Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Park Ranger Christopher Nickel

United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, January 29, 2011

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Reflections for Park Ranger Christopher Nickel

Ranger Nickel,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 29, 2021

Thank you for your service

Mark Mottola

January 29, 2020

A distinct pleasure serving with you professionally and knowing you personally. You did it right. Rangers Range.

Steve Mazur

January 22, 2020

Chris is not forgotten.

Chief Ranger Greg Kouns
National Park Service

February 22, 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

September 18, 2018

Rest in peace brother.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

January 30, 2018

Rest in Peace.

Lieutenant Ray Flores (Ret.)

January 29, 2017

Thinking of you brother.
Rangers Range,
Steve M.

Steve M. Ranger Pilot

January 11, 2016

Thinking of you brother.
Rangers Range
Steve M.

Ranger Pilot

January 11, 2016

My name is Deputy Amy M. Lewin Coots and I will be riding in honor of Park Ranger Chris Nickel in this year's Law Enforcement United 250-mile bike ride from Virgina Beach to Washington D.C., May 9-12. It is my honor to be able to help memorialize his service in this manner. I will be thinking of him and his family every mile of the way. God Bless!

Private First Class A.M. Coots
Fairfax County Sheriff's Office

March 7, 2012

RIP Sir, thank you for your service.

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

February 13, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the first 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.

Time never diminishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace.

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

January 29, 2012

Rest Peacefully Sir

Patrol Officer

March 13, 2011

Ranger Nickel,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



March 13, 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 Ranger Nickel. 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 Chris, 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 Chris' life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Chris' life was about so much more than the way he died. Chris will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Ranger Nickel, 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 9, 2011

Prayers to Park Ranger Nickel's family and friends, as well to the entire National Park Service. RIP.


March 8, 2011

My sympathys to family and fellow Officers.Rest In Peace.

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

March 6, 2011

Rest in peace, your sacrifice will never be forgotten.............

Detective Edward Carlile
Northfield PD (OH)

March 3, 2011



March 1, 2011

Peace, prayers and blessings to Ranger Nickel and his family.

Sherry Searcy
National Park Service

February 28, 2011

Ranger Nickel, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

February 28, 2011

For Park Ranger Chris Nickel:

Our duty as law officers brings us to vigorous and trying circumstances both physically and otherwise. We regret that a possibly unforseen health problem would bring our brother Chris a much-to-soon end to a life dedicated to the service of others.

We pray for Chis' family, friends, co-workers and all who care about him. May they be ready to reach-out to one another in time of need,

We are proud to render Park Ranger Chis Nickel a final salute.

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

February 28, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Ranger Nickel as well as the brotherhood at U.S. National Park Service. May you rest in God's eternal peace our brother!

Detective Mark Techmanski
City of Syracuse (NY) Police Department

February 28, 2011

Rest in peace. Thank you for your service.

Officer Carlisle
Lehi PD (Utah)

February 27, 2011

My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Park Ranger Chris Nickel as well as to the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Rest in peace Ranger Nickel, you are gone but will not be forgotten...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

February 26, 2011

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