Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Candace Ripp

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, December 8, 2001

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Reflections for Police Officer Candace Ripp

I’ve heard a lot about you, even from my dad. Thinking about you tonight for some reason. My child is due on the anniversary of your death, could you say it’s a sign? I’ll raise them to be someone like you.


June 21, 2022

The motor vehicle accident call that took Candace’s life was initially given to another officer, but she told that officer to disregard and she volunteered to work the accident in rainy conditions.

MNPD Officer Candace Ripp was the first female police officer to die in the line of duty in the history of Nashville.

Candace & I attended the police academy together. She was tough, intelligent, brave, and beautiful. Candace was attending law school at the time of her death.

I always say a prayer for Candace’s family this time of year, but especially this year, the 20th anniversary of her death. I hope you’ll say a prayer too. “Lest We Forget.”

Retired Sgt Vernon Teague

December 8, 2021

Today is my baby's 55th birthday. What a party she is having in Heaven with her Dad. We all miss you so much, baby girl.

Gyna Ripp

April 29, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Ripp.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 16, 2019

RIP Officer Ripp will never ever be forgotten. May God bless her family.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

July 10, 2019

Rest In Peace Sister in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

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

December 8, 2018

I learned today (May 31st at 2am) that you are my paternal 1st cousin. Your mother, Gyna (a word to you below), is the step sister of my dad, Frankie Gene Byrd (b:1936). No one in my family ever knew John Franklin Byrd was my biological grandfather. I learned my 1st cousin was an exceptional woman! She was a brave police officer. A woman demanding her respect; I know the Byrd tenacity, so I know you did. I am proud to have your brave soul as my cousin! I love you!

Gyna, I would love to talk to you. You can find me on Ancestry. Please reach out.

Greg Byrd
Paternal 1st Cousin

May 31, 2018

16 years ago today I joined the Hole in the Heart Club. 16 is just a number that means nothing to us. We miss you so much.


December 8, 2017

I think about you and your wonderful family often. You are not forgotten.

Ret Sgt Vernon Teague

September 26, 2017

Yesterday we lost another MNPD Officer and it brought back a lot of memories of when we lost you. I have driven down Ellington Parkway a thousand times since that day and have thought about you every single time.

Russ Thompson

February 3, 2017

I just noticed it was the 29th of April and then remembered it was your birthday. You left an impression on many that has not faded after all these years, and I am one of those who will never forget you. You will always be my sister in blue.

A Friend

April 30, 2016

Happy Birthday, in 7 more minutes it will be your 51st birthday. Seems like it just gets harder and harder instead of better. Love you, my Baby Girl.

Gyna Ripp

April 29, 2016

Laurel is soooooooooo right, sometimes we turn to each other and say, yep, Candy's right here with us in those girls. Claire's athleticism is like looking at you on the basketball court or softball field all over again. And Truleigh has that ATTITUDE and DETERMINATION that comes straight from you.

Miss you every day but today is tough. Love, Mother

Gyna Ripp

December 8, 2015

Missing you....I see you in my daughters,when Truleigh gets that "Ripp"look or in Claire's drive and determination. I hate that they don't have you in their lives. I love you sissy!


December 8, 2015

I was passing this stretch of highway today and wondered who you were. Someone was thoughtful enough to post a memorial sign in your honor. Very Kind. I am sorry the loss your fellow officers, Daughter and Granddaughter had to experience in a life without you. Thank you for your service

Motor Vehicularist

November 17, 2015

I think about that day and wonder why you took that call. I was dispatched, but you took it. I think about you often and miss you. I am sure you would never have believed it but I am married now with 2 wonderful kids.

Sgt. Michael Dioguardi
MNPD (former)

May 17, 2015

Happy 50th Candy! We miss you today and everyday! Thank you for smiling down on us and watching over this family of yours!
Love you bunches!!

Kathy Ripp

April 30, 2015

Happy Birthday CandyCane. We all love you and miss you so very much!

MSgt "Buggy" Ripp

April 29, 2015

Thinking about you, as I do everyday. I miss you and Love you very much!


December 18, 2014

Missing you as much today as 13 years ago.
Love, Mother

Gyna Ripp

December 8, 2014

Not sure if I am related to your family or not. Just conducted a search of my last name and couldn't help writing. First of all, I want to thank you for your service and my heart goes out to your loved ones.

corporal Tim Ripp
Mason County Sheriff"s Office

November 4, 2014

I miss you more than words can say. I think about you every day and Love You very much.


August 26, 2014

I couldn't stop thinking about you all day today.


August 19, 2014

Even though I have never met you, Im sure I would love you, I was born a year after you died.

Claire Marie Ripp

July 18, 2014

Well, Sissy, you have a new nephew - he came here almost grown at 9 lbs. 10 ozs - Norris Franklin Ripp. What a cutie he is. You would love playing feet to feet with him just like you did with Preston and Joseph.

Miss you, Babe, more than words can say.

Gyna Ripp, Mother

May 14, 2014

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