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

TO:The family;loved ones;friends and department members: A POLICE OFFICER'S PRAYER: O, gentle Lord! Keep the day/night watch with me.As I begin my tour of duty I ask your protection from all mental,physical and spiritual harm. Sustain me with the knowledge that I am doing your work,endeavoring to keep peace among your people.Help me to be just as I enforce the law without prejudice or favor to anyone. May I be courageous but not reckless in carrying out my duties.Let me respond to all calls with haste realizing that so many are dependent on me for life and safety. Support me with your consoling power when I am tempted to think that no one really cares and that I am taken for granted. Sustain in me the conviction that so many thousands do care and are grateful for my presence.Grant that I may be loyal to my partner and my fellow officers,and that I may back them up effectively when called upon for assistance. Lord,I ask that I may return safely,after my tour of duty,to my loved ones and those who love me.I pray that I may be a good and honorable police officer;and after my tour of duty is over here on earth,may I enjoy the peace and happiness of heaven that you have promised to those who serve you well.AMEN.***REST IN PEACE***Sent to you by the father of First Class Officer J.D.Koeppen,Capital City Raleigh NC and Trooper D.C.Koeppen,NJ State Police.

Chief (retired) Douglas A. Koeppen
Washington New Jersey

June 2, 2004

My thoughts and prayers go out to Metropolitan Police Department to lose two officers in a week is horrible. Your department now have special angels watchign over them.

Sarah W, Dispatch

June 2, 2004

Rest in peace Sergeant Rife, you will never be forgotten.

Ashley Drury
Clare, Michigan

June 2, 2004

Absolutely senseless violence again. God bless Sgt Rife and his family. The thoughts and prayers of the Montgomery County Police Department are with you.

Mont County Police

June 2, 2004

Clifton, we will never forget you. All of us have given "some" . . . you have given "all." Go rest high on that mountain, Blue Angel. I honor you, your name and mostly for your ultimate sacrifice. Bruce Wilson was a Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Policeman when he was murdered making a "buy" in 1977, working undercover (7th District Narcotics). He was a good friend of mine . . . you all will be together now.
With brotherly love and respect, Jim Crotty (former Richmond, VA Police Officer.)

Special Agent (Retired)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms

June 2, 2004

A tragic end to a shortened career. My deepest condolences to your family, friends, and coworkers during this difficult time. Another hero is taken from us by a coward who refused to make anything of himself in life....Thanks for your years of service. Your brothers in blue will not forget your sacrifice, even after this week's headlines are gone. Salute.


June 2, 2004

What a senseless tragedy. You will be missed thank you for your service. May God bless you and your family.

June 2, 2004

My prayers go to you and your law enforcement family. Your service to the community will never be forgotten. Rest Easy Brother.

Dep. Paul Sperandeo
Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office, La.

June 2, 2004

God can rest easy knowing he has a soldier like you at his side. Rest now brother. We'll take the calls from here.

Ofc m. coyne
Morrisville NC

June 2, 2004

What a horrible week it has been for our dept. We lost two brothers this week. Sarge you you showed courage and bravery, even off duty you took swift action to protect not only yourself, but the citizens in Maryland, and the ones you protected everyday in DC. God Bless You and look over your fellow brothers and sisters of MPD


June 2, 2004

On behalf of the men and women who serve and work for the Georgia Perimeter College Police Department, our thoughts and prayers are with Sgt. Clifton Rife's family, friends, and co-workers with the Metropolitan D.C. Police Department.

God bless our brother in blue. Now you can walk Heaven's beat.

Officer Johns
Georgia Perimeter College Police Department

June 2, 2004

Rest in Peace.

Albany PD

June 2, 2004

Rest in Peace. You are a hero.

Police Officer
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

June 2, 2004

Rest in peace Brother Clifton, you Sir are a true hero and will never be forgotten. Thank you for your courage and devotion to duty.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

June 2, 2004

Yet the life of another hero is taken too soon. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Sgt. Rife. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time.
Rest in peace Brother, for your watch here is over.

Sgt. Walt Beck Ret.
Tallahassee Police Dept.

June 2, 2004

To those I Love and Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, Let me go
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.

I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it's time I traveled alone.

So grieve a while for if grieve you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part
So bless the memories within your heart,

I won't be far away, for life goes on
So if you need me, call and I will come
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near
And if you listen wih your heart, you'll
Hear all of my love around you soft and clear

And when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and say,
"Welcome Home"

June 2, 2004

Sgt. Rife, His Family, and Fellow Officers,

Another hero has fallen. We have all lost another brother. Rest in peace my brother until the last day when we will all be reunited in the final roll call.

We have the watch and shall carry on.

Lt. Stephen Jackson
Baton Rouge Police Dept

June 2, 2004

I would like to extend my condolences to Sergeant Rife's family and friends, and to the men and women of the Metropolitan Police Department. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of tragedy. Rest in peace Sergeant Rife, your duty here is done.

Deputy Sheriff
Butte County Sheriff's Office

June 2, 2004

To live on in the hearts of others is to not die at all. Godspeed Sgt Rife

Ret. Corrections Officer

June 2, 2004

Thank you for all that you did and all that you stood for. You will be greatly missed by all of your brothers and sisters, who will try to fill the void left by your loss. Sleep well and hold your head high knowing that you did all you could and we will not forget your supreme sacrifice. God Bless.

Hampton Patrolman
Hampton Police Division

June 2, 2004

"One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who have sought and found a way to serve." Albert Schweitzer
To the family and friends of Sgt. Rife:
Nothing can replace your officer, but I pray that the memories you have of him in happy times will help to ease the pain you're feeling now.
Rest easy, Brother, you will never be forgotten.

Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, IN

June 2, 2004

I am very sorry...thats a horrible way to easy brother

South West Team

St. Paul Police

June 2, 2004

Rest in Peace Sergeant Rife.

Lt Thomas Drury
Clare City P.D. Clare, Mich.

June 2, 2004

Sgt. Rife,

God bless you and may you rest in peace my brother.

Chris Watkins -
Owensboro Police Department 2003 to present

June 2, 2004

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