Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Paul N. Mitchell

Anne Arundel County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Saturday, February 5, 1977

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Reflections for Officer Paul N. Mitchell

You will not be forgotten

Det. Bryan Bonitati
Maryland Department of Public Safety

April 17, 2023

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

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

February 5, 2021

Our son Paul is named after his uncle. Even though we never met, I have heard from my husband Mike about his relationship with his uncle. Thank you for your service as an officer and a veteran.

Margie Rossander
wife of nephew, Mike Rossander

May 1, 2015

Remembering you today and your service to this county. Thank You!

Anne Arundel County Police

February 5, 2014

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

February 6, 2013

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.

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

Rest In Peace

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

February 5, 2012

Paul was my best friend and my husband. We grew up together, moved on and met again when he was discharged from the Navy and I graduated from college. He was a corpsman during the Vietnam war, deputized by the San Diego Sheriff's Department and served with the Baltimore City Police Department prior to joining the AACo. Police Department. His death left a void in the lives of many people. I will never forget his life, his love for me or his death. Thanks to all who remember him and to those who never met him but honor his sacrifice.

Barbara Mitchell

June 1, 2010

Officer Mitchell,
Even though it's been 33 years, you are still remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Anne Arundel County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



February 8, 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
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

February 11, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 4, 2008

Paul - You are not forgotten by your bothers here in Anne Arundel County. God bless you.

Anne Arundel County

April 25, 2007

You will always be remembered.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

February 5, 2007


Rest in peace sir.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 16, 2004

Officer Mitchell had just picked up a disorderly call for me. He cleared and was enroute to a call of a person tampering with an off duty officer's patrol car. He hit a patch of ice and his vehicle hit a pole broadside. Paul worked for a number of years with the Baltimore Police Dept. prior to coming to AA. Co. PD. A good man, a good cop, and a good friend.

Lt. (ret)Russell Hewitt
Anne Arundel Co PD

January 31, 2004

Rest in peace, you served us well. It has been 26 years, and he will never be forgotten. I will remember him and all of Maryland's fallen heroes when I am a police officer soon and serve on the honor guard. God bless his family and friends.

Baltimore, MD

December 30, 2003

Officer Mitchell was more than just a police offier to me, he was my uncle. The man I remmeber was full of life, he had a great sense of humor and was quick to laugh. In so many ways he encouraged me to be what I wanted to be. His death was most profoundly responsible for why I am the man I am today. He has been missed for many years but never ever forgotten.

Asst Chief Robert A Mitchell
Reedy Creek Emergency Services

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