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Patrol Officer Daniel John Dubiel

Inkster Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, July 9, 1987

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Reflections for Patrol Officer Daniel John Dubiel

My heart still aches...


July 9, 2018

Officer Dubiel, You and I never met but I felt like I knew you. I was a friend of your mother Monica. We used to work together and I was very fond of her. The first time I met her, I saw your gold badge hanging around her neck. It was a gold necklace she wore to honor you. I remember watching your tragic death unfold on the local news station. I will never forget watching that, it really struck me. You are a hero and you are part of the reason I have been serving as a police officer for the last 21 years. Your mother missed you so much and your death tore her heart out, but she was so very proud of you. I used to look in on her until her death and was very proud and honored to have known her. It was pleasure to help her and listen to her stories about you and your fellow siblings. Thank you for your service and the ultimate sacrafice that you made to protect and serve. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Patrolman Tony Angelosanto
Plymouth Police Department-friend of family

August 23, 2015

i will never forget any of their names. Middlebelt Road at their memorial. I held one of the doors open. I wept then as I do now. Saddest day it always is.

explorer cadet

August 1, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 15, 2015

I am not quite sure how a google search of a complete different subject, brought this amazing site to me. Regardless, I am so glad it happened. I was a graduate of Cherry Hill High School in Inkster Michigan and one of my closest friends was Jim Dubiel, Dan's younger brother. My Dad was teacher at the same school and as I moved out West, the word of this tragedy caught up with me. I cannot compete with all the great stories and uplifting memories of Dan but I can only say that my memories are the same.

Jeff McNally
Friend of Family

January 10, 2015

Dan, I am proud to have known you; served with you and counted you as a friend. You, Ira and Clay will not be forgotten and are often in my thoughts; as are your families.

Lt. Glenn Palmer - Ret.
Inkster PD

July 3, 2014

Rest in Peace my brother...your service and dedication are remembered today.

Sergeant Barton
Garden City

June 27, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater

January 3, 2013

On this the 25th anniversary of three Insker, MI police officer's death, we honored their memory in our patrol briefing. As with Sergeant Perron, we honor a fallen officer on the anniversary of their death each day. We acknowledge the greatest sacrifice that can be given in our profession. Rest assured Sergeant Parker, Officer Hoover and Officer Dubiel have not been forgotten.

Sergeant Daniel Healy
Suisun City Police Department

July 9, 2012

My name is Victoria. I am one of the daughter's of Officer Dan Dubiel. I stumbled upon this page and wanted to give a great big thank you to everyone!!! It is absolutely beautiful to see my father has touched everyone of you and that he is not forgotten. A day does not go by that I don't look up and say good morning to him. He is missed very much by his family. If there is something we took from this tragic incident.....It's that we cherish everyday we have with our loved ones and we stay close to our loved ones and give thanks for everyday we have together!!! Thank you again and god bless!!!

Victoria Van Blaricom
Daughter Of Dan

May 15, 2012

I was a Aux. Police Officer in Inkster in the early 90's, and still fresh in the departments minds, these three officers sacrafices.
History is not complely accurate, but , the story released is good for all parties left behind... Two of the four scumbags have now died in Prison, leaving two left serving life for what they did that day @ the Bungelow Motel.
What happened that day was Two officers, Ofc. Hoover & Ofc. Dubiel responded to a bad check complaint from a rental car agency, as a courtesy they went to the motel to confront the family, after the initial contact @ the door by an irritated Mrs. Easter, she demanded to see a black supervisor,after requesting for Sgt. Parker via radio, they were invited in to wait...what happened next, or during the wait for Sgt. Parker is kind of fuzzy (because it was told by the suspects) but facts are facts, the two officers were shot @ this time.
Sgt. Parker arrived, and was told, even though he could not reach the officers via radio, they were there & were inside, when he entered he was shot.
This was a civil matter (Bad check, less than $150.00) and three officers lost thier lives... Even though I never met them, they will always be family.

Det. Sgt. Stephen Purtlebaugh
Brother in Blue

December 29, 2011

My name is Daniel Dixon and I am the son of Dave Dixon. My dad was a good friend of officer Dan Bubiel. I have seen many pictures of my dad and Dan doing things that all normal guys do; hunting, fishin, etc etc. I was born on the day of Dan's funeral and was blessed with a chance to carry on his name and tradition. If there is any information anyone would like to share with me I would really like to learn more about Dan and who he was as a person and what happened on that day.

Daniel Dixon
son of a friend

August 11, 2011

My friendship with Dan and Laura and their beautiful children was far too short. I was the wife of one of Dan's many best friends who attended Cherry Hill HS. I attended Riverside HS, but didn't know Dan and Laura until i married his best friend. My son, Danny, was born 3 days after this tragic incident on July 12, 1987 and is now 24 yrs old. I will never forget that horrible horrible phone call that came in at 3:00 AM in Houston, TX from my panicked brother-in-law, Rick, screaming that Dan and two other Officers had been shot to death.
I will always be honored that my Son has grown up in Dan's footsteps, outstanding hunter and fisherman, and is Dan's namesake. I only pray that my Son develops the same character and integrity as Dan posessed.

Last Sunday my Dad, up in Dearborn Heights ran into a former IPD Officer that was very close to this situation and he clearly reminded us of the courage and senseless loss of these men and how they will never be forgotten. We all loved you Dan.

Laura, if you ever read this..please contact me and say Hello.
Patti - Austin, TX

Patti Dixon

July 27, 2011

Dan-I have often thought of you over the years-you were another "big brother" while I was growing up. I wonder often how Laura and your family are doing without you by their sides. You were one of the great ones-especially remembering you again with the senseless tragedy in Miami and now St Petersberg, FL. Rest in Peace.

classmate/Cherry Hill High School

January 25, 2011

I've thought about you many time over the past 23 years but more so this past week. Taylor P.D. buried one of their Officers today. I'm sure you, Sgt. Parker and Clay were on hand to guide him on his journey. None of you will ever be forgotten.


July 29, 2010

On the 22nd anniversary of Officer Dubiel's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Officer Dubiel is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

July 9, 2009

Officer Dubiel,

I grew up and still live very close to Inkster, and alongside my Marine Corps career I plan on becoming a police officer as well. With that in mind, I will always keep the memory of you, Sgt. Parker, and Officer Hoover in my mind as I strive to become the best that I can be. Not only did you offer the ultimate sacrifice to mankind, but I was also born on the exact same day and year that all three of your watches ended. Thank you for giving me someone to look up to, and forever rest in peace.

LCpl Ben Hohman
United States Marine Corps/ Criminal Justice Student

December 25, 2008



April 16, 2008

I never realized what it was like to lose a fellow officer til we lost one of our own.....Officer Makowski. Having dispatched for Dearborn Heights PD I now know the "home" losing a fellow officer hits. I never knew what my dad went through losing his partner, until I felt the loss of one I used to be responsible for. I remember Dan coming over to the house when I was a kid and he and my dad playing guitar and banjo and singing. It's a memory I'll cherish forever and never forget. I don't know why dad wasn't there that day, but I vowed that even though I'm just an ordinance officer, that will never stand in the way of helping out a fellow officer no matter the circumstances. You are with us always, Dan.

Ord. Officer D. Wall (Latarski)

Ordinance Officer D. Wall

January 26, 2008

Danny and his brothers and I used to play together on Sunday when visiting our aunts and uncles. We had such a great fun time together, joking and laughing. Dan was an excellent, tough officer who can be an inspiration to us all. I still miss him very much, and I will never forget the circumstances under which he met his fate. Your memory lives on Danny, thank you for making America a better place to live!

Thomas A. Gaston

January 5, 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
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

November 15, 2007

Officer Dubiel,
You are remembered. May your family find some comfort in knowing that you are a true hero. Thank you

summit county

November 2, 2007

I only met Dan a few times while our family visited his. I was only 7 or 8 then,now I'm 39. I was told he was my god father. My dad, Officer George Marshick and Officer Daniel Dubiel, were friends. I don't know everything, but I do they are always there. "GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN" take care, Erik M.

Erik Marshick

October 13, 2007

Thank you for your bravery, dedication, and sacrifice. Today is the 20th anniversary of your tragic death. You will NEVER be forgotten and will FOREVER be a hero!

Sergeant, Retired

July 9, 2007

It's 20 years later but no time will ever erase the memory of the sacrifice you men made. Always remembered.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

July 9, 2007

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