Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Christopher Nicholson

Smithsburg Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Wednesday, December 19, 2007

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Reflections for Police Officer Christopher Nicholson

15 Christmas Days without you...
Doesn't seem possible you have come into my life and now are gone.
15 years I've spent wishing you were here...
Holding you close in my heart till the day I die.
I am proud to be your dad, proud to see the things you have done.
We all miss and Love you Christopher, that will never change.
Rest easy son, I know you're in a better place.
Heroes live forever in our hearts.

Love you,

Larry Nicholson

December 25, 2022

We'll NEVER forget. We love you Christopher ❤️. Love NEVER ends.
We'll see you soon.

Karen and Paul Highbarger
Mom and Stepdad

December 19, 2022

Rest in peace hero.


December 19, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice are always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

December 19, 2020

Today 12 yrs ago you was home sleeping and I was getting ready for work and our Wyatt boy wouldn't leave you alone, I kissed you as I was leaving for work and said Id talk to you later... I miss you everyday !!! As life goes on and time pasts by I still think about you everyday, you was my one true love and one day I will meet you at the gates of heaven... please give our Wyatt boy a huge hug and kiss for me!!

Desiree Grimes

December 19, 2019

I vividly remember the call from Dave to pray for an officer down that cold December night... You will NEVER be forgotten!

Sandy Harper
Wife of Maryland State Police Sergeant

December 18, 2019

Officer Chris as he was known by all, served with distinction in our town of 3000. He gave his life protecting the town he was growing to know. RIP Officer Christopher Shane Nicholson.

Chief George L. Knight Jr.
Smithsburg Police Department

December 19, 2018

He we are again .. 11 years ago is hard to believe. Think about you often Chris. Stopped by your memorial in Smithsburg today as I always do this time every year. RIP!

Captain Mark Knight
Brother in Blue

December 19, 2018

I only knew him about a year, a fantastic Officer. He wanted to serve and do a great job of it.

Mike Cermak
PA State Constable

December 19, 2017

A great man I had the pleasure of working with, you followed your dream buddy. Our many talks about you wanting to be a police officer came true. You wore that uniform with pride. This was one of the most devastating days in our division when we heard the news. So proud of you Chris and God rest your soul.

Kimberly Faith
Washington County Permits & Inspections (previously)

December 19, 2017

Chris, Thinking of you as I go to work this morning. Kenny Chesney's song "Who You'd Be Today" is running through my head, and it will continue to do so all day. You are not forgotten.
John 15:13

Russ Zullick - Civilian Pilot IV
Maryland State Police - Trooper 3

December 19, 2015

Words can never describe the many emotions that I experienced because of this senseless tragedy. From the time that I swore Chris in to the worst night of my service to the Town, I knew that Chris was a dedicated young officer and had so much to look forward to. He will never be forgotten.

Mickey Myers
Smithsburg Mayor

September 16, 2015

Our 15 year class reunion is coming up in September and it got me thinking back to days gone by. I pulled out my yearbook and there you were smiling back at me. You are greatly missed and know you are looking down on all of us.

former classmate and friend

July 17, 2015

Christopher, you are always in our hearts as we move forward through another holiday, and another year without you. You are not forgotten, dear one.

Carol Findley, friend from birth to death, and beyond

December 21, 2014

Christopher, as I walked from the hangar last night the air was cold and the sky was clear and filled with stars. It was eerily reminiscent as that night you went home. You are not forgotten. Merry Christmas you lucky dog … your having a holiday feast we can only dream of. Save a place for me.
John 3:16

Russ Zullick - Pilot II
Maryland State Police - Trooper 3

December 25, 2013

Take care, welcoming Offc. Schneider. We miss you!

Karen and Paul Highbarger
#592-Offc. Christopher Nicholson: EOW: December 19, 2007

August 29, 2013

Thinking of you brother as we enter National police Week.


May 15, 2013

I cant beleive that its been 5 yrs.... There is so much that has happened and so much that his changed in the last year, I miss you like crazy and you are always on my mind that will never change! I sold the house and Wyatt is with pappy doing great, I now have a love in my life that Im sure you sent to me, hes so wounderful Chris and there's alot of simaliar traits, you would have loved him and Im sure you would have approved. I offen wonder what things would be like if you was still here, how many kids we'd have and where would we live, things like that, I truly miss you and would do anything to have you back, as my life takes me in many different directions watch over me and lead me as you have - love always and forever


February 27, 2013

chris, we have not forgotten you.......

dorothy bennett communciations superviso
maryland state police

December 19, 2012

Hi Chris,

It it hard to believe 5 years have gone by since you were taken from us. Just wanted you to know that you have not been forgotten. You continue to live on in the hearts of all those who loved you. You made the ultimate sacrifice and are a true hero. Please continue to watch over us from above until the day comes that we get to join you.

P. Platz

December 19, 2012

It's that time of year again, and my recent summer trip to the ocean was full of the memories that we made there over six years ago. Just a bunch of young recruits trying to hold-on to the brotherhood we created during our academy time together, we all seemed inseparable. Little did we know that in a year and a half after that trip, we'd lose one of our own. Many of us have parted on our own ways, and branched out to find our own lives, but we still have that eternal bond: we ran, bled, sweated, and suffered together. As one.
When things get rough and it seems like I'm being flooded with anxiety or stress, I just think back to our beach trip, when we were nearly flooded off of the road with the rain. I became stressed out, thinking we were going to be stranded. You looked at me, with the slightest of grins and calmly said "Men, it's time for Plan B: Deploy the dinghy." That smallest of anecdotes eased the mood and we all had a good laugh. To this day, I still think of that line and say it to myself on a near-daily basis when I think things are getting too rough, and I'm reminded of a gentle calmness in the face of fear. Your sacrifice has given me the strength to face the fears and come out smiling.
Your friendship kept us going through rough times, and your sacrifice keeps us pushing everyday. I have found peace in your passing, as I know that you are not gone, just home. One day it will be my turn to take that trip and join you. And you will no it's me when I look at you, give you the slightest of grins, and say "the dinghy has been deployed."


June 26, 2012

Thinking of you today...I never know what to type to you, only that I still can't believe your gone. Occasionally I'll pass a red explorer or Ridgline and think "I wonder if that's Chris...?" then I remember. It's over 4years now and as I read through other posts on this page I miss you even more. I wish you were here & we could talk about where our lives have taken us and the new additions to our families. I'd love for you to meet my daughter, she's my beautiful baby : ) I know you can see her from heaven, and I'm happy for that. When she's older I'll tell her about you and the sacrafice you made. You will always be remembered and sadly missed....

With Love,

March 29, 2012

Hi Chris,

I can't believe it has been 4 years already.....I still ask myself why things turned out the way they did....I just can't seem to get any answer. You are missed so much. It is that time of year and we were talking again the other day about our Christmas much fun we all had. You always were quick to flash that beautiful smile of yours. Thanks for continuing to keep watch over us from up above.....just know you are missed and loved very much!


December 27, 2011

Another year has come and gone, 4yrs already and I still can hear your voice on the phone that night.... I cant describe the heart ache I feel everyday not having you here by my side, my solomate taken away to soon from me. The house is ready for Christmas and Wyatt is mommys baby and so spoiled...I still keep in touch with most o fyour friends, Joel and kelly the most, you would be so proud of Joel, SWAT team, beauitful baby girl Clara and Just such great friends and family you had. Til I see that smile again, Love you facehole....***HUGS***


December 19, 2011

It's hard to believe four years have past. Everyday gets a little easier. Time goes by so fast, but I still miss you. You loved Christmas and would be happy to see our home this year. Everyone in the family is doing well and misses you, especially at Christmas. Love ya!

Officer Nicholson's Mother

December 19, 2011

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