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Police Officer Norman E. Spruiel

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, October 3, 1993

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Reflections for Police Officer Norman E. Spruiel

Rest in peace Officer Spruiel.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 15, 2020

Norm was a great cop and great guy. I worked with him at MCMU and I never saw so much energy. I also remember sometimes he had his child at the office with him, he was juggling family and job, and sometimes they overlapped. I admired the relationship they seemed to have, and his involvement with his family. He was one of those guys everyone liked.

Robert Bulgarelli
(DPD retired Sgt.) Now with a "federal agency"

November 22, 2019

Norm, it was a great pleasure to have known and worked with you. I often think of the times we had. I ask why do they take the good so early. Hope to see you up above. You will never be forgotten.

Sergeant E. Owens
Detroit Police Department Retired

December 24, 2018

STILL SKATING LIKE U SHOWED US WHEN WE WERE 5,6 YEARS OLD MISS U SO MUCH THE HOLE FAMILY MISS U. U WERE A SPECIAL PERSON IN ALL ARE LIVES. WE WILL NEVER FORGET U AS LONG AS WE LIVE . I WILL CARRY SPRUIEL NAME ON LIKE U TOLD ME TO WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY. I MISS U SPRUIEL..... U ALWAYS TOLD ME IF SOMETHING HAPPEN TO U OR MOTHER U HAVE TO STAY STRONG AND LIVE ON. I STILL REMEMBER WHEN U SAID THAT TO ME. SEE U SOON UR SON CARL SPRUIEL.

CARL SPRUIEL
SON

July 18, 2017

TO FATHER I MISS U SO MUCH I STILL CRY ABOUT U EVERYTIME I SEE UR PICTURES LOVE U NORMAN E SPRUIEL UR SON CARL SPRUIEL.

CARL SPRUIEL
SON

July 18, 2017

Norm,

On this Memorial Day, I honor your service to our great nation as a Soldier, your service to the City of Detroit as a Policeman, and a brother in Christ at Bethel Apostolic Church. I love you for your dedication and sacrifice. I miss you as a brother and friend.

CJ
US Army (Ret)

May 29, 2017

Norm:

As I sit here in retirement, I remembered when we worked together at MCMU. You always had our back. I miss you brother.

I know you're watching over all of us with the Lord.

Anonymous
DPD

March 7, 2015

I remember getting my academy start date of January 94 when you were killed. There are many of us out here that will always remember the sacrifice you gave that day. May you rest peacefully Sir.

Sergeant
DPD

November 30, 2013

Norman - I did not get a chance to say Good-bye to you. I heard about everything after the fact. So I won't say bye - I'll just say "See You Later" in Heaven. I will always remember your patience and kindness while teaching me how to Roller Skate. May God Continue to Bless and Comfort Your Family. I will remember you, Joyce

Joyce
Friend

August 10, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the sixteenth 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

Anonymous

October 3, 2009

"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

November 13, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service.

vandenberghe
nh

October 15, 2007

Norm, I enjoyed working with you and promise that you will not be forgotten by anyone who worked with you.

Sergeant John Wing, Retired
Detroit Police Department

June 19, 2007

Norm was a former Gang Squad officer who I had the pleasure to work with. He loved to ride motorcycles and loved his family. I still miss you Norm.

Sgt (retired) James A. May
Detroit Police Department

May 2, 2007

Norm, we were at our squad Christmas party today and I haad the pleasure of talking to your old partner "Jeep," who now works with me on my squad. He was telling me about your death and the circumstances surrounding it.

During this time of year we celebrate the birth of a Saviour and we still mourn the loss of a saviour. A Saviour made the ultimate sacrifice for us and you, as a saviour to your community, made the ultimate sacrifice. A Saviour was raised from the dead and this saviour, Officer Spruiel, will live again. Rest In Peace.

D. Paul, Special Agent
FBI

December 19, 2006

To my late husband: Your memory continues to live on in my heart. I think of you often and smile.

Sheryl

November 13, 2006

Never forgotten brother officer!

Cpl/1 Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 3, 2006

norm, you were truly an inseration in my life. you were a person who keep it real, and i know that your faith was strong in the LORD. i think of you sometimes, and remember that motorcycle that you had. may peace always surround your spirit always.

glemm

p.o. glenn morrison
retired dpd

March 24, 2006

Squirrel,
You will not be forgotten

Sergeant F. Jorgensen
Detroit Police Department

December 5, 2003

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