Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Don Riffe

Jefferson College Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, January 20, 2022

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Reflections for Chief of Police Don Riffe

May you be proud of the work you have done, the person that you were, and the difference you made in this world. You will be missed by many!

You are a hero in our hearts!

‘Well done, good and faithful servant!' Matthew 25:21

Piper Divine
Civilian Security Guard Corporal
Joplin, MO

May 14, 2022

Chief Riffe,

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 20, 2022

Chief Riffe served our community in a way that will never be forgotten. In addition to his service in the United States Army and making sure Jefferson College was safe and turned out responsible and well-trained officers he was involved in Shop-With-A-Cop. The world became a better place with Chief Riffe in it. A police officer died on January 20 and a small part of America died with him.

Evan Chiodini, Civilian
Jefferson College Alumni, 2015-2018

February 24, 2022

Chief Riffe, the loss of any Law Enforcement Officer is a heavy weight on the rest, and of course especially for those who knew and loved you best. The loss of a Sister or Brother from our academic branch is tough as we're a smaller community within the greater family.

Thank you for your service both at Jefferson College and with the United States Army CID.

God Bless you, Brother and may your eternal Rest be ever Peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

February 11, 2022

Chief, mentor, & friend,

To say I miss you, is an understatement. Words will never describe the loss we all feel.

But your memory lives on, and I will cherish our memories. I’ll cherish the fangs you brought to the range. I’ll cherish the lessons you brought to class. I’ll cherish the mentorship you brought to my life. I’ll cherish the friendship you extended to me.

A lot of people lost you on January 20, 2022…

I know the loss the LEO community feels, as it spans from coast to coast. But, I know the loss your family feels is much greater. I’m praying that God will comfort them.

NCPC/JCLEA (Class 022-D)

February 4, 2022

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

"Do What Has To Be Done"

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

February 3, 2022

Rest in eternal Peace, good and faithful public servant.
God has already reserved a special place for our peacemakers.
Please continue your careful and diligent watch over us.
When Law Enforcement perishes, a proud and caring nation mourns.
Thank you for your heroic sacrifice!
Thank you for your selfless service!
Thank you for your guardian protection!

Our prayers to the family and department.

Charles F. Holloway, Jr.
Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
Elizabethtown Police Department

February 3, 2022

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office offers our heartfelt sympathy to your entire department and to the family of Chief Don Riffe.
~Sheriff Brad Swain, deputies & staff

Liane Johnson, #53-66
Monroe County Sheriff's Office

February 1, 2022

Rest well good and faithful servant. Thank you for your service and may your family, family in blue, and friends feel the warmth of God’s arms surround them as they grieve your loss.

Connie Weber

January 31, 2022

Praying for the family and friends of Chief Riffe. I am sorry for your loss.

Wife of Lt. Kevin Clyde Mainhart EOW 5/11/2017

January 26, 2022

Chief of police Don Riffe ended his watch on Thursday, January 20, 2020. Don Riffe had served with the Jefferson college police department for 7 years, and before that served as a special agent with the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division for 30-½ years. In the beginning of 2020, thousands of officers around the world contracted COVID-19 during the world wide pandemic, which led to hundreds of law enforcement officers to die. Don Riffe died at the age of 59 by COVID-19 on Monday, December 20, 2021.

James Lazorchak

January 26, 2022

Rest in peace, Chief of Police Riffe. Thank you for your service.

May God comfort your family, friends, and fellow officers at this difficult time.

God bless and protect the Thin Blue Line that protects us all.

Private Citizen Kathryn Felts
Mother of & Family Member of Law Enforcement

January 26, 2022

Don, I’m still struggling to find the words. On days when I struggled to keep my head above water, I could always count you on to remind me that I do, in fact, have some remote sense about what I’m doing. That support kept me going more times than I care to admit. I’m lucky to have been able to call you a mentor, and even more lucky to have called you a friend. Cheers, dude.

Capt. Darrick Curtis
Hillsboro, MO Police Department

January 25, 2022

Rest In Peace Chief, I learned a lot from you.

Agent Michael Stivers
Peacemaker Defense Group

January 25, 2022

Sir, On January.20,2022, at approximately 0800 hours, I felt true heartbreak. I will always remember everything you taught me. I will always remember how much you believed in me. I’ll never forget your wisdom, kind heart, and unlimited knowledge. Until we meet again, I love you brother and we will hold the line for eternity.

Police Officer Donald Waller
Herculaneum Mo Police Department

January 23, 2022

RIP Don! Thank you for all you have done mentoring me throughout the academy. You will be remembered and missed by everyone and will remain in our hearts.

Detective Rosa Prewitt
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

January 23, 2022

Chief of Police Don Riffe, thank you for your service to America! May God watch over you, your family and all law enforcement during this most difficult of times. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. God's Speed Sir!!!!

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

January 23, 2022

On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Chief of Police Don Riffe and the extended law enforcement family of the Jefferson College Police Department, Missouri.

End of Watch Thursday, January 20, 2022.

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

January 23, 2022

Rest, brother.

Sgt. Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

January 23, 2022

Riffe family and friends may God grant all of you with a speedy healing. Chief thank you for your service to your Country, Community and Department. Most of all thank you for your Ultimate Sacrifice in the Line of Duty.

Rudy Jones ( Retired )
Former Reserve Sgt Cuyahoga Falls Ohio Police Dept.

January 23, 2022

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

January 22, 2022

A 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 Jefferson College Police Department. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!

Chief (Ret) Steven MarshallGeorges Mills, NH

January 22, 2022

Rest In Peace brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and department during this tragic time. Matthew 5:9

Lieutenant Don Barton
Garden City PD, MI

January 22, 2022

RIP sir. I thank you for your service Chief Riffe.

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

January 22, 2022

RIP Chief Riffe. Thank you for your service to the Country and the citizens of Jefferson College

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

January 22, 2022

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