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Detective Michael J. Dion

Chicopee Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, November 10, 2021

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Reflections for Detective Michael J. Dion

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

December 3, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Detective Michael Dion. I am so very sorry for your loss. The service and sacrifice of Detective Dion will be remembered.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

December 1, 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

November 30, 2021

Rest in peace brother

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

November 28, 2021

Detective Dion,

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

November 24, 2021

Thank you for everything you taught me during the short time we've known each other and worked together. This dept will miss you tremendously.

PTL Stephanie Paquin
Chicopee PD

November 22, 2021

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service. God's speed sir.

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin State Conservation Warden & State Trooper (Retired)

November 21, 2021

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

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

November 20, 2021

Detective Dion, you are a true hero in life and in death. For many years, you dedicated your life to protecting others that they may be safe. Our Lord, who sees all and knows all, will reward you abundantly for your courage, dedication and selfless service. May God immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

November 20, 2021

I had the honor and privilege of working with Detective Dion on several serious matters and found him to be the consummate professional. He loved what he did and will always be remembered as a great cop, a wonderful person with the best smile.

Assistant District Attorney, Retired Edu
Hampden County District Attorney’s Office

November 19, 2021

Rest in Peace Detective Dion. 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

November 18, 2021

RIP Detective Dion. Thank you for your service to the citizens of Chicopee

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

November 18, 2021

Rest easy brother thank you for your service. May your sacrifice or memory never fade.

#8046 (Retired) Jerry Matalone
Des Moines Iowa Police Department

November 17, 2021

I am sad to learn of the passing of a Brother and Hero in Detective Michael J. Dion. 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 Chicopee Police Department, Massachusetts.

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

November 16, 2021

Mike, you were a mentor and a friend. To be able to spend the beginning of my career in a District next to yours I was able to learn so much and grow as an officer. We strive to know what you know, but honestly we will never know what you knew as we always came to you for answers. You served your community with great honor, valor and dignity!

Patrolman Mark Hammon
Chicopee Police Department

November 16, 2021

On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Detective Michael J. Dion and the extended law enforcement family of the Chicopee Police Department, Massachusetts.

End of Watch Wednesday, November 10, 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

November 15, 2021

Detective Dion, you passed away doing the mundane, the everyday thing we all do when working a detail and think nothing of. Your passing proves that no matter what, there's always a risk. Thank you for your 39 years of service to the citizens of Chicopee and the Commonwealth as a whole. Those who know and love you most will keep you forever in their hearts and minds and thanks to this site, we will all remember you and honor your memory.

God Bless you and may you forever Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

November 15, 2021

Thank you for your service, brother. RIP.

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

November 15, 2021

So sad. Amazing 39 years of service. Thank you sir and may God bless your precious family.

Sheila Adkins-Reynolds
City of Montgomery Alabama Police Department

November 15, 2021

may HIS light shine perpetual upon his face

Chief Jim Allen (retired)
Mobile County Child Support

November 15, 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

November 15, 2021

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Detective, Michael J. Dion, from complications of a medical condition. It is always a huge loss when a fellow Detective succumbs from a medical condition. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

November 15, 2021

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

Abraham Lincoln

Captain E.Kemmer
Nevada Department of Public Safety

November 15, 2021

So sad & tragic, RIP. Well done thou good and faithful servant. May God bless & comfort your family, as well as your brothers & sisters with CPD.

Mike Nixon
High Point, NC Police Dept, Retired

November 15, 2021

Rest In Peace Detective Dion. My sincere condolences to your loved ones and to your department. God speed as you now patrol the streets of gold. Your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. Fair winds and following seas brother we have your post.


November 14, 2021

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