Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective James Riley Ratliff

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, December 30, 1969

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Reflections for Detective James Riley Ratliff

This incident happen before I joined the Louisville Division Of Police in 1973. I do remember when this incident happened and was informed during my recruit training.


Rondal A Birge (Sergeant Retired) LPD
Louisville Police, KY

December 30, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you Hero and your family for your sacrifice and service. Always remembered.

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

December 30, 2019

Det. Ratliffe,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officer who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of of Louisville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 30, 2019

Rest in peace Detective Ratliff.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 16, 2019

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

You will always be honored and revered as time never diminishes,

Rest In Peace

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

December 30, 2011

Detective Ratliff your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 9, 2008



December 29, 2007

Det. Ratliff, your sacrifice has not been forgotten.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

January 29, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

June 25, 2006

Although I never had the chance to meet you, I always heard what great man you were as officer in the line of duty as well as a great uncle and brother. You will always be missed by your fellow friends and family. May God rest your soul and may you rest in peace. For you have not been forgotten, but cherished in our hearts and souls. One I will have the pleasure of meeting you in the kingdom of heaven great-uncle James. Dorothea Ratliff

Dorothea Ratliff

March 7, 2006

~~~The Final Goodbye~~~

It's been a while since you've been gone,
Guess I always hoped, deep inside,
that the facts weren’t true and someone lied, and instead of goodbye,
I would be saying hello to you.

Now my life carries on without you,
though I can't say that is so,
because each and every day
you fill my thoughts and dreams
and most things I do lately,
involve you it seems,
So how can it be that this is goodbye?
There are so many things we have to share,

So many plans to be made,
I turn to call you, I want to know you are home, but you're not there, you've already gone.
I’m not ready to say goodbye.

Some say that it's time to move on,
I know they are not wrong.
I move on, but I take you along.
I'm not ready yet,
to say goodbye.

It's been so hard to say goodbye,
and every time I try, I cry.
I just cant bring myself to believe,
that this is the final goodbye.

January 22, 2005

God rest your soul.

December 30, 2004

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies.....

Rest in peace, hero.

September 29, 2004


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrifice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Officer Ratliff.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 19, 2004

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