Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Michael Devon Rudd

La Paz County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, October 11, 2021

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Reflections for Sergeant Michael Devon Rudd

Mike was a dear friend. Having been in law enforcement many years and having worked with him personally, few deaths in this world have hit me as hard as his. I look forward to being there when he is resurrected in the paradise earth, so close at hand, under God’s Kingdom which will be established on earth as it already is in heaven today with Jesus Christ as King.

Revelation 21: 4
1 Cor 15:26
Ps 37: 10,11, and 29


November 22, 2021

Rest In Peace. I love you Dad. There wasn't a better way for you to go than doing what you love.

Jasmine Rudd

November 4, 2021

Rest in peace Sergeant Michael D. Rudd, and thank you for your service.

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

November 3, 2021

Rest in Peace Sergeant Michael D. Rudd! Thank you for your 8 years of service with the La Paz County Sheriff's Office, in Arizona and for your service with the United States Air Force and the Army National Guard. We are all thankful to you for your service, your devotion and your sacrifices, and also to your family and friends for their sacrifices. Our hearts break for your wife and six children during this tragedy, and we want them to know that you will never be forgotten! Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the rest of your family and to all of your sisters and brothers in Blue that protect us. God bless you all!! (Matthew5:9)

Kelly & Eddie King

October 22, 2021

Great friend and partner. You will be truly missed.

Deputy M. Johnson
Partner 7 years La Paz County Sheriff's Office

October 18, 2021

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

"To Fly, Fight And Win" "This We'll Defend"

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

October 18, 2021

Thank You for your contribution to our Country, and Thank You to your family for their sacrifices. I am sorry for your loss to the Family, Fellow Officers, and Friends. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

Retired Fire Lt Frank J Corasaniti II
Baltimore City Fire Department

October 17, 2021

Rest In Peace…

Retired Detective Ed Falkowski
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

October 17, 2021

God speed SGT Rudd. Your many years of selfless service will never be forgotten.

CW4 Ernest Laning
Arizona ARNG

October 17, 2021

Sgt. Rudd,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

October 17, 2021

Sergeant Rudd, thank you for your dedication to serve your community that they may live in peace and security. Your reward in heaven will be abundant. May God immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

October 17, 2021

I am sad to learn of the passing of a Brother and Hero in Sergeant Michael Rudd. I believe our Heavenly Father has welcomed him home into his loving arms where he will now patrol the Golden Streets of Heaven. May the Lord deliver Blessings, Comfort and Peace to his Family, Friends and all Members of the La Paz County Sheriff's Office, Arizona.

Retired, T W Martinez
FOP member
State of New Mexico/JJS

October 16, 2021

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

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

October 15, 2021

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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 whose 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

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

October 15, 2021

On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family Sergeant Michael Rudd and the extended law enforcement family of the La Paz County Sheriff's Office, Arizona.

End of Watch Monday, October 11, 2021.

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 Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

October 15, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and coworkers of Sergeant Michael Rudd. I am truly sorry for your loss. The service and sacrifice of Sergeant Rudd for his country and the people of Arizona will not be forgotten.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

October 14, 2021

Sergeant Michael Rudd, thank you for your service to America and the community you so proudly served. Your valor during a difficult time will never be forgotten. To Michael's family, friends and coworkers, my deepest sympathy for your loss. Reading through the reflections, Michael was a good officer, dedicated to making a difference in people's lives. Rest In Peace Sir!

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

October 14, 2021

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

Deputy Parole Administrator Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

October 14, 2021


Retired Officer David Herbert
Toronto Police Service, Canada

October 14, 2021

RIP Sergeant Rudd. Thank you for your service to the Country and the citizens of La Paz County

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

October 14, 2021


911 Communication Officer Lori Bennett
Riverside County Sheriff and formerly La Paz County Sheriff

October 13, 2021

Rest in Peace Brother! My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, friends and fellow LE brothers and sisters. God Speed.

Officer M. Espinoza / K9 Recon

October 13, 2021

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest | Salute

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret)

October 13, 2021

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

October 13, 2021

Rest In Peace, Sgt. Rudd. Praying for your loved ones.

Officer C Curione (Retired)
Rochester Police Department, NY

October 13, 2021

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