hove you always turned the other cheek?
To my word have you been true?”
The Policeman squared his shoulders and said
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t
Because those of us who carry guns
Can’t always be a saint.
I’ve had to work most Sundays
And at times my talk was rough.
Because the world is awfully tough.
But I never took a thing
That wasn’t mine to keep…
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills just got to steep.
And I never passed a call 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 fears.
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 a silence all around the throne
Where the saints often trod
As the Policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his God.
“Step forward now Policeman,
You’ve born your burdens well,
Come walk a beet on heaven’s streets.
You’ve done your time in Hell.”
Author unknown.

Officer Chad Miner
Powell Police department
Powell, Wyoming

November 29, 2019

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Chief Knapp. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Lynden Police Department.

US Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

November 21, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr., ASAC
Federal Air Marshal Service

November 20, 2019

I was profoundly saddened to hear of Mike's tragic death. I knew Mike when he was a Special Agent (SA) a the FBI over 40 years ago. We both worked at FBIHQ in Washington, DC, in the FBI's Legal Counsel Division. He was an outstanding lawyer & leader, who was respected by all those who worked with him--even a young para-legal like myself. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, family, friends and co-workers. May you forever rest in peace my Friend...

William D. Houghton
Federal Bureau of Investigation

November 19, 2019

My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Interim Police Chief Michael Knapp on their tragic loss, and may our Lord provide them with the comfort and strength to overcome this difficult time. Thank you Interim Police Chief Michael Knapp for your dedication and service to our country and your community. Rest in peace Interim Police Chief Michael Knapp.

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

November 19, 2019

Thank you Chief Knapp for your hard work and dedication and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of Washington. You are a true American HERO. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers. May you forever rest in peace, my brother.


Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

November 17, 2019

Rest In Peace...

Retired Detective Ed Falkowski
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

November 16, 2019

Thank you for your service and paying the ultimate sacrifice job well done Chief prayers for your family and the LPD we have the watch from here

Corporal John Biggins
Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

November 16, 2019

Requiescat in Pacem

Police Officer Mike O'Connor
Branford CT PD

November 14, 2019

Chief Knapp,

May you rest in the arms of God and may God be with your family.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

November 14, 2019

Rest in peace brother.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

November 14, 2019

A life well-lived. Thank you for your service, Sir. Peace to your family and co-workers from around the country and to your Army buddies.

V.K.Mary, 911 Communications HCSO
Harris County Sheriff's Office

November 13, 2019

I can only say that Boone should ever lose such a nice mab in there life . Sorry for your loss

CAndace scott

November 12, 2019

I am sorry for your loss to the Family, Fellow Officers, and Friends. I will keep all of you in my prayers. RIP.

Retired Fire Lieutenant Frank J Corasan
Baltimore City Fire Department

November 12, 2019

The Abilene Police Dept extends their condolences to the family, friends, and coworkers of Police Chief Michael Knapp following his death. His long line of service reflects a lifetime of commitment to others and how he made this world a better place by his unique perspective and life. Peace to those who loved him.

Beth Reeves, Chaplain
Abilene Police Department

November 12, 2019

I first met Chief Knapp while serving as the commander of our state's Basic Law Enforcement Academy in 2001. We had several interactions during the following two years and I quickly came to admire and respect Mike as a chief and as a person. When I applied for the chief position at Western in 2007, Mike was a member of the assessment center team and he certainly helped to make the process very challenging.

My transition to Whatcom County was amazingly smooth and welcoming thanks to Sheriff Elfo and two now departed, exceptional chiefs, Todd Ramsay of Bellingham PD and Mike Knapp. The professional working relationships far exceeded any expectations I had and the friendships that followed will always be treasured.

Chief Knapp's counsel, assistance, support and guidance were invaluable to me as a new chief. I am forever grateful to him and will miss his calming presence.

Chief of Police (Retired)
Western Washington University Police Department

November 12, 2019

My deepest condolences to Mrs. Knapp, may Michael's soul forever rest in peace in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired, NYSP

November 12, 2019

To the family of Interim Police Chief Michael Knapp, friends, Lt. Jeremy Boss, Acting Chief and the Lynden Police Department.
You are lifted up in thought and prayers. May God comfort, hold you close and give you His peace that surpasses all understanding to keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus now and always. Thank you for your faithful service!
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:16 & 17
"His lord said to him, well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you to rule over many things; enter into the joy of thy lord." Matthew 25:21

Patrolman A.S. Batson
Goldsboro, NC

November 12, 2019

Rest In Peace brother.

Corporal (Retired) Glenn Elliott
Temple Police Department--Temple,Tx

November 12, 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

November 11, 2019

Chief Knapp, I regret not having known you. Your photo tells me you would be an interesting person to know and to have long conversations with, with many interesting and inspiring stories about your long life of service. Maybe that is why God wants you with Him. May He immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

November 11, 2019

My heart is broken. Seldom have I encountered a man who embodied intelligence, insight and humility such as Chief Knapp did.

How would he
like us to remember him?

Ask yourself.

Pioneer Park

November 11, 2019

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