Officer John Michael Richardson

Officer John Michael Richardson

Nashville International Airport Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, April 29, 1999

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John Michael Richardson

Officer John Richardson succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when his patrol car struck a bridge on I-40 in Wilson County.

He was returning home in his department's canine vehicle when the incident occurred. His canine, Tossy, received minor injuries in the incident.

Officer Richardson had served with the Nashville International Airport Police for 3-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Wednesday, April 28, 1999

routine driving, single vehicle crash

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It’s hard to believe it’s been over 22 years. After 13 years of working in law enforcement there is not a day that goes by that I’m not reminded of you. I still keep a picture of you on my desk. Those long days when I’m at my wits’ end and I start to question my career path, I look at that picture for motivation. You embodied every thing a police officer should strive to be. There’s been so many times when I could feel your presence. I’ve been on the range all day training these young officers and as you would say, “it’s hotter than all get out” but just the thought of you pushes me through. I love brother. See you when I get there.

Cpl. Matt Bush
Wilson Co. Sheriff’s Office

May 20, 2021

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