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Trooper Rannie DeWitt Kennedy

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, November 5, 1973

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Reflections for Trooper Rannie DeWitt Kennedy

Dad was a man that we can all be proud of. He was a man of strong Christian faith and set this example for his immediate family, serving as a foundation to our faith for over 40 years now. What a legacy to leave behind. RDK gave back to the community, loved his family dearly and enjoyed the career of his dreams with the Virginia State Police. He would have no regrets for the service to his fellow troopers and the community he served to protect. Dad, we miss you! tsk

T. Scott Kennedy
son

February 8, 2014

RIP Trooper Kennedy. 40 years ago today you made the ultimate sacrifice for the people of Virginia and the United States. Thank you for your service.

Anonymous

November 5, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 5, 2010

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain; but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way.


Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

October 29, 2010

Rannie, I will always remember the training that I received from you in the 54th class. That training is something I still use today. Thank you for being there!!
You were an asset to VSP that is greatly missed.

former Trooper R. L. McGhee
VSP

September 10, 2009

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 8, 2008

Rannie, A lot of years have passed since I saw you last. I remember us racing across the pool in basic school. I remember the last time I saw you on U.S. 29 when we were looking for a DUI. Miss you buddy. RIP

Mastr Trooper C. P. Bible (Retired)
Virginia State police

February 25, 2008

Rannie, many years have passed since we were classmates. I think of you often. Thank you for your service. No man can ask more of you. Thank you for helping me learn to swim better during our academy class. You are missed and rembered my friend. Heaven is safer now, it has another Trooper on patrol. My thoughts and prayers go to your family. Rest in peace my friend.

Master Trooper Jack A. Wise, Jr. # 875
Virginia State Police ( Retired ) 48th Basic Academy Class

November 13, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 1, 2007

His family still remembers his dedication, his integrity and his life

Immediate family

March 9, 2005

I thank you for your service and salute you for your sacrifice.

A grateful citizen.

September 22, 2004

Rest in peace troop. Watch over us.

Senior Trooper
Virginia State Police

October 16, 2003

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