Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Maria Michelle Groves

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, April 10, 1987

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Reflections for Officer Maria Michelle Groves

I learned of Officer Groves as a brand new rookie when I saw her photo as one of the fallen female officers at the women in policing conference in the 1990's. Her sacrifice and the sacrifice of her family have paved the way for women like me to have influence in the police force. I want to take this time to remember her for her sacrifice and to remember she is not here on this earth but in heaven with Jesus Christ who is the resurrection and the life and our Savior and Lord.

My sister in blue I know Michelle was a warrior on earth and is now in heaven. God bless all who read this and may you all be reminded that Jesus is Lord and ALL authority is His (Christ's) in heaven and on earth Matthew 28:18.

In Christ.

Anonymous HPD Sergeant
Houston Police

April 11, 2021

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

April 10, 2021

I was an applicant just graduated from Tech. I was right behind trying to be a HPD officer. I was a bit pensive. When Danny called me at 2:39 am to tell me you were gone I lost my faith. I moved back to Florida. I still think about you.
Michael. And shame on me for not saying I love you too prior to you shift! You suffered a tragic death. It’s funny when you said “love you....Mikey..!” I winked but I was still angry but I never expected you wouldn’t come home! God

Mike Lindsay
Boyfriend (secret fiancé)

November 14, 2020

You were so young & beautiful. The night this happened Michelle & her partner were on an accident call on the Katy Freeway in Houston Texas. Flares were set out around the accident scene & Michelle insisted on standing in the roadway because she had a reflective jacket & her partner did not. She put herself in harms way because that’s the kind of Officer & person she was. I stood at attention next to your casket Michelle at the funeral home. Your sister came in alone to talk to you. It was the most emotional event & though I wanted to reach out & hug her as she sobbed uncontrollably, I could not neglect my duty & do so. Shortly after I was relieved by another Officer & I went to the ladies room to sob quietly myself. I’ve never forgotten you Michelle. You left us way too soon. God’s speed Sister.

Officer C. A. Phillips (former)
Houston Police Department

May 10, 2020

Michelle, you will always have a place in heart. I went down to the memorial yesterday to remember your life and sacrifice. The things that I learned from you and lessons, truly made me a better officer. I also believe you helped make me the supervisor they truly cared about the officers I supervised.

Derek Spie
HPD (Retired)

April 11, 2020

I think of Michelle often and have since the day she saved me from going downtown. She was a sweet heart, down to earth and ready to serve. The world is a far lesser place with out her and my memories of her are cherished.

Christian Pontikes
Friend

November 15, 2019

Didn't even realize this was available for those who knew you I think of you often lately mainly because though it's been wow 30 something years now since I met you that day when you got a job at Tom Gray Nissan as you was still going through the academy and we both were PBX operators there working the day shift was a very small room so we got to know each other pretty well and very intimately with our private life I didn't know you as a police officer or didn't grow up with you and graduate with you but I got to know you the young woman that was just starting her life her whole life ahead of her and everything that was important to you all your dreams your love to be a police officer and all that hard work that you put into it I was devastated when just a mere two years later after being on that police force and you were worked so hard to get to that point I found out that you were gone by a senseless idiot drinking and driving taking your whole life your dreams away from you and I was until actually recently you got back on my mind again you would peak in there from time to time and I would smile with a tear remember you and our talks every day and that little room everything that you want it to be in your life I got to hear all your hopes all your dreams and even your disappointments and sadness from your life until then and I treasure those conversations that only I got to hear but I recently rented a home a second home that I have to a young lady who's a DPS and just the way she handled herself and the fact she's so young and she looked a lot like you in some ways it just came all back and I googled your name just so I don't know see you and there an here I saw where you can leave a reflection and I'm just leaving you one I loved our short but meaningful friendship and I loved the time I got to spend with you and one day we will meet again rest in peace

Lanet Storm
Friend

May 17, 2019

Rest In Peace Sister LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service. Never forgotten.

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

April 10, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Groves. Young and heroic!. Too young and beautiful.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 27, 2019

Dear Michelle, I have never forgotten about you and your undying support of me during our relationship. When I got the call that you and Danny were setting flares to direct a wreck and a multiple offender ran you over, I couldn't believe it. At the wake I was weak and fainted. Seeing you in uniform in the casket...it was surreal. You had my back in my applying to become an HPD. I was still rehabing my knee from football at Tech. I miss you still. I know we dated for almost a year and I was always the one to back off as I was insecure and really envied you.
I love you and remember I had only said that once before meeting you.
God Bless You!
Michael Lindsay, "Groves' boyfriend'

Mike Lindsay, FR, RRT
boyfriend

December 30, 2018

Michelle, On this Christmas Day Steve & I are remembering you and all of the great times and crazy police calls we went on together.

You are often thought of and will never be forgotten. It still blows my mind that you were baptized the week before you died. You fulfilled God's plan!

We will be roommates again one day. Love you girl.

Steve & Karen Jerger
HPD (ret)

December 25, 2018

Officer Groves, I only knew her by “Groves” and still to this day remember her cheerful nature. It has taken me years to overcome her loss and the loss of other officers while I was with HPD. I refused to cover my badge the days following her death. I couldn’t force myself to accept that she was gone. She is still fondly remembered and those thoughts are cherished.

Good by Michelle, you are not forgotten.

Ron Ball, HPD
HPD, co-worker

September 8, 2018

Rest in peace my sister.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

April 10, 2018

May you rest in peace Sister. Our prays and condolences goes out to the family and the Houston Police Department.

Daryl G. Allen, MSgt
USAF, Retired

April 10, 2017

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

April 10, 2017

Michelle,

It does not seem real that it has been 30 years. It seems like just yesterday that we were at eating at Denny's during their "Strawberry Celebration in April" talking about everything. I do miss you and there is not a day that goes by the I do not think of you. It is comforting to know that you are in Heaven. I know that God needs a great friend like you.

You will always have a special place in my heart.

Love you !

Derek D. Spier
Retired Houston Police Department
AP Government
Cinco Ranch High School

Derek D Spier
Cinco Ranch High School

April 10, 2017

I learned about your death through a friend who was on scene with you during this horrible, unnecessary event. Though many years have passed, my prayers begin. Rest in peace faithful servant.

Chaplain Ray Vann
Lufkin Police Department

June 3, 2016

Rest in Peace Officer Maria Michelle Groves. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Houston, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever pursue the scum responsible for your death!

Amen

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, Texas

April 10, 2016

I think of you so often. That smile, the personality that defined the word "bubbly," your infectious laugh. I'm blessed to have known you. Merry Christmas in Heaven, beautiful girl.

Tonia
Friend and HHS classmate

December 23, 2015

My sweet Shelle... We met in high school and quickly became bff's. We shared so many of life's hills, the ups and the downs, and everything in between. I miss you soooo much. And I think of you soooo often. There's so much we should've shared together. Our children should've played together and we should've been meeting for dinners or movies or talking about life's latest twists and turns... I miss you, my sweet friend. I really, really, miss you... but I'm sure you know that. Save a spot in Heaven for me.

Kimberly H Bissell

January 26, 2014

You left us way too early, but you will never be forgotten.

Sght. J Parker
HPD

December 25, 2013

Heroes live forever, Officer Groves, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Houston and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

April 10, 2013

michele i think of yu often i directed traffic loads of times and was always afraid i would be hit drivers dont seem to care. bless you, ill never forget you, dannt vaughan houston police class 112.

SENIOR OFFICER DANNY VAUGHAN,112
HOUSTON POLICE CLASS 112

September 28, 2012

Thank you for your service and sacrafice to the citizens of Houston and the Great State of Texas. You are not forgotten!!!!

Michael Keck, Criminal Investigator
Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice-OIG

April 10, 2012

Rest in peace, Officer Groves. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Houston and the great State of Texas will never be forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

April 10, 2012

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