Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Michael Rudd

La Paz County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, October 11, 2021

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Sergeant Michael Rudd

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

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

Requiescat in Paces

Sergeants Mike O'Connor
Branford CT PD

October 12, 2021


Ofc. Glenn Brasch
Tucson Police Department

October 12, 2021

Rest in peace Sergeant Michael Rudd.
Prayers and condolences for family and friends.

Sgt. Randy Keenan ~ (Retired)
City of Alameda, CA Police Department

October 12, 2021

Thank you for your service to our nation, your state and your county. You will not be forgotten
God Bless You., rest well. Mi pray for ypour families both blood and Blue.

Dpty.Shrff. Dwayne E. Larriviere
Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, La.
Co-LEO/Wrkr of:
M/Tpr. Stephen H. Gray,
Louisiana State Police, EOW: May 29, 1995

October 12, 2021

Thank you for your service, brother. RIP.

Lieutenant Brian J. Wills II
Oswego County Sheriff's Office
New York

October 12, 2021

I was fortunate enough to be have worked with Mike when he began his career in 2013. While the first reaction is to remember the type of cop he was, I think its important to remember the kind of MAN he was.

In this County, the Deputies work understaffed and alone. Covering thousands of miles by themselves, with the nearest back up often hours away. Building searches, high risk stops, physical altercations...dangerous duties that most cops would never do without backup; these Deputies often have no choice but to do alone. Lowest pay in the state, least resources, and thousands of miles to drive every single day. 60+ mile drives between calls. Its those frustrations that led to me leaving the profession. But Mike...he never waivered.

Mike was enthusiastic and learned quickly. He showed incredible promise as a rookie, only proven by his fast promotion. He sacrificed for service, in both military and law enforcement.

But most importantly, he truly honored the public he served. While many rookies start their career hot headed and combative, Mike showed respect and appreciation. He quickly built a reputation as a cop with integrity. One who the public could trust, even by those who have trust issues with law enforcement. A man who, even off duty, would drop everything to help a stranger in need. Who children could run to, and be greeted with warm welcome and a smile.

He wasn't just a good man....he was a kind man. Kindness is something that if often forgotten by unappreciated rural cops.

He really was one of the best of us. The world is a worse place without him.

Anthony Nelson, Frmr Sergeant
La Paz County Sheriff's Office

October 12, 2021

may HIS light shine perpetual upon his face

Chief Jim Allen (retired)
Mobile County Child Support

October 12, 2021

May the Good Lord welcome you into His kingdom and I will pray for your wife and your six children.

A fellow copper
St. Louis Police Department

October 12, 2021

Rest in Peace, Trooper!

Ptl. B L Waltz (Ret)
Avon Lake PD OH

October 12, 2021

Rest in peace brother

Douglas J. Maykowski
Fraternal Order Of Police Central Macomb Lodge #187 Macomb County MI.

October 12, 2021

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.