Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Ralph Richard Ash

Swea City Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Saturday, August 8, 1981

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Reflections for Chief of Police Ralph Richard Ash

Chief Ash,
It may be 40 years since your End of Watch but you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Swea City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 13, 2021

Rest easy

None Nick Mottola

August 8, 2020

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 8, 2020

Rest in peace Chief of Police Ash.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 19, 2019

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

August 8, 2016

Chief of Police Ralph Richard ASH ... the passage of time will never diminish our sincere appreciation for your dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice for us. God Bless You and your Families, Red and Blue

thankful civilian

August 8, 2015

Dad, it has been a very long 33 years without you. Not a day goes by that I dont think about you. But I always look forward to hanging out with family and friends that love to keep your spirit alive. Seems like someone always comes up with a different story or tale, cause you know theres always 3 sides to a story! Your brothers know how to make me laugh. Miss you very much, love Laurie.

Laurie Ash

July 17, 2014

I remember the day very clearly. I was Chief Deputy for Emmet County, Iowa at the time of the assault. I will never forget the sadness we all felt for your loss, the funeral and the tears in your families eyes. Even now it is difficult to write about it. Rest in Peace brother in Law Enforcement. Even though it has been many years the pain is still there. I pray God is taking care of your family and that the pain has lessened. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Former Chief Deputy Terry Reekers
Emmet County Sheriff's Dept.

May 13, 2014

Rest in Peace, Chief Ash. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 3, 2014

I will always love my brother it's been a long time but it seems like yesterday such a sad thing it changed our lives forever

Linda strauser

December 24, 2013

uncle i know your here with us i cant wait till we can go fishing for them muskies love u jared

jared ash
my uncle

September 4, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 29th 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 8, 2010

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain; but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way.

Rest in peace!

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

June 24, 2010

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little tr

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 17, 2008

God bless you and your family. You are in all of our prayers and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

St. Louis City Police

December 8, 2007

Chief even though it has been almost twenty-six years since the end of your watch you are still remembered. Rest in peace.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

June 29, 2007

Thank you for your service. You will never be forgotten.

Colorado State Patrol

October 23, 2006



August 8, 2004

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