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Trooper Larry Lee Forreider

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, December 5, 1974

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Reflections for Trooper Larry Lee Forreider

Larry & I went to H.S. Together.. he graduated a year ahead of me and went into the USAF. 4 years later after I graduated I joined the MSP..
When Larry got out of the Service, I recruited him to become a Trooper. In appreciating, he bought me a MSP ring that I wear to this day for special occasions . He and I were like Brothers I loved him as such.. when I was at the Romeo Post, he was stationed to the South at Flat Rock. Many weekends Larry and his young family would come up to Romeo .. Larry had a boat which we put in at Stoney Creek Metro park., our families would go boating and picnic together,
I ate many meals at his folks home in Carp Lake.. they were my family too. For years I blamed myself, but knew that Larry loved & was so proud of Being a Trooper. He was one of the Best,

Larry is resting at the Carp Lake cemetery next to his brother Randy.. who died in an auto accident i policed . Their gravesites are within 30’ of where my father & grandparents lay. I visit the sites every summer and I still cry inside over Larrys loss. God obviously needed one of the best Angels he could summon when he took Larry . R.I.P my friend.. I’ll see you soon.

Trooper Curt Fonger
Michigan State Police

May 9, 2020

“To live in the hearts we leave behind is to live forever.” (Carl Sagan)
Rest in peace Trooper Forreider.

Surviving spouse of Roger Warren LAPD eow 5/8/67

December 5, 2019

I am writing to let the family of Larry know the women that helped catch his killer passed away on October 7th 2013. I was 9 when it happened and have never forgot his name and never will.

Jeannette Rasmussen
Just a little information

February 24, 2016

One of my good friends from high school, even though a grade ahead. Larry, Bill McClutchy (also died before his "time,") Barry Denison and I went to Ft Lauderdale on spring break, 1961, in Bill's '57 VW. Drove in 2 hr. shifts straight through and not many freeways then. We were a few mi. from Pellston and Larry and Bill were in front when Larry mentioned his coconut we'd picked up. Bill looked in shocked dismay and said it was his coconut. Larry said it wasn't. Bill said, "We'll decide later whose coconut it is." Obviously, we were ready for a break from each other. I don't remember who got the coconut but the image of that exchange between best friends is fresh in my mind.

Burt Stanley
High school friend.

April 18, 2015

Rest in peace brother.

Deputy T.B. Dorsey
Pitt County (NC) Sheriffs Office

December 5, 2012

To my brother, Larry. You did not die in vain. Within one year, it was manditory that all police officers would have to wear a VEST.Yes, it could have saved your life, but we now know today that the VEST has saved many officers lives. Thank you so much and all of your comrads for doing your duty to keep all of us safe. Rest in Peace brother.

Dianne Valot

December 5, 2012

It has been 38 years now since we lost our brother. We were so very proud and still are! We lost a good man, brother, son, husband and father of two. RIP Larry:(

Dianne Valot

December 5, 2012

Larry Forreider was one of my closest friends, a fellow trooper and MSPTA member. He will be remembered by those that knew him for the rest of our lives. He was a true professional and always strove to make the Department of State Police the best that it could be. The world lost a very good Trooper with his passing. I am grateful that this site will allow Larry's memory to live on.

Trooper David Smith
Michigan State Police

December 16, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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

Merry Christmas, Trooper Forreider, to you and your family.
Thank you for your sacrifice.

May God's peace be with you this holiday season!

Michigan State Police

December 14, 2010

Trooper Forreider and family; I was but eight years old yet I remember the dark day I lost one of my heroes. You see, my parents raised me to respect those guardians of our freedom and security. Little did I know that my career would also be in law enforcement and how much I would enjoy it. My heart goes out to you and your family and I pray for God's comfort and healing everyday. I thank Him for delivering me safely home from my last shift. God bless and rest in peace my brother! (Born and raised in Alpena and a proud graduate of Alpena High School)

Thomas A. Schalkofski, Sgt.(Ret.)
Truth or Consequences N.M. Police Dept.

October 18, 2010

Trooper Forreider, what happened 35 years ago has been forgotten. Your brothers and sisters publicly remember your sacrifice.

Trooper Mike Lee
Michigan State Police

December 10, 2009

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the year that I was hired. While it's been many years since your passing, I'm sure those you left behind and those whom with you served with distinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thank you for your service and for looking out for us who continue in our chosen profession. Rest in peace Trooper Forreider.

Sgt. Robert J.Mau Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 19, 2008

Larry was a valiant Trooper, in turbulent times and will always be remembered as such from Michigan citizens

Bob Forreider
Ann Arbor, MI

Robert W. Forreider

August 22, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

November 15, 2007

Trooper Forreider
How ironic life is. My sister and I babysat for you when you and your wife would go out for the evening. I remember the day you were taken. My mother noticed from our kitchen window that all the lights were on at your house. It was early morning. I remember looking out that window at your house. Little did I know my life would take me down that very same road years later. My son, Deputy Ryan Seguin ,gave the ultimate sacrifice just as you did. I will honor you for your service and your uwavering dedication to protect us. Thank you Trooper Forreider. You will not be forgotten.

Tina Lambert
Deputy Ryan Seguin's mother EOW 2-15-06

July 19, 2006

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

May 19, 2005


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrifice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Trooper Forreider.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

June 4, 2004

The world is a darker place because of the death of Trooper Forreider and the many like him that chose to serve and protect. Heaven is filled with these heros! We all owe our lives, and our well being to those that lay down their lives for us. THANK YOU!

Private citizen, Richard Raymer

January 2, 2004

“For those who pledge to uphold it, Freedom requires a sacrifice the protected will never know”

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