Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Captain Michael Wayne Tracy

Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, February 14, 1994

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Reflections for Captain Michael Wayne Tracy

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

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

February 14, 2021

God Bless you and your family. Thank you for your service. You are not forgotten. Semper Fi Brother.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol SLA #530

February 16, 2019

Capt. Tracy,
On today, the 24th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officer who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Palos Verdes Estates. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 14, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 14, 2018

Remembering you still. Sending thoughts and prayers to family, friends and PVEPD.

Service Officer Herrera
Palos Verdes Estates Police Department

February 14, 2017

You are loved by many as is reflected here. You have touched many as an officer and civilian. You were a friend and confidant. Most of all you were a superb "cop" and many times you were vocal about it because that is all you wanted to be. You had a successful career and life devoted to family, friends and career. Law enforcement has lost one of its finest no doubt.

Mike Rossi CWO 4

June 29, 2015


On the 20th Anniversary of your passing, we remember and honor you. May you Rest in Peace and thank you for your service.

Corporal Dave Blitz
Palos Verdes Estates Police Department

February 14, 2014

It was 20 years ago today, but I remember this tragedy like it happened yesterday. I was one of the CSI officers called to the scene at the Holiday Inn on Valentine's Day, 1994.

For several years, I was haunted for an explanation why two veteran officers lost their lives that day. I eventually came to the revelation that their death brought the local law enforcement community together and made us stronger. And, the lessons learned that day helped hone survival techniques for fellow officers.

Rest in peace, gentlemen. Your sacrifice was not in vain.

Todd Reynolds, CSI (Retired)
Torrance Police Dept.

February 14, 2014

I miss you both every day Mike and Tom.
Such a waste of such good men.
Mike you were my mentor and my friend.
Tommy you were the best partner ever
May you both RIP
Love you

Donna Parente
PVEPD 1980-1984

March 21, 2013

I remember the numerous times back in the 70's while patrolling the "The Hill" (most of which was unincorporated at that time) on my CHP motor, stopping in at the PVEst.PD to write my reports and have coffee with Mike. He always had a big smile and greeted me like a long lost relative. I attended a 50 yrs reunion of the Fall '62 Torrance HS varsity football team last month and Mike's name came up. Fellow team mate Jim Cook, a retired Torrance PD detective, related to all of us that he was one of the detectives assigned to the shooting incident and how devastating it was to all involved. I will always remember Mike until my end days.

Ron Surber, Officer
Ca. Hwy.Patrol

November 6, 2012

Warrior and Hero!!!


April 18, 2012

Uncle Mike,
I think of you more than you even know. I miss your smile and of course I miss the "Pull my finger" jokes. Love you and miss you terribly.

Heather Lynn

April 18, 2012

Dad, YOU ARE SO MISSED!!! YOU will always be my hero. My Love Forever, Tammi

Tammi Tracy ANdersland

March 31, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 18th 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.

Rest In Peace

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

February 14, 2012

I can not ever for get that day, I was one of the Goodhew ambulance medics there that day, I remember Torrance fire standing there not doing anything and it had not been for Goodhew Ambulance medics fought hard to save Mike and Vernon lives that day and just months before Manhattan beach had lost officer lost one of there own. We did our best that day and it still haunts me what happened.
former Goodhew Ambulance medic

medic 25yrs
Goodhew ambulance

February 13, 2012

Mike Tracy was a great friend of my family. He married my babysitter Becky.
Wish we could get in contact with the family.

Tracy Compton
former resident of PVE

Tracy Compton
family friend

January 22, 2012

I love you Dad, we miss you everyday! You are still alive and always will be in our hearts forever, Aaron is with Nana going to school, Kendall is here with us going to school.

Tammi Tracy

January 20, 2012

Rest in Peace, Captain Tracy. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 19, 2012

Captain Tracy,
As Christmas gets closer, I caught myself thinking of my uncle Tom. I fondly remember growing up with personal visits from him dressed as Santa. It has been almost 20 years since you were both taken from us. You are still missed, and I'll never forget your attempt to help Tom that terrible day. Rest in Peace.

Kenneth Gow, Sergeant
Field Operations Division - Traffic Services Unit
Oceanside (CA) Police Department

December 12, 2011

A horribly tragic loss. You were a true hero sir, and you are not forgotten.

My heart goes out to all who have missed having you in their lives.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi #1249
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 14, 2011

Captain Tracy, sixteen (16) years later, you are still remembered, with honour.

Thank you for your service. You died a hero protecting the citizens of California. A tragic and unnecessary loss.


June 5, 2010

Captain Tracy,

As I prepare for my annual trip to Sacramento for the Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony, my thoughts naturally are on those names I know I’ll see on the monument:

Sgt. Vernon Thomas Vanderpool - Palos Verdes Estates Police Department

Capt. Michael Wayne Tracy - Palos Verdes Estates Police Department

Officer Tony W. Zeppetella - Oceanside Police Department

Officer Dan Bessant - Oceanside Police Department

I think of your actions all those years ago. Thank you for your valiant efforts to aid my uncle. You were truly a hero that Valentine’s Day, and I will never forget you.

May you “Rest in Peace”,

Sergeant Kenneth Gow
Oceanside Police Department

Sergeant Kenneth Gow
Oceanside Police Department

April 26, 2010

I just want to say I was thinking of you today. Your missed!

Detective Mike O'Brien
Los Angeles Police Department

November 4, 2009

To Captain Michael Wayne Tracy, his children and other loved ones, and his fellow officers with the Mobile Police Department:

On this the fifteeth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart is with all family members and friends who call you beloved. They are all in my thoughts and prayers today. Your daughter misses you so much, and she especially is in my heart's embrace.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Michael. I am so humbled by your valor and service.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Michael gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 14, 1994.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 13, 2009

Dear Captain Tracy,

My fiance, Dave Blitz worked with you at Palos Verdes Estates Police Department and I grew up in the South Bay and remember that horrible event. To this day those that lived in the area are still impacted by your loss. You were so heroic in your actions. Dave often speaks about you and has such nice memories of his time working with you. I always think of you and Sergeant Vanderpool whenever I walk by your memorial plaque outside the front of the station and will visit that memorial this Saturday on the anniversary of your death to honor both of you for your service. Rest in Peace.

Kat Meredith
Fiance of a Palos Verdes Estates Police Officer

February 13, 2009

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