Detective Richard D. Arundell

Detective Richard D. Arundell

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, February 9, 1963

Richard D. Arundell

Detective Arundell suffered a fatal heart attack while pursuing two suspects.

At about 11:00 pm Detective Arundell and his partner saw a car run a red light at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and 62nd Road. They attempted to stop the vehicle and both occupants bailed out of the the vehicle and took off on foot. His partner fired three warning shots and shouted for the two to stop. About 2 1/2 blocks later Detective Arundell felt severe chest pains, but they nabbed one of the perpetrators a short distance away. Detective Arundell was admitted to the hospital and died a short time later. Doctors attributed his death to the above incident. The other individual was picked up at his home.

Detective Arundell was appointed to the New York Police Department on June 16, 1951 and was assigned to the detective division. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 11 years, 7 months
  • Badge 251

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Incident Date Friday, February 8, 1963

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 49th 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.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 9, 2012

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