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Corporal Charles William Hill

Alexandria Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, March 22, 1989

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Reflections for Corporal Charles William Hill

Charlie,

Thirty years?!? I can't believe it. Seems like yesterday when I saw you at HQ on your way out to that hostage scene. I remember saying to you that it must be nice to be in demand. You smiled and laughed and rushed out the back door. I never thought in a million years that it would be the last time I saw you smile and heard you laugh. I think about you often. That horrible day, and the day that Andy was taken from us, really changed me forever. I was living in D.C. for a while and often would have lunch sitting across from your name etched into the memorial. Sometimes I ate across from Morty's name. I plan to visit you guys again soon. Your kindness and professionalism shaped me as a Police Officer and I am forever grateful. Rest in Peace my friend.

William G. Bunney
Retired Alexandria Police

March 24, 2019

Charlie. I can’t believe it’s been 30 years. You were a great guy and we all miss you.

Jeremy Lenzner, paramedic APD/SOT ret.
Alexandria Fire Dept

March 22, 2019

Happy Birthday Chuck! Another birthday without you, can't believe it has been 30 years since I last celebrated with you. I will love you always, Ginny

Ginny Obranovich
Alexandria Police Department

February 22, 2019

I was at the commonwealth attorney's office when Officer Hill was a police officer. I had the privilege of seeing many of the noble, hard working, dedicated officers serve in alexandria. Just today, July 10, 2018, I came upon the reader's digest article and newspaper clipping I saved after Officer Hill's death and then found this website. I attended his moving memorial service where one police officer told me "they really know how to honor us in death--if only everyone would honor us in life".
Thank you Ginny for allowing your husband to serve the people of Virginia. Praying almost 20 years later that the Lord has blessed you and your family (now grown children!!) with a community of believers around you to support you, pray for you and encourage you. Praying you had the financial, emotional and spiritual help you needed in the last 20 years and that it will continue into the future. Trudi Berlin Hays

Trudi Berlin Hays
former Assistant Commonwealth Attorney

July 10, 2018

29 years ago, our world was forever changed. The boys and I have learned to live a life without you sadly. We have missed you so much especially with the milestones. The boys are doing well and talk of you often. They remind me so much of you, each in their own ways. You would love your granddaughters, they are beautiful and full of life. Chuck, you will always be with me, in my heart and in our sons. Love you always and forever!

Ginny
Spouse

March 22, 2018

Time has passed, but you and your service are not forgotten.

SSA Curtis Marshall
Bureau of ATF

July 19, 2017

Happy Birthday Chuck! Another birthday without you :( Love you always.

Ginny
Spouse

February 22, 2017

Charlie,
I'll always remember the funny comments you'd make at the range when I worked up there from time to time. I was also on the scene when your partner committed suicide in Dale City...tragic events! I had worked with him (Andy ?) doing K9 drug training back in the day. Both of you were good people.
RIP brother.

MPO Bill Lawrence (retired)
Prince William County PD

May 18, 2016

Hey Chuck,

Not forgotten, no Sir!

Every time I go to the range either to qualify or just scope in a rifle, I think of you and that big laugh and smile of yours! I'm getting so old now, I can hardly see the sites at the end of the barrel. Let alone bend down to clean up the brass... : )) You probably made me laugh harder than anyone else I knew with your range stories..... I miss that!

Talk with ya soon!

Duane Steward, PhD, CPP
Alexandria Police Retired

April 14, 2016

Gone but not forgotten, RIP Corporal Hill....

Lena Rainey

March 10, 2016

Your second granddaughter was born Tuesday, December 1. Her name is Audrey Rose and she is beautiful. Looks like her sister Laila. You would be so happy to have two beautiful granddaughters! It is such a bittersweet moment for me, I am so happy to be able to see both girls and hold them, yet feel you and the girls are missing out on so much. You would have been an amazing grandfather. It is hard to think of you as that old, you are always in my mind as you were when you were taken from us. The boys are wonderful men and you would be so proud of them. I love you always and forever.

Ginny
Spouse

December 3, 2015

Charlie, Thinking of you........Rest in Peace.

Chief of Police (Ret)
Greenville (NC) Police Department

March 22, 2015

Your first grandchild, a girl, was born today. It was a bittersweet day, so happy for Charlie and Michelle but missing you a lot!! You would have been an awesome Granddad, you were a great dad!! Your granddaughter's name is Laila Elizabeth Hill and she weighed 9 lbs. 6 oz. and was 22 inches long. She is beautiful, looks a lot like Charlie when he was born. I miss you bunches especially on a day like today, remembering all the good times and all our hopes and dreams. Love you always!

Ginny
Spouse

September 9, 2014

Charlie,

Was thinking of you today...so many years have passed. I remember going to the shooting range and was impressed how you kept a neat and professional shooting range. You were a great instructor and I always respected you. I remember that day as though it was yesterday... I remember standing in the church with your son wearing your police dress hat. I remember Andy from his K-9 days as we worked closely together on the night shift for many years. He was a great officer as well. Just wanted you to know I still think of you and Andy and can't believe it has been so long ago since I last talked with you. Look forward to seeing you and Andy again soon!

Ofc Duane Steward
Alexandria Police Department

May 12, 2014

Charlie-as the years pass, 25 years now since that tragic day, your memory never fades. I am hearing great things about Robbie's APD career and I know how proud you must be of him. I am keeping tabs on Charlie as well and he is doing great things and finding his way.
I often think about conversations we had about how to treat the public and what good policing looks like-you were so far ahead of your time and nailed the principles that now define great policing. I want you to know that I heard you loud and clear and those were the early conversations that defined my career at APD and now in Greenville, NC.
I miss you and as each anniversary passes-I am reminded of what the world lost when you were tragically taken from us. RIP.

Chief of POlice
Greenville NC (Retired APD)

March 22, 2014

25 years ago my entire world changed. I miss you and wonder where we would be today. You were my best friend, always there for me. I will carry you in my heart always!

Love and miss you

Ginny

March 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Chuck!! You are always with me. Ginny

Ginny

February 22, 2014

It will be 25 years ago we last celebrated Christmas together. It was the first time in our new home and you were as big a kid as the kids were. Christmas was always a joyous time and it has not been the same since. I am sitting here thinking where we would be now; would we still be in VA? Maybe we would be sailing off in the sunset……
Life is good, the boys are doing well. Charlie is married, you would love Michelle! Rob is on APD and loves being an officer. You will always be with me and the boys, I see you in them in all they do and are.
Merry Christmas Chuck, you will always be in my heart. Ginny

Ginny

December 16, 2013

Lest we forget

"Tomorrow is nothing, today is too late; the good lived yesterday." - Marcus Aurelius

Sgt. Rich Magnum-Alexandria Police Department, Alexandria VA

November 3, 2013

Charlie was my squad leader in the NVCJA in 1982. Being a NY'kr we hit off, great smile and a great instructor. I remember your passing like it was yesterday and standing outside the church attending my first of many LOD funerals. I thank you for your guidance while in the Academy, and your sacrifice for all of us.

Brian Manion POIII ret.
MTPD

March 22, 2013

Charlie, 24 years ago today you were taken from your family and the APD by a ruthless drug dealer's bullet. We all think of you often and miss you very much-that day shattered our lives. Before retiring from the APD, I had the pleasure of seeing Robbie become an APD officer-he is so proud of you. Seeing him in an APD uniform was one of my fondest memories of my career. RIP my friend.

Hassan Aden
Chief of Police - Greenville NC Police Department

March 22, 2013

Chuck, I was down in Old Town yesterday for Peter's fundraiser. I walked down to Waterfront Park and said a prayer for you and Peter. I am glad that we don't have to add another name to the plaque there. Peter is doing okay, so many memories as I watched him being taken to the ambulance to be airlifted to Washington Hospital Center. Prayers that he would survive and be okay.

As I was standing there, I realized that you have been gone for as long as I knew you. I remember the first time we met, I was 14 and you were 16, 48 years ago. It will be 24 years next week that you are gone, yet it seems like yesterday. So many memories and emotions, the boys are doing well. Charlie gets married in May and Rob is now with APD. You would be so proud of them, they miss you a lot!

I love you and you will always be with me in my heart.

Ginny

March 11, 2013

Merry Christmas Chuck, love you always!

Ginny

December 24, 2012

Wish I could've been there for you, brother.

Larsson, Insp.
DHS FPS

December 10, 2012

Charlie, I still have vivid memories of when You, Kuchi, and I were working out in the APD weight room two days before your death, and you telling us about skiing in Killington, VT, with your son.

I will never get over that feeling when the "officer down" call went out, and then being notified of your death after shift. All I could think of was of your family.

March 22nd and May 15 are two days that these memories come back most.

RIP Charlie.

James S. Peet, Ph.D., CFE
former APD Officer

May 15, 2012

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