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Master Trooper Michael Earl Greene

Indiana State Police, Indiana

End of Watch Friday, February 5, 1993

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Reflections for Master Trooper Michael Earl Greene

"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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

October 23, 2007

Just a fellow Hoosier who remembers that day vividly. Reading about your wife who always said goodbye each day with "God Bless". I sincerely hope that justice is served and your family may have closure, Mr. Timberlake knew what he was doing and doesn't deserve another day alive.

Charlie Urian

July 5, 2007

I believe in the COPS slogan "we remember." Been a long time but we're still trying to bring your killer to justice. They say he's nuts - but he knew what he was doing. We won't fotget. We won't give up.

I told the Supt. of Indiana State Prison, while there for the execution of the killer of Muncie Police Officer Greg Winters, that I hoped to be back in a couple of months for the execution of your killer.

Have a happy 4th of July.


John Greene
Lebanon, In.

July 4, 2007

I have thought of you many times since I last spoke to you. We last met on US 231 near County Road 400 North in Jasper County. During that contact(the last of three between you and I)you did not know it then but you would inspire a young high school student to follow in your foot steps. I now supervise a federal police academy. I strive to instill in all of my students the spirit of all that is right and just that you instilled in me. Thank you and rest in peace. I look forward to seeing you again.

Lieutenant Raymond Hickman
West Region Police Academy

June 2, 2007

Master Trooper Greene,

On this the anniversary of your leaving us in the physical sense we pay tribute to your spirit. Tonight the Evening Watch of the Henry County Georgia Police Department’s North Precinct will hit the street in your honor. Please watch over us as we continue your fine work.

For the entire shift,
Sergeant V.T. Rosen

Sergenat V.T. Rosen
Henry County Police Department

February 5, 2007

Rest in Peace Brother

Deputy William Bennett
Henry County Sheriff's Dept. (Indiana)

February 5, 2007

My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. May God Bless You and thank you for your sacrafice.

ISP Wife

January 17, 2007

As brothers, we always say, "never forget." This morning I wrote the Indiana Parole Board as they are having a hearing for your murderer in a few days to possibly grant him clemency. Trooper Greene, I am not forgetting! May those who make the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty never be forgotten.

Franklin PD, IN

January 9, 2007

You are loved and sadly missed. One can only imagine the people you may have touched if you were still with us as you have touched mine. I never had the chance to meet you but I see you every morning and every evening as I look into my husband's eyes. With every kind word, helping hand and guidance I am reminded where these qualities come from. I see him pass your same loving, caring, funny qualities on as you did to the grandchildren you never had a chance to know and see. You gave your life to serve and protected the community and state that your grandchildren now call home. With honor I bear your name. Never forgotten and dearly missed.

Krisha Greene

February 3, 2006

Our Greatest Fear
Yet once again the Thin Blue Line is diminished,
an officer’s final tour of duty is finished.
"Officer down", it’s our greatest fear,
and once again, I hold back a tear.
They patrol in the state, city, county and town,
in uniforms colored white, green, blue and brown.
The shape of their badges may vary,
but it’s a symbol that they all, proudly carry.
They leave for work with a kiss goodbye,
but some don’t come home, no matter how hard they try.
To uphold the law is the job that they pick,
with such high aspirations, why must some die so quick?
They leave behind loved ones, family and friends,
after their lives have met tragic ends.
Some die in crashes, others hearts not too stout,
too many have been lost when gunshots ring out.
Our Heavenly Father has called them home,
no more these dark streets do they roam.
Through trial and error they have given their best,
please Lord, now grant them eternal rest.
Yet once again the Thin Blue Line is diminished,
an officer’s final tour of duty is finished.
" Officer down", it’s our greatest fear,
and once again I hold back a tear.

Master Trooper Dave “Stumpy” Miller

Indiana State Police Dist 13

December 19, 2005

"The path of the Warrior is lifelong, and mastery is often simply staying on the path."

Thank you for helping us stay on the path. You shall not be forgotten.

65th Indiana State Police Recruit
Indiana State Police

December 3, 2005

Mike, the last time I spoke to you, was the day you went 10-42 for the last time. One minute we were laughing and joking back in the jail, and then you were gone. I just want you to know that I'm out here walking the point now, and have been since 1994. I haven't forgotten you, nor your kindness, or your advice. I salute your memory, as I salute your cross on that lonely spot on I-65 every time I pass it where you made the ultimate sacrifice. God bless you, and your family. Rest in peace my friend, Crosby

Deputy Chris C. Crosby
Boone County Sheriff's Department

May 1, 2004

I was nearby the day you died. I rode next to you at your funeral and saluted you as you were laid to rest. I never knew you but tried to do my part to bring justice to the person responsible and to honor your years of service and ultimate sacrifice. Rest well my brother and watch over the rest of us. Peace!



my condolences


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