Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Michael E. German

Prairie City Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Thursday, January 13, 2022

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Reflections for Chief of Police Michael E. German

I would like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of Chief of Police Michael German. I am so very sorry for your loss. I am praying for your comfort and peace.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

January 23, 2022

Rest, brother.

Sgt. Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

January 23, 2022

Chief German, for many years, you dedicated your life to protecting others that they may be safe. It took a small virus to take your life. 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

January 22, 2022

I am sad to learn of the passing of a Brother and Hero in Chief of Police Michael E. German. 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 Prairie City Police Department, Iowa.

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

January 21, 2022

Rest easy Brother thank you for your service may your sacrifice or memory never fade.

Retired #8046 Jerry Matalone
Des Moines Iowa Police Department

January 21, 2022

Your life was our blessing, and you shall never be forgotten.

Stephen Lange
Friend of the Family

January 21, 2022

Most merciful God, You hold each of us dear to Your heart. Hold all those law enforcement officers and their families, who are afflicted or affected by the COVID-19 Virus, in Your loving arms and tenderly draw them into Your life, together with all others who are living with the COVID-19 Virus. Assure them that they are not alone, and give them courage and faith for all that is to come. Strengthen those who care for them and treat them, and guide those who do research. Forgive those who have judged harshly, and enlighten those who live in prejudice or fear. Nourish those who have lost sight of You, and heal the spirits of those who are broken. We pray this in the mighty and holy name of Jesus Christ, who suffered and died, and then rose from the dead to lead us into new life, now and forever. In Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DDiv, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed/Certified Independent Christian Outreach Clergy
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

January 20, 2022

God bless you Chief Michael German, for your service and sacrifice. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends, and to your brothers and sisters from the Prairie City Police Department. Rest in Peace Brother.

Officer Jim Drabos (Retired)
San Gabriel (CA) Police Department

January 20, 2022

To the family, friends, and the Prarie City Police Department; My condolences go to y'all for your loss. May God watch over y'all during this difficult time, may you rest in peace Michael.

Civilian Devonta Crawford
Member of Public

January 19, 2022

To the family, friends and coworkers of Chief Michael E. German: My deepest sympathy for your loss. May God watch over you all during this most difficult of times. God's Speed Michael!

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

January 18, 2022

Rest in peace


January 18, 2022

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

January 18, 2022

Mike German was the best chief I’ve ever worked for! Family always came first and he’d say “take care of those babies” if you had to call in sick instead of demanding you in. Mike always loved a good burger and you better not be on a time schedule if you wanted to chat with him - you’d be a while. Mike was definitely a cop’s cop and would often say “I got to finally do police work today instead of Chief stuff!” He’d show up on a call but it wasn’t to make sure you’re doing the right thing - it was so he could get in on the action too! If you were working and heard Mikes voice on the radio you knew it was going to be alright. New gun? You’d know about it and see it within minutes. Savvy gun handler as a firearms instructor and loved to help officers tighten those groups. Officer needing a hand, didn’t matter where they were he floated that way until he heard all good. He loved the Lord and he loved his wife and kids dearly … and those grandkids!! I will miss him every day going forward and will eat a burger over a chat when we reunite again. Save me a seat Mike and I’ll go easy on you with all the jabs - maybe ;) - all love Chief and rest in Gods arms.

Heather St.Ores - officer
Prairie City PD

January 17, 2022

A police officer should be remembered not by how he died but how he lived! A great man has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the Prairie City Police Department. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

January 17, 2022

Thank you Chief for your service and sacrifice.

Tonya Lafarr
Law Enforcement Supporter

January 17, 2022

RIP Chief German. Thank you for your service to the citizens of Prairie City, St. Charles, Eddyville, Meskwaki Nation, Tama, Monroe, Mitchellville, Baxter and the Iowa State Fair

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

January 17, 2022

Rest Now Brother

Officer Shannon Yates
Collins Police Department (MS)

January 16, 2022

My family and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fellow coworkers of Chief of Police Michael E. German during this difficult time. May they find comfort and support from those around them. May happy moments from the past bring forth precious memories to cherish for a lifetime. May God help heal their aching hearts. Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace Chief of Police Michael E. German.

Gail. M. Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig eow 2/16/04

January 16, 2022

Chief German was many things to many people. To me he was a brother in blue, a man whom I felt and cared for as if we were biological brothers, but most of all my friend. I will forever reflect on our time together and our conversations….Thank You!! RIP My Brother!!! We have the Watch from Here and assure you Your Family will be Protected! See you on the other side My Brother!

Detective James Slack
Johnston, IA Police Department

January 16, 2022

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

January 15, 2022

On behalf of POINT 27, we would like to offer condolences for Chief of Police Michael E. German. Please know we are eternally grateful for Chief German’s service and his ultimate sacrifice.

To honor Chief German, POINT 27 sent 27 Thin Blue Line Dog Tag Necklaces, engraved with “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called children of God” Matthew 5:9, to the Prairie City Police Department in Prairie City, Iowa for Chief German’s staff. POINT 27 sent a Folded Flag Necklace engraved with “Greater Love has no one than this; than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” John 15:13 for Chief of Police Michael E. German’s wife.

POINT 27 is a Non-Profit organization with a mission to strengthen and encourage members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, and their families, by sharing scripture on Dog Tags and Jewelry called Shields of Strength.

We will never forget and we are forever grateful.


Colonel David Dodd,
United States Army Retired
Executive Director-POINT 27

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department-Reserve Division
POINT 27 National Outreach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison
[email protected]

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department Reserve Division
POINT 27- National Out Reach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison

January 15, 2022

Rest In Peace, Chief German. Praying for your loved ones.

Officer C Curione (Retired)
Rochester Police Department, NY

January 15, 2022

God rest his soul.

Sgt. Robert A. Henne
Jersey City PD/Retired

January 15, 2022

Rest in Peace Chief of Police Michael E. German! Thank you for your 1-1/2 years of service as Police Chief and your previous 8 years with the Prairie City Police Department, in Iowa and your previous 28 years of Law Enforcement with St. Charles Police Department, Eddyville Police Department, Meskwaki Nation Police Department, Tama Police Department, Monroe Police Department, Mitchellville Police Department, Baxter Police Department, and the Iowa State Fair Police Department. 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 your children during this terrible 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!! (Matthew 5:9)

Kelly & Eddie King

January 15, 2022

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Chief of Police, Michael E. German, from complications of the COVID-19 Virus. It is always a huge loss when a Chief of Police succumbs from this deadly virus. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed. Our Prayers and Thoughts to the St. Charles, Eddyville, Meskwaki Nation, Tama, Monroe, Mitchellville, Baxter and Iowa State Fair Police Departments where Chief German had previously served.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

January 15, 2022

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