As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.
Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
Officer Down: Michael Walizer - [Charles City, Virginia]
By PoliceOne Staff
Deputy Sheriff Michael Walizer was killed in an automobile accident while responding to backup another deputy on a traffic stop at approximately 0200 hours.
“According to a statement from Virginia State Police Sergeant Thomas J. Molnar,” said a report in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “Walizer's vehicle, a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, ran off the right side of Route 5, crossed back over the road, then ran off the left side where it struck a tree,” the report said.
Although Walizer was reportedly wearing his seat belt, he died at the scene.
According to ODMP, Deputy Walizer had served with the Charles City County Sheriff's Office for six years and had served in law enforcement for 11 years. He had previously served with the Newport News / Williamsburg International Airport Police Department, Richmond International Airport Police Department, and Caroline County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Has an officer fallen in your department or local area?Submit news articles and information on the incident to the PoliceOne site.
The comments below are member-generated and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of PoliceOne or its staff.
Denotes officer was a registered member of the PoliceOne Community
The TASER Foundation’s mission is to honor the service and sacrifice of local and federal law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty by providing financial and edcuational support to their families.