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Police Officer Craig William Rath

Chesterfield County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, May 27, 1999

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Reflections for Police Officer Craig William Rath

I think of you everyday my beloved. You are greatly missed. I love you.


May 27, 2022

Honoring you this weekend. Keep an eye on all of us, especially your brothers and sisters.

Your niece

September 8, 2021

You departed this life 22 years ago. I think of you every day. I love you and miss you.


May 27, 2021

Happy Birthday Craig

Not a day goes by that you don’t pass through my thoughts.


January 14, 2021

I still think of you every day buddy. Wondering how things would have been if we had worked together til retirement. I feel like you watched out for me and kept me safe even when you went to heaven. I miss you man. Until we meet again my brother.

Corporal (Retired) Scott Gordon
Chesterfield Police Department

September 12, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Rath.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 31, 2020

I miss you so very much. I love you with all my heart.


May 27, 2020

Thinking of you, your blue ribbon hangs proudly on my car's rear-view mirror. Thank you for continuing to watch over me. Love you UC.

Family Member

September 7, 2019

Officer Rath,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not for your Community but for our Country as well when served with the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

May 27, 2019

I cannot believe it's been 20 years since God called you home. I remember that day so vividly. I miss you every day and still love you with all of my heart. Karen lost her beloved Tom in December. I know you welcomed him into heaven with open arms. Until we meet again in heaven....I love you.


May 27, 2019

I went to school with Craig K-12. Our families attended the same church so we also spent a lot of time together outside of school. He was a very special person back then and will always hold a spot in my heart. I still think of him often, especially on 1/14 and 5/27. He will live on through all those whose lives he made better by simply being himself.


May 27, 2019

I cannot believe twenty years have passed since you left this world. I think of you every Sunday as I sit in church behind your parents (because of course we all sit in the same seats as when we were kids). So many of my childhood memories and high school stories somehow involve you in them. I recently found our journal of what Mr. C wore everyday of our senior year and your favorite quotes. Your handwriting was always really bad, but what you wrote made me laugh really hard. I can actually still hear your laugh when I think of all the fun times we had. You really knew how to tell a story. Your friendship always meant the world to me! I don’t know how we lost touch after high school but your death hit me hard and made me regret that we weren’t close still. I wished that I had met your wife and that you could meet my kids. My son reminds me a lot of you. He has that same impish grin and great sense of humor. He likes to fish and hunt and has an old soul just like you did. So, on this day, I am thinking about you and reminding myself that your memory will live on in my heart forever. ❤️

Kirstin Rockow Penders

May 27, 2019

Miss you terribly. There is a huge void and hole in my heart that will never be filled.


May 27, 2018

Think of you and miss you every single day.


April 30, 2018

You still are not forgotten.

Family Member

June 10, 2017

Miss you so much. It's been seventeen years but it feels like yesterday when my life was shattered. Talked to many people today and reminisced; so many great memories. Reassured by many that you will not be forgotten. Til we meet again in Heaven, I love you.


May 27, 2016

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 27, 2015


I hope you're reading this in heaven some how but its Brandon Schilke speaking here and tomorrow will be 16 years since you were called to be a police officer in heaven my family misses you beyond belief my dad (Keith Schilke) still tells me storys about you guys in the nickel and how you introduced my parents. I cant thank you enough for everything you have done for my family you were basically another father to me and you were there to help my mom out when my dad was working late nights for petersburg police to this day he still tells me he would give anything just to be able to say "hey" to you again and some other news I just recently got hired by chesterfield police dept. and I feel that you looked over me through the whole process and I know you will look after me throughtout my whole career We love and miss you dearly Craig
Brandon, Keith, Tammy, Austin Schilke

Beth- Mom & Dad told me to say that he hopes you are doing well and that we miss you and hope everything is going great with you love you guys both!!

Police Recruit Brandon Schilke
Chesterfield County/Family member

May 26, 2015

I still think about you all the time and wonder what your life would be like today. There are two things I know would be certain. We would still be friends and you would always be grinning like you were up to something. I will never forget what a good friend you were to me. You will always be honored and we will never forget.

Will Norris
Chesterfield County Police

May 27, 2014

15 years gone, but never forgotten! You are missed!

AB Wright

May 27, 2014

Cannot believe it's been fifteen years since God called you home to be with Him. You're in my thoughts every day and I have so many great memories of our time together. Til we meet again in Heaven...I love you with all my heart.


May 27, 2014

I miss you so very much. You're in my thoughts every day and I want so desperately to see you. I will love you forever. Til we meet again in heaven....
Your beloved wife


August 3, 2013

I cant believe its now 14 yrs since you left us Craig.
My memories of you and your amazing family, will
be with me always.

Michael Anne Claytor
Former 911 Dispatcher/Chesterfield & Albemarle Co PD

May 31, 2013

It seems like yesterday we were sitting in your crappy little apartment drinking a beer and singing "Indian Outlaw." You and Beth took me in and made me part of your family and I miss you both dearly. The day you left us was one of the worst of my life. Your loss has left the world with a hole which can never be filled. God bless you brother.

Special Agent James Bass
U.S. Army CID

May 28, 2013


Craig it's been a long time my friend. Thank you for looking over me when I was a new private at Ft. Lee. I retired last year from the Army with 21 years. I will always remember you laugh and smile.

Brian Tucket

SFC (Retired) Brian Tucker

May 28, 2013

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