Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Michael A. Osornio

La Habra Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, October 31, 1994

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Reflections for Officer Michael A. Osornio

As I sit here next to Mike’s grave nearly 25 years later, I can still see his huge smile the same as it was that night and larger than life personality. He had so much life to live and it was taken way too soon. 273 ~ You will NEVER EVER be forgotten.

Rebekah Spraggins Biedermann
Former LHPD

May 2, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother. You are not forgotten.

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

October 31, 2017

Continue to rest in the Kingdom of Heaven my brother. You are not forgotten.

N.Y.P.D. Lt. Ray Flores (Ret.)

October 31, 2016

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”

Euripides

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

October 31, 2015

Michael, as I work another Halloween it always brings me back to that terrible night that we lost you. The accident scene is still very vivid in my mind. You would have been 48 this year. We should have both been making our retirement plans. I think about you often and the years of friendship that were lost. The PD stays in touch with your family and its good to see them from time to time. Rest well my brother. You will never be forgotten.

Sergeant Jeff Baylos
La Habra Police Department

October 31, 2015

Thoughts & prayers this birthday week for you & your loved ones, Mike. You, and your sacrifice, will never be forgotten, buddy...

Keith Patterson
Academy Classmate

May 5, 2015

Mike,

Thinking of you and your loved ones as another Halloween passes by. I know you are missed by so many. Just want you to know that even those of us who knew you only briefly remember the wonderful impact you had on our lives. God bless you, your family & your loved ones. You are not forgotten!

Keith Patterson
Academy Classmate

November 3, 2014

Mike,

Thinking of you this birthday week...You are remembered by so many friends & loved ones. It's hard to believe that it has been almost 20 years since you left this often difficult world for a better place... I just wanted you to know that you remain in the hearts of the many lives you touched. My continued prayers for you, your family & loved ones...and a special prayer of peace for your Soul Mate - Lucy. To be loved by someone, so much, is an amazing gift...You are both blessed. Miss ya, buddy...& God bless.

Keith Patterson
Academy Classmate

May 5, 2014

My Love and Soul Mate,

Happy Birthday. I miss you more as each year goes by. But thank you for watching over me. I'm sure I'll see you again one day.

Until then, "I'll love you forever and always"....

M❤️L

Lucy (Leslie) Sheddan-Russo
Soul Mate

May 4, 2014

Mike,
I still remember getting the call of your tragic death. Although it has been almost 20 years, your memory lives on. You are not forgotten, and never will be.

Carol Mona Assistant Chief OCDA
Former La Habra Police Officer

April 18, 2014

My Love ~ Another year gone by....We miss you - All your friends miss you. I'll see you in my dreams...I love you, for always and forever....

Lucy (Leslie) Sheddan-Yarden
Soul-Mate

November 1, 2013

Mike,

Thinking of you on this day...wishing life's cards would've dealt a different hand for you and your loved ones. I know how difficult today must be for all of the many who love and miss you. Today I feel so fortunate to have my son turn 20 and every God-given B-day when we celebrate, I think of you and yours, and I remember the words..."There but by the grace of God". Halloween will forever remain a day of mixed emotions for all of us who had the honor of knowing you. Thoughts & prayers going out strong to you, your family, and loved ones today. Also, a special prayer to everyone on this forum who helps keeps your memory alive for your loved ones & friends. It's very inspiring to see how your spirit continues to live on in the hearts of so many...as evidenced here on this forum. Also, a special prayer today to Leslie Sheddan-Yardin and to Thomas Naccarato. Two obviously wonderful & caring people. Leslie & Thomas, your messages were very touching. And Thomas, your actions the night of the accident were courageous and I'm sure the memories of that night must be particularly difficult for you...Thank you for your heroism. Mike was a hero and I assure you he would've done the same for you or any one of us. God bless all and all our loved ones...Carpe diem and please be safe tonight.

We miss ya, Mike.

Keith Patterson
Academy classmate & friend

October 31, 2013

I knew Mike waaaaay back in the seventies in NC. He was the little brother that tagged along with Rafael. He was a good kid then, and it sounds like he grew up to be a good man. The world is a sorrier place without him.

No Rank - Carl McCartney
Friend

May 11, 2013

Mike, 18 years...the days just turn to weeks, then months then years and they seem to fly by faster & faster. My son turns 19 today, a working-college syudent, and yet I still remember vividly his birthday...a day of celebration, that will forever haunted by tragedy. A day that I promise I will never forget. Because "But by the grace of God", it could've been any one of us that night...and so many just wish it didn't have to be you. The posts here show that are forever loved and remain in the hearts of so many who had the privilege to know you. We went through a challenging academy and I'll never forget the day we graduated. Who knew we would make it through....but we did. I was proud of us and I'm even more proud of you today. The sacrifice you made to make all of our world a better place. God bless you & yours...You will never be forgotten! And to Thomas & all others who still struggle with Mike's tragic passing...God bless all of you...You remain in my thoughts & prayers, as well. Until next year...K~

Keith Patterson
Academy Classmate & friend

October 31, 2012

Michael, in 2 days it'll be 18 years since you said "Good-Bye". But it only seems like yesterday. I don't think a single day goes by that I don't think of you, feel you, and talk to you. But mostly feel you. Just there. Bathing me in your Light and Warmth and Love. Thank you. You've made these past 11 months of pure hell bearable for me. I'll love you "For Always and Forever" ~ L.

Lucy (nee Leslie) Sheddan-Russo
Soul-Mate

October 29, 2012

I am Michael"s cousin Veronica. It has been about 18 years since I last saw you. Since we last hung out. Just 2 weeks before you died we went to the Nine Inch Nails Concert and then to got tacos later that night. Time passes and we all live, move on and survive but it's missing you something aweful.
What more can I say!
Love you Cousin!!!!

Veronica Lane Rodgers
Michael's Cousin

July 11, 2012

My Michael, My Love ~ Tomorrow would be your 44th Birthday. I won't be able to write tomorrow. The tears each May 4th since Oct 31st, 1994 just get in the way.

You. You made my life SO what it is today and only AFTER you were gone did I realize you were one of my soul mates. To others, we were like Night and Day, but only you and I know differently.

I cherish so many memories we had. There is just so much that makes me happy to think about: The Clown you were, sitting next to Raul Delos Santos in front of me in 10th grade science in Mrs Fritz Mr Ritter's class. The "secret admirer" hearts drew on my Spanish papers at the beginning of 11th grade when you were Student Helper - and kept me wondering WHO was doing that :-)....until we kissed at that party a few weeks later. The roses from your house garden that you left in my locker every single day. The fact that you'd choose to be late to your next class across campus...just to spend an extra 5 minutes with me between classes. How PROUD I was of you playing football, and especially when you won Defensive Player. The fact that you hated being called "Michael" (except by me :-) cuz you hated the "chael" part, for some odd reason. The awesome tamales your mom made. Listening to New Order, Depeche Mode and The Cure in your bedroom. Putting up with you smelling like flour and garlic from coming straight from Barro's Pizza to my house...just so you could see me at 9 o'clock at night...And you hugging me and then ME smelling like it! Riding with you to Huntington or Newport Beach on a weekend night in Maggie's little car with the headlight you had to screw open, listening to "our song" - The Killing Moon by Echo and The Bunnymen. You just being there for me through my tears, especially in March 1986. Me coming out to visit after I moved after Mt. SAC, and you singing GNR's "Sweet Child O' Mine" and INXS' "Never Tear Us Apart". You chasing me across the country to Atlanta...4 times. I was stupid. I couldn't SEE how much you loved me. It's MY loss.

And then...me. Laying in bed on October 31st, 1994. It was almost 1am my time. I wasn't asleep yet. And suddenly you came into my thoughts. Only, my heart began to feel so heavy. And I felt panicked and upset. My mind began to say, "NO!!". Your image was in my mind so clearly, and I just - out of the blue - HAD to hear you, see you, speak to you. For some reason, I NEEDED to tell you I loved you. I was married by now, for not quite 3 years, but you NEVER left my heart. And here you were, seemingly surrounding me, and I was so SAD. Had I made a mistake? I wasn't fighting with my husband. What was going on? ..."What time was it in L.A.? Oh, a little late. Tomorrow. Tomorrow, I'll find Lupe and Rafe's number and get Michael's number and call him. I NEED to. Just cuz."

But the next day my sister, still living in Walnut had read it, splashed across the San Gabriel Times. And she called me at work. "Are you sitting down?" And I couldn't - WOULDN'T - believe my ears. No. It's a bad joke. It's mis-information. It's wrong. It couldn't be. NO!!

By Thursday, I was there, surrounded by our Walnut friends. In shock. Pure. Shock. We got drunk. We had "one for Mike!" and another toast, and another... We shared memories and stories. The clown. The kindness. The big heart. The cut-up. The guy who pissed the teachers off on purpose - and made the class FUN and BEARABLE. ...

Oh, Babe. What I'd give...

Only 6 months or so later, when I was quietly sitting on the couch, just thinking (I had started falling into my 10-year depression), did I realize: You had said "Good-Bye". Silly. Stupid-sounding. I don't believe in that stuff. That's crap you only READ about, and then you just KNOW they're makin' it up. ...So then, how come the coincidence? The overwhelming sadness at about the SAME time you left us? And so, I like to think of you as my Angel. And you pop into my thoughts out of the blue. And you make me smile, babe. And for THAT? It's just one more reason that I will ALWAYS love you. Cuz remember? That was our Promise. "I'll always love you, No Matter What." XOXO ~ L.

Leslie Sheddan-Yarden
Soul-Mate

May 3, 2012

Keith and others,
I was a witness to this accident; tried my best to save this officer's life; I was the one that called 911; I sprayed the cars--both cars with a fire extinguisher (there is a side story to that, as drag racer John Force gave me the can of Cold Fire the night before at Pomona where the drag races had finished) to put them out and then, I went to the drivers side of his car and told him, "Hang in there. Help is on the way. Stay with me. I know you can't react, but stay with me." I stayed with him until they asked me to go to the corner and talk to the detective. I was not treated kindly by La Habra PD, in fact, they were almost insulting. This does not damper my respect for the Men & Women who give service and protect us.

Sadly, I don't think my life has been the same since. In the same way you are honoring your friend a fellow academy classmate, I do not go out on Halloween nights, in fear of children and drunk drivers. I'm a good man, but unfortunately, I cannot come to grips with the just 6 years that the drunk driver got. I hope and pray he changed his life because of it--because, he took a young life, and also, greatly affected mine. Alls I was doing was driving home from my parents house where I used to get great joy in passing out candy in the same neighborhood I grew up in, only to see an officer of the law perish.

That night changed my life forever and you will forever be in my prayers. Should any of the family be reading this, my prayers will always be with you. I can only hope your son felt my prayers that night. It was a senseless, tragic accident.

Respectfully Submitted,
Thomas Naccarato - Citizen
La Habra, California

Thomas Naccarato-Citizen
None

October 31, 2011

Mike,

I never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I am a mother of four children and I have taught them about the importance of not drinking while driving. Every Halloween night I put a pumpkin, your picture, and at my childrens request, halloween candy, at the very intersection your life was stolen by some ignorant person who chose to drink and drive. To your family, I am very sorry for your loss.

Tracey Chandler
October 31, 2011

Tracey Chandler
Whittier resident

October 31, 2011

Mike,

Today marks the 17th anniversary of your tragic passing. There are no words that can express enough how much we all wish you were still here. I know you are in a better place but your presence here is missed by your family & friends. Today is also the 18th birthday of my eldest son and as I celebrate this milestone for his life...I continue to mourn this date for yours. I have taught my children the meaning of Carpe Diem...because, as I learned too many times in my life...Today could be our last day. God bless you & yours, Mike. You remain a hero in the eyes of so many. Just wanted you & your family to know you continued to be thought of.

K~

Keith Patterson
Police Academy Classmate

October 31, 2011

We have been residents of La Habra for 39 years and will never forget the night Officer Osornio died! We heard the sirens and helicopter overhead. There was so much going on. July 10, 2011 we lost another young Alhambra Police Officer who was protecting his city. Although we didn't know Officer Osornio personally we prayed for his family. We are now doing the same for Ryan Stringer's family!
God Bless all of our Law Enforcement! Please keep them safe! We do so appreciate what you do for us!

Gordy & Linda Johnson
L.A. Co. Sheriff's Dept.-Retired

July 24, 2011

Mike,

I just wanted to let you know that you are remembered and missed. I know you had a powerful impact on all who had the pleasure to know you and you are an inspiration and hero to all. I remeber and think of you and your family very often. You were taken from us too soon...and we feel the loss more than you could ever know. God bless you Mike and I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and my prayers.

Keith Patterson
Academy Classmate

November 10, 2010

Mike,
Although I never had the honor of meeting you, I think of you often. I have talked to many people who have known you, and when they begin to speak of you a smile comes to their faces. In the short time I have been with the department myself and some of our co-workers have organized two MADD Walks in your memory, this year we were "21 Walks For 273". I know you are always watching over all our men and women who go out in the streets every day, and for that I am grateful. Please keep us all in your heart, because you are forever in ours.

Elissa Eknoian
La Habra Police

June 28, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the fifteenth 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.

I pray for solace for those who love and miss you.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 8, 2009

Thank you for your service. You, your family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers as they remember you on this day. Words aren't enough, but please know that so many people are thankful for your service. The police community will never forget you.

Officer's Wife
Cincinnati, Ohio

October 31, 2009

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