Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Daryl Michael Raetz

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Sunday, May 19, 2013

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Reflections for Police Officer Daryl Michael Raetz

Ofcr raetz thank you for your.service sir may god.bless your family you were a fine man sir

m.j tracy

August 11, 2013

Rest in peace brother we will take it from here. Thank you for your service.

provincial constable marty lalonde
ontario provincial police

August 6, 2013

He will be memorialized on the Stolen Lives Quilt, thanks to our partners, Remember 1986.

Maria Espinoza
Founder & National Director
The Remembrance Project

August 4, 2013

God Bless you Officer Raetz. May the good Lord above cradle you in His arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue. I offer my prayers and sympathies to each and every one of your family members, friends, and co-workers. Rest easy Sir.

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

July 24, 2013

My son sat at the same table in kindergarten with Daryl's daughter. I met Daryl several times in their classroom. He was a devoted father and just a really nice guy. He will be missed. My prayers of love and support go out to his wife and daughter.

Friend of the family

July 9, 2013

Whatever our duty, or wherever we serve, we are all brothers and sisters in this most honorable calling. We have lost yet another brother who we must never forget.

My deepest sympathy to both his family and his law enforcement family. My thoughts and prayers are with them. May he rest in eternal peace.

Sgt. Tom Waller, Cincinnati P.D., Ret.
Greater Cincinnati Police Museum

July 3, 2013

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Vires et Honorem

Ptlm F J Kapusta
Mohawk Police Department

June 30, 2013

today...., we..., the Marines and Corpsmen of the Phoenix Police Department have ordered a brick inscribed with your name and USN rank, to be placed with our bricks, at the Marine Corps Museum at Quantico, Va.
Rest easy Warrior. Semper Fidelis.

Lt. Steve Soha, MGySgt USMC
Phoenix PD / US Marine Corps

June 29, 2013

To the family and friends of Officer Daryl Raetz and to his fellow officers:

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

To Daryl'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 Officer Raetz gave to his community and the citizens of Arizona as a police officer and to our country as an Iraqi veteran, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on May 19, 2013.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

June 27, 2013

Rest In Peace....

John Ruth, AEMD Comm. Specialist
MOMR, Farmers Branch,TX

June 26, 2013

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Officer Daryl Raetz and the Phoenix Police Department during this time. Thank you, Officer Raetz, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

June 22, 2013

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
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 awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just 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 unmanly tears.
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 had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
Author Unknown

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell, Wy Police Department

June 20, 2013

What a tragic loss. He will be missed. We should take notice of his dedication to duty and his commitment in doing God's work.

Sergeant David Rath
Phoenix Police

June 14, 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

May god be with your wife, child, family and department and guide them in this difficult time. Thank you for your service.

Session 54
Zone Five Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy

June 3, 2013

God bless the daughter & wife of this true American Hero. Peace to the Department, the citizens of Phoenix and all of Officer Raetz family and friends. He gave his all....

Mother of a Sgt
Colorado Springs PD

May 30, 2013

What a shame. Made it through Iraq, only to be struck down on his own home turf. Rest in peace brother.

FC2 Griffin Kirsch
United States Navy, San Diego, California

May 29, 2013

To the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Raetz,
May god bless you and keep you in his grace as you mourn the loss of your hero. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
RIP Officer Raetz...Your a true hero and will never be forgotten. We will be here for your family always..

Ms. Gina Miller, Washington State Patrol
Surviving fiance Trooper Tony Radulescu EOW 2-23-12

May 29, 2013

Rest easy now brother in the arms of our Lord and Savior. You patrol the streets of heaven now and we will carry on the fight down here. God Bless you and may He keep your family safe.

Police Officer Raetz

Police Officer Ken Bertz
Colerain Police Department (Cincinnati, OH)

May 28, 2013

God's peace and speed Officer Raetz. Thank you for your brave, dedicated service. RIP brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago P.D.

May 28, 2013

May the family, friends, and fellow officers of Officer Raetz be comforted during this time of grief.

Officer Raetz, thank you for your service.

Officer Katie Gierach
Wauwatosa Police Department, WI

May 28, 2013


My heart is filled with great sadness at learning of the lost of your loved one and fellow Officer.
We in the law enforcement are a family.
Though we may wear different uniforms and have different badges, shields or stars pinned upon our chest.
We consist of many different agencies from across the nation, for we are:
Municipal Police Officers, Sheriff's Deputies, State Police Investigators, State Highway Patrol Troopers, Conservation Police Officers, College Campus Police Officers, Correctional Officers and Federal Agents just to name a few.
We patrol small towns, large cities, college campuses, county roads, state highways, state parks and the United States Borders.
Whether active duty or retired, we are one family, a law enforcement family, brothers and sisters bonded together by HONOR, SERVICE and PRIDE.
Daily we honor our fallen brothers and sisters never forgetting their sacrifice.
Daily our position is clear that we will SERVE and PROTECT our communities without faltering and with no hesitation.
Daily we show pride in our chosen profession LAW ENFORCEMENT, for we willingly walk the line of GOOD over EVIL facing the unknown with COURAGE keeping our trust and faith in GOD.
We know that evil roam these streets and at any moment in the course of performing our duties the ultimate sacrifice might be required of us in the service to our community, for LAW ENFORCEMENT is not a job but a calling and only a few will make the decision to commit to that calling to serve for some will give all that they have.
You did not die in vain
You sacrificed your life in the service to the citizens of Phoenix, Arizona with Honor, Pride and Distinction.
I'm proud to have worn the uniform of a law enforcement officer like you did.
I'm proud to have pinned the badge upon my chest like you did.
I'm proud to have SERVED and PROTECTED my community as you did.
I'm proud to call you my BROTHER!
I commend you my fallen brother for making the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of your duty.
For you left us doing what you chose to do.
Performing a job you were trained to do.
Upholding the oath you swore to do.
Most importantly doing what you loved to do....................SERVING and PROTECTING your community with HONOR and PRIDE making a better and safer place for us all.

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Rest in Peace my fallen Brother, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!!

Senior Master Investigator Cardell L. Dobbins #188 (Ret.)
Illinois Secretary of State Department of Police District 01, Region 01

May 27, 2013

Rest In Peace Officer Raetz.

Officer Christopher Goodwin (Retired)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg NC Police Dept.

May 27, 2013

Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now. You have served your community and your nation well and your sacrifices will not be forgotten. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Officer Raetz during this time of tragic loss.

Deputy Sheriff Donnie Meaders
Seminole County (OK) Sheriff's Dept

May 26, 2013

My deepest condolences to the family, members of the department, and those served, at the loss of this Officer. 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 officer 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!

Additionally Officer Raetz, Thank you for your double commitment to your fellow man by being a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, serving in combat in the Iraq War. And thank you to your family for carrying the burden of support not only while you worked for the City of Phoenix, but also while "In Country!" Without their support you could not have been the successful Officer and protector that you were.

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

May 26, 2013

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