Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal Christopher Michael Metternich

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Monday, August 14, 2006

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Reflections for Corporal Christopher Michael Metternich

We are still remembering you and
your tremendous sacrifice. You are a bright light that your death cannot extinguish.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
"Blessed are those who mourn
for they will be comforted."
"Blessed are the meek
for they will inherit the earth."
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
for they will be filled."
"Blessed are the merciful
for they will be shown mercy."
"Blessed are the pure in heart
for they will see God."
"Blessed are the peacemakers
for they will be called Sons of God."
"Blessed are those who are
presecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kindgdom of Heaven.

Lynn Kole
Washington State

August 14, 2007

There is not a day that goes by that you are not missed dearly.

August 6, 2007

If Tears Could Build A Stairway

If tears could build a stairway
And memories were a lane
We would walk right up to Heaven
And bring you back again

No farewell words were spoken
No time to say goodbye
You were gone before we knew it
And only God knows why

Our hearts still ache in sadness
And secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you
No one will ever know

But now we know you want us
To mourn for you no more
To remember all the happy times
Life still has much in store

Since you’ll never be forgotten
We pledge to you today
A hallowed place within our hearts
Is where you’ll always stay

Officer J. Fullwood
Baton Rouge Police Dept.

June 26, 2007

Happy Fathers Day Chrissy. You would be so very proud of Sage and Alexa. They are both getting so big. Sage is becoming the little man you helped raise him to be and Alexa, well, I can't express the joy that your baby girl gives us everyday. I truely wish you could be here with us. I love you and miss you more than words can say. Please tell Daddy and PawPaw Happy Fathers Day for me and give them a kiss for me. I love you all, Sis


June 17, 2007

Dear Lisa and family,
I think about you and your family often. At night you're all in my prayers. I do not pretend to know the extent of your pain, but I pray that you know..we will never forget Chris. I gathered from the funeral that he was quite an amazing man. I met him once at the traffic office, as I was dropping off cookies to a friend. I asked him if he would like one of the cookies...he smiled real big and said "oh, No" ,while rubbing his belly, and then said "my wife says I gotta watch my weight." It was a really funny moment-we all kinda laughed, some of the other guys gave him a little hard time, but he took it well. Lisa, I'm sorry that I can't ease your pain, but I can promise to pray for your strength and courage knowing that Chris is watching over you and your family.

Jill Higginbotham
wife of brpd officer brian higginbotham

February 8, 2007


February 2, 2007


February 2, 2007

--"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." -- Maya Angelou

Aloha Corporal Christopher Metternich,
Thank you for your service and dedication to your community and your country. You and all officers that continue to lay your lives on the line and pay the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities and country safe, will NEVER be forgotten.

I personally pledge, (after one of Hawaii's own, Honolulu Police Officer Steve Favela, lost his life in the line of duty protecting our Commander in Chief, President George W. Bush), to become a continuum of the ODMP light. That light is in the form of an ODMP tribute. People from all walks of life, regardless of age, race, religion, profession, education, and geographical location can share here. That "LIGHT" comes from within the heart and soul of every person who cares to share a word or two on behalf of each and every fallen officer. Every fallen officer is an hero. The ODMP; Officer Down Memorial Page gives us a place to come together and share our feelings as one family. May we find comfort as we give comfort to the families who have lost a loved one.

As we say in Hawaii, “We are`Ohana.” We are family. God Bless this fallen hero. May we embrace him as one of our own family member; our `Ohana. No one will ever be able to replace you for you were unique and very special. No one; not in this lifetime. May God allow you to rest in His Divine peace.

Corporal Christopher Metternich , I wish you, your loved ones, your fellow officers, and friends, peace and love beyond all understanding.

--- May this Hawaiian prayer give all those who read it comfort. ---


Peace be with you, All My Peace,
O ka Maluhia no me oe, Ku'u Maluhia a pau loa,

The Peace that is " I ", the Peace that is "I am".
Ka Maluhia o ka "I", owau no ka Maluhia,

The Peace for always, now and forever and evermore.
Ka Maluhia no na wa a pau, no ke'ia wa a mau a mau loa aku.

My Peace " I " give to you, My Peace " I " leave with you,
Ha'awi aku wau I ku'u Maluhia ia oe, waiho aku wau I ku'u Maluhia me oe,

Not the world's Peace, but, only My Peace,
The Peace of " I ".

A'ole ka Maluhia o ke ao aka, ka'u Maluhia wale no,
Ka Maluhia o ka "I".

Moana V.C. Molale (Private Citizen)
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

January 11, 2007



THE POLICEMAN SQUARED his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a Saint. I've had to
work most Sundays, and at times my talk was rough, and sometimes I've been
violent because the streets are awfully tough. But I never took a penny that
wasn't mine to keep, though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills just
got to steep. And I never passed a cry for help, though times I shook with
fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept many unmanly tears. I know I
don't deserve a place among the people here, they never wanted me around
except to calm their fear. If you've a place for me Lord, it needn't be so
grand. I never expected or had too much, but if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne where the Saints had often trod. As
the policeman waited quietly, for the judgement of his God. "Step forward
now, policeman, you've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on Heaven's
streets, you've done your time in hell."

Author Unknown

January 1, 2007

Well Chrisy we made it through our first Christmas and New Years without you. It was hard for everyone who loved and misses you so much but I think you would have been proud of everyone. We know you were with us every step of the way. I miss you more than words can say. Watch over us and guide us through the year to come. Love you!


Mary Katherine Metternich

January 1, 2007

Rest in peace brother we will continue to pray for you and your family.

Officer Brian Biletnikoff
Baton Rouge City Police Department

December 17, 2006

To all of the wonderful people who have taken the time to honor, love, and pray for our family. Thank you for leaving your beautiful messages of kindness and prayer. It is healing to come to this page and read about my husband,and how you all care for him as well as his family and fellow officers. To my husband and best friend I miss you immesily. I know you are watching over us. (an ANGEL over our shoulder). I love you.
Lisa Metternich

Lisa Metternich

November 22, 2006

Well its been almost two months and we are missing you everyday. I know that you are looking down on your motor brothers with such pride after this weekend. They all miss you dearly and ride everyday for you. The proudest though is Sage. He smiled all day Saturday and he was truly a motorman. We felt you with us through out the entire competition and hope you are pleased with all that was done in your honor. You should be proud of your family as well as they live everyday remembering you and letting the world know how wonderful of a man you were. We miss you dearly Chris and love you!

Cpl. Rendy Richard

November 7, 2006


It has now been a little over two months since you left us. You are still missed every day by those of us that were lucky enough to know and work with you. As we are several days away from our Motorcycle Rodeo, I know that you are looking down and watching us. I hope the "St. Christopher" exercise looks good to you, you know why it is there.

Thank you for keeping us strong.

Lt. Gary Traylor
Baton Rouge Police Department Motorcycle Division

October 31, 2006

Thank you for serving and protecting our state of La. May GOD bless your family and friends at this terrible time. Heaven has another HERO! Rest in peace.

Shirley Roberts- Oakdale, La.
Aunt of Fallen Hero John Logan EOW-3-14-04

October 26, 2006


Its now been over two months and it still doesn't seem real. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you and want to hear your voice. I love you and miss you more than words can say. Give Daddy a kiss for me. I love you so much, you are my heart. Sis


October 23, 2006

Rest in peace brother

Sergeant Fred Gernant Jr
Baton Rouge Police

October 13, 2006

"The world has just lost a wonderful person, but Heaven has just gained one GREAT soul!"

Author Unknown


October 5, 2006

"The world has just lost a wonderful person, but Heaven has just gained one GREAT soul!"

Author Unknown


October 5, 2006

"The world has just lost a wonderful person, but Heaven has just gained one GREAT soul!"

Author Unknown


October 5, 2006

Mrs. Metternich,
I have no words such a lost of your husband. I never had the pleasure of meeting Christopher, but you should know that in my opinion he was a member of one of the MOST ELITE motorcycle units in the nation. I had the privilege of being trained by two members of the Baton Rouge PD Motorcycle Unit. My prayers are with you and your children.
Capt. Roger Byars
University of Houston Police Dept.

Captain Roger Byars
University of Houston Police Dept.

September 24, 2006

Lisa, I am so sorry to hear of your loss and your children's loss. I pray that your faith, family, and friends help you during this trying time.. With deepest sympathy, Gloria

Gloria Gonzalez
Wife of Octavio Gonzalez EOW 6-16-06

September 16, 2006

Corporal, thank you! Your fellow motor officers salute you!

Deputy Chief Gene Bernal
Orlando Police Department

September 5, 2006

Rest in peace Brother!

You will not be forgotten!

Sgt. David Munyan
baltimore Police / Motor Unit

September 3, 2006

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Everytime I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the man they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Corporal Metternich, especially to his wife. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Christopher, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Christopher's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Christopher's life was about so much more than the way he died. Christopher will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Corporal Metternich, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been three and a half years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Surviving Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

August 30, 2006

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