Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Michael D. Hemschmeyer

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, November 2, 1973

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Reflections for Officer Michael D. Hemschmeyer

Dear, dear Mike, I hope you’re in a good place. You were my best friend since grade school, fellow seminary student, fellow Jesuit novice, fellow UW-M student, USN, and my best man. You left a big hole in my heart but I thank God for the time we had. God must have needed you more than your family and friends did. RIP, Mike.

David J de Harter, LCDR, MC, USN
Best friend Wisconsin

January 16, 2024

Officer Hemschmeyer,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

November 2, 2023

Rest in peace Officer Hemschmeyer.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 27, 2019

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

November 2, 2012

I worked with Mike many times while I was in the Reserves.
He presented himself as a true professional in handling whatever we came up against. Hard to believe it's been 38 years. You are still in my memories of those I worked with
in the Dept.

Res. Sgt. George (Bill) Godfrey R-187

Res. Sgt. George (Bill) Godfrey R-187
Phoenix Police Reserves

December 20, 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 6, 2010

37 years, you are not forgotten.


November 2, 2010

Rest in Peace Brother, we have the Watch from here

Phoenix Police Brother in Blue

September 13, 2010

Mike was working beat 813 2nd shift that day. He & I met at 27th & Durango, North of the river bottom and I was advising him what had been going on during the first shift. I was a first year rookie at the time. The call came out for help and I started to advise radio that I would take the call. Mike advised me he would take the call and that I should go back to Maryvale Station to (10-7) end my shift. I'll never forget that day as I heard on the police radio that 813 shift 2 was involved in an accident. I turned my police vehicle around and drove to the scene code three. When I arrived there was nothing I could do for Mike, he was gone. To this day I still have memories of that day. He was an excellent Police Officer, wonderful person,husband,and friend. I will never forget him.

Officer Al Nordeen ret.
Phoenix PD Beat 813 Shift one

April 1, 2010



February 27, 2009

So much time as passed, and still we remember. We know you will be watching over us each time we hit the road.
God Bless.
Neart, Grá agus Onóir
(Strength, Love and Honor)

CSS K. Martin B1162
Scottsdale PD (AZ)

November 2, 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

November 14, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 30, 2007

Michael, your dedication, your honesty and your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten by your brothers and sisters left behind. There are still wounds in your closest brothers and sisters hearts even today. It's been almost 34 years but as you know in God's kingdom that is just a breath away. As you serve in God's police department your strength of character will serve you well. Rest in peace brother, until we meet again in the heaven farewell.
Tom Bradley AZ State Chaplain FOP

Tom Bradley, Retired
Phoenix AZ PD

September 25, 2007

Rest in Peace, Officer Hemschmeyer. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 15, 2007

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace.

November 2, 2004

We Remember.

Phoenix Police Officer

November 2, 2004

Michael Hemschmeyer was my cousin. I am Margaret Hemschemeyer-Wolfe. I was in police work at the time of Michael's tragic accident. I remember him as a kind and gentle person with high ideals and desire to help others. It is my prayer that his kindness and helpfulness with live on in the works of others.

God bless you sir for your service. You will always be remebered as a true American Hero.

May God bless you and your family.

BP Agent
US Border Patrol

Thanks, Dad, for giving your life for your city. I wish that we had had more time together, but it was your time to go. I know you are looking down on us. I love you.

Amy Hemeschmeyer Peden

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