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Police Officer Michael D. Chandler

Big Stone Gap Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, November 13, 2021

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Reflections for Police Officer Michael D. Chandler

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

I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Police Officer Michael Chandler. I am so very sorry for your loss. Officer Chandler truly had a heart for service and that service and his sacrifice will not be forgotten. I am praying for your comfort and peace.

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

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Deputy Sheriff Zach Hardin
Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office

November 27, 2021

Officer Chandler,

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

I stopped by the PD to give my condolences... What a great group of officers... Thank you Ofc. Chandler, for your service, courage, and determination to public safety. Rest in peace my brother.

Officer Adam Stanley
Walters State Police Department

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 Officer Chandler.
Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Big Stone Gap Police Department. Being from Wise County, VA and interned at Big Stone Gap Police Department, this hits too close to home!

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

November 20, 2021

Officer Chandler, our Lord took you back to Him on your birthday. Your life was just starting and only our good Lord would know the reason why. You did not serve too long but your reward in heaven will be abundant. May He immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

November 20, 2021

Rest Easy Bro! I Love You

Deputy Cody Bishop
Wise County Sheriffs Office

November 19, 2021

You went to make sure that man was ok, you were willing to do what it'd taken to help, and ended up giving the ultimate price...

Thank you for being a hero, little brother.. May God bless your soul!

Sgt. S. A. Mohamad
20 year Texas Police Veteran

November 19, 2021

Rest in Peace Officer Chandler. 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 Officer Chandler. Thank you for your service to the citizens of Big Stone Gap

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

November 18, 2021

Condolence to his family. That is hard to read of this officer doing his job and to die on his birthday.

Officer Linford Moore
Department of Veterans Affairs

November 18, 2021

To the Big Stone Gap Police Department and the Family of Officer Chandler,
When I learned of the passing of Officer Chandler I immediately felt a connection with your department and family. I work for the Christiansburg Police Department and am the daughter of a Fallen Officer. My father, Officer Terry L. Griffith was killed in the line of duty in 1994. Now, 27 years later I am working for the same department and it pains me every time I hear of an officer losing his or her life protecting their community. This is truly a calling and a way of life and I tell people that daily. This is not a job. This is not about earning a paycheck. It takes a true Hero and a person with a love of community and no regard for themselves to wear a badge.
I know how proud everyone must be of the life that Officer Chandler lived and that is truly what makes the man. The way he lived and conducted himself both on and off the job, and also while volunteering for the Fire Department is proof of his dedication to his community and the love he had for other people. I pray that God will bring healing to your department and family. Please if there is anything you all need feel free to reach out. God Bless!!!

Ashley Griffith
CID Secretary
Christiansburg Police Department
Daughter of Fallen Officer
Officer T. L. Griffith, EOW Sept. 18, 1994

Ashley Griffith, CID Secretary
Christiansburg Police Department

November 18, 2021

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. May you rest in peace and may God assist your family and fellow officers during this time.

Honorable Travis D. Bird
Spotsylvania Commonwealth's Attorney

November 17, 2021

Rest In Peace…

Retired Detective Ed Falkowski
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

November 17, 2021

Thank you for your service and bravery. God Bless you and your family. Godspeed.

Lisa B.

November 17, 2021

Rest in Peach Officer Chandler.

Jennifer Rezac
First Responder Task Force and AFBA

November 17, 2021

Rest in Peace Michael. You will never be forgotten!

Captain Charles Sanders
Wise County Sheriff's Office

November 17, 2021

I am sad to learn of the passing of a Brother and Hero in Police Officer Michael D. Chandler. 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 Big Stone Gap Police Department, Virginia.

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

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 Police Officer Michael D. Chandler and the extended law enforcement family of the Big Stone Gap Police Department, Virginia.

End of Watch Saturday, November 13, 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

Rest in peace brother! You have served you community and family well and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Your wife will do everything to take care of the kids and hopefully continue to carry on the thin blue line. He should not have been out and you should be at home with your family, but know they are not alone and will grow up knowing that their daddy was a hero!

Deputy Sheriff Gale Greer
Smyth County Sheriffs Office

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

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