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Police Officer Joseph Patrick Mitchell

Eureka Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, December 1, 1974

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Reflections for Police Officer Joseph Patrick Mitchell

It seems so long ago that I and three of my childhood friends, Pat Mitchell, Charlie Swanson and Fred Keplinger, joined the ranks of the Eureka Police Department. Pat and Charlie both died in the line of duty. Fred died (just weeks ago now) from cancer after his retirement as COP in Ukiah, CA. Pat was a gentle kid and left us so early in his career. I can still remember the day that Pat died very vividly.

Barry Brown Chief Investigator, retired
Humboldt County DA's Office

November 26, 2018

Rest In peace Brother. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 1, 2017

As a young reserve officer for the City of Arcata at the time my partner and I were responding into Eureka to assist the Eureka PD and were first on the scene of this terrible accident. I will never forget what we saw happen.

Ret Sgt.
Fortuna Police Department

December 23, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 2, 2009

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

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the year that I was hired. While it's been many years since your passing, I'm sure those you left behind and those whom with you served with distinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thank you for your service and for looking out for us who continue in our chosen profession. Rest in peace Officer Mitchell.

Sgt. Robert Mau Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 19, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

vandenberghe
manchester, nh

December 1, 2007

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 25, 2007

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Wisconsin L.E.O.

August 14, 2007

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

December 1, 2004

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