Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Alan Matthew Ragsdale

Hohenwald Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, November 27, 2000

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Reflections for Police Officer Alan Matthew Ragsdale

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 4, 2004

for those of you who didn't know my dad he was a great dad and a great officer. he loved his job and he always would have.


Aren Ragsdale/son

December 14, 2003

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer.

Tonight, November 27, 2003 we dedicated the shift to the memory of P.O. Alan Matthew Ragsdale who died on this date three years ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Officer Ragsdale's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

November 27, 2003

three years ago on this night 11-26-2000 i recieved a phone call that changed my life forever. the person on the line told me that my brother had been shot. when i checked further in to this i found out it was true i went to the hospital where later the doctors told the family that Alan did not make it through the an instant my life and the lives of an entire familyand community were changed forever. Alan you may be gone but you will NEVER be forgotten. I will see you again some day. p.s. you still owe me 100 dollars from opryland. John 15:13 love always NUT.

Elton Ragsdale

November 25, 2003

I worked for Columbia Police Dept. during the time that Ofc. Ragsdale's life was sent to God. I never had the cahnce to meet Ofc. Ragsdale but from all the great things said about him, I know he was a very loved person. I spent seven years in the U.S. Army prior to me becoming a police officer and in my seven years I also seen combat in which I lost several great friends. It is very easy to say that, "You will be O.K. in Ofc. Ragsdale's death". I know first hand that it is hard to be O.K. in a loved ones death. Only, remember the good times and what he meant to his family and his city. He gave his life for something he believed in and he is now protecting all of us from the heavens above. I was very proud to stand at his funeral and salute him as he lay, and even though I never met him, I love him as a brother. My thoughts will always be with his family. I have the artical from the December 1, 2000 Daily Herald hanging at my desk in my office here in Idaho. I share it with everyone to read and to learn from. May god be with you all

Ofc. Lucian Johnson
Rexburg Police Department

Ofc Lucian Johnson
Rexburg Police Dept, Rexburg Idaho

November 23, 2003

justice will be served,this i primice you little brother.

brother e ragsdale
city of springhill

On a Sunday night, doing a job he so loved so much little did he no of the lives he would touch. a caring man who truly loved others, wearing a uniform with honor and pride,gave his with life with his brothers standing by his side,HUSBAND,FATHER,SON, SON,BROTHER.The life ed always touched others.Wether church,sports,or family,He always had a part,You see this man was very kind,giving from his heart He lived his to the fullest,always wearing a smile,lending a helping hand,no matter whatthe job,you could always hear ALAN SAY I will. LIFE IS NOT MEASURED BY HOW IT IS ,BUT BY HOW FULL IT IS


officer ALAN RAGSDALE was my son ,and I am so very proud of him. he has 2brothers and 1 sister,and FATHER ,AND A STEPFATHER. ALAN was very proud to finally live his dream. the day he finished the academy. It was cold and cloudy, but ALAN'S smile warmed the day. HE GAVE HIS LIFE TO PROCECT HIS TOWN, AND WOULD DO IT AGAIN IF HE HAD TO. ALAN WE MISS YOU EVERY DAY. A PART OF MEIS GONE AND IS NEVER COMMING BACK. I HAVE AN EMPTY PLACE IN MY HEART, BUT I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN IN HEAVEN SOMEDAY.WE LOVE AND MISS YOU EVERY DAY. LOVE MOTHER DADDY LISA PEANUT JEFF AND CHARLES RAY


To those of you who didn't know Alan he was a fine man and a fine police officer and a dear friend who i miss dearly Alan i know you are in a far better place now and someday we'll meet again

Patrolman Tommy Barber
Hohenwald Police Dept.

Alan was the first person I ever hired on the Hohenwald Police Department. Even though Alan was only on the job for 18 months his enthusiasm for his job was a great inspiration to me. In those 18 months I never had one complaint on Alan. Alan was a great police officer, son, husband, father, brother, good personal friend, and a good Christian man. Our profession and our community suffered a great loss when the Lord called home Officer Alan Ragsdale. It took me a long time to write this because the loss of Alan has effected me more than I thought it would. I just ask the Lord to comfort those who have been left behind.

Chief Sam Livingston
Hohenwald Police Dept.

Officer Alan Ragsdale was my uncle, and even during the time of his passing we didnt see eachother much, i really miss him and I regret that I didnt have a chance to spend more time with him. I remember when I was smaller, I use to love tootsie rolls, which just so happened to be his favorite also, he use to tell me he was gonna take all my candy...I know he loved me as much as I loved him and I know one day I will see him again.... until then I will continue to be here for his wife (my aunt) and his son Aren. He is turning out to be a good person. I look at Aren and I see Alan all over again. sometimes it makes me laugh. I will always love you uncle Alan and I will see you soon..
love ashley paige

To those still grieving the loss of ofc. Ragsdale:
May God continue to comfort you in your huge loss. He is close to
the brokenhearted. We wait in hope for the Lord. He is our help &
shield. In Him our hearts rejoice for we trust in His holy name. May
your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, as we put our hope in You.

Jan. 25, 2003

Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

Lynn Kole

Rest in Peace, Officer Ragsdale. You gave your life protecting your city...for that you will never be forgotten. God Bless You.


To Ms. Ragsdale:
My name is Lt. Mike Hansel of the Newport Police Department over in East Tennessee. I wanted to right a wrong, by not leaving a reflection for your husband. I constantly check the ODMP site, but have only recently started leaving reflections. Also, I frequently see your name leaving reflections to officers across the United States. That means more than we know to those who have lost someone. I lost a friend in a 1994 shootout. I'll always try to leave reflections to any officer anywhere, but if I can't, I know you will. Take care & may God bless, and comfort you.

Lt. Mike Hansel
Newport Police Department-TN

Lt. Mike Hansel
Newport Police Department -TN

Rest in peace blue angel. 01/08/03

S. Yates

I would like to take a moment to thank the family of Alan for their kind, comforting words. I see that Officer Ragsdale was a true hero and an inspiration to us all, even now. He will definitely never be forgotten. Please know that I will keep Officer Ragsdale's family, friends, and the Hohenwald Police Department in my thoughts and prayers. Take care everyone.

Charmaine S. Gernale
Sister of Conrad S. Gernale, EOW 9-6-2002

May God bless you Officer Ragsdale, You gave the ultimate sacrifice for your fellow man. You are a true Hero.

Sgt. Burt Franklin
Maury County Sheriff Dept.

On a hot day in Aug. 2002, I made the hardest decision of my life I agreed to what I thought you would like. I promised you justice would be done and I think it was. PROMISE KEPT!!! See you soon, NUT.

elton ragsdale

On 11-27-2000 Officer Ragsdale was killed in the line of duty. It has been almost two years since this terrible tragedy occured,It has been said that time heals all wounds but I have found that the pain and hurt that I feel is still here. Little brother I miss you and I love you and I hope to see you again soon. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE MEATHEAD. Love always , NUT

elton ragsdale brother

Sadly missed by friends of Columbia, TN Police Department

I don't just miss Officer Ragsdale because of his uniform, I miss him because he was the best friend I ever had or ever will have. I think of him everyday, and all of the good times we shared . His memory will always be alive in my heart. Friends forever, Randal Simmons

Alan Ragsdale was a fine officer and a great friend. What I admired most about Alan was that he treated everyone equally and fairly. I remember when Alan was working security for the memorial park and each time I talked to him all he could talk about, was trying to get on the police deptartment. Then the day finally came and it was trully the highlight of his life. Alan was an inspiration to me as well as others. I hope that the people who read this and knew Alan, know that he would do it all again. As Sgt. James Brown stated the day of Alan's funeral, Alan's only reply would have been "I was just doing my job".

Agent Joe Ashmore
21st Judicial Drug/Violent Crime Task Force

For those of you who didn't know Alan I've known him since I was little. He was very caring and thoughtful when it come to other people he always put them first to try to help them. I remember when i was little he was my baseball coach and always treated everyone equally and was always trying to make all the players better. Myself and Alan used to sit and talk about one day when I would get on the force with him and how we were going to try to help everyone. Well Alan I'm on the force now and I'm going to use the same attitude you did because it always seemed to help. When I was in the academy you touched alot of the instructors there because they all talked about you all the time. Alan I know you are in a far better place and we'll meet again someday. You will always be in my heart and sadly missed by everyone.

Deputy John Smith Jr.
Lewis Co.Sheriff Dept./Hohenwald



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