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Police Officer Michael Lee Farnsworth

Davenport Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Sunday, December 5, 1971

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Reflections for Police Officer Michael Lee Farnsworth

I was working the night Mike was killed. We were hired together and Mike was in my Academy class. A night I will never forget.
RIP Mike.

Mike Thompson

December 6, 2022

Officer Mike Farnsworth is my cousin on my father's side. I have never met him but I heard alot of stories great ones about him. I have gone with my mom and dad to his grave and put flowers on it always talked to him thanking him for his service.

Penny Jensen

September 12, 2022

Officer Farnsworth,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 5, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Farnsworth. Never mind being a guest lecturer how about serving your time for such a violent crime ?

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 26, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service. May the coward who took your life rot and suffer.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 9, 2018

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

December 5, 2013

Rest in Peace, Officer Farnsworth. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 23, 2013

Michael Farnsworth is my mothers cousin. i remember when this happened the funeral, the family it was so sad. bless you Michael, and aunt Mary.she so loved her only child. RIP thank you for service and the ultimate sacrifice..

Cindy Daniels

March 26, 2013

Thank you for your Heroism Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

July 16, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th anniversary 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 5, 2011

Gone but never forgotten.


February 4, 2009

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service, it is always disappointing to this writer when justsice is not appropriately served in the killing of a law enforcement officer

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 4, 2007

"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

Hey Uncle,

Like Aerial, I was never blessed with the pleasure of meeting you. I can remeber growing up my Dad used to tell stories about you and the ultimate sacrifice you made. I'm sure you are a bit confused and curious on who I am. Well, I'm your Brother Earl's son. I grew up in Arizona and have only been to Iowa on one occasion. On 06/17/07 (Fathers Day) I was home visting Dad and thought I would show him this Web Site. For the first time I saw your picture. I must admit it was hard for me seeing my Dad just looking at your picture and i began to wonder what he was thinking. Believe it or not I followed in your foot step, I have been a Police Officer here in Arizona for some time now. You are a constant reminder to me of the dangers our Brothers face every day when we lace up our boots throw on our vest and kiss our families good bye. I hope you are looking out for all of us down here. Thank you for all you have sacrificed.

God Bless,

June 20, 2007

Officer Farnsworth. I am soory that the judicial system has failed you and your community. Rest assured that God will not fail you.

Deputy Sheriff David Bradford
Wake County Sheriff's Office K9 Uint

December 5, 2006

i never knew my uncle mike he died b4 i was born but im proud to call him my family.... we all love and miss u uncle mike....and we all know u are happy where u are .... and are all so very proud of u for doing what u had to do no matter what....they always say that heros do what they have to when they have to do it not matter the out come.... so ur a true hero in my ur niece aerial davis

Aerial Davis

January 19, 2006

God bless you for your service. May I make you proud with the way in which I serve.

Davenport Police Officer

January 4, 2006

God bless you for giving the ulimate sacrifice. Being a Davenport officer now ,1996, You are always remembered. Keep watch over us down here while we continue the watch.

Officer Koehler
Davenport Police

September 22, 2004

May we remember this fallen Officer who is now on the Streets of Heaven watchig over his Friends and Family

Tonya Stephenson
Private Citizen

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