Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Michael J. Finerson

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, September 9, 1970

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Michael J. Finerson

Remembering Deputy Michael J. Finerson for his devotion to duty, and for his ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of his devotion to serve and protect the people of Jefferson County, New York. Deputy Finerson will always be remembered.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

September 10, 2022

I never knew Deputy Finerson and I was not hired until 1980 by the Sheriff of Jefferson Co NY. I worked with Deputy Finerson friends all the stories about him were about his excellent character.

Deputy James M. Gould
Jefferson Co Sheriff Dept.

February 15, 2021

Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 9, 2020

Jefferson County sheriff's Deputy Michael J. Finerson will never ever be forgotten as we honor him on the 50th anniversary of his death. The entire LEO family across America continues to be thankful to Deputy Finerson for his ultimate sacrifice on this date in 1970. May Michael's soul forever rest peacefully in Heaven.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

September 9, 2020

Deputy Sheriff Finerson,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Jefferson County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 9, 2020

Never to be forgotten.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb, New York State Police.

August 5, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Finerson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 12, 2020

Deputy Michael J. Finerson will never ever be forgotten. It has been over 47 years since this awful incident in which you were taken from your family. May God continue to bless your family. RIP.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop D

February 19, 2018

Thank you for your service you were so young for something so terrible to happen because of you I can live in this county and be safe. you are not forgotten.. NEVER!

Payton Lines, Jefferson county resident
Future Police Officer

October 25, 2017

May his wife and two children found peace in their lives. May Michael's soul rest in Heaven.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police

April 24, 2017

We pray daily for our dear and holy dead in all of the uniformed services

Rev'd. Canon S. P. Lundy
NYSAFC Inc. (fire chaplains)

September 9, 2014

I said a little prayer today for Deputy Sheriff Finerson and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

September 6, 2013

Love and miss you dad

Tammy Finerson Beerman

May 17, 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 43rd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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 Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

May 4, 2013

Grandpa Mike, I always wish I could have met you, always wished that you could have watched me grow up. You were taken away long before I was born but I miss you. Even though I never was held by you, told jokes with you, or held your hand and went for a walk; I still feel like I know you as if you had been there for everything. You're my guardian angel, grandpa. I love you. You are my hero.

Melissa Venton

February 25, 2012

"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

December 18, 2007

You are not forgotten, this year the department named the new patrol boat in your memory.

Detective David Pustizzi
Jefferson County Sheriff Office

May 28, 2007



September 9, 2005

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