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Police Officer Frederick L. Richards | Galveston Police Department, Texas Galveston Police Department, Texas

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Frederick L. Richards

Galveston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, September 8, 1900

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 10 years

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Cause: Weather/Natural disaster

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Officer Frederick Richards and three other officers were killed the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900.

The storm, a category 4 hurricane, claimed the lives of over 8,000 citizens and destroyed over 1,500 acres of the city.

Officer Richards was born in August 1856 in Germany. His mother and father were also born in Germany. Officer Richards had served with the agency for 10 years and was survived by his wife and son.

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Galveston has suffered another Category 4 Storm. Many have lost their lives in the East Texas area. But thank GOD it's not as bad as in your day.

What's so sad is, it WAS so bad in your day. Thank you for your service and may you forever Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
September 8, 2017

 

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