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Police Officer Chris Edward Clites

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, December 10, 1993

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Reflections for Police Officer Chris Edward Clites

Never Forgotten, my brother!

As I am working on Christmas preparations, it is amazing to think you were killed 22 years ago this day. Your tenacity and bravery will never be forgotten. I can still see your smile and hear your laugh in my minds eye. Thanks for always being there as my partner. Peace to your friends and family.

"There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter." -Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

Officer John Holloway
Columbus Police Department

December 10, 2015

Hi Chris!

Well, its been 22 years now! I still think about you and miss you. Thanks for everything you gave while here on earth. I think of some of the good times we shared and some of the great police work we did together. I also remember that incident we were involved in on Whittier......I get a big smile when I reflect back upon it!

Keep watching out for us from above, my brother!

Sergeant Dave Sicilian II
Columbus, Ohio Division of Police

December 10, 2015

Happy Birthday Chris, just wanted to check in on you. A few of your brother's and sister's are heading to Washington D.C. for the National Police Memorial. Many prayers are heading your way. Thanks for looking out for our safety, you are missed my brother. Never Forgotten...

P.O. B.Bodell #1557
Columbus Div. of Police

May 12, 2015

Officer Clites,
YOU are Remembered today.
Thank You for Your Service.

R Bierly
KY Retired

December 10, 2014

Yes I remember this well. I heard hellicopter pick his wife up to take to hospital. I think think of you often Officer Clites I have to pass his old house to get to and from my house. Thank You SIR for your service !!!

Debbie taylor

December 10, 2014

Chris, all of your brothers and sisters of the Columbus Div. of Police miss you 'Everyday"...... Love you Brother #1557

Police Officer B. Bodell #1557
Columbus Div. of Police

December 9, 2014

Chris, just wanted to let you know that we are going to the Police National Memorial this week in Washington, D.C. We will say many prayer's for all of our brother's and sister's that have given the ultimate sacrifice. I miss you my Brother. Thank you for looking out for us Chris. We love you. #1557

Police Officer B. Bodell #1557
Columbus Div. of Police

May 9, 2014

Chris, 20years have past us by since you were taken from us. We miss you brother. The young Officers of the mighty 5pct along with your friends and family honor you today for your courage and how you cared so much for the community you served. You are our brother and always will be, 20years or 100years, time doesn't matter - we love you and will never forget you. THE EAGLE HAS LANDED. 1557

Police Officer Bret Bodell
Columbus Div. of Police

December 10, 2013

RIP brother we'll take it from here. Prayers to you, your family and fellow officers.

Deputy Joshua A. Paulette
Cheshire County S.O

December 10, 2013

Every year I cry on my birthday, because that is the day we lost Chris. He was my husband's best friend and the best man at our wedding. My reflection of Chris is that he would do anything for anyone, give so freely of himself. I remember that he was the first of our friends to hold our son, Joshua (who incidentally wrote his reflection 12-19-07). He was in uniform, his pressed shirt was so white. He was so awkward holding him because he was afraid Joshua would throw up on him. I had never laughed so hard in my life. He brought out the best in us all and we will never be the same without him.

You stay forever in our hearts Chris, and we will always love you.

Rhonda Burke

December 10, 2013

Remembering you


July 14, 2013

Chris, just wanted to say hello and to let you know that your brother's and sister's of The Columbus Div. Of Police really miss you. My daughter Cherokee is 12years old now, she wanted me to say hello from her. Cherokee also said even though she never got to meet you she knows in her heart that you are still keeping people safe in heaven. A new awards medal with your name on it will come to the Columbus Div. Of Police next year 2013 due to a young Officers great idea. We Love you Chris and miss you so much.

B.Bodell 1557
Columbus Div. of Police

December 15, 2012

Officer Clites,
YOU are being thought about today, a day after the 19th year date of your murder.
You are still Honored and Remembered.
It was very meaningful to me to leave a flower at your name on the National Police Memorial in May in Washington DC. My small way of paying You Honor, Respect, and Remembering You.
Think of you often.
GOD be with Your Family and Friends that still care so much about You.

R Bierly
Officer, Kentucky, Retired

December 11, 2012

Never forgotten!
Though the loss of Chris was heartfelt and tragic to so many...he loved the good fight, catching the bad guys, and died a brave man and true warrior. This after coming to my aid initially and later finding and facing the two gun man. I would not choose to have been any where else but with Chris after he was shot and mortally wounded that night and I am greatful I was blessed with the oppurtunity to finish the fight Chris started. (Thought getting there about five seconds sooner would have been nice). To my brothers in arms, keep you minds, bodies, and heart sharp. Part of being a cop is not only facing danger but handling the violent aftermath and tragedy that may follow. Being strong and maintaining your stiff upper lip afterwards is as important as the fight itself. Stay healthy...

Officer John Holloway
Columbus Police/Partner

December 10, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss.. We lost a great Officer, friend and family member. I read his story . It makes me want to cry. SO

twinsburg oh

October 9, 2012

Hey uncle ive heard lot about you over the years from the family u sound like a really great guy. When we lost u i was just a baby not even born yet now im 18 and have learned a lot from your heroism and bravery and try to put into whatever i do, i think about you a lot and know that life is precious and not something worth waisting away on stupid things. I hope u and cam are doing good wherever u are.
P.S. my racecar number is ur badge number and i think of u everytime i go down the track.

Chad clites
He is my uncle

July 14, 2012

I was in Windsor Terrace that morning. A very, very, emotional day. I will never forget Officer Clites! A reminder to all, who serve in law enforcement, that every day, we might have to make the ultimate sacrifice!

Officer Dave Ralls
Columbus Police

June 26, 2012

Your never forgotten, always on are minds and forever in are hearts.


June 26, 2012

Chris, just wanted to check in on you on your Birthday today and to let you know you are always in our prayers. A few of your brothers and sisters are going to Washington D.C. this week to honor all of our heroes that we have lost. We miss you Chris, we will say a prayer for you at the candle light vigil this Sunday night. #1557

B. Bodell #1557
Columbus Div. of Police

May 12, 2012


You are still remembered and missed. Every day you wore your uniform was a sacrifice to the community you swore to protect. And now your family and friends sacrifice each day living without you. May God Bless.

Sgt. Tim Wright Ret.
Columbus Police

February 2, 2012

Thinking of You today Officer Clites.
Thought of You on 10 Dec 2011.
Think of You often. Hear about You a lot.
You had to have been a Hero LEO.
Your Friends still Love You and talk about You.
Wish i could have meet You my Brother.
GOD Bless Your Family & Friends that will always care so much.

R Bierly
Officer, Kentucky (Retired)

December 13, 2011

May prayers and blessings be upon him and his family. Rest well Officer Clites, we've still got the first watch

(Former Lt) Dave Kozina
Perrysburg Township FD / Huron Valley Ambulance

December 11, 2011

Wow...I can't believe it's been 18 years since this happened. I can remember it like it was yesterday. Our 8 month old son woke me up around 5:30 am. Not something he usually did. It was just an hour or so later when the phone rang, John on the other end. He told me what happened. Our son woke me up as the horrible event was unfolding. Our son, daughter who was yet to be conceived at the time, and I are forever in debt to Chris for the sacrifice he made that morning. He was the only officer who came to back up John. Both Chris and John are heros in this tragedy. Chris for the heroic sacrifice he made and John for finishing what Chris started on his own murderer.

Regina Gray
Officer Holloway's former wife

December 10, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 18th 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.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 10, 2011

Chris, just wanted to say hello and that we really miss you. It's so hard to believe that its been 18 years since you were taken from us. Thank you for watching down over us, many times I have felt you near by during critical incidents. As I get older, I think all the time how much I wish we could change what happened on 12-10-1993. Some people say that "time heals all wounds", to me that's just a phrase, the heart felt pain will always remain inside and your friendship will never be forgotten. Your brother's and sister's of the Columbus Div. of Police will remember you forever; and how you died a HERO that cold December morning.

Officer B.Bodell #1557
Columbus Div. of Police

December 10, 2011

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