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Police Officer Scott Richard Rakow

Miami Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, June 30, 1988

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Reflections for Police Officer Scott Richard Rakow

With the anniversary of your death in the line of duty, I just wanted to say Olav Hashalom and rest in peace Detective rakow. A courageous and honorable young man taken way too soon!

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 28, 2019

Detective Rakow, today as I celebrated my sixtieth birthday, I'm thinking about you and your lovely family. A terrible tragedy you cannot observe your sixtieth this coming July. Always a humble and honored hero of Miami beach. your mother in law, Mrs. Anita Bernstein , your widow, Toni's mom is very nice to me. You see a few years ago I reflected that I officiated at your daughter, Erica's great-grandmother, Kate Klein, Anita's mom. I always call or text her a happy Passover or Rosh Hashanah. She'a grateful I think about her and the family. Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Detective Rakow. I'm sure Erica is doing well with her husband Scott and at WPTV Channel 5 West Palm Beach. I believe Erica if you read this you have my number and can always contact me. Your mother, Toni was very nice to me too. Memories are forever. It is a real crying shame what happened to a bright man and a very fine human being . Charming and humble.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 14, 2019

Was it not a capital crime? Why not death?

Kathi S Faith
Mother, Daughter, and granddaughter of LEOs.

June 30, 2018





Richard Harris Freer

February 19, 2018

You will not be forgotten.

Officer Al Caba
Customs & Border Protection

May 29, 2017

Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Detective Rakow. I said the hebrew memorial prayer for you and your beloved parents. You'll never be forgotten. Your character and courage have inspired many to succeed. Your daughter, Erica, works as a reporter for Channel 10. Your parents and family would be very proud of you and your accomplishments.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 20, 2017

Sadly, this past Saturday, I read that your mother, Dr. Barbara B.J. Rakow passed away. She was a very wonderful and loving mother to you and your entire family. I can see the value of honesty, class and receiving an education has helped mold your family. Rest in peace Detective Rakow, your dignity and integrity is now heroically together with both of your parents. As you were a most beloved gentleman, husband, father. brother and uncle the residents of Miami Beach and the Dade County community at large can certainly look back on your most accomplished life and career that had much more destiny left to fulfill. I was privileged to have met your mother at one of Dade County's Police Memorials at Tropical Park in Miami where you have been saluted and honored for your unselfish bravery.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 23, 2016

Yesterday, Detective Rakow, I officiated at the funeral of your daughter, Erica's one-hundred and five-year-old great-grandmother. Mrs. Kate Klein. The service at Lakeside Cemetery where you rest in peace along with your father was attended by about thirty people. I spoke with your widow, Toni and Erica briefly. You would be proud of them. Your daughter now works at WPLG Channel 10. A great woman. I still cannot imagine how she spoke of you are the police memorial in such humble terms. You were humble, respected and greatly admired. You were the cherished husband, father, brother, uncle and son and police officer they all came to know and to love. Olav Hashalom. One great family you have. I hope your mother is doing well these days. I met Mrs. Klein at The Court of Palm Aire where I lead Friday Sabbath services.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davi

October 12, 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

July 4, 2015

Thinking about you today my friend!
I know you're still hear so keep talking because I am listening.
You are still a force! What kind of commotion are you causing where you are now? All those things we talked about when you were here are now your reality. I feel your peace! Was I right?
How proud you must be to see your daughters wedding. I know you are with her always. Nothing could stop your spirit. How about showing me the fan trick again. I know you are waiting for just the right time. I tell you this my friend, it could only be you.
Miss you here, but still happy I have you there.

Joe Parisi
brother in spirit

May 12, 2015

Erica got married this weekend!
You would be so proud of her... She's smart, beautiful, and a dear friend of my kids!!! She was a beautiful bride...and I know you were there every minute!

Anonymous friend

April 26, 2015



June 30, 2014

scott was a great father, husband and police officer we had some good times at some off duty jobs. he is missed and i think of him often.

jerry vanderberry
miami beach police ret.

February 4, 2014

I can't believe it's been 25 years, it seems like just yesterday. A few days before your shooting we were on different softball teams playing at Flamingo Park, having a blast. Your daughter has grown up to be quite the reporter. You would be so proud of her. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you, Don & John. You are truly missed and will never be forgot.

Officer Vincent Aprile
Miami Beach (retired)

June 30, 2013

Dear Officer Rakow,
Thank you for your fine service with the Miami Beach PD and to your community. Your sacrifice is not forgotten. You are a man to be looked up to; an example to be followed by others.
May your family, friends and colleagues still find comfort in knowing what a difference you made in so many lives.
May God console them among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.


May 15, 2013



May 14, 2013

You will never be forgotten and your family will always be in my prays.
From the son, retired Jacksonville Sheriffs Office Police Officer Lonnie C. Miller Jr. the son of the late killed in the line of duty Jacksonville Sheriffs Office Detective Lonnie C.Miller father.
Keep the faith and God will see you always.
Love Lonnie C. miller Jr.
1st Vice President
Florida State Lodge
Fraternal Order of Police

Lonnie C. Miller Jr,
J.S.O. In Jax.Fla

May 13, 2013

Officer Rakow,

I was only 4 when you died. My dad was a police officer with you. I grew up playing at the community center that was named in your honor. My dad is proud to have known you. Thank you for your service. My family will always remember your sacrifice.

Family Friend

April 30, 2013

desafortunadamente el desaparecido Rakow se fue con la verdad para la tumba... rest in pace.

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February 1, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 24th anniversary year 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

December 17, 2012

Continue to rest in peace Officer Rakow, we will never forget the sacifice that you and your entire family made for all of us. HEROES live forever...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

June 30, 2012

Officer Rakow, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten. I was comforted by the fact that your killer is still behind bars and hopefully will never get out. To this day, he shows no remorse for your murder. He is where he belongs untill his last breath!

Sgt. Scholl (Ret)
Tucson Az. P.D.

March 29, 2012

I also watched the Real Vice show about you last night and not only was I disappointed in how they portrayed your story but they said you were a Miami cop at the beginning. Who ever produced this piece of garbage also had other major mistakes and should NEVER had been allowed to have this "story" made or showed to the public. It was both a disservice to you, your family and to those who served with you. I was only in high school when this happened and I still remember, I lived in walking distance to the youth center that now bears your name and I'm proud to say my daughter went there.
Rest in Peace

Luis V.

March 29, 2012

I watched the Real Vice show about you tonight and I couldn't be more appalled and disgusted by how they portrayed you. I know the true hero you were. That memory will live in my heart forever! I miss you Uncle Scotty!

Love always, Pamela

Pamela Rakow

March 28, 2012

I just saw an account of the chase that ended Officer Rakow's journey on this plain. God bless your family and friends for your sacrifice. God bless you.

S. Sanders

March 28, 2012

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