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Patrolman George William Raffield, Jr | Midlothian Police Department, Texas Midlothian Police Department, Texas

Patrolman

George William Raffield, Jr

Midlothian Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, October 23, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 45 years

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Patrolman George Raffield was working undercover in a local high school when he was murdered by two students from whom he had just purchased marijuana. The suspect murdered him because he thought he was a police officer.

The suspect was tried as an adult, convicted of murder, and sentenced to 45 years in prison. The second suspect accepted a plea bargain as a result of his testimony against the shooter.

Patrolman Raffield had served with the Midlothian Police Department for one year. He was survived by his parents and sister.

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I was only 2 when uncle Tiger passed. I only have small "episode" like memories of my times with him. Growing up in the Dallas area, I can recall many years of Red Ribbon week in October, watching the same footage of the news coverage of my uncle's story. Yearly like clock work i was haunted by the same footage of my uncle in the field. Several times I had teachers recognize my parents in the news story and point it out to the class. I have not had the opportunity to honor George's memory by becoming an officer, or join the military like many of my family members. But I carry on his memory through my students in my classroom. I teach Officer Raffield's story to my classroom each year. And every year I am sure to "forget" to show the old news footage to my students, but instead I teach them who Officer Raffield was, and that he gave his life to protect each of the 26 of them from the dangers of drugs. Year after year I will tell your story until many many more years pass and I join you in the presence of God.

Cody
Nephew
May 30, 2016

 

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