Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Stanley Rapaski

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, January 10, 1969

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Police Officer Stanley Rapaski

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 50th anniversary of your EOW. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 10, 2019

Officer Rapaski,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Detroit. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

January 10, 2019

Tomorrow will be 50 years. How the family dynamics changed since your death is indescribable. We lost so much that day. It took its toll on each and every family member. We rise above and move on but never forget. Please watch over us and soar! Love you Pops.

Patty
Daughter

January 9, 2019

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 43rd anniversary 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 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.

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

January 10, 2012

You will never be forgotten. You were my dad's best friend at St. Ladislaus High School. I always remembered his stories of his best friend "frog". I know that the two of you are having a few beers together in heaven. God Bless your family.

none

July 25, 2011

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 3, 2008

I worked with Stan during 1962-1966 when we were both at the 13th precinct. A good officer. Rest in peace Stan.

Dave Wright, former DPD-retired Customs
former co-worker

June 9, 2006

Stan and I worked together a few times
at the 13th Precinct. Nice guy.
You are in my prayers.
R.I.P.

Joe Bannigan

Retired Sgt. Joe Bannigan
Detroit Police Dept. (13th pct}

April 1, 2006

Stan -
You were murdered on 1/10/69, four days after my my first day on the department. I have never forgotten your murder and the lesson it taught me has served me well even now in my 36th year of my career. Those who are never completely forgotten never completely die - you are remembered often by many.

Bill Gray (LT.DPD-Retired)

Director William Gray
Sanilac County Drug Task Force

December 2, 2005

REST IN PEACE STAN

STAN AND I WORKED TOGETHER IN THE THIRTEENTH PRECINCT.
ON THE NIGHT IN QUESTION I WAS WORKING PLAIN CLOTHES, AND RESPONDED TO A BAR ROBBERY (WEBB WOOD BAR). THE MEN HAD HELD UP THE BAR AND HAD ESAPED. WHILE TAKING THE REPORT INFORMATION WAS RADIOED OF A ROBBERY AAT THER CHERRYHILL BAR ON DAVISON. THE DESCRIPTION MATCHED THAT OF THE ROBBERS ON MY REPORT. MY PARTNER AND I RESPONDED TO THE CHERRYHILL BAR, AND SEARCHED THE AREA, BECAUSE WE HAD INFORMATION ABOUT A VEHICLE, WHICH THE ROBBERS USED TO ESCAPE FROM THE WEBB WOOD BAR ROBBERY.
MY PARTNERS AND I HAD MANY NEAR MISSES OF CATCHING THE MEN, BUT OFFICER HOY GRAY FINALLY WAS ABLE TO CATCH ONE OF THE MEN.

STG. ROBERT STRICKLEN
13 PCT DPD

October 13, 2005

Stan was in the Academy class of 7-9-62. He was the first of two in that class killed in the line of duty. The other was Gerald Riley, shot and killed almost four years later. It is ironic that Stan and Jerry sat right next to each other in the Police Academy. May you rest in peace Stan, you served your department with the ultimate sacrifice.

Inspector Ray Murray (Retired)
DPD

January 12, 2005

Officer Rapaski,
On this the 36th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for service and sacrifice for the citizens of Detroit. And also I would like to say how despicable your murderers were. They didn't give you a chance, but I bet our judicial system gave them plenty of chances for fair representation at their trial.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

January 10, 2005

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.