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Senior Corporal Richard A. Lawrence | Dallas Police Department, Texas Dallas Police Department, Texas

Senior Corporal

Richard A. Lawrence

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 9, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 22 years, 6 months

Badge # 3066

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Senior Corporal Richard Lawrence was shot and killed when he surprised a pair of auto thieves as he returned home from work at 3:00 am.

Corporal Lawrence was a U.S Army veteran of the Vietnam war and had served with the Dallas Police Department for 22 years. He is survived by his two daughters and son.

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Hi Dad ...

I had no idea this page was even here. Seeing all the memories of you from those who have shared brings tears to my eyes. I am in law school now ... long over due, sir, I know ... but at least I made it. I just finished typing up a problem for my Crim law class. I meet my professor in the morning. One of the problems had to do with an officer being shot. Lots of cases dealing with officers - not just in Crim Law. I had to write a paper too regarding an officer involved incident. And all of this made me think - I don't even know what degree of murder the criminals who murdered you were convicted of. So I went to look, and here is this page.

I miss you, Dad. I guess that goes without saying. I used to dream about you a lot ... but that pretty much stopped when Joe and I got married. But you probably know that too. You knew I was taken care of, and you were right. He makes me feel safe, and it took a long time to feel that way after you were killed. I used to sleep terribly, but when he and I moved in together, I slept like a rock. He's a deputy now too ... waited 4 years after we got married to try. I tell people who know what happened to you that in my defense this all happened after the fact, and I was stuck. :) Please do me the favor and watch over him. If there is anything you can do to keep him safe, I know you will try.

I know you know about my son too. And of course, he wants to be a police officer. Told me that tonight as a matter of fact. But I am going to do my best to at least steer him towards a different branch. Perhaps the FBI or something. Not that it is completely safe. Law enforcement never is. So perhapsI will try to convince him of something else all together. I have a good while before I have to worry too much. Jake is ornery and stubborn, but that would serve him well in life. It is just hell to parent .. as you know. He is a really good kid, all kidding aside. You would be proud. You would like Joe too. He's a hard worker. You would have taken advantage of that! Ha

I think about you all the time, and wear a necklace with your badge on it. Your pictures are up in the house. Jake knows about you, that some bad guys took you away from me. I don't tell him too much ... he's too young yet and I don't want him worrying about Joe.

I am very proud of you. You did what you thought was right. You would have intervened whether you were retired or not because you were 'the job'. It was a part of you, and you were made for it.

I am so blessed that you were my Dad, and don't worry ... like Aunt Julie said ... you spoiled me enough in our 14 years together to last me my whole life. I love you, Daddy ... and wish you could have been with me longer. I will carry your heart with me ... I carry it in my heart. Until we meet again ...

With Love Always,
Your Baby Girl

Your Blond Bomb
Daughter
February 24, 2017

 

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