Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Michael McAllister

South Haven Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, January 9, 1976

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Reflections for Police Officer Michael McAllister

NO Parole Letter--DONE

Cynthia Starr

January 24, 2021

If anyone knows his family members or friends, contact the Allegan County Prosecutor ASAP, the murderer is up for parole. The prosecutor is objecting to his release.

BMC Eric Koch, ret

January 16, 2021

Rest in peace.


January 9, 2021

Rest well Sir. We honor your memory.

Captain Michael McAllister
Lewis Co. Dist. 16 Fire Department

January 9, 2015

Rest well Sir. We honor you and thank you for your service.

Captain Michael McAllister
Lewis Co. Dist. 16 Fire Department

January 9, 2015

Rest well Sir

Captain Michael McAllister
Lewis Co. Dist. 16 Fire Department

January 9, 2015

Officer McAllister is recalled on a memorial outside South Haven, Michigan City Hall which reminds us of his loss even today.

Robert Anbinder

July 25, 2014

At the time of his death, I was with the Benton Harbor Police Department. I was part of the police detail at his funeral and stood at the head of his casket. It was an honor!I later served with the South Haven Police Department.

Robert L. Clemmons

November 22, 2013

I remember Mike and was involved in the investigation of his murder as an FBI Agent assigned to the Benton Harbor Resident Agency at that time. His death has had a lasting impact on me personally.

Dean Phelps
FBI (Retired)

June 3, 2013

Thank you Michael for 15 years of dedicated service. 37 years ago today, you paid the ultimate sacrifice by laying down your life for the community you served. You are not forgotten my brother, rest in peace.

Sergeant Barton
Garden City Police

January 9, 2013

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

January 9, 2012

Officer McAllister, you have not been forgotten!

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

December 8, 2010

Rest in Peace.

Michigan State Police

March 13, 2010

Great reflections by Howard & Feldt! Thanks for the personal touch. May the Lord continue to allow you to rest in peace; and I pray his family has done well all these years and continues to persevere.

T. Vrabel, Cpl
San Diego Sheriff's Department

June 10, 2009

I was in South Haven yesterday and I noticed the memorial. I was touched by it so much that I thought I would leave a reflection. Thank you for your dedication and service. May your family be blessed with healthy and safety.

Jen McCarthey


July 19, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

January 2, 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 26, 2007

Mac was my best friend at the time of the incident. In fact, on the day of his death, he was supposed to be working the 3-11 shift, but called me at home to swap shifts with him. I found it ironic that Mac, who was the only one of two officers to own and always wear his body armour, didn't wear it that particular night. We would normally ride together (overlapping shifts), but that night he stated that he had some things to sort out in his mind (quite probably saving my life also), so I went home and fifteen minutes later was called back to duty with the news of his slaying. I will always remember Mac as my friend, and though I was employed by the department prior to him, my mentor. He left an indelible impression on me, so that even though this incident happened nearly thirty years ago, I remember my friend as though it only happened yesterday.

Patrolman Robert Howard
South Haven Police Dept.

August 4, 2005

I was in high school at the time of this officers death and I lived in South Haven. I remember this officer's death and I send my sympathy to the family and friends of this brave officer.

Mary Wilkinson
sister of fallen officer John Watson 12-25-03

April 4, 2005

Mike McAlister-Big Mac- was a close friend of mine and my partner Carl Holsman. On the night that Mike was shot, myself and Carl were the first on the scene as we lived in the apartments just a short distance from the shooting on North Shore Drive. Myself and Carl saw the suspect walking down the road after midnight in a snowstorm with sunglasses on. We were not on duty at the time but I do remember my partner saying "If we were on duty, we would stop him." About 5 minutes later, we heard the shots. Suddenly the phone rang, and we heard the news. Carl and I immediately got into my car and drove to where Mike was laying in the street. Just then a South Haven Police car pulled up, got on the radio and called an ambulance. The emergency doctors tried frantically to save his life but could not. Carl and I immediately began to search for the suspect, even tho we were not on duty at the time. We found him in a basement sitting with a clothesbasket over his head like the coward that he was. I later went to court and identified the man as the suspect and he was sentenced to life with no chance of parole at Jackson State Prison in Jackson Michigan. I only wish we could have arrived in time to have saved Macs life. Mac was well-liked by everyone on every department that knew him. I have never forgotten about that night and it will be with me for the rest of my days. I was barely 22 at the time. To his family, I offer my eternal condolences and I am only glad that we were able to catch and convict the perpetrator. You will be in my thoughts always. Just an afterthought... anybody remember the possum in the police station?

Fmr. Officer Richard Feldt
Bangor PD

February 25, 2005

Gone but never forgotten. Rest in peace brother.

Grand Rapids Police Department

September 26, 2004

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