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Police Officer Michael J. Faulkner

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, June 27, 1981

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Reflections for Police Officer Michael J. Faulkner

Rest In peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 37th anniversary of your EOW.

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

June 27, 2018

I did not know Michael, but I have never forgotten him. I was on the medical team which got the the call for the offfice down on Ghormley Ave. I did what I could to save his life. Whle I have not been back there, I remember the crime scene as if were yestereday.

Working in Oakland at the time shootings and murders where fairly common. But when an officer is shot, that's something one never forgets. I had the upmost respect for OPD at time as shootings and murders in Oakland were a common occurance at that time.

I know after Micalel was shot his partner returned fire wounding the shooter. (I can't remember if he died, but I do rember him being in the ER in the room next to Michael. I rember talking to Michael's parter at the hospital and just how upset he was. By this time it was pretty clear Michalel was not going to make it. This is one of those times that can make a grown cry and a uniformed police office tear-up. I recall being told Michael and this offficer had been partners for sometime. I know and understand that bond that occurs between partners which made it even more difficult.

It's nice to read all of the wonderful comments people have written to and about Michael. Evertime I had to go to OPD I would make a point to look in the glass case with the badges of the fallen officers. I would specifically look for Michael's badge and pay tribute.

To Michael's family and friends you have to know idea of just how brave and courageous Michael had to have been to be a police officer in Oakland in that era. Of all of the cities in the Bay Area, Oakland was THE most dangerous and THE most violent city for police officers. I can recall days when I was dispatched to 3 back to back shootings in just one shift. One just can't explain just how dangerous Oakland was at that time for police and citizens. To give you some idea, watch episodes of Hill Street Blues. (Several of the stories and the police ligo were taken directly from Oakland.)

I willl remember and mourn Officer Faulkner's senseless shooting and death until the day I die. I also want to thank all of the officers of the OPD for keeping me safe and alive on all of the shifts I worked in Oakland. And yes there are many times I needed your assistance when I was savings peoples lives.

I remember, I was there.
I was on the team trying to save Michael's life.

April 15, 2017

I found a police report from when my father was shot in August 1980 while on duty. I saw that the report had been written by Michael and I remembered my father telling me stories of working with Michael. I just wanted to say thank you for taking care of my father that night, as I wasn't born until 1984. I am now a police officer in California.

Collier

March 17, 2016

I've heard a lot about you and I know you will never be forgotten❤️

A daughter of a former OPD LEO

March 5, 2016

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
Texas

July 4, 2015

Every year since 2009 I have made the blue ribbons with the 51 names of the Oakland Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. It is my honor to do this for the fallen officers. The ribbons hang on a tree outside the Warehouse Bar and Grill in Oakland, California for all to see the sacrifice they have made to keep us safe. God bless you all and rest in peace.

A grateful citizen

February 24, 2012

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

Officer 11169

January 16, 2012

Mike was my training officer and my friend. He was a great cop and a great training officer. I did not handle his end-of-watch very well........

Kevin D. Antony
Oakland Police Level 1 Reserve

September 17, 2011

I remember Mike as being married to my 3rd cousin. He crossed my mind today because I heard someone playing the trumpet. I remember Mike playing the trumpet at his home. Thanks for your heroism, Mike. You won't ever be forgotten.

Christina Sanders
3rd cousin by marriage.

November 15, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th 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 who was murdered in the 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.

Two days a memorial was held for your four brothers from Oakland. Our community is mourning their loss that happened on the darkest day in OPD history.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 29, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th 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 who was murdered in the 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.

Two days a memorial was held for your four brothers from Oakland. Our community is mourning their loss that happened on the darkest day in OPD history.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 29, 2009

No fellow California law enforcement personnel killed in the line-of-duty, should be forgotten.

Officer Faulkner, may Your Soul Rest-In-Peace

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD

June 27, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

September 20, 2007

I remember Michael very well, and for some reason I was thinking about him today. Great cop everybody like the "fonz"
Steve Angeja 6981RT

Deputy Steve Angeja (ACSO)
Retired Oakland Police Officer

August 4, 2007

Officer Faulkner, thank you for your service. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

April 26, 2007

Mike was my uncle .. Although I was to young to remember him I hear nothing but good things about him. Its a shame senseless acts of violence towards the people who put their lives on the line day after day for strangers happen. We should all be proud of the hero's on this site, without their sacrifices we would not live the lives we do.

RIP Uncle Mike........

you are missed not forgotten

Jimmy
n/a

August 9, 2005

Warrior and Hero!

May 4, 2004

I just learned of the loss of Police Officer Michael J. Faulkner. We would like the family and co-workers to know that this fine Officer will never be forgotten. God Bless each and everyone of you.

Lyndell & Elizabeth Taylor
Parents of
Deputy Sheriff
Morris Lyn Taylor (Douglas County, Oregon)
EOW 9-14-02

January 14, 2004

One day Officer Faulkners family may see this site and I just want them to know that though their father, husband, brother or son has left this world, he still lives in the hearts and minds of those he loved, served, and served with. God Speed Warrior.

Gone but not forgotten. 09-03-03

Brother In Blue (Utah)

Deputy Troy S. Pilivi
Box Elder County Sheriffs Office

September 4, 2003

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