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Major Rickie A. Groves

Kennett Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, October 16, 2020

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Reflections for Major Rickie A. Groves

On behalf of the Kentucky Peace Officers' Association please accept our condolences on the passing of Major Groves.

Chip Nowlin
President
Kentucky Peace Officers' Association

October 27, 2020

Praying for your family, friends, colleagues, and agency 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!

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God. [Matthew 5:9];

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4], and;

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13]

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, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed Independent Christian Clergy / Chaplain
The Steven R. Closs Ministries
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

October 21, 2020

RIP sir.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

October 21, 2020

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whose blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept.
Columbia, SC

October 21, 2020

On behalf of the Ohio Attorney Generals Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Major Rickie A. Groves and the extended law enforcement family of the Kennett Police Department, Missouri.


End of Watch Friday, October 16, 2020.


Rest in Peace brother and watch over us. We will protect and serve from here on in your honor.

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."

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

October 21, 2020

A Prayer for the Mourning:
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” ’
Numbers 6:24-26

Chaplain Alex Pickens III
Lansing, MI

October 20, 2020

RIP Major Groves. Thank you for your service to the citizens of Kennett

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

October 20, 2020

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Major Groves and the Kennett Police Department during this time. Thank you, Major Groves, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

October 20, 2020

Rest in peace Brother....My thoughts are with your family, friends, and the members of your agency during this most difficult and tragic time....

LT. Joseph Ward, Ret
Jackson, NJ PD

October 19, 2020

Rest In Peace

Po Shaun Walters
Nypd ~ Retired

October 19, 2020

U were a outstanding officer !!! You will be missed by everyone in this town !! You are a hero to the city of kennett !!! Rest in peace 902 ..

Daniel Driggett
Citizen

October 19, 2020

So sad to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Police Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

October 19, 2020

Rest in Peace Major Groves. May the Lord grant your family, friends and co-workers peace during this difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Deputy Parole Administrator Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

October 19, 2020

Rest in peace,

Douglas J. Maykowski
Fraternal Order Of Police Central Macomb Lodge #187 Macomb County MI.

October 19, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr., ASAC
Federal Air Marshal Service

October 19, 2020

Thank you for your service. Prayers for your Family and your Department.

Sergeant Monica Veney
Baltimore Police Department

October 19, 2020

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Major Groves. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Kennett Police Department.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

October 19, 2020

Praying for peace and comfort today and in the days ahead. With deepest sympathy,

Rita Rocker
Deputy Executive Director
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles

October 19, 2020

Rest in Peace my Brother in Arms

Anrae G Godley-Cooper
U.S. Army Military Police

October 19, 2020

An police officer should be remembered not by how he died, but how he lived! A great man has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the Kennett Police Department. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

October 19, 2020

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF MAJOR GROVES, AND ALL THOSE WHO MOURN THE LOSS OF MAJOR GROVES. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
HIS SERVICE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND HIS DEEDS NEVER FORGOTTEN.
GOD BLESS

Retired Officer David Herbert
Toronto Police Service, Canada

October 19, 2020

I am sad to learn of the passing of a brother and hero in Major Rickie A. Groves. I believe our Heavenly Father has welcomed him home into his loving arms where he will now patrol the Golden Streets of Heaven. May the Lord deliver blessings, comfort and peace to his family, friends and all members of the Kennett Police Department, Missouri

Retired, T W Martinez
FOP member
State of New Mexico/JJS

October 19, 2020

It has been an honor to work with and know Major Groves, my supervisor from day one, brother in blue, mentor, friend and a man I have considered family for many years. Thank you for the lessons, knowledge, support and friendship. Keep those in line that we have seen go before us and know we will take care of things here. Please watch over us as we attempt to follow your example of leadership, strength, and kindness for all. Until we meet again.

CPL.B,Rogers 920
Kennett Police Department

October 18, 2020

My Deepest Sympathy to the family, friends and coworkers of this Fallen Officer. Thank you for your Dedication, Service and Protection. RIP Sir.

Diane Waynant-Murray Sister of Inspector Brian Waynant SR. WPD/ WFD 03/01/2010

October 18, 2020

One of the best, Thank you for your service and your commitment to the citizens of not only Kennett but all of Dunklin County. We’ve got it from here. Rest easy 902

Deputy Taylor Tinsley
Dunklin County, MO Sheriff’s Office

October 18, 2020

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