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Lieutenant Ralph Augustus Chase

Gardiner Police Department, Maine

End of Watch Saturday, January 1, 1966

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Reflections for Lieutenant Ralph Augustus Chase

Rest in peace Lt. Chase.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 21, 2020

Lt. Chase,
On today, the 51st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for for our Country as well when you served in the Maine National Guard. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 1, 2017

Rest in Peace Lieutenant Ralph Chase. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice.

I pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.

I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the flesh of your murderers and their spawn.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston,TX

January 2, 2016

When I was about 4 my mother took me to Water Street in Gardiner to meet Santa Claus. We sat on the steps of a store waiting for the big moment. For a time I was king, as Santa actually knew me, and gave me his undivided attention and a popcorn ball. About 20 years later I realized this was surely my Gramp. One time he had an actual US Army sedan parked out back of his house. I begged and pleaded until he took me out to look it over. I don't think a lot of people remember that he retired with a pension from the Maine Guard. Looking back at all the mischief I've been through in life, it has occurred to me that I must have a guardian angel. His presence is felt everyday.

Stephen Robbins

December 10, 2015

I was five when my grand father was killed.I don't remember him much .My mother gatherd us four kids around the kitchen table and told us grampy was gone ,I didn't understand then but as I got older I realized the impact of loss,I never got to know him,It breaks my heart to recently learn the details of his death.Three cowards ganged up on a 59 year old chubby man.I wish I could have been there as a adult to back him up,Now I take care of his grave and family lot,Ive lined up,raised and leveled the head stones planted flowers.This year im going to clean the stones.Its the least and last thing I can do,I would like to see a stone monument honoring my grampy ,Lt. Ralph A.Chase who died in the line of duty while protecting Gardiner.STONE last forever .a cheap little sign you poke in the ground isn't honorable and wont last for ever

Michael Robbins

May 13, 2015

I am one of Lt. Ralph Chase's many grandchildren. I was about to turn 3 when my Grandfather was killed. I have two memories of him from that Christmas which I keep for me.

I can't say I knew him but I know what happened was wrong. He was not a saint; he was real; authentic. On that note, may he please rest easily.

Jayne Chase

January 3, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 46th anniversary 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered

Since my son's murder, I have learned that the families of murdered officers share two common desires: that their beloved family member never be forgotten and that justice be served. Unfourtunately, your family was denied justice. What a wonderful grandfather you were to have your grandchildren have such vivid and loving memories of you.

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

January 1, 2012



December 30, 2007

Rest easy Brother.

Former N.H. Police Officer
Fauquier County, VA

August 13, 2007

It's been 41 years since we lost our Grandfather Chase, so much has passed. By all accounts my grandfather was considered a pretty decent guy, but beyond that, he not unlike my own Dad, seemed to have the ability of commanding respect from so many. My grandfather grew up in poverty, was very poorly educated, without his mother and as I understand it, a somewhat abusive father. Yet as some can manage to do, he did pulled himself up to a level that provided him an opportunity to reach some goals within his shortened life. He loved being a police officer because it is job that again, could command respect and he loved socializing with all the town folk. Always miss you grampy. I will remember night of January 1, 1966 clearly and forever.


July 19, 2007

I was very young when this happen but all I do remember is that he was my Grampa Joe- and he was the best. He would always let us go to the station and always aware of the safety that the police offered. He gave me the respect that I still have today for the police force. Wish he could have been in my life longer.

Janice Chase Violette

November 8, 2006

When I was a little boy, Grampy Chase was just about the most important person in my life - just after my Mom & Dad. I'm 58 now and he's been gone for 40 years. I still remember sitting in his lap in his favorite rocking chair and looking down the hill into Cobbosseecontee Stream Valley and the businesses and homes below. He would just want to sit and relax, but I couldn't and wouldn't let him relax. I would ask an unending list of questions - "what's that grampy," "what's that grampy?" Like his grandson, he was not a patient man. But, he patiently answered everyone of my questions. The day he died, I was working as a clerk at a meat market in town. As usual, he was walking the beat. Also, as usual, he knocked on the street side window and waved. That's the last time that I saw him alive and I still miss him today. What transpired subsequently was a terrible miscarriage of justice.

Ron Chase

September 19, 2006

We will never forget!

Matt Lyons
OPD. Ca.

May 24, 2006

Rest in peace Lt. Chase

January 4, 2005

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