Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Ralph Arthur Painter

Rainier Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Wednesday, January 5, 2011

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Reflections for Chief of Police Ralph Arthur Painter

To the family and friends of Police Chief Ralph Painter, his officers, and most especially to Chief Painter:

We honor your service to your community as a police officer and you will always be remembered and revered. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of our entire family, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Chief Painter was killed in the line of duty. It is obvious he was well-loved by many and well-respected by his peers and officers as reflected in the loving reflections left for him.

May his loved ones continued to be supported by their law enforcement family and other police survivors. Our family grieves with you and for you. To Ralph's family, you are in my heart's embrace today. With the anniversary day and your first Christmas without your beloved, I know this is a very difficult time.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of distinquished service Chief Painter gave to his community and the citizens of Oregon, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on January 5, 2011

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 19, 2011

Rest in peace, we'll take the watch from here.

Senior Deputy

April 29, 2011

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 Chief Painter. 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 Ralph, 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 Ralph's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Ralph's life was about so much more than the way he died. Ralph will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Chief Painter, 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 eight years and 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)

March 8, 2011

My deepset sympathys to family and fellow officers.Rest In Peace.

Christina Brookhart
Mother of Deputy Don McCutcheon EOW 2/8/2010

March 6, 2011

Thank you for your sacrifice and may you rest in peace.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
Virginia

February 8, 2011

You are a true hero Chief, thank you for being leader to the end of your tour. May God watch over your officers and your family.

Cpl. C.F. Costa
South Carolina Highway Patrol

February 2, 2011

RIP Chief. A blue ribbon has been placed around a tree in my yard in honor of your sacrifice.

Cpl. Julia Gilroy
MCPD Maryland

January 31, 2011

May You Rest Peacefully Chief! God Bless You!

Patrol Officer
WPPD, Colorado

January 26, 2011

Dear Lord, law enforcement is not an easy task to do,
Yet, there are many who choose to wear the shield.
They serve each day, to the oaths they swore are true,
Protecting and serving, a safer, better world to build.


Lord now we gather to pay our deepest honor,
To those of ours officers, killed in the line of duty.
It matters not the style of shield they wore,
Only that they served with pride, and honor.


Lord all that matters is that they were one of us,
Serving wherever needed, richest mansion to dirtiest alley.
Confident and proud, highly honored by the peoples trust,
So they carried a shield, mindful of all their sacred duties.


Lord you have called several of ours home to glory,
The race with life for them is now done.
Peace, blessed peace, in safety, forever now with Thee,
Welcome rest, now in heaven for all of eternity.


May time never erase the sacrifices that were made,
May no officer ever fall alone, to lie cold in their grave .
May those of us still serving, remember well the price they paid,
May their memories stand forever as those who went down brave.


Lord give us courage to carry on, to still live and care,
To not be vengeful or bitter, to simply trust Your word it true.
May we always cover with pride the shield we wear,
To honor all fallen officers, whom we now commend to you.

Deputy S. Mackey
El Paso County Sheriff's Office - CO

January 25, 2011

Rest in peace Brother Ralph, you are a True Hero and will never be forgotten for your service and courage.

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

Anonymous

January 25, 2011

Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God. Rest in Peace may the Lord be with your family and loved ones.

Lead Border Patrol Agent- Detroit Sector
US Border Patrol

January 24, 2011

You fought the good fight, rest in peace Brother. May God show his mercy and grace on your family, friends, and coworkers.

Det. John Creamer
Daytona Beach Police

January 21, 2011

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. My condolences to your family, friends and coworkers of the Rainier Police Department. May you rest in peace.

Off. William F. Shields
Federal Reserve Police/Philadelphia - Ret. Haverford Police

January 21, 2011

Brother Ralph,

Please keep the gates of heaven open for the rest of us.

R.I.P. my Brother

Cpl. Robert l. Padgett (ret)
Charles County Sheriff's Office, Md.

January 21, 2011

"My Brother"

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He was idealistic and believed he could make a difference.
He was immensely proud of the uniform and the badge and what they represent.
He felt privileged to be of service to his department, his community and to his country.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He was friendly, courteous, and polite, yet firm.
He laughed and joked, but was serious when necessary.
He was competent, trained, and professional.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He had a strong sense of right and wrong and became
frustrated when true justice became sidetracked.
He felt the sharp criticism that goes with the job, but he
never wavered.
He stood by and for his fellow officers.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He longed for his family during the long hours.
He worried about them during his shifts and the lonely
weekends, holidays and midnights when they were apart.
He felt guilty about the lost time, but knew his calling
and prayed they would understand.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He was a good son, a loving husband, and a devoted father.
He was dedicated to the profession and cared about the
people he served.
He wanted to do the best job that he could and strived to
be the best he could be.
He was a good citizen and a good neighbor.

He was a cop.

Yes, I did know him.
He was a cop, he was my Brother.

Rest easy Brother Ralph, we have the watch...



”I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”
---Isaiah 6:8

You answered the call and made the ultimate sacrifice. Rest easy in God's kingdom and watch over us as we continue the battle here on earth!!!

Officer
Rio Rancho Police Department

January 21, 2011

My Thoughts and Prayers go out to Chief Painter's Friends & Family!! He made the ultimate sacrifice protecting us all!

Rest In Peace Chief...we'll take it from here!

Custodis of Pacis

Officer Nickey Braly
Rosenberg Police Department

January 20, 2011

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and fellow officers of Chief Painter.

While no one who wears a badge wants to be put into such a situation, you put yourself into the line of fire to protect those whom you might not have even known despite the danger. While I did not have the privilege to have known him personally, I am certain that he has found a place in heaven.

Rest in peace my friend; those of us who remain will cover your post on the thin blue line.

Police Officer Ryan McNeil
Medicine Lodge (KS) Police Department

January 20, 2011

As you patrol the streets of Heaven, may you watch over your brother & sister officers as they patrol the streets here on Earth. R.I.P. Chief Painter, Your fellow officers will take it from here.

Jerry Butler

January 18, 2011

Rest in peace Chief. Our thoughts are with your family, friends and fellow officers.

Wm Jean-Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP-Service, Traffic Unit

January 18, 2011

Chief Painter,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rainer. After reading all the reflection left for you by your fellow officers and citizens that knew all is that I wish that I had the chance to serve with you and that more chiefs and supervisors were like you. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
USBP

January 18, 2011

REST IN PEACE CHIEF PAINTER, MY YOU SPREAD YOUR WINGS WIDE AND HELP YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS GET THROUGH THIS HARD TIME, MAY THE MEMORIES YOU MADE TOGETHER GIVE THEM PEACE, MAY THEY KNOW THIS IS NOT GOOD BYE WE'LL SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDED.

DEPUTY
JACKSON CO SO OHIO

January 17, 2011

I truly am sorry to hear of yet another tragic loss to our community. My heart goes out to the family and friends of this fallen hero. Rest in peace.

Andrew / Detective
Baltimore City Police Dept.

January 16, 2011

Chief Painter-

Thank you for your many years of dedication and service to your community. You have made the ultimate sacrafice that each law enforcement officer may someday have to make. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Rest easy now sir; Gone but Never Forgotten.

Officer Jason Coates
Sandy Police Department, Oregon

January 16, 2011

Sir, Rest in pesce. We got the watch.

Officer R Taylor
US DoJ

January 15, 2011

Chief Painter

May you rest now peacefully in Gods hands brother.

God Bless

Officer Norm Tollefsen
Tualatin, Oregon Police

January 15, 2011

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