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Constable Elijah Chenault

Alexandria Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, August 4, 1823

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Reflections for Constable Elijah Chenault

Rest in peace always knowing that your service will never, ever be forgotten as no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 4, 2020

go with my God He Pay with blood your life i see you in eternety. Thank for your service and Sacrifice.

Hector Luciano

August 4, 2019

I am very proud to be related to Constable Elijah Chenault, who was my third Great Grandfather. To have met his untimely death in the line of duty just lends to the fact that every day our police men and women lay their lives on the line. I shed tears as I read the account of the assault and suspect who took his life. Thank you for your service.
I lost my son in the military in Desert Storm so I hold you both in my heart and offer love and respect for your sacrifice. I feel honored to be a Chenault on my mother's side. The Chenaults are a Virginia family that goes back to the Huguenots who settled in Virginia from France.
Elijah, you are not forgotten.
Love From Your Great, Great, Great Granddaughter Barbara

Barbara Chenault Beaugrand
GGG Granddaughter of Elijah Chenault

March 8, 2019

Constable Chenault,
On today, the 193rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Alexandria. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 4, 2016

Constable Chenault,
As a decendent family member of the Chenault family's in Virginia, I am particularly proud of your service and regret that the person that took your life was not punished more severely. There has been other family members in my family line that has served as police officer's here in Ohio. My great grandfather was Marshall in Commercial Point, Ohio in the late 1800's and resigned from his position in 1899 and went back into farming. I thank you sir for your service and honor. May you rest in peace.

John W. Chenault, USAF MSgt, Ret.
Decendent Cousin

April 20, 2014

Your dedication and heroism is still honored by your family and friends and you still inspire us to follow in your footsteps in the law enforcement field. Rest in Peace.

James N. Pitts, Ex-Chief, BGPD, VA
Great great great grandson

February 16, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the one hundred and eighty-sixth anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 4, 2009

For fellow historians:

This year Constable Chenault was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.

Althoug there were some who believed that Constable Chenault was quite possibly the very first law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty in the United States of America, my research shows that the recorded incident regarding Constable Darius Quimby Albany County Constable's Office, New York), who died on January 3, 1791, is most likely the first recorded incident. I suspect that there may have been others prior to 1791, but thus far, I have been unable to find actual documentation........

Constable Chenault:
May Your Soul Rest - In - Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor

August 4, 2008

Constable Chenault,
Thank You for your service and sacrifice. YOU are a HERO!!You may have left us but you will never be forgotten...
God Bless you... Rest in Peace..

Sister of Officer John P Harris EOW 8/19/1994

April 5, 2008

RIP Constable Chenault your contribution should not be forgotten. The punishment was quite light for the offender who took your life while you tried to protect and serve.

January 17, 2008

May you never be forgotten


September 24, 2007

I'm thankful that we can now acknowledge your sacrifice and always remember you. I am so sorry that your assailant received such a slight penalty. It should shame us all. May your brave heritage continue as you rest in peace.

Vicki Hare

August 5, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

August 2, 2007

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Though who were temporarily "lost" as the wrold went round, may everyone take comfort in knowing that NEVER again will you be forgotten and FOREVER you will be a hero!

Mark The Narc

August 2, 2007

Thank you for your service.

Grand Rapids, MI

August 1, 2007

You served your Department and now you rest in Peace. God Bless you.

Ret. Fairfax County Police. Va

July 17, 2007

Constable Chenault,
It has taken almost 184 years, but you are finally being honored. I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Alexandria.



July 16, 2007

rest in peace


July 15, 2007

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