Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer John William Libolt

Costa Mesa Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, March 10, 1987

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Reflections for Police Officer John William Libolt

Rest in peace Officer Libolt.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 25, 2023

So I just typed in some symbols that you left me in a note one night before going to work. It was an eye, a heart, and a U. These days it shows up as this

No rank
Close friend

February 20, 2022

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

March 10, 2021

Thank you for your service sir GOD BLESS.

Mrs.C Singleton /Concern Citizen

January 13, 2020

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

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 10, 2018

From the days we were together in the Academy until you both were taken from us. You both made a huge contribution to all who worked with you. To work with two great men/COPS, was an honor and a privilege. I think of you both often and have tears run down my cheek. My thoughts and prayers go out to your families, asking only that they comforted.

Rod Haddock, Sergeant
Costa Mesa Police Department

April 8, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th 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

March 10, 2012

Mike, David and Katie are doing great, you would be proud. You would have been a very fun Grandpa!

You impacted so many lives, so may of us have stories that we share often.

You are missed.

Jerry Holloway

Jerry Holloway
CMPD Retired

July 6, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends as another year passes. May they know that you will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 10, 2010

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

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

Mike, you made working at the Costa Mesa Police Department a real joy. Your sense of humor and quick wit were second to none. There was never a dull moment in our traffic bureau briefings. You and Dave are still missed very much. For those who didn't get to know you they definitely missed out. Rest in peace my friend.

Investigator Russ Rose
OCDA and CMPD - Retired

April 15, 2008



March 13, 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 25, 2007

Mike, I think about you and Dave often and not just on March 10th. I miss briefings with your quick wit ready to roast anyone that left his guard down. I drive by the crash site every morning on the way to work and know you were doing what you loved. Rest in peace brother things are good here. Eagle II 10-98

Bob Fate - Inv
Costa Mesa PD

March 11, 2006

Mike, you are greatly missed. You brought wisdom, wit, humor and skill to all occasions. Thank you for your friendship and inspiration. You will always be my hero!! Loren

Loren Wyrick Lieutenant
Costa Mesa Police Department

March 10, 2006

John "Mike" Libolt,
I got the honor of flying with you on a few occasions. We all miss you both very much, and you will both always be in our hearts and prayers. I also pray for your kids who I got to know very well. David and Katie I am sorry for your loss, your father is a great man and I look forward to seeing him again in heaven!

May 23, 2004



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