Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Christopher Ryan Walsh

Springfield Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, March 16, 2020

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Reflections for Police Officer Christopher Ryan Walsh

I will never forget that night as I arrived to work and heard the sirens all over the city. Turning on the scanner, hearing "officers down." That sick feeling in my gut mixed with the adrenaline of preparing for the worst should it also come my way as I stood to protect those I was charged with protecting. But because of the heroic and decisive actions of Officer Walsh and his partner, I was safe. My students were safe. The fourth person in that convenience store survived. The coward who did this abandoned his will to fight. Officer Walsh made a profound difference in the world that will never be forgotten by those of us who were there.

Rest in peace warrior.

Former Sergeant Clayton S.T. Collier
Evangel University Department of Public Safety

March 20, 2024

Rip for you will be remember for ever Brother coming from the fire service and I Pray to GOD that every one is safe they my be that badge vs badge but when one is killed then it hits both sides for both the LEO and Fire side we both work as one. My GOD bless every one and be safe when u respond to a call brother ands sisters

FF/EMR S.Brooks
Seymour Fire Dept

December 30, 2022

313. Your legacy lives on. And it my friend is good.

I miss that I can’t run into you at Taco Bell now, and that I don’t get to see you hiding in the back of a parking lot anymore.

We all wish we had been there with you. There is no teacher like that of sorrow, and it has taught us well. May we live a life worthy of your sacrifice.

OFC J Thompson
Springfield Police Department

October 5, 2022

The poem left at the Vietnam Memorial Wall was written by my Father Eugene S. Hunt for my cousin Donald Robert Miller honored on panel 62W, line 13 of the wall. He died at Thua Thien, 05/31/1968. Our family is extremely honored that is was used as a remembrance for Police Officer Christopher Ryan Walsh. Thank you!

"Behold the Empty Place"
by Eugene S. Hunt

"I called my God in question
Lord, how can this thing be?
To let the wicked woodsman
Cut down this precious tree
Thou could have took an older tree
That wind and time had worn
Why take this young and perfect one
That never fruit had borne?"

On whispering wings of silent thought
My God then answered me,
"Who told thee that the Woodsman
Had harmed our perfect tree?
I've had this tree transplanted,
Removed it from thy face
Look to where the young tree stood
Behold the empty place.
Yes, I have land more suited
For such a wondrous tree
And one so full of promise
I wanted close to me."

Barbara Hunt Robinson
Poets Daughter

September 11, 2022

I miss you. We all miss you. I wish i could talk to you and tell you that i really appreciated having you as my uncle. it’s been over a year without you and a part of me still believes that you’re still here.

Ciara Stallcup

April 27, 2021

Officer Walsh, You have been on my mind all week. I think about your family and friends and I know first hand the pain they feel. I wish I had a magic wand. You and the others did not deserve to die that day. You are forever a hero although that is not what your family wanted. They just wanted you to come home safe. Fly high, you are now a guardian angel for those you loved the most. I am the sister of Roger Lynch, who died in 2005 in Livingston County, KY while responding to a domestic dispute. May God give those who loved you peace and comfort always!

Sister Judy Coleman
Livingston County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

March 17, 2021

Remembering that tragic day one year ago.

Chris you will always be in my heart and on my mind. Your loss still ripples through our community, and is felt most strongly by your family and friends. Sheri and Morgan miss you now more than ever...we will continue to keep them close and step in to fill the void as best we can.

RIP my brother, we have taken up the mantle you so courageously carried, and will do so by following your example.

Paul F. Williams
Chief of Police

March 15, 2021

Officer Walsh you are one of SPD's Heroes.

Mark Webb

February 17, 2021

God bless you sir and thank you for your service.

Det. Sgt. Tom Larsen
Ormond Beach Police Dept.

November 12, 2020

My deepest condolences!

Dawn Tarlip

September 28, 2020

Praying for your family, friends, colleagues, agencies during this very difficult time for them and all of us. Thank you for your service! We shall remember you with pride and admiration always! May God Bless the Blue!

“The peacemakers are blessed, for they will be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9 HCSB];

“Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4 HCSB], and;

“No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13 HCSB]

Depart in peace, Brother-in-Blue; in the name of God the Father who created you; in the name of Christ Jesus who redeemed you; in the name of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you. May you rest in peace and dwell forever with the Lord. Amen.

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS, CIMT, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed/Certified Independent Ecumenical Clergy / Chaplain
Ministry: Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
Merrimack, NH 03054

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS
Nashua NH and Merrimack NH Police Departments

July 1, 2020

In Valor there is Hope. Rest in Peace

Detective Chris Welby
St. Charles City Police (Missouri)

April 27, 2020

A true hero. Rest in peace brother.

Former Corporal Brian Sullivan
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

April 4, 2020

Thank You for your contribution to our Country, and your Family for their sacrifices. I am sorry for your loss to the Family, Fellow Officers, and Friends. I will keep all of you in my prayers. RIP.

Retired Fire Lieutenantm Frank J Corasa
Baltimore City Fire Department

April 4, 2020

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Officer, Christopher Ryan Walsh, in the line of duty. It is always a huge loss when a fellow officer makes the ultimate sacrifice. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed. Our prayers and thoughts to the other officer and citizen that were wounded for a safe and speedy recovery. We also send our sincerest sympathy to the families of the three citizens that were killed. We thank Officer Walsh's service as a United States Army Veteran.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

April 3, 2020

Thank your for your service to your community and nation. RIP. Prayers for your wife and daughter.

MSgt (Ret) Danny Avery
US Air Force

March 30, 2020

Officer Walsh,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

March 30, 2020

Officer Walsh, the coward who murdered you and your partner, and so many other innocent victims is gone and can no longer kill again. It begs the question, couldn't he have killed himself FIRST?

Brother, thank you for your service. We honor your heroism and mourn your death. I know you're in Heaven and will never encounter your murderer again.

God Bless and may you forever, Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

March 29, 2020

RIP brother. Thank you for your public service, courage and service to duty. I pray four for family, friends and all your colleagues. Keep all our Leo's surrounded by your guardian Angels.

Lieutenant René Barraza
Albuquerque Police Department

March 28, 2020

Officer Walsh, you are a true hero. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Businessman Randy Johnson

March 27, 2020

Chris, you were an amazing officer and you will be missed! I will never forget the calls we ran with you.... You exemplified what an officer should aspire to be! God speed brother! Your courage will not be forgotten!

Adam Van Becelaere, Paramedic FTO

March 27, 2020

To the family of Police Officer Christopher Ryan Walsh, friends, Chief of Police Paul Williams and the Springfield Police Department.
You are lifted up in heart, thought and prayer. May God comfort, hold you close and gave you His peace that surpasses all understanding to keep your heart's and mind's through Christ Jesus now and always. Thank you for your service to our great Nation and to the citizens of Springfield.
"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:16 & 17

Patrolman A.S. Batson
Goldsboro, NC

March 26, 2020

The loss of any officer is a sad occasion. I am praying for all those who have been affected by this tragedy.


I am a retired police officer. I am eighty years of age and now reside in Troy, Ohio. I graduated, in North Carolina, February 19, 1984-1994

March 25, 2020

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

"This We'll Defend"

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

March 25, 2020

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

Abraham Lincoln

Lieutenant E.Kemmer
Nevada Department of Public Safety

March 25, 2020

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