Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Correctional Officer Michael Roy Kirby

District of Columbia Department of Corrections, District of Columbia

End of Watch Friday, November 30, 1973

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Reflections for Correctional Officer Michael Roy Kirby

RIP sir; Never to be forgotten.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

September 5, 2020

Thank you for your service. You and your family are in my prayers today.

Lieutenant Lee Ann Self
Birmingham Police Department (AL), Retired

November 30, 2014

Just wanted to let you know that I think of, and talk about you often. I am now a Field Training Officer for Virginia DOC and I use your name and the tragedy you encountered to train some of our new officers in an attempt to enlighten them on being a correctional officer. You have stayed in/on my mind for more than 40 years. Continue to rest in peace and god bless you and your family members.

Correctional Officer William Jernigan
Retired Lorton workmate & Current Virginia C/O

March 31, 2014

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 23, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 4, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th 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 on this day for all those who love and miss you.

Rest In Peace

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

November 30, 2011

Officer Kirby,

Yesterday I stopped at the old "Workhouse" on a training ride for Law Enforcement United. We paused for a moment in your memory and the memory of Officer Michael Hughes who also was killed in the line of duty at Lorton.

Your memories will never be forgotten.

Chris Cosgriff, Executive Director
The Officer Down Memorial Page

June 20, 2011

Your memory has not been forgotten in the 25 years which have passed since you were brutally attacked in the performance of your duties. Your attention to detail for investigating suspiciaous activity likely kept the community safe from three felons escaping and committing further crimes. I thank you for your service, sir. Rest in peace, Officer Kirby, we are on the watch now.

The Correctional Officers’ Prayer

Lord, I ask for courage...
Courage to face my own fears.
Courage to take me where others will not go.

I ask for strength...
Strength of the body to protect others.
Strength of spirit to lead others.

I ask for dedication...
Dedication to my job to do it well.
Dedication to my community to keep it safe.

Give me, Lord, concern...
For all those who trust me and
Compassion for all those who need me.

And, please, Lord...
Through it all,
Be at my side.

DB, Lieutenant
Federal Bureau of Prisons

November 29, 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

December 9, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

November 30, 2007

I remember the last time I spoke to you. I was in the Assembly Room waiting to go to work when you came in to get dressed and report to your post. I was probably the last person to speak to you before your life was so tragically ended. I think of you often, and the impact your murder made on my career with D.C.D.C. It is with great fondness that my life could touch yours for the short time it did. Rest in Peace my fellow officer.
Captain William Jernigan

Captain William Jernigan
D.C. Dept of Corrections

May 6, 2007

NEVER forgotten.

Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEO's

November 10, 2006

It hurts me to see that you made the ultmate sacrifice for the agency, so long ago, and to them you were just another body at role call. I know how it was on the compound, You are not forgotten by your peers.

DC Department of Corrections

March 23, 2006

Officer Kirby,
On today, the 32nd anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the District of Columbia.


November 30, 2005

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