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Police Officer Richard D. Vigneault | Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts

Police Officer

Richard D. Vigneault

Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 11, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Not available

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Police Officer Richard Vigneault was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a drunk driver.

Officer Vigneault had served with the Springfield Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Officer Vigneault, today marks the 43rd anniversary of your tragic passing. It is not said on this site what became of the vermin who killed you, but we can only hope she did or will face true justice, if not in this world, then in the next.

God Bless you and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful, Brother.

As for Officer Skowski's post from two years ago, it's moving and obviously heartfelt. It also reminds us all that, it's not just those who die in the line of duty that we must always keep in mind, but also those who become disabled in the line of duty. When we lose a Brother or Sister due to death, it's hard, sad, maddening and often times confusing. But those fallen family members get memorialized on plaques, walls and sites like this.

When we lose a Brother or Sister becomes disabled, they quietly leave the job, rarely to return, sometimes to later pass from their injuries.

We must also keep them in mind as well. They too have sacrificed. They sacrifice the job, they sacrifice at times their lives as they once know it and occasionally their families. We must never forget them, either.

God Bless you Officer Robert P. Sakowski for YOUR sacrifice as well. You too are a true hero.

Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
April 11, 2016


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