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Investigator Michael Capizzi

Erie County Prosecutor's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, January 12, 1987

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Reflections for Investigator Michael Capizzi

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorney Generals Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Investigator Michael Capizzi of the Erie County Prosecutor's Office, Ohio and the additional 77 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

January 12, 2021

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Investigator Michael Capizzi of the Erie County Prosecutor's Office, Ohio and the additional 67American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

January 12, 2018

I met Mike sometime around the mid-1980s when I worked for Milan PD. Mike was a good cop and investigator. I'm sure he is in Heaven smiling down on his family and friends. Will never forget.

Brother-in-law to USBP Agent Catherine Hill EOW 10/25/2002

Jack Didelot, Retired Sergeant
San Diego Police Dept.

May 10, 2017

Grandpa,
Yesterday was your anniversary of your death and it kills me to think about it, but I know that I need to keep moving forward and grow stronger. Love you.

Emily Capizzi
granddaughter

January 13, 2017

Grandpa,
I've never met you and when I heard about what had happened to you I couldn't help but cry and think what it would be like having you here today. I would have loved to meet you! From what I have been told so far you seem like a very kind man who cared deeply for his kids and wife, from the day I was born to now I have a great papa to take your place. love you!

Emily Capizzi
granddaughter

September 14, 2016

MIKE, I DID NOT KNOW YOU PERSONALLY BUT HAVE HEARD MANY STORIES. YOU WERE KILLED 6 MONTHS BEFORE I WAS HIRED AT SPD. I KNOW BOTH OF YOUR SONS, CHRIS A TROOP WITH OSP AND KEITH A PAST RESERVE OFFICER WITH SPD AND NOW WITH NASA. YOU HAVE TO BE PROUD OF THEM AND ALL THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND HOW THEY FOLLOWED IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS. I KNOW , MY SON ANDY FOLLOWED IN MINE BUT UNFORTUNATLY IT COST HIM HIS LIFE ON DUTY 3-19-11 IN SANDUSKY. AFTER GOING THROUGH THIS AND MEMORIALS IT REMINDED ME OF YOU. AT LONDON, IRRONICALLY WHERE YOU WERE KILLED, AT THE STATE OF OHIO MEMORIAL AND AT THE NLEOM IN DC YOU ARE HONORED ON BOTH. YET ON OUR COUNTY MEMORIAL YOU ARE NOT.... ERIE COUNTY CANNOT HAVE HIGHER STANDARDS THAN THE STATE OR NATIONAL MEMORIAL AND I AM GOING TO TRY MY HARDEST TO GET YOU ON THE ERIE COUNTY MEMORIAL WHERE YOU DESERVE TO BE, SO YOUR LIFE AND SACRIFICE CAN BE HONORED BY THE COMMUNITY BUT MOST BY YOUR SONS.

FELLOW OFFICER AND FATHER OF FALLEN OFFICER
ANDREW S. DUNN E.O.W. 3-19-11

OFC. MATTHEW S. DUNN
SANDUSKY PD, SANDUSKY OH.

May 7, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Laslater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all of those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I am sure you are proud that your family has continued your legacy of protecting and serving.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 12, 2012

Hello Sir-

I did not have the pleasure of meeting you but on March 9, 2001, I met your son Chris for the first time at graduation. You I am sure are very proud of him as he is a great Troop.

Today makes me sad as SPD lost a brave officer. I worry every day those I know and love hit the streets. I am sure you already do, but please watch over them and keep them safe. They are all such brave individuals and the more angels they have on their shoulders, the better.

1/2 Unit
OSHP

March 19, 2011

Over the years time has passed but not the memory of you by you brother officers. We are a special breed of men and woman
making every effort to keep our communities safe. In doing so you paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Your memory will live on for those who had the honor of knowing you and every officer who visits this site.

Rest in Peace

Vince Iello
NYPD Retired

October 7, 2008

Investigator Capizzi,
On today, the 21st anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your community, but also for our Country as well when you served in the U.S. Army. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

Anonymous

January 12, 2008

"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 whos 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
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 3, 2008

Rest in Peace Brother and thank you for your service.

Sgt. Michael Munoz
Perrysburg Township Police

April 28, 2007

May you Rest in Peace.

January 12, 2007

You will never be forgotten. You would be proud of your family as they have lived in your name and continue what you had started. You should be very proud. Rest in peace brother.

OSHP friend

November 2, 2006

Rest in peace, sir. Thank you for your service.

July 26, 2006

You did not perish in vain. Always remembered and never forgotten. Rest easy.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

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