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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

Well is your birthday..Jan 14. I know that many, myself included, wish you were here to celebrate with. I think of you often and have shared over all these years, since May 27, 1999, your story and what a wonderful man you were. I think of Beth and the rest of your amazing family and hope they are all doing well. I feel very blessed to have met your family and spent the time with them that I did that June of 1999. Craig, you are thought of and missed everyday.

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

January 13, 2013

Thinking of you today.

Lieutenant (Ret.) Clinton Schott
Chesterfield County Police Department

October 11, 2012

We miss you bro...WADE


May 28, 2012

Officer Rath,
On today, the 12th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chesterfield County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

May 27, 2012

Another year gone by without you in this world, Craig. You will always be remembered and missed. It's all still so fresh in my mind. People need to always remember the sacrifices wonderful people like you make for everyday citizens like us. You made a difference while you were on earth and I'll always be grateful that I knew you and Beth while I was still a Records Specialist with Chesterfield. I still remember Beth in my prayers...I know you would want that because you loved her so dearly. Continue to rest in peace my friend.

Police Dispatcher (Retired)
Front Royal (Virginia) Police Department

May 27, 2012

Well, Its been 20 years since I was stationed with Craig at FT Lee. I remember him as a good guy. I moved on and reitred from the Military, but still keep fallen Officers close. His tour of duty has ended, rest now and I know he is watching other the rest of us until our tour of duty is over. God Bless

Fellow Officer
Fort Lee Police Department

Fellow Officer
Fort Lee Police Department

April 5, 2012

Uncle Craig,
You always pop into my head sometimes and I can't help but become overwhelmed with grief as I realize I didn't get to spend very much time with you. I still remember the toy police car you gave me, and it brings tears to my eyes not knowing where it is, the only thing I have from you. I was able to find pictures of when Dad and I came down to visit, you kneeling down next to me in the surf on the beach. I don't know why, but I can picture yours and Aunt Beth's house so vividly, strange how certain things stick in your memory…
Your memorial plague hangs proudly in our living room; along with a picture of you holding a beer up with a huge grin on your face (I guess I have yet to learn the story behind that one). I know that everything Dad, Chris and I do with the COPS organization is in your memory, and I am honored to say that you were my uncle. I have a COPS magnetic ribbon on the back of my car along with a blue COPS ribbon tied around my mirror, you are never forgotten. I know you are looking down on me and I can only hope you are proud with everything I have accomplished. I plan on taking a trip down to the wall this summer and to visit your grave; I apologize it has taken me so long.
Please continue to watch over me, our family, Aunt Beth, and the rest of your fellow officers and those who serve our country. I will see you soon, and I love you,

Jennifer Rath

November 8, 2011

Man I remeber working out at the cacademy gym and we would be joking back in forth about who had a bigger chest. Well, God called you home too soon. My prayers are with your family. May you rest in peace.

Sergeant Greg Johnson
Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

August 30, 2011

I can't believe its been as long as it has. I have many fond memories of you and thank you for being someone I could look up to. You were one of the reasons I got into law enforcement. You are truly missed.

Deputy David Carter

June 24, 2011

Twelve long years. Lots of things have changed since then, but I'm sure your memory has lived strong in Chesterfield County...I know it lives on here in Florida. Keep your wathful eye over us all - these are crazy times!

Cpl Tim Nazzaro
Orange County (FL) Sheriff's Office

May 31, 2011

My Beloved Craig,
Cannot believe you departed this life twelve years ago. I still miss you so much and think of you everyday. I will always love you and will one day see you again.


May 27, 2011

You will never be forgotten. Please continue to keep an eye on your brothers and sisters in green.


March 7, 2011

Craig today is your birthday-I think of you often. Just lost an Oregon Police Chief watching the procession & it brings back all of the memories of yours and my trip to Hamlin NY to speak at that service. I so enjoyed that time & embrace those wonderful memories-miss you still.

Michael Anne Claytor
Former dispatcher Chesterfield County PD

January 14, 2011

Craig -

Eleven years has flown by! I can still remember my drive north to VA for your service like it was yesterday. I still speak with your sister online occasionally, and just sent her a note that your memory is still alive and well here in Florida. Until we meet again - keep an eye on us, and save a spot for us...

Cpl Tim Nazzaro
Orange County (FL) Sheriff's Office

May 29, 2010

Craig, Thinking of you and your family including your family in blue today. Your brother Carl is now VP of our C.O.P.S. Chapter. You have a wonderful family. I am so glad I have gotten to know them. It's just sad for the reason we became friends is that they became members of our Chapter because you gave your life. We do know however, that you did so heroically and trying to keep your community safe.

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance
President Genesee Valley Concerns of Police Survivors

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance/President GV C.O.P.S.

May 27, 2010

My dearest Craig, I sometimes cannot believe it's been almost eleven years now since you went to be with God. Sometimes it seems like it was just yesterday. I will always love you and you will always hold a very special place in my heart. I miss you and love you.

Beth Rath-Powell

May 14, 2010


It is with great pride that I remember our partnering the CI's with you and the guys in your unit. It is without a doubt one of the proudest things in my life to say that I helped the "good guys" to keep our county a little bit safer from crime and drugs.

When I walk past my copy of the Chesterfield County Resolution nominating you as "A Friend of Chesterfield", I remember that you are the best friend of everyone's kids that were kept away from drugs because of your service. Your service, commitment, and sacrifice is remembered.

Happy Hunting my friend, and I will see you at the next sunrise.

Roger Hinde

Roger Hinde

March 4, 2010

Happy Birthday! Still in my heart and thoughts every day.


January 14, 2010

Hey man,
It has been a while since I have posted.
Still can't believe what happened.
I have kids now, getting old.
Can you believe they want to close GITMO? We had many good times there...
God Bless.

DUSM Will Iverson
US Marshals / Omaha, NE

January 4, 2010

Craig know that you are deeply missed by all who knew you and worked with you. We will always remember you!

Chesterfield County Police

November 22, 2009

Craig -

It's hard to believe it has already been ten years since you left us. It's hard to call it an "anniversary", as most people use that word more often as denoting a happy occasion, but I wanted you (and those who still love you) to know you are not forgotten. I speak with your sister Karen online from time to time, and I can tell how much she misses you. My career was in its infancy that short decade ago, but I have always endeavored to keep your memory alive through my work and my memorials to you.

Rest in peace, brother...

Cpl Tim Nazzaro & Narcotics K-9 Coco
Orange County (FL) Sheriff's Office

May 28, 2009

GOD bless you and may you continue to rest in eternal peace bro!

Senior Officer D. W. Reichhardt
Waverly, Va. P.D.

May 27, 2009

Craig, I cannot begin to grasp that it has been 10 long years since you were taken from us. Every 27 May I leave a reflection for you and for your family and friends that view them.

You are thought of so often by me and every chance that I can, I share your story, how wonderful a person you were and an unbelievable officer. I enjoyed so very much going to Hamlin and meeting all of your family, spending time with your Mom & Dad, and the rest of your family and I can never forget your Aunt Ann and her kindness in letting me and a few other officers stay at her home during our visit and your memorial service there. I have such wonderful memories of that---very bittersweet.

Knowing that you are a Guardian Angel for all of your brothers & sisters in Law Enforcement and all of the family and friends left behind. Although I am no longer in the Virginia area, you and your family are always in my thoughts. Miss you bunches....Michael Anne

Michael Anne Claytor
Former Dispatcher Chesterfield County Police

May 27, 2009

It seems impossible that it has been 10 years since the awful night we lost you. You will forever be remembered and missed. You were one of the most honorable men I've ever known and Chesterfield County was a better place for having you in their service. Rest in peace, Craig.

Stephanie Williams
former police records specialist CCPD

May 27, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the tenth 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 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


May 27, 2009

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