Login | About Us | Contact Us | Search Connect With ODMP Facebook Twitter
ODMP Remembers...

Lieutenant Joseph Oscar Opelousas Police Department, Louisiana


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

· Leave a Reflection
· Add to My Heroes
· Update this memorial

Share this memorial:
Email to a Friend

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.

Leave a Reflection · Update Memorial

View all 5 Reflections

Most Recent Reflection

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


Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now:

(will show below Reflection)
(will show below Reflection)
(e-mail remains private)
Remember my rank, agency and email address
I have read and agree to the Reflections Terms of Use
(revised 5/31/2012)
All 2017 Deaths