Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant David Joe Kraxner

Independence Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, October 31, 1966

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Reflections for Lieutenant David Joe Kraxner


P.O. Daniel Speir
KCPD (Ret.)

August 16, 2021

I'm so. SO very, very sorry, Dave. If I only would have been there.

Kevin Hemp
Former I.P.D.

August 9, 2016

Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Lieutenant Kraxner. You bravery was appreciated.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 16, 2016

This was my grandfather. I hope he rests in peace and that some day Merola will meet his maker (s)


April 25, 2015

I wish I had the pleasure and honor of knowing you. I Have been blessed to hear stories about you from my dad.

Kellie Kraxner Long

February 21, 2015

Dave I am sorry I didn't "Ride Over" with you as we had originally. If I would, I'm sure you would would be alive today. I relive this guilt almost every day.You did so much for me recommending me for "Officer of the Month" by the KIWANIS.
I will NEVER forget you or the times we had together on "Ride Overs" I'm so very,very,very sorry Lieutennt.

Kevin A. Hemp
Former I.P.D. patrolman

September 22, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 48th 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 Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 8, 2014

To my Dad Lt. David Kraxner. We did not have much time together. I was only 2 yrs. and 10 months when you were murdered in the line of duty. My life has been very hard, due to not having you here. From all I've been told you were a great and honorable man. I wish I could have known you. You live forever in my heart. I love you Dad. R.I.P.

Rebecca Berlin Kraxner-Kendall

January 20, 2013

Lieut, thank you for your bravery and service to your Country and Community. The criminal who took your life has again been deneyed paroll. Rest in Peace my Blue Brother.

Retired Lieut Ray Batiato
Millburn, New Jersey Police Department

January 20, 2012

Rest in Peace, Brother

Police Officer, Ret. John Eliadis

January 20, 2012

May God continue to watch over this officer's family,.

There should be a law passed that mandates that a sentence of "life inprisonment" truly means "natural life".

There is the argument that if life truly meant life it would endanger the lives of Correction Officers in that prisoners would have nothing to lose by taking the life of a Correction Officer. Therefore there should be an addendum to a true "life" sentence that states that should an inmate serving life, murder a corrrection officer, that upon being found guilty, he would spend the rest of his life in solitary confinement with no visitation or mail privileges.

I wonder if anyone has ever done any research on how many "life" prisoners were released only to kill or maim again.

Sgt (retired) Wilton Sekzer
New York City Police Department

December 5, 2011

I've lived through the trauma of losing a fellow officer from Conway Police Department in Conway, Arkansas and witnessed a judicial system that overturned the cop killers death sentence conviction granting him instead, a 2nd degree murder conviction.

On the flip side of that coin, I've been involved in a case with another offender who murdered two citizens of Rogers, Arkansas, shot and maimed another citizen, and ended a police officer's career by shooting and maiming him for life. This offender,
William "Frankie" Parker was executed by the state of Arkansas in 1996...a just punishment!

Cop killing violent offenders should never see day light again as a free man and deserve nothing less than the death penalty.

Sergeant (Retired)
Conway Police Department, Conway, AR.

December 2, 2011

Once a killer always a killer and for a person to have killed an Officer of the Law it puts everyone else in an entirely dire need to have that one person locked up or put to death to give the feeling of security back into them.

David W. Smith
former security officer

December 2, 2011

I am starting a petition on facebook as well as having a physical petition my grandmother sent me so that we can gather signatures once again to keep the man ho murdered you in prison. Although there will never be justice, it's worth the effort to keep such a terrible person in prison! You will always be missed by everyone in our family.....

Love, Michelle Rene Underhill

November 24, 2011

I remember what a kind gracious man Dave was. My husband Don was his Sgt. as well as a friend. Don would of been with him that fateful nite but David insisted that he stay home one more night to help me with our 5 day old daughter. David and his family will always be held close in the hearts of the Independence Police Dept. family.

Jan Huntsinger/Honorary IPD Officer

November 2, 2011

Another hero to watch over us & a NO PAROLE letter sent. Rest in Peace. To your Family and Department, all our prayers.

Det. William Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County PD, Nassau NY

November 1, 2011

God bless you and your family. May your service and sacrifice always be remembered.

deputy eddie nickerson
blount county sheriff's office

November 1, 2011

Thank you God for men like David Kraxner. If not men like this who will sacrifice so much to protect us then who? Although I have never met you; you are my brother. I mourn for you and the loss your family has suffered. From Police Officer to Police Officer, fight the good fight and never surrender. Thank you for your services and sacrifices. P.O. Daleen Berkeley PD.

Police Officer
Berkeley MO Police

November 1, 2011

Even though I have never met you, you will always be an inspiration for me in all that I do. Love you grandpa.

Nathan McGhee
Eldest Grandson

July 5, 2011

Thank you for your service. You, your family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers as they remember you on this day. Words aren't enough, but please know that so many people are thankful for your service. No matter how many years pass, the police community will never forget you.

Officer's Wife
Cincinnati, Ohio

October 31, 2009

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service.

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

October 29, 2007

You are a true hero, may God bless you and your family.

Lt. Cliff Durham
Marion Co. Indiana, Sheriff Dept.

October 2, 2007

Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

July 20, 2007

I am so pleased to see this tribute to David. He was one of my first heros as a child, along with my brothers Jerry (George Gerald) and Bill (William Robert) Kraxner. I will always remember the line of vehicles that followed my Uncle Jack (David's dad) and the rest of our family to David's grave site, the officers who fired his salute, and the hundreds of people who honored him the day of his funeral. In spite of the years, David still lives in my heart as the model of dedication to public service who sacrificed his life to catch a dangerous felon.

Anna Kraxner

June 16, 2006

You are a hero. Rest in peace.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

February 13, 2006

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