Mike Gray Obituary, Death – This news has come to our attention. Only a few short weeks ago, he made the decision to step down from the position he held at the Division after having provided outstanding service to the organization for more than three decades. Because we worked together on a project and got to know each other better, we came to think of him as a friend.
Not only did he readily let Starfish move into his zone, but he was also really pleased to see that we had arrived there. He would always go out of his way to alter his schedule in order to be there at our get-togethers, and he would participate in each and every one of them in a meaningful way. He had a genuine enthusiasm for talking with members of the public, and he was firmly convinced that the relationship that existed between the police and the community needed to be strengthened. He took great pleasure in being in the background and being able to observe the successes of others, particularly those of his officers. He was respectful, courteous, and pleasant, and he counted a significant number of people among his close friends.
When he was a younger man, he explained to a group of children who were there for a reading of Books and Badges that the motivation for his decision to become a law enforcement officer was to help other people. There is no denying the fact that he was successful in whatever he attempted.
Not only did he serve the people he was serving, but he also assisted his fellow cops and us when we needed assistance. He was of some assistance. We count it as one of our greatest blessings to have had the opportunity to know him, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the other officers who had the honor of serving beside him. We feel a profound sense of sorrow for the loss that you have endured.