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Patrolman Leward Robert Rich | Richmond Police Department, Virginia Richmond Police Department, Virginia

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Leward Robert Rich

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Friday, December 13, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Incident Date: 12/13/1974

Weapon: Automobile

Suspect: Not available

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Patrolman Leward Rich and Patrolman Edwin Stephenson were killed in an automobile accident while en route to assist another officer who was chasing a stolen car. During their response the police car left the roadway and struck a tree at Brook Street and Westwood Avenue, causing fatal injuries to both officers.

Patrolman Rich had served with the agency for four years.

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Patrolman Edwin Hugh Stephenson, Jr.
Richmond Police Department, Virginia
End of Watch: Friday, December 13, 1974
Cause: Vehicle pursuit

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Hi Lee, I left you and Steve a nice memorial on Face Book . . you'd have liked it and also the picture of you and me with your suspect . . on Grace Street . we didn't even know that Detective Floyd Coleman took it until he gave them to us!! 38 years today Lee . . what would have been . .we'll never know . . but you accomplished more in your 5 years than most policemen would accomplish in a career . . hey buddy . . FIVE excellent police duty medals . . damn!

. . nobody else did that! You're the best Lee. I'll be at Fenway Park for some Sox games this spring . . give me a sign buddy! I'll check in with you soon . . "10-7" for now! Your buddy, Jim

ATF Agent Jim Crotty (Ret.)
Former Richmond, VA Policeman
December 13, 2012

 

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