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Deputy Sheriff David Michael Goddard

Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, February 2, 1989

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff David Michael Goddard

Jesus Christ, during His Sermon on the Mount, proclaimed, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed Independent Christian Clergy
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

February 22, 2021

Deputy Sheriff Goddard,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Polk County. And to your Family Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

February 2, 2019

Rest in peace deputy Sheriff Goddard.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 1, 2019

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

The Goddard Family, Las Vegas Nevada wishes to honor David.
A proud name in a lineage of service.

B W Goddard P251
North Las Vegas Nevada PD

March 2, 2015

Proud to share your family name

Blair W Goddard
North Las Vegas PD. Nevada 1969-1976

March 4, 2013

Rest in Peace, Deputy Goddard. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 16, 2012

You are honored today Sir, RIP.

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

February 2, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 23rd 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.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. I thank your children for sharing a son and daughter's devotion to a beloved father.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 2, 2012

Remembering you on your anniversary!

Citizen NJ


February 2, 2011

Time does not heal the pain in the hearts of those left behind, but it does make it easier to get up each day and move forward. We will never forget the heroes who went before us and you sir are one of them... Continue to rest in peace.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


February 2, 2011

Uncle Mickey
For some reason you popped in my head, so I thought I would see if I could find you on the internet. Your picture appeared and my mind was flooded with memories. Your family misses you even this many years later.
Love always!!

Kandice Walk

December 6, 2009



January 28, 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
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 16, 2007

Eighteen years have passed but you have not been forgotten nor will that ever be the case as your loved ones will keep your memory alive as will the Blue Family. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

February 2, 2007

I remember too clear that civilian voice coming across the radio saying "hello-Hello" and the cold chill it sent down my spine. Working with a fellow dispatcher who remembered that you were just in that area, we knew, almost immediatly who it was in that vehicle accident...but none the less, tried in vain to raise you and hear your voice on that radio.
May God bless you and we still miss you! You will never be forgotten!
I too just found this site!

Polk Co Sheriff's Office (at the time)

October 23, 2006

I think I've been blind since the age of 11...My dad counldn't be gone. I'll see him again some day. He did his duty, and he did it well. I remember waking up with him at times in the morning I can't even imagine waking up now. He would be there readin the paper, and drinking his coffee while I was passed out at the other end of the table. I don't remember much, but he would be off to work without haste, and all I remember is how much he cared about us. He was/is the model I live my life as a man by.

Christopher Goddard

October 20, 2006

I can't believe its been so long since you were taken from us. I've never forgot you, nor will I ever. We grew up together and I am still in contact with your mom. I just saw Rebekah this past week at yet another deputy friends funeral. You would be so proud of her, what a fine woman she's turned out to be. And your, I know she will continue to tell him about his grandpa and how proud of you she is. I know you and Heather are in heaven together looking down on your family and friends. God Bless you Micky. You are gone but we will never forget you!

Diane Dodge
Polk County Sheriff's Office

October 6, 2006

Daddy- I noticed this site said that you were only servided by your wife but there was really more than that. You had your 3 kids too. I would have reflected something sooner if i would have known about this site. Your "lil bit" has grown up. Youd be very proud of me; as i am of you for what you did (losing your life protecting others). You have a WONDERFUL grandson who sees your pictures and talks about how proud he is his g-pa was a cop. He adores you. I am getting married soon too. THey always say a girl wants a guy like her daddy, well i have found one. HE is an aburndale officer but about to go back to the sheriffs department and is wonderful to me and Logan. I am also starting the police academy as soon as Logan starts school. I couldnt be any prouded to tell people about what you lost your life loving to do. I will always love you and miss u.

Rebekah Goddard

September 14, 2005

Dave you were highlighted on the website toady and I just wanted to drop a note to you and your wife. I cant imagine how she must have felt being an officer as well. What a terrible reality check that would have to be.

Our prayers go out to her and we will put you in ours as well.

May you rest in peace, sir. God Bless.


July 26, 2005



May 19, 2005

We do not pause to thank those who put their lives on the line for us as much as we should. Please know that your service was much appreciated and you are remembered. Rest in peace.

A citizen

November 4, 2004

Dear Deputy Goddard,

Give eternal rest to them, O Lord
Whose souls have taken flight.
And lead them to a better world
Where there is peace and light.
Grant them eternal freedom
From conflict, war, and care
And fulfill for them Thy prophecy
There shall be no night there.

Pray for us from above. We love you, dear one. Thank you for everything.

Grandma & Grandpa Hinkle
Parents of a Deputy Sheriff

October 27, 2004

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

A grateful citizen.

September 23, 2004

Dave, I still remember hearing the passing citizen that got on your radio to advise us of your accident. I think of you when I pass that spot. I know your dad is with you now. Rest in peace until we see you again.

Deputy Sheriff
POLK County Sheriff's Office, Florida

March 11, 2004

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