Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Correctional Officer Chad Alan Charles

Michigan Department of Corrections, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Reflections for Correctional Officer Chad Alan Charles

God bless you

Mark Mottola

May 23, 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 12, 2018

Rest in Peace

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

May 21, 2017

None of us know the day or the time. God speed Ofc. Charles. Thank you for your service - most people will never know how much you have given before this time - the hours... the sacrifices... the lives you have touched and changed. You will not be forgotten.

FSA Eric Schweigert
Michigan Department of Corrections

May 21, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 21, 2015

You are not forgotten and your family is still prayed for.

Darlene Newton
friend of Story County Sheriff's Office

May 3, 2015

Officer Charles, this coming month will be a time of solemn reflection as we approach one year since you left us. You will be remembered at events throughout Michigan, including West Bloomfield, Houghton and the State Capitol. Additionally, we will ride in your memory during this year's Police Unity Tour and we will escort your family during national memorial services in Washington, D.C. You are not forgotten. R.I.P.

Commander John C. Cordell
Michigan Department of Corrections Honor Guard

April 28, 2015

For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. . . . (‭Romans‬ ‭13‬:‭4‬ NIV)
Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭57‬:‭2‬ NIV)

Special Agent Darin Paul
Federal Bureau of Investigation

December 14, 2014

Rest in peace. I never had the privelage of meeting you but have met and worked with other members of MDOC ERT and appreciate all that you have done.

Auxiliary Police Officer Grant Thelen

November 27, 2014

All these words people said about you on here brought tears to my eyes. You were a great man and we miss you so much uncle chaddie. We always think about you.

Miss you forever.

Mackenzie Denton, family member

September 12, 2014

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 Frank Kapusta
Mohawk PD

July 21, 2014

Rest in Peace. Thank you for your service.

CTO Deborah Bush
Campbell County VA

July 11, 2014

On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Correctional Officer Chad Charles and the extended law enforcement family of the Michigan Department of Corrections. Rest in Peace brother and watch over us.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends".

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

June 19, 2014

Thank you for your service. May God comfort your family, friends and co-workers.

Campbell County VA

June 19, 2014

Rest in Peace Correctional Officer Chad Charles. Thank you for your service to this country and your community. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and your department at this time.

Chief Reuben C. Black
Barnwell Police Dept., Barnwell, SC

June 12, 2014

Officer Charles,

Rest well in the arms of the Lord.

To Your Family,

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for over three years. Feel those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

June 9, 2014

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Chad died.

To the Charles family, fellow officers, and all who call Chad beloved, 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 Correctional Officer Charles gave to his community and the citizens of Michigan, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on May 21, 2014.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

June 7, 2014

Our condolences go out to family and friends. We are with in this time of reflection. A true hero and brother in blue

Officer Edwin Lara / External Ops
Cook County Sheriffs Office, IL- Honor Guard

June 3, 2014

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Correctional Officer Chad Charles and the Michigan Department of Corrections during this time. Thank you, Officer Charles, for your service

National Police Wives Association

June 2, 2014

God Bless and thank you. Prayers for those left behind.

Special Agent

June 2, 2014

Deepest sympathy and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of CO Charles. Thank you for your dedicated service.

Sgt. J Walter
Richmond PD Virginia

June 1, 2014


Not only you were a great officer, but you were truly a good person with a good heart. My thoughts and heart is with your family, many friends, and our fellow co-workers.... it's been hard for everyone here at MCF.

RIP and know that we will take care of Beth for you!!

In our thoughts always!

C/O W. Woods
MDOC- Muskegon Correctional Facility

May 30, 2014

Updated Funeral Information:

To all fb friends the service for Chad Charles has had a few changes it still will be held on June 4 th but it will now be at the Pine River High School visitation from 5pm to 7pm service will start at 7pm after conclusion of service we will then be traveling to dad's house to pour Chad's ashes in the river. Please share so no one that may want to attend will miss the changes. Thank You all again for all your prayers and support in this difficult time.

C/O Woods

May 30, 2014

"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 PD, WY

May 30, 2014

No one seems to think about the stresses placed on our bodies
working in such a life threatning profession ... families & professionals do, but the civilian public isn't as aware ... some anyway ...
Losing a Hero to this enemy , work related disease ... is just as difficult & painful ... you don't catch this criminal very easily
either ...
My Family sends their condolences to Family, Friends, Brothers-N-Arms ...
My The Great One give you comfort & peace ...
May other's arms allow you to feel His presence ...
God Bless you Charlse & Thank you for your Devotion to
Protect & Serve Family, Community, & Country ... with Distinction & Honor ... R.I.P.
Mothers & Grandmothers everywhere Solute You !!!

Ms. Karen Morgan, Psy.& L.E. Grad.
Eagles Wing Baptist Church, Lake Traverse,SD

May 30, 2014

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