Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Christopher A. Upton

United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, March 5, 2010

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Reflections for Officer Christopher A. Upton

Thinking of you today my brother, and of Jessica.

Isaiah 40:31
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Ryan Burns Peace Officer (Ret)
Alturas Police, Modoc Narcotics Task Force / DA Office, USFSLEI(Ret)

May 2, 2022

Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

March 5, 2021

Chris, we haven't forgotten you. All of our recruits know your story and what kind of a LEO and person you were.


March 5, 2021

Still miss you Chris! I made a trip to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial and made a rubbing of your name and also Burnsed… I have them displayed in my office and think about both of you all of the time. Rest in peace brother!

Major Jay Russel
Classmate- FWC Class #1

October 16, 2020

You are still in our hearts, Chris. Craig and I keep in touch with your wife and will help her if she ever is in need. Please know you are spoken of often in stories of the 'Craig and Chris adventures'.
During Craig's retirement party, I lite a candle and displayed your picture so you could be apart of the festivities. We know you would have been there in person had this not happened to you. . We miss you Chris

Beth & Craig Mitchell
(Craig) Retired FWC Officer

September 11, 2019

It's been 9 years since you were taken from this Earth. It feels like yesterday. I still think of you often and pray that your family has found peace. I will never forget you my friend.

Ray Huffman

March 5, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Upton.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 25, 2019

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

October 4, 2018

Officer Upton, what a legacy of love you have left--it's apparent in the reflections written by those who knew you. Thank you for being an example of service, dedication, compassion and love for the profession and for others.

Tina Lewis Rowe
Captain, Denver Police Department (ret.)
U.S. Marshal, Colorado (ret.)

February 25, 2017

I am a civilian support staff member for Police Unity Tour Chapter IV. I received the Band of Honor blue bracelet for Christopher Upton the first year of Chapter IV in May 2006. His bracelet has been on every Unity Tour since then, six to date, helping me support our 100+ riders. We just completed that sixth Unity Tour ride arriving in Washington DC yesterday. It has also ridden thousands of miles by bicycle with me, including several rides with the Injured Veterans ride program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as well as Ride 2 Recovery. It goes on for every ride I do and every Law Enforcement event I'm involved with. I did not know Officer Upton. But I see his name and End Of Watch date on his bracelet and think of him and his family often. I just wanted to let his friends, fellow officers and family know he was remembered again on this years ride.

John Carter
Police Unity Tour Chapter IV support

May 13, 2016

It's been 5 year to the day, Chris. We haven't forgotten about you and we never will.

AD, Patrol Captain
US Forest Service LEI

March 5, 2015

You will never be forgotten. . .

Justin Brock
Putnam County Sheriff's Office

September 16, 2014

You may be gone but not forgotten.....We will never forget you.....Craig speaks of you often and the funny things y'all experienced. Take care Chris.....we miss you.

Beth & Officer Craig Mitchell
Charlotte County Sheriff's Office & FL Game & Fish

March 13, 2014

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

March 5, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 27, 2012

Impossible to forget your outstanding training attitude at FLETC. RIP my fellow brother. I will always remember you.

"Derc" D'Ercole, SSA (Retired)
USFS / FLETC Tactics Instructor

June 6, 2012

Rest in peace Brother. You are not forgotten.

Officer Don Harris
USFS Law Enforcement

May 10, 2012

Chris was such a wonderful fellow - always smiling and quick to stop by my desk and show me the latest photo of his daughter. He loved Jessica very much and Annabelle was the love of their lives together. I was priviledged to cross paths with this wonderful man and am sorry he left us so suddenly and early. But, how lucky we all were to have known him even for a short time.

June T. White
U. S. Forest Service

April 20, 2012

Two years has not diminished the love we had together. I will continue to miss your smiling face every day that I linger in this life.
Wherever you are, you have my heart.

Jessica Upton

March 15, 2012

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP as you shall always be remembered

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

March 5, 2012

Loved, missed and never forgotten!


March 1, 2012

When I signed up to run the National Police Week 5K, in Washington, DC, I didn't know that I would be running in memory of a certain officer. Before the race this morning, I looked up Christopher Upton's name, which was printed on my bib, at the National Law Enforcement Officers memorial. I saw a note his daughter left at the memoriala child's handwritingnear his name, and it hit home the sacrifices that these officers and their families make. I feel for Christopher's family, friends and colleagues...please know how much I appreciate what he did and what officers still do every day.

Lisa Gerstner

May 14, 2011

All I can say is "SEMPER FI"....Thank you for your service....My daughter attended the same academy you did and I was there for her graduation in Jan 2010. May God Bless you and know that all of your fellow law enforcement friends will take the watch now....Rest in peace and again, Thank you for your service....

State Traffic Officer #7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol

September 27, 2010

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Every time 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 officer they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Officer Upton. 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. I can also be found on Face Book.) 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.

Officer Upton, 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 seven years and a half years but he's still very much missed and forever loved.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

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

July 12, 2010

The Dail family of Ocala, Florida sends our deepest condolences to you and sincerest love. We are praying for you and grieving with you. May the LORD carry you and protect and provide for you. Trust Him, rest in Him.

The Dail family, Ocala, FL
in-laws Ofc. Tony Zeppetella eow:6/13/03

July 2, 2010

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