Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Elizabeth Chase Butler

Santa Cruz Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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Reflections for Detective Elizabeth Chase Butler

RIP SISTER! Although it’s been 10 years since the incident , you are still not forgotten! You will always be remembered for making a difference in your community and to those who you encountered !


February 27, 2023

Det. Butler,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Santa Cruz. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 26, 2023

Detective Butler, 7 years ago today you and your partner were murdered while doing your job

Mark Mottola

February 26, 2020

Rest in peace Detective Butler.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 17, 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 13, 2018

Rest in peace

Lt. Jim Russo

March 2, 2018

Rest in peace.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

February 26, 2018

Rest In Peace Sister in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 5th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 26, 2018

Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Sometimes I get mad, sometimes I don't understand, sometimes I feel anxiety, and sometimes I get sad and cry. There's a lot of unsettled emotions. I walk around and do my best to carry on. I have a daughter that I need to be strong for. If it wasn't for her, I would still be angry all the time. I walk around as an internally wounded officer...just learned to hide it now a days. I miss your laugh,wish you were still around.

Sergeant Karina Ceceña
Santa Cruz Police Department

March 18, 2017

R.I.P sister

Aaron O. Butler
Springfield, Ma Police

October 23, 2014

A few days ago, I rode for you in the Police Unity Tour. I did not know you but that isn't important. What is, is that you gave your life in service to the community. Just know that your light will shine in the people who you touched. Rest in peace Elizabeth, you will not be forgotten.

Officer Carolyn Gassen
San Francisco PD

May 16, 2014

I ran in your honor just a few days ago. It was my first 5K ever! Thank you for your service and dedication. We have it from here. Rest in peace, Elizabeth.

Detective Tenesha Jense.
Montgomery County PD, Maryland

May 13, 2014

I ran in your honor just a few days ago. It was my first 5K ever! Thank you for your service and dedication. We have it from here. Rest in peace, Elizabeth.

Detective Tenesha Jense.
Montgomery County PD, Maryland

May 12, 2014

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

Lieutenant Shannon
San Francisco Sheriff's Department

January 23, 2014

God Bless you Mam. May the good Lord above cradle you in his arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Sister in Blue. I offer my prayers and sympathies to each and every one of your family members, friends, and co-workers.

Chris Walley
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department

October 25, 2013

Still remember that day. Your murder was the first I experienced as a rookie cop on RBP. We will not forget you..

Robert Walker Detective Sergeant, ret

October 13, 2013

Thank you for your service and unselfish sacrifice for your fellow man! You belong to HIM now and forever! May your family and friends find comfort and peace in that fact. God Bless!

Rev. Steven R. Closs, D.D.
Retired Captain, Nashua Police Department, Nashua, NH

June 9, 2013

My deepest condolences to the family, members of the department, and those served, at the loss of this Detective. May faith, family, friends and time join together to ease everyone’s pain at this time of loss.

While many other career choices were certainly available, this Detective chose to protect his fellow man, and for this we give everlasting thanks. As the Good Lord hath said, “Blessed are the Peacemakers.”

Thank you for your service, your convictions and moral character, as well as your devotion to duty. May you now rest in peace, knowing your fellow brothers and sisters will watch over your family and continue the Watch!

Rusty Featherstone, Asst. Dir. (Ret.)
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, OSBI

May 28, 2013

Dedicating a round to you at a squad outing... Rest in peace, we have the watch

Officer K Dickensheet
Springfield PD

May 18, 2013

5-10-13 my granddaughter graduated from the Carroll County Sheriff's Dept. On stage were blue light memorials for each fallen police office since the class had started. I received Elizabeth's memorial, she is in our prayers.

Carol Bell
Carroll County Sheriff's Dept. MD

May 13, 2013

"Mo chomhbhróin"

Officer Matt Lyons
Oceanside Police Department

April 23, 2013

To the family and friends of Detective Elizabeth Butler and her fellow officers:

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Elizabeth was brutally murdered.

To Detective Butler's family, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Detective Butler gave to her community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice she and her family made on February 26, 2013.

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

April 12, 2013

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Detective Elizabeth Butler and the Santa Cruz Police Department during this time. Thank you, Detective Butler, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

April 3, 2013

Though I never knew her, she was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace through such incidents & He will judge the guilty. May family & friends feel the presence of the "God of All Comfort" as they endure the distressing days ahead. I join them in their agonizing grief & remember them in my prayers.

Another senseless tragedy
Another day of grief,
Another day of praying
To help us find relief.

Relief from bitter anguish
Relief from rage so great,
Relief from lenient justice
Which continues to seal our fate.

Relief from heartache’s torment
As we continue on,
Oh, the awesome loss of brotherhood
Now that you are gone.

Though our hearts are deeply broken
And our tears forever flow,
There’s a comforting assurance
That now with God you go.

We know that you are welcome
Now at Heaven’s gate,
While meeting brothers & sisters
Who also met such fate.

The family of Law Enforcement
Knows no distance here or there,
And we recall in comfort
You await us there.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

April 3, 2013

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

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney

April 1, 2013

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