Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Clifton Rife, II

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Wednesday, June 2, 2004

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Reflections for Sergeant Clifton Rife, II

Not only was Cliff an outstanding policeman, he was my wonderful son-in-law for the past 15 years and a wonderful husband to my daughter, Kristine, and father to my grandchildren, Brittney and Clifton III. He has gone too soon. I shall love and miss him always. Pookie

Catherine P. Rodriques

June 17, 2004

Brother, may God bless you and your family. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Special Agent
FBI New York

June 16, 2004

Reading the reflections has been helpful. I know that I'm not alone, even though it feels like it. I can look at our daughter and son and see him in their faces.

I will love him forever and can't wait to see him again.

Kristine Rife
Widow of Sgt. Clifton Rife II

June 16, 2004

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy.

Mary Wilkinson, Sister of John Watson, E

June 15, 2004

Thank you for your service.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174

June 13, 2004

We have lost a Brother who will be missed. God bless you and look after our brothers family.

Deputy Donald Ohler
Tuolumne County Sheriff Ca.

June 12, 2004

The members of the Royal Palm Beach Police Department wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family, coworkers, and friends of Sergeant Clifton Rife II. He has fought the good fight and has now gone to his reward. Many of our brothers and sisters are gone, but none are ever forgotten.

Sergeant T. E. Murphy
Royal Palm Beach, Fl. P. D.

June 12, 2004

We are truly saddened at Cliff's loss.
We all recall you gave your best.
You did your job, now you can rest.
Your comrades now can cover your post
as you take your place with the Heavenly Host.

God Bless Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters.
Our prayers will be with you, your family, and co-workers!

Ptlm. P.K. Harding
Binghamton (NY) P.D.

June 11, 2004





June 11, 2004

Rest In Peace, brother. You will NOT be forgotten. Thanks for your honorable service in this thankless profession.

Invest. Mike Bradford-Ret
Tallahassee Police Dept

June 9, 2004

Clifton, I've read all your reflections . . . I wish I could have known you, you were obviously a wonderful person. And as a policeman . . . a true, genuine warrior . . . fighting your last battle with dignity and honor, protecting the community, killing your murderer . . . a true warrior . . . a true hero. Go rest high on that mountain my brother. We all give "some" . . . you gave "all." Go rest high on that mountain . . . we'll proudly cover your post on the thin blue line. Say hello to my good friend, and your MPDC (7th District Narcotics) Brother, Bruce Wilson, EOW in 1977 . . . A Washington D.D., Police Hero . . . just like you. Clifton, I honor you, your name, your memory, and mostly, for the ultimate sacrifice you made protecting us all . . . Sergeant Clife Rife II, a warrior. With brotherly love and respect, Jim Crotty (Former Richmond, VA Police Officer).

Jim Crotty, Special Agent (Ret.)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms

June 9, 2004

Rest in Peace my Brother, you have earned your place among those Heroes of The Thin Blue Line. Thank you for your service and dedication to duty. Be assured your loved ones are never alone. We are but a phone call away.

Bob Johnson VA-VI

Bob Johnson U.S. Marshal's (Ret'd)
Blue Knights International Police

June 9, 2004

If you had to go Brother, you went well taking your killer with you! Post up on Heaven's Gates Warrior!


June 7, 2004

Its so sad to have lost another Brother. My prays go out to the Family and Friends. R.I.P. Sir

L.E.A.P. Intern Robert Lawrence III
Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland

June 7, 2004

Rest easy brother, The watch is ours now

Atlanta Police

June 7, 2004

To Sergeant Rife family, friends, and the Metropolitan Police Department. I would like to extend my condolences and deepest sympathy. You have lost a beautiful soul, but heaven has one more shining star. My thoughts and prays are with you all. Thanks Sergeant Rife for a job well done; may your soul rest in peace.

Patrol Officer
Prince George's County, Maryland

June 7, 2004

On behalf of the Los Angeles Police Department's Honor Guard, please accept our sincere condolences on the recent loss of Sergeant Clifton Rife II.
Having experienced such a loss recently, we can empathize with you and your entire department.

Officer Rosalind Curry

Police Officer Rosalind Curry
Los Angeles Police Department

June 7, 2004

My deepest simpathy to the family and friends of Sergeant Rife. May God bless you and give you strength through this terrible time.

Sergeant Rife, rest in peace.

"Well done, good and faithful servant!... Come and share your master's happiness." MATTHEW 25:21

Rosa Waters
Mother of Michael Waters
EOW: September 11, 2003

June 7, 2004

I pray for strength and peace for your family and friends and hope they find comfort in these reflections. You went out like a true hero and never gave in. I have been in law enforcement for over 17 years and I am encouraged by your bravery. Go rest high on the mountain.

D/Sgt. Vencent Woods
State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

June 7, 2004

Cliff, Cliff, Cliff...March 12, 2004, I walked onto a stage to a man of stature who jokingly said to me, "What you been waiting on Rookie!" Proudest moment in my life when you pinned on my badge.

The sadness and the emptiness I feel now will slowly go away. I woke up to a nightmare on Wednesday, June 2, 2004 at 0421AM. Being there shattered my life because I lost a brother and a true friend. I made a promise to you, you know which one I'm talking about and now I'm taking care of that promise.

The long talks we had and the rides the three of us took will always be in my memory. Remember how you use to joke about me calling and waking you up but now you will forever rest. I'll miss you with all my heart.

To Cliff Rife II, you fought the fight and made 14 "rounds" count....a warrior to the end.

To the family of Cliff Rife, you are wonderful and I'm glad you gave me the chance of meeting a wonderful man.

Forever and Always, Love you.

Ofc. Anita Maulfair
Metropolitan Police Department - 6D

June 7, 2004

A coward dies a thousand deaths, a hero dies but one.

May God be with Sergeant Rife and his family in their time of grief.

"I am my brothers keeper"

109th Cadet Class, Austin Police Department

June 7, 2004

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).
Unfortunately, I had to add the name of another friend. Deputy Jeffrey Hewitt, Buncombe County (NC) Sheriff’s Department, E.O.W. April 4, 2004.

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 Ingle (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood County EMS (NC)

June 7, 2004

My fiance, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure Clifton did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and Clifton be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Sergeant Rife's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all, especially to his wife. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that Clifton is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain Clifton was well respected and well loved.

Thank you Sergeant Rife for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiance Dennis for me.

Peace, Love, Luck, and Happiness!

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry, Davis Co. Iowa - EOW (

June 7, 2004

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Sergeant Clifton Rife II and the Metropolitan Police Department our hearts and prayers are with you all...... Thank you for a job well done Clifton... rest in peace as you continue your watch from the heavens......your memory will never be forgotten...

God Bless....Be Safe..... and wear your vests...

Vin, Pook and all of us at beyond-the-blue

Vinman and Pooky -Site Owners

June 6, 2004

TO your family and friends,
May you find solace in your lost one's life. Remember the good times and bad, and cherish them. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Speed.

Fairfax Officer's Wife

June 6, 2004

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