Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Daryl Michael Raetz

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Sunday, May 19, 2013

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Reflections for Police Officer Daryl Michael Raetz

I was lucky today Centurion. I got to face time your beautiful wife, daughter and mom. I got to talk to your best friend who thanks to you is now my friend. I shared with the future Centurions in my Department your sacrifice. Who knew I would be working at the college you attended while serving our Country in the Navy. You were the real deal-fearless-humble. I talked about you saving your father in laws life and so many others on the battlefield of Iraq.
I was lucky to know you.

Chris Moore
Chief of Police Palomar College Police Department

May 18, 2018

Rest well my brother. You have paid the ultimate for your community. May you watch over your family from Heaven, and may they gain strength each day for your loss. May that illegal person be deported after he completes his parole. And to hell when he dies.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

May 19, 2017

I was deeply saddened to hear the news today. I had the privilege of serving the Doc Raetz in Iraq. He was the definition of integrity. I can not express enough my deepest sympathies and condolences to the family. Doc was a true American Hero


September 20, 2016

Rest Easy Brother

K9 Sergeant Mac Fields
Borger Police Department

May 19, 2016

Thank you for your service to our Nation and to your community! Condolences to your family in blue and your family at home.

K. Hunter

May 19, 2016

I hope you are watching all of us and protecting us from heaven god bless you hero.

Phillip Brock. Security Officer

January 17, 2016

I was thinking about you today. Thinking back to the academy days. Thinking about the mountain trial runs...I should say you trying to keep up in the back, getting yelled at to speed up and catch up to Daryl. I never did catch you. Thinking about your family and your beautiful daughter. May they some day find peace. I think about you every day before hitting the street. Your the best brother.

Bob Adrion 9111
Phoenix Police

November 5, 2015

Everyday in briefing, I look at your memorial chair and know that you're there and have our six. Almost everyday, I drive by your memorial placard and reflect on your sacrifice. Everyday, when I sit in my patrol car, readying to hit the streets of Maryvale, I prepare myself to honor that sacrifice.

J.L.Jansma #9573
Phoenix Police

September 11, 2015

I do not live in Arizona but I also watched the American Ninja Warrior compete in honor of Officer Raetz. I will pray for his family. It's obvious that he will be remembered by many people.

Bill McGarry

June 13, 2015

I also watched your best friend and fellow officer from Phoenix PD, compete on American Ninja in your honor! I live near Phoenix and remember this horrible incident. My prayers are with your family and friends. Your legacy lives on sir!

(Retired) Comm Supervisor

May 28, 2015

I have been an Officer in California for 24 years, and unfortunately did not hear of your tragic on duty death when it happened. It is now 2015, and I saw your co-worker , fellow Officer from Phoenix PD, and childhood friend compete on the American NINJA Warrior in your honor. You still live on!!

PSOII Patrick M Utter
Sunnyvale DPS

May 25, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 19, 2015


You paid the ultimate sacrifice. We go the watch now. Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service.

Phoenix Police Department

January 2, 2015

Daryl was also survived by his Mother, Father & brother.... Daryl your mom is a wonderful person so I can see where you got it from for sure! Thank you for your service to our Country and to my City of Phoenix. You won't be forgotten Daryl & you have been memorialized on the "The Remembrance Project & Stolen Lives Quilts" by


June 30, 2014

Was honored to be with Raetz family at National Police Week. The one thing I have learned about Daryl is the care and concern expressed by his family. Seeing the family in action over the last 12 months is humbling. He was a great man, son, brother, father, husband, sailor, policeman and friend. Your friends and 81K paid tribute to your memory. You are missed and your legacy continues.

Lt. C.J. Moore
PPD Centurions 435

May 20, 2014

I can't imagine my children without their father on Christmas morning. I can't imagine burying my son. I can't imagine raising children without their father. I know people, during times like these and wonder why was he taken. What do we take from this loss? For those of you who were closest to Daryl, take his selflessness and dedication and emulate it. God takes people from our lives so he can punctuate particular attributes or gifts that we have or that we need to share. Not so easy to stomach, not easily focused on, but very important. I think about his humble quiet ways which made him stand out to me. I focus on the example he was to his family and fellow officers. And, I try to walk in his shoes and be worthy of his sacrifice. That is what I take from his loss. I hope I am a better example to my fellow officers and my family because of knowing him. A true blessing.......

Sgt. Gregg Rath
Phoenix Pd.

December 14, 2013

I would like to personally thank each and everyone for your many kind words and condolences. Christmas will soon be upon us and it will be extremely hard this year as there will be an empty seat at the dinner table. Daryl so loved this time of year, Sharing time with family and friends. For those that knew Daryl, I imagine that you share our pain and everyone that didn't know him, his presence was an inspiration to us all. Daryl, you will never be forgotten!!!
One of Daryl's favorite passages from the Bible was
Psalm 27:1 which was a tatoo on his arm - " The LORD is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?"
To all of Daryl's brothers and sisters in the Armed Forces and Law Enforcement - I thank you for your service and dedication. It seems that in todays society there is never enough thanks and appreciation shown to all of you. Thanks again and "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong."
1 Corinthians 16:13

William E. Raetz
Daryl's Father

November 19, 2013

God Bless you Sir. May the good Lord above cradle you in his arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue. I offer my prayers and sympathies to each and every one of your family members, friends, and co-workers.

Chris Walley
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department

October 25, 2013

Thank you for protecting the citizens of Phoenix, Officer Raetz. You are a true hero, and will never be forgotten. My heart goes out to your family, and to all of men and women of the Phoenix Police Department.

Taylor Ramerth
Citizen of Chandler, Arizona

September 22, 2013

Ofcr raetz thank you for your.service sir may god.bless your family you were a fine man sir

m.j tracy

August 11, 2013

Rest in peace brother we will take it from here. Thank you for your service.

provincial constable marty lalonde
ontario provincial police

August 6, 2013

He will be memorialized on the Stolen Lives Quilt, thanks to our partners, Remember 1986.

Maria Espinoza
Founder & National Director
The Remembrance Project

August 4, 2013

God Bless you Officer Raetz. May the good Lord above cradle you in His arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue. I offer my prayers and sympathies to each and every one of your family members, friends, and co-workers. Rest easy Sir.

Chris Walley
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department

July 24, 2013

My son sat at the same table in kindergarten with Daryl's daughter. I met Daryl several times in their classroom. He was a devoted father and just a really nice guy. He will be missed. My prayers of love and support go out to his wife and daughter.

Friend of the family

July 9, 2013

Whatever our duty, or wherever we serve, we are all brothers and sisters in this most honorable calling. We have lost yet another brother who we must never forget.

My deepest sympathy to both his family and his law enforcement family. My thoughts and prayers are with them. May he rest in eternal peace.

Sgt. Tom Waller, Cincinnati P.D., Ret.
Greater Cincinnati Police Museum

July 3, 2013

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