Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Michael Hartwick

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, September 22, 2022

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Michael Hartwick

Thank you for your service sir. Rest in peace.

Jake Hudgeons
Corrections Deputy
Corrections Operations
Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office

May 15, 2023

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

February 12, 2023

My husband and I sent a card to the family at the address listed, but it was returned saying it wasn't delivered as addressed. Please offer our condolences to the family.

Robin Wray

December 2, 2022

To the family of Deputy Hartwick -

I just saw a Tik Tok video of the funeral procession for your loved one. My family lost a NY State Trooper in 2002. I was shortly born after this, so I missed his death, but understand the sacrifice and honor that it takes to be in law enforcement. Thank you Deputy Hartwick for your service to this amazing country and God bless your family, all the way from Albany, NY.


October 19, 2022

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Deputy Sheriff Michael Hartwick. I am truly sorry for your loss. The service and sacrifice of Deputy Hartwick will not be forgotten.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

October 19, 2022

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr.
Assistant Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (ASAC)
New York Field Office
Federal Air Marshal Service

October 14, 2022

To the family, friends and coworkers of Deputy Sheriff Michael Hartwick; my deepest sympathy for your loss. God will watch over you all during this terrible time. God's Speed Michael!

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

October 12, 2022

Sheriff Hartwick, our world is full of evil people, and yet, 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. My heart breaks for the sorrow that your loved ones are experiencing, especially your mother. May God immerse you and them in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

October 9, 2022

Deputy Hartwick,

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 9, 2022

I’m heartbroken by your passing, Deputy Hartwick. Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers constantly. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to Pinellas County, the State of Florida, and your country for the past 19 years. May god grant your family peace and comfort in this time of unspeakable tragedy.

Rest in Peace.

October 6, 2022

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Deputy Sheriff Michael Hartwick. G-d Bless him for his service to serve and protect the public.

The men in Blue are a close knit Brotherhood. Deputy Sheriff Michael Hartwick will be missed by all. This is a page that we don't want to see our loved ones on. My son Michael Weiskopf was added to this site on 8/27/21.

I pray the family is surrounded by G-d's love and the love of family to help them all deal with this horrific grief. I heart cries for you all.

Lois Stein

September 30, 2022

Rest in peace Brother, GODSPEED.

Det. M. Bingnear #328 (Retired)
Pinellas Park (FL) Police Department

September 30, 2022

So sad. Rest in peace brother.

Former Corporal Brian Sullivan
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

September 28, 2022

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

September 27, 2022

Rest in peace Brother.

Captain A. Hoopes
Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Va.

September 27, 2022


Stephen Bruet, Probation Officer
North Carolina Department of Public Safety

September 26, 2022

Rest In Peace, Deputy Hartwick. Praying for your loved ones.

Officer C Curione (Retired)
Rochester Police Department, NY

September 26, 2022

My deepest condolences to your sons and other family members. May your soul rest peacefully in Heaven.

First Sergeant (Retired) Thomas Webb
New York State Police

September 25, 2022

R I P Brother

Herbie Buck Ret. Officer

September 25, 2022



September 25, 2022

On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Deputy Sheriff Michael Hartwick and the extended law enforcement family of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Florida.

End of Watch Thursday, September 22, 2022.

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

September 25, 2022


Retired Officer David Herbert
Toronto Police Service

September 24, 2022

Rest In Peace Brother. Condolences and prayers for your Mother and Sons.

Retired Police Officer Mark Carpenter
Nassau Bay Texas Police Department

September 24, 2022

Michael is my Nephew and I'm proud of his service and time at Pinellas, Co. Sheriff Dept. I send my Condolences to the Dept. and workers. May God heal your loss. Thank you looking after my Sister Barb and Family. God Bless.

Raymond Pifer

September 24, 2022

I am sad to learn of the passing of a Brother and Hero in Deputy Sheriff Michael Hartwick. 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 Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Florida.

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

September 24, 2022

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