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Special Agent Raymond J. Caffrey

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, June 17, 1933

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Kansas City Police recruits honor officers who died before them in the Union Station Massacre

Posted by Fox 4 News September 6, 2019

KCPD honors Union Station Massacre victims

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- June 17, 1933 is an infamous date in the city's history.

That's the date of the Union Station Massacre, when Kansas City gained a national reputation for organized crime.

On this day, two Kansas City police officers, an FBI agent and a police chief from Oklahoma were all gunned down in front of Union Station as part of a failed attempt to free mobster Frank Nash.

Police recruits took time Friday morning, Sept. 6, 2019, to honor the four fallen law enforcement officers killed 86 years ago. The class ran to the memorial and did push-ups to honor their memories.

Officers said it's important to never forget the sacrifices made by those who came before them. They said a tight bond among law enforcement is critical for their safety and security now more than ever.

"Just like KCPD, nationally, all law enforcement understands the sacrifices that are made, and we are always remembering those who have fallen and those that were here before us," Capt. Tim Hernandez, of the KCPD, said. "Including the McAlester, Oklahoma, police department and FBI, we are all one big family.

Paying tribute to officers killed in the line of duty is a team building tradition among police recruits.

"Out of the 750,000 law enforcement officers throughout the nation, we always remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice," Hernandez said.

So far this year, 85 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty nation-wide, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

As for the perpetrators of the Union Station Massacre, they didn't survive much longer than the officers. Vernon Miller was found dead a couple of months later. Police killed Pretty Boy Floyd in another shootout the next year. Adam Richetti was captured in the same incident and executed in 1938.

Retired Police Officer
NYPD

September 7, 2019

With utmost respect for Family & Friends in Blue. The ultimate price paid with honor. God Bless, Rest in Peace.

Thomas Caffrey
Omaha relation

April 9, 2019

You're never forgotten. Thank you for your service in the FBI and in the protection of our country. God bless you and your family.

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock

June 18, 2017

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
Texas

June 17, 2015

I have noted that on this date, in various years, multiple deaths occurred due to single events. How disturbing that so many can be taken at one time as often as seems the case on this date; 4 events, 6 different law enforcement agencies, 12 law enforcement officers.

On this anniversary of these events, I wish to recognize the heroism of each.

May you, Special Agent Caffrey, forever Rest in Peace, and God Bless you, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

June 17, 2015

I too am a relative of Raymond J. Caffrey, and am very proud that my son, Weston Barkley, is continuing to keep SA Caffrey's legacy alive by committing to a career in law enforcement. Weston is mid-way through the academy, and will work to keep Oro Valley, Arizona a safe place for it's residents.

Jill Caffrey, Ph.D.
My father, John Thomas Caffrey, was his cousin

March 22, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 70th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 22, 2012

Some of Agent Caffrey’s family lives in Kansas City. They are a great family, drawn to the healing arts and a honorable legacy to this hero. God bless your service and sacrifice.

Lawrence Rebman
FOP Attorney Kansas City

June 3, 2008

May you and all of the brave and courageous law enforcement officers who gave their lives as a result of this incident always rest in peace. You will always be remembered.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

June 17, 2007

To My Great Great Uncle,

Many years have passed since you left this world to protect the next. I saw you smiling upon my academy graduation in 2004. I am proud to say that you are family, in blood and law enforcement. I am told by other family members that you would have been proud of me for becoming a police officer. I am proud that you started the tradition in our family that continues on today. There maybe just a few of us, but we are following in your footsteps.

Peace be with you always and forever.

PO Katherine Chustz #8545
Dallas PD, TEXAS/ Great Great Niece

March 26, 2007

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and all the members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We were made safer by his service and we all suffer their tragic loss. The family of Special Agent Raymond J. Caffrey deserves our appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifice. No greater love has a man than the will to give his life for another. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Special Agent Raymond J. Caffrey is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas Doyle
FBI NAC 06-18

November 11, 2006

Your sacrifice helped transform the Bureau into what it is today.

Anonymous
FBI

February 7, 2006

Your sacrifice shall not be forgotten.
We will continue the fight .

Police Officer
Chicago Police Dept.

November 5, 2004

Rest in peace Brother Raymond, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

June 17, 2004

70 years later, you are still a "Hero"
Rest easy Brother, you will not be forgotten


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