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Police Officer Michael Ian McDougal

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, January 19, 1975

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Reflections for Police Officer Michael Ian McDougal

Rest in peace Officer McDougal.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 10, 2021

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

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 19, 2018

You will never be forgotten.

Chaplain Frank Hicks

January 20, 2017

I remember you often , thanks for your service . We were kids together in Topanga cyn. Your brother Sean also lapd motorman ,two great guys !

Daniel j McCool jr firefighter ret.
Santa Monica fire dept.

October 14, 2015

Yesterday, on Saturday May 11, 2013, the Los Angeles Police Department held its annual Memorial Run at the Elysian Park Police Academy. All officers who participate usually wear a shirt that lists all of the LAPD officers who have been killed in the line of duty. On this date, a squad of officers from West Los Angeles Division ran in platoon formation wearing a photo of the two officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duty while assigned to West LA Division LAPD. One of the two officers was Police Officer Michael McDougal, EOW January 19, 1975.

Before we ran, I read to the current West Los Angeles Division LAPD officers excerpts shared on this page from friends and loved ones of Officer Early. Although he has been gone for almost 40 years, the officers of the LAPD would like to let his family and friends know that he will NEVER be forgotten. May he rest in eternal peace and we pray for the well being of his surviving family members.

Captain Rolando Solano

May 12, 2013

This was forwarded to me by Sean via his son Kyle. Your photo and the kind tributes from friends and associates made me remember what a fine young man you were and what a great loss your death was and continues to be to our family. I'm sure that you are with our ancestors that have gone on before. My mom is about to join you all and I get closer every year, but not yet! I miss not celebrating our birthdays together but at the same time look forward to the festivities in the future when the gang's all there and the good times roll again!

John Pentecost
2nd cousin

February 13, 2013

God Bless Officer McDougal, his family and the men and women of the LAPD.

Special Agent (Retired)
Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)

January 19, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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.

Time never dimishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.. I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 19, 2012

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

Officer 11169

January 14, 2012

Officer McDougal - Thanks for your service to the people of the city of Los Angeles. May God grant you, motorman, etrenal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)

April 15, 2010

Rest in peace brother. You are not forgotten.


January 19, 2009



January 11, 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 1, 2007

I was just starting my first deployment period as a rookie at Venice Division the month you were killed by the Hollywood "celeb" who cut the left turn in front of your motor. I never really got to know you before you left us, but I knew your brother Sean and all the other M/C guys on our team. Rest in Peace brother. We will all meet again at the last roll call.

Det (Ret'd) Richard Kellogg
Los Angeles Police Department

August 27, 2007

Rest in Peace Motorman. You are not forgotten.

Motor Officer Danny Johnson
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

January 19, 2007

Officer McDougal,

I had heard of this site, but had never visited until now. On Feb 1, 2006, I lost a sergeant under my command to gunfire. I consider all loss of life in service to the community a tragedy. I remember your passing especially for a number of reasons.

I started my law enforcement career as a Police Explorer for LAPD,West Los Angeles Division, Post 800E, in 1973. I remember you not because I saw you at the station, but because you gave me the first two traffic citations I ever received: one for no light on my bicycle (before I could drive) and one, 3 years later, for speeding (when I could). I always remembered you because you were so polite to me and so professional. I knew I wanted to grow up and be an officer like you. I have visited you at the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, in Washington, D.C. and viewed your profile in the gift shop there. When I was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to the Traffic Bureau, I named my motorcycle, "Michael Ian" after you. I have always tried (but not always succeeded) to act like you in my professional demeanor and to serve the public well. I was only 18 when you passed away but had known since I was 8 what I wanted to do with my life.

Thanks for being a positive influence in my life, even though you didn't know me. May Our Heavenly Father hold you close to His heart

Thanks to ODMP for providing a service that allows me to express what's been in my heart for 31 years.

Captain Mark T. Tavarez
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

February 13, 2006

31 yrs. ago today, rest in my brother and thank you for a job well done! YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. God bless your family.

Retired PO, Motorman
City of Miami PD

January 19, 2006

Officer McDougal,
On this, the 30th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for yoru service to the citizens of Los Angeles.


January 19, 2005

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