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Patrolman Michael Hardy James

Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

End of Watch Thursday, December 18, 1975

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Reflections for Patrolman Michael Hardy James

Patrolman Michael James will never be forgotten; RIP.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired
New York State Police

June 15, 2019

Mike James had been in my classroom at Simla many times talking about driver's safety and I had shared coffee with him several times. His senseless murder broke my heart. Years later, one of those students he talked to became a deputy sheriff who served a productive life and recently retired from law enforcement. When the Weld County Sheriff's Mounted Posse journeyed to Washington, DC this past May for the National Law Enforcement Memorial, one of my friends had a special moment of silence for me at his nameplate there. It has been almost 40 years since I last saw Mike, but I remember him like it was yesterday. A great man, a greater father and husband. Happy Father's Day, Mike.

Weld County Sheriff's Posse, retired

June 16, 2013

Rest in Peace, Patrolman James. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 24, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th 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 who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. 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

December 18, 2011

Patrolman James - Three Fridays ago, on a very rainy morning, I was in the State Assembly chambers when your name was read off as one of the almost 250 others, during a motion regarding this month's Police Memorial week. I stood next to CSP Chief Wolfinbarger who acknowledged the mention of each and every CSP member.

Thank you for your service to the people of Colorado.
May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)

May 10, 2010

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

December 10, 2007

Trooper James,
Thank you sir for your dedication and ultimate saccrifice for the people of Colorado. You are gone but not forgotten.

Colorado State Trooper

November 5, 2007

Trooper Mike James. I had the great pleasure working along side your son Trooper Todd James in Huerfano County, Colorado.
We appreciatte your service and sacrifice to our State.

Deputy (Traffic) Ron Brandt
Adams County Sheriff's Office

October 31, 2007

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

September 24, 2007

Heroes and the sacrifices they make are never forgotten. Patrolman James, you are a true hero and you are not forgotten.

Salem, Va

December 18, 2006

Patrolman James,

I didnt know you, But I know you stood for everthing good about life. If it wasnt for you watching over us what would life be like. I also know that you had a little boy who grew up with out a Dad and became a man and followed in your footsteps. I have had the privelage of meeting your son and his wife Jenny and there boy's. I feel blessed that my sons get to play with your grandsons and you are in Heaven watching over us.

I personally thank you for giving the ultimate Sacrifice, Please watch over your Brothers in Blue and May there BE PEACE On Earth.

Rest In Peace My Brother in Blue

Sergeant Angelo Butierres
Colorado Springs Police Department

December 7, 2006



August 15, 2005

I also never met you but heard often from your colleagues that you were a dedicated officer. And you proved that when you gave your life protecting the people of Colorado. I was among those that captured your killer that night and he remains in prison to this day. The fact that your son went on to become a Colorado State Trooper tells me more about you and remains a tribute to you. You will not be forgotten and will remain in our hearts until we work the road together again.

Investigator Ivan Esau
Custer County Colorado Sheriff's Office

August 21, 2004

I never knew Trooper James, nor did I know him, but i have visited his grave several times at Pershing Memorial cemetery in Limon, Co. From other officers that i have talked to that knew him, he was a dedicated Trooper and a loving man. May God rest his soul and provide him with eternal peace.


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