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

You will be remembered , not forgotten.

Deputy Ray O'Neill (ret)
Washington County, Oregon

January 15, 2011

I do not know you personally but have been watching the news. Our hearts go out to your family. What I do know about you is your love for family,friends, and your dedication to the police department. Thank you for your years of service to keep citizens safe on a daily bases. Because of you I am going to try to be a better person and help others more often and not take things for granted like a lot of us do. May God be with you and your family.


January 15, 2011

Ralph, you are my little brother and I will forever miss you and your humor and the love you have for family and friends; rest assured, we will take care of one another always. I want to thank everyone for all the loving and heartfelt reflections left on here and have made a copy for our mom to read and treasure!!!!!!!!!!


January 15, 2011

Rest in Peace Chief Painter...Job well done sir...we have your watch from here.


January 12, 2011

His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, 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 tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
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 here, 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 often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

Author unknown

May God be with everyone

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, Tx

January 12, 2011

Rest in peace Chief! God bless your soul, wife, children, friends and co-workers! Thank you for your service.

Deputy M. Chavez
Fresno County Sheriff's Office

January 12, 2011

Rest in peace Chief Painter. Thanks for your service.

Deputy S. Yates
Covington County Sheriff Dept. (Ms)

January 12, 2011

Rest In Peace, Chief Painter.

Lt T Carr

January 11, 2011



January 11, 2011

Ralph, thank you for the friendship.You have meant so much to me over the years. My heart breaks for you and your family, though I know you are at peace now. Rest well my brother, it won't be that long until I see you again.

Det. Randy Sparks
Coos Bay Police Department

January 11, 2011

May God bless and comfort the family of Chief Painter. Rest in peace Chief.

sister of GSP Trooper

January 11, 2011

God bless my family when I am away,
Leave the lights on I'll return from harms way,

Grant me courage and strength to protect others each day,
So they live in peace without worry, fear or dismay,

Bless those who have fallen given their life for another
May their spirit live on from then and forever,

Return me home to my family at the end of each night,
May I pass through the door before the morning's first light,

Shall I give my life for another before the dawn breaks today,
God bless my family when I am away.

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

January 10, 2011

Thank you for your service Chief.

Rest in peace.

James Clendening
Glades County Sheriffs Office (FL)

January 10, 2011

Rest in Peace my Brother, God Bless you, your Family and your Dept.

Officer Bob Swope #5609
Olmsted Falls Police Dept.Ohio

January 10, 2011

Rest in Peace

Patrolman Jeff Tripp
Marion,Ma police Dpet

January 10, 2011

Ralph was my neighbor when I first moved to town. He was truly just a nice, caring man, someone with a big heart. When he became Chief, he tried to help my neighborhood when two of our neighbors were involved with drugs and domestic violence. Ralph cared about our kids at school; he especially tried to help those older students who just couldn't quite stay out of trouble. Our kids were lucky to have him as a role model. He was a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, colleague, leader, and friend to the people of Rainier. He will be missed.

Virginia Rose
Counselor, Rainier School District

January 10, 2011

Rest in peace. My deepest sympathy to the loved ones of Chief Painter and the entire Rainier Police Department.

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

January 10, 2011

Ralph, you and I learned about duck hunting together with the same group of friends, and man we sure had fun. The assistance provided by you and your officers to me in doing my job was always greatly appreciated. It was an honor to take my shift standing watch over you this weekend along with your fellow officers. Rest in peace Ralph.

Dave Brown Supv. Deputy U.S. Marshal
U.S. Marshals Service, Oregon

January 10, 2011

Rip Chief Painter for your job is done. Prayers go out to the family. No words can express our sorrow for we have just laid to rest one of our own.

Officer Vikki Adams
Enon PD

January 10, 2011

God Bless you sir.

Rick F.
Ret. CO

January 10, 2011

2011 is only 9 days old and already we have lost too many of our "brothers in arms". Our condolences go out to your department and his family. You will all remain in our prayers and hearts.

We just laid to rest one of our own on Friday, Jan 7th.

Respectfully yours,

Deputy Andrew Biggert
Clark County Sheriff Department

January 9, 2011

Rest easy Chief.

Virginia State Police

January 9, 2011

Law Enforcement Memorial Prayer by Officer Thomas Guthery

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.

God Speed!

Reserve Officer C. Lee
Maplewood Police Department, Maplewood, MN

January 9, 2011

For Chief of Police Ralph Painter:

Our duty as law officers is always dangerous and a sudden confrontation with a person actively engaged in crime can result in a fight to the death. We regret that our brother Ralph would become involved in such an incident. At the same time we rejoice that fellow offices were able to apprehend the culprit soon afterward. We now rely upon the courts to bring justice for Ralph.

We pray for Ralph's family, friends, co-workers and all who care about him. May they be ready to reach-out to one another in the days ahead.

I am proud to render Chief Ralph Painter a final salute.

Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza (Ret.)
Pennsylvania State Police

January 9, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Chief Painter as well as the brotherhood at Rainier Police Department. May you rest in God's eternal peace our brother!

Detective Mark Techmanski
City of Syracuse (NY) Police Department

January 9, 2011

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