Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Michael Louis Martin

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, July 22, 1988

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Reflections for Trooper Michael Louis Martin

Jesus Christ, during His Sermon on the Mount, proclaimed, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed Independent Christian Clergy
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

February 22, 2021

Thank you for your service and today we remind you and your family that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

July 22, 2020

Trooper Martin,
On today, the 31st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of North Carolina. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

July 22, 2019

Rest in peace Trooper Martin.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 9, 2019

I still think of you often. You were a great friend and partner

Mike Lee
NCSHP

December 19, 2017

Mike was a great friend and excellent Trooper. Mike's only career ambition as a child was to be a N.C. State Trooper. This was a tragic accident and Mike will forever be in my thoughts.

Mike Lee-Ex-Trooper
NCSHP

January 8, 2016

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 15, 2013

A good man and patrolman. Your memory is forever with the people who knew you. Thank you for your service. You made a lasting impression in my life.

Anonymous in Reidsville

September 17, 2012

I remember TPR Martin and the friendship we all had TPR D333, M.Lee and TPR D335 WS Hunter to name few. I still remember that day it was raining and me and another officer was on our way back into the city when he heard the call go out, 10-33, 10-50 PI. I remember afterwards the bike was located but it could not be proven as to who the operator was.

Signal 2 , 10-42 my friend, See you on the other side.

MPO
Rockingham co. local agency

October 22, 2011

I remember TPR Martin and the friendship we all had TPR D333, M.Lee and TPR D335 WS Hunter to name few. I still remember that day it was raining and me and another officer was on our way back into the city when he heard the call go out, 10-33, 10-50 PI. I remember afterwards the bike was located but it could not be proven as to who the operator was.

Signal 2 , 10-42 my friend, See you on the other side.

MPO
Rockingham co. local agency

October 22, 2011

Trooper Martin, you're not forgotten. Thanks for your service.

Florida Deputy

September 2, 2010

"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
Sergeant
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 27, 2007

MY BROTHER, MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. A HERO FOR SURE. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

CHIEF RONNIE WATFORD-RET.
JEFFERSON POLICE DEPT,S.C.

July 22, 2007

Rest in peace brother and thank your for your service.

nc game warden

July 22, 2007

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and all the members of the North Carolina Highway Patrol. We were made safer by his service and we all suffer their tragic loss. The family of Trooper Martin deserves our appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifice. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Trooper Martin is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas Doyle
Cary Police Department, North Carolina

July 3, 2006

This is so sad. You had so much of
life left to experience. Even though
this happened years ago, your life
is still celebrated and your sacrifice
still remembered.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

September 10, 2005

You are not forgotten and you will always be missed. A fellow fisherman, a fellow officer and most importantly a friend. Rest in Peace, My Brother.

Lt. R.H. Hopper
Eden Police Department

April 5, 2005

"The guardian angels of life sometimes fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us."
- Jean Paul Richter

Michael,
You're not forgotten ...

Anonymous

December 8, 2003

Michael had a smile about him that I will never forget...he was just simply a wonderful person to know, and he is missed by us all...God Bless you Michael

jim thomas, magistrate
north carolina judicial branch

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