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Lieutenant Joseph Oscar Opelousas Police Department, Louisiana

Lieutenant

Joseph Oscar "J.O." Richard, Jr.

Opelousas Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 69

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Duty related illness

Incident Date: 9/12/1973

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Lieutenant J.O. Richard died after contracting Hepatitis C as the result of a blood transfusion received after he was shot in the line of duty.

He and another officer had responded to two false alarms at a local bank. Upon responding to a third alarm that morning they encountered two robbery suspects who were fleeing the building. The subjects opened fire on the officers, shooting Lieutenant Richard five times.

The wounds and complications caused one of his legs to be amputated above the knee and he required 29 pints of blood, which was unscreened. Some of the blood he received was tainted with Hepatits C, which he contracted. His health continued to deteriorate and he died as a result of the illness on September 28th, 2010.

Lieutenant Richard is survived by his wife and two children.

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Two tragic circumstances that took the life of one good man. Thank you sir for your courage, service, and sacrifice. RIP

Major Larry Carter
NSO Retired NPD
September 27, 2013

 

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