Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Senior Trooper Michael Joseph Rao

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, June 12, 2002

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Reflections for Senior Trooper Michael Joseph Rao

To the family & friends of Trooper Rao,
I am so saddened to hear of the loss of your loved one. One of our troopers was struck & killed on 10-3-01 on i40 while on a traffic stop....he too was out of his vehicle when it occurred. That trooper was also the man that I had been married to for 8 years. I know what it is like to lose your loved one and co-worker. My thoughts and prayers are with you & pray that God will give you strength, comfort and the will to go on. Please pull together during this often (as in my case), family and friends fall apart from each other which only makes a tragedy even worse (if that's possible). To Trooper Rao's co-workers, don't ever forget to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you......tomorrow may be too late. To Trooper Rao, look Calvin up & he'll show you around the streets of gold in your eternal resting place. Don't hesitate to talk with other survivors...they can be of great assistance to you in time.

Survivor of Calvin E. Taylor E.O.W. 10-3-01

NC Highway Patrol

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.

Rest in peace, Trooper.
Our thoughts and prayers go to your family.

Park Ranger D. Mc Sweeney
National Park Service; former Virginia State Trooper

to the family of Officer Rao
you are in my thoughts and prayers. I feel your pain having just lost my husband who was also a police officer in SC. The love and strength of family and friends has helped me cope and I wish you the same. Hold tight to each other and your love will get you through
Liz McKniff

Mike I can't explain how much I will miss you. I keep thinking about Babbit, you and me skiing out on the lake. Thank you for being such a good friend to me. I'm very thankful that we had a chance to talk on the phone about my new job . I know you were excited and proud for me. I just want you to know how proud I am of you. I will miss you very much.

Special Agent
US Customs

South Carolina has truly lost a wonderful trooper. The entire state is mourning the loss of Senior Trooper Rao. The Survivors in South Carolina are very lucky to have the organization C.O.P.S during these tragic times. When I lost my fiance' they were there for me and they will do the same for Trooper Rao's family. Rest in peace you will never be forgotten.

Dana Moody Perot
Survivor (Fiance') of Deputy Joseph C. Rodgers

To Trooper Rao family and friends our hearts and prayers goes out to you. May God give you strength to face the storm that lies ahead of you. May your love one rest in peace.
D. Jones
Mother of Officer Ron Jones
EOW 12/26/01

PPD, Prentiss, Ms.

Our prayers and thoughts go out to the Rao's family to trooper Rao friends and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
God bless you Senior Trooper Michael Joseph Rao.

From the Duran-Matthew family, and the United States Postal Police Force San Juan, Puerto Rico Field Office.

Police Officer. Walter Duran
United States Postal Police (USPIS)

Trooper Rao, I grieve for the loss suffered by your family. You will truly be missed by all. RIP Brother and stand watch over us left behind, lend us that guiding sense and touch to know so there will not be any names added on your watch from above.

Senior Corrections Officer W.R. Phillips
CCA Lake City Correctional Facility



Sgt. John P. Riley
Isle of Palms, SC Police Dept.

To Trooper Rao family and friends our hearts and prayers go out to you.

God Bless you

Terry Miyares
surviving spouse
Officer Emilio Miyares
Hiaelah PD, Fl

terry miyares
Hialeah Police Dept, (SOUTH FLORIDA COPS)

To the family and friends of Tooper Rao, May you find comfort during this time and for years to come. Your pain will ease but will always remain. May you come to find laughter in your memories and peace in your hearts.

Survivor(daughter) of Paul Scurry
Metro Police Dept. Nashville, TN
End of Watch 5/17/1996

Melanie Scurry West
Middle Tennessee COPS

A Policeman's Prayer

When I start my tour of duty God wherever crime may be,
As I walk the darkened streets alone, let me be close to Thee.

Please give me understanding with both the young and old.
Let me listen with attention until their story's told.

Let me never make a judgment in a rash or callous way,
but let me hold my patience; let each man have his say.

Lord, if some dark and dreary night, I must give up my life. Lord, with your understanding love, protect my children and wife.

Author Unknown

Sergeant Michael King
California Highway Patrol

To Senior Trooper Michael Joseph Rao and Family:

My heart goes out to your family at ths tragic time. Time and God will eventually heal your pain. There is a special place in heaven for a man who would give is life while helping others. God bless....

Corporal Micheal Wilson
Mryland State Police

May the Lord continue to watch and guide you and your family. As you begin your new journey in the heaven up above, Please, protect your family,and brother & sisters that are also part of your family.With the Lords assistance he will bless and comfort all of you. My prayers are with you all.

Anthony Petrone
IBPO Local# 378

Police Officer Anthony M Petrone
Worcester,Ma 01604

To the family, friends, and coworkers of Trooper Rao.
My deepest condolences go out to you. Having lost two fellow officers in January, I feel your pain. Although I have never met Trooper Rao, the mere fact of who he worked for and his job duties reflect greatly on him as a person.

Rest in peace Trooper, and watch over us all.

T.J. Slupski and family.

Sgt T.J. Slupski
Beaufort County Sheriff's Office

Thank you for the job you did, go now a patrol the highways in heaven...God bless you and your family

Officer C. Penney
Chattanooga Police Department



Rest in peace blue angel. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who was left behind. God bless

S. Yates

Rest in peace, Trooper Rao, your watch is complete now. May God comfort your department, your family and friends. They have a heartbreaking journey ahead and they will be in my prayers. Fly high!

Godspeed. Another blue angel to protect us. My sympathies go to his family.


Rest easy brother, may God bless your soul and take car of your family. You were taken from them too soon, such a tragedy. You are a hero, as you died while helping another. Watch over your family and those of us still on watch.

A Brother in Blue

Corning P.D., NY

Dear Family and Friends,
My heart is broken as I read of your loss. I am praying for you all.

Cathy Hill
Surviving Spouse of Deputy Barrett Hill
e.o.w. 12/4/00
Phil 4:13

To the family of MIke, I say in times like this you need an anchor. Be sure and very sure your anchor will hold. That anchor is God. God rules and super rules this world and all power is in his hand. Look to the hills from whence cometh your help and remember all your help comes from God.

CPL. Albert Mobley

God bless you and your family. Thanks for doing the job that you did!

Ofc. J. Mould
Howard County Police Maryland

Our prayers and thoughts go out to Trooper Rao's family....another child left without a father. It is so tragic to see knew names on here every couple of days.WHY?? Godbless to a true hero.......

DFC. Matt Crisafulli
Worcester Co. Sheriffs Off.
Worcester Co. Md.

DFC. Matt Crisafulli
Worcester Co. Sheriffs Office/Md.

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