Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Captain Ralph Vester Braden

Wartburg Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, May 2, 2011

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Reflections for Captain Ralph Vester Braden

God bless you

Mark Mottola

May 2, 2020

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



July 31, 2016

i worked wth ralph when he worked for the campbell co sherriff dept tn late 70's and early 80's i liked him funny guy

dispatcher /jailer
campbell co so

July 21, 2016

i love r uncle but god had to take hem


January 10, 2016

i love r uncle but god had to take hem


January 10, 2016

I will be riding in your honor for the 2012 Police Unity Tour. You are a true hero and I want to thank you for protecting us and paying the ultimate sacrifice. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Sergeant James Brodick
Daytona Beach Police Dept

May 9, 2012

I too will be riding in your honor this year in the Police Unity Tour. May God bless you and your family!

May 9, 2012

Sergeant Eric Ivancic
Fairfax County Police Department

May 9, 2012

I will be particpating in the 2012 Police Unity Tour and will be riding in your honor. Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice to protect each of us. I pray that God blesses your family and your department.

Deputy Chris Massengill
Roane County Sheriff's Officer

March 20, 2012

Thank you for your service Captain, RIP

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

February 24, 2012

To the family and friends of Captain Ralph Braden, his fellow officers, and most especially to Ralph:

We honor your service to your community as a law enforcement officer. 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 Ralph was killed in the line of duty. It is obvious he was well-loved by many and well-respected by his peers 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. I share your anquish in losing a beloved family member which surely has to be life's greatest sorrow.

Yesterday was your family's first Christmas without you and we are also approaching your eow anniversary date. They are all in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult days.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the years of distinquished service Ralph gave to his community and the citizens of Tennessee , and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on May 2, 2011

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

December 26, 2011

ralph my dear brother im missing you so much . i have a big empty spot in my life . i still vist you ever week i talk to you and then i cry i just wana see your face one more time . u were the bestest brother in the world i often think about times we were together and i can smile , those memories are very presious to me . i dont know if i ever thanked u for taking such good care of me probally never said im sorry if i ever disappointed u , hope i never did . it is a blessing to b your sister . thank you for trusting me, loving me , thank you for making my life safer and better . thank you and you will be rewarded god has chosen a great guy . when its my time maybe you can come take my hand , i just love you so much

connie braden duncan

November 8, 2011

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

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney

August 15, 2011

Ralph, I never got the opportunity to thank you for the talks and stories u would tell. I miss you drinking coffee at the Quik stop. I learned so much from just listening to you. You are an icon that everyone wished they could be like. Don't worry about us my friend we are fine. Nobody can really talk about you yet, we really miss you here. You don't have to carry your slapjack in your back pocket anymore. Your in heaven now just kick back and relax you deserve it. We just trained for a week on the range last week. Teddy and Dwayne are taking care of preparing for whatever wants to hurt us. Paul has your car now and he is doing a very good job taking care of it, Ive not seen it dirty yet. Ralph we love you and miss you look down on us from time to time. Don't worry I go to the Quik stop and drink a cup of coffe for you on occasions.

Chief Allen Dagley
Sunbright Police Department

July 4, 2011

God saw u getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around u and whispered come with me. With tearful eyes we watched and we saw u pass away. Although we love u dearly, we could not make u stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best

Judy Thompson Sunbright, Tennessee

June 7, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with those friends and family members that are left behind and cannot follow. Rest in peace my brother in blue...we will take it from here.

PFC Adam F Laser
Westminster City Police Department

June 6, 2011

Capt. Braden,
Sir, I would just to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wartburg. And to your family and loved ones I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



June 5, 2011

Rest in peace, sir. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones.

Greater love hath no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Friend of USFS Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9

May 19, 2011

In the words of Thomas Campbell, "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to have died at all."

Police Widow of Officer Harry Brackman
San Antonio Police Dept.

May 19, 2011

Capt. Braden may you rest in peace. "You fought the good fight" as someone earlier wrote and now you can rest. May God bless and watch over your family and friends. I will certainly keep them in my prayers.

Deputy Laura Bowen
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office Douglasville, GA

May 17, 2011

God Bless you sir.

Rick F.
Ret. CO.

May 16, 2011

R.I.P. Cpt Ralph Braden...Thanks for the dedication you gave to your community..Condelances to your family, friends, and fellow officers in your dept.

LPL Terry Myers
Sears, Cumberland. MD

May 14, 2011

R.I.P. brother Ralph Braden!!!

Husker Street Officer
Fellow Brother

May 13, 2011

Rest in peace my brother...I am praying for your family in hopes that they obtain peace during this trying time.

Sergeant Daryl Underwood
Murrieta Police Department

May 13, 2011

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

Officer Bob Swope
Olmsted Falls Police Dept.Ohio

May 11, 2011

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