Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Correctional Officer Richard Bert Fordham, Sr.

Lee County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, May 9, 1977

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Reflections for Correctional Officer Richard Bert Fordham, Sr.

You'll never be forgotten by law enforcement or your fellow Navy shipmates. I served with Bert in the recruiting station Sterling and Dixon in 1977 when Bert left so many friends and a wonderful family. Rest in peace Bert.

AK1 Jerry Saladino
U.S. Navy Retired

November 14, 2017

Correctional Officer Fordham"s story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 2-21-17 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
RPPD (IL)

February 21, 2017

IN HONORE CASORUM
The promise: Always honored, never forgotten.

Sgt. T.J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

May 9, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.

Thank you for your heroism.

God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

May 9, 2015

I served under Bert for 2 years as a USNR QM2 with Commander Carrier Division 14 aboard the USS Wasp CVS-18 back in 1967 through 1969. Bert was a QM1 at the time and my immediate boss, so to speak. I first tried tracking him down about 12 years ago for the first time since I was discharged from USNR active duty in '69. I eventually made phone contact with his widow, Lucille, and she informed me of this incident at that time. I was so shocked that I almost dropped the phone. I spoke with her for several minutes and told her that I had a lot of old photos I had of Bert that I had taken while serving with him. I asked if she would like to have them which she did and I mailed them to her shortly thereafter. He was an all around great guy and I still find it difficult to believe this tragedy. I only stumbled across this site today and just had to take time to offer a few comments. R.I.P. Bert and I know you have all of the heavenly navigational duties under control up there!

Bill Dozier, former USNR QM2
Private Investigator-semi-retired

January 6, 2015

Rest in Peace, Correctional Officer Fordham. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 29, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 9, 2012

Why is there any consideration to individuals who couldn't care less about the innocent life they took?

J. Fischer police officer
Columbus Ohio Police

February 7, 2012

I don't want these people out in society

Stephen Hawkisn

January 26, 2012

Please do not parole this cop killer.

CWO-4 J. A. Mc REE
U.S. Army CID (Retired)

January 26, 2012

Senseless, needless tragedy and we need to do our part to keep these people behind bars. Lets make a stand to keep them there for C.O. Fordham. Rest in peace brother.

Ofc Michael Bernard
Richfield Township Police Department, Davison MI

January 26, 2012

How much is a life worth? It is the ultimate loss. Dont let the cop killer out. Please.

Officer G.R. Whitmore
Moscow Idaho Police Department

January 26, 2012

You are forever in our prays

1st Vp Fl.State Fop, Lonnie Miller Jr.
Florida State Fraternal Order Of Police

January 25, 2012

Officer Fordham you are a true Hero and I will never forget your sacrifice. May Our Great God continue to watch over your family and friends. I sent a letter to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board asking them to NOT grant parole for the person that was convicted of your murder. I pray they will not release him. Rest in Peace

kathy stevenson wife of fallen officer
Sgt. Howard K. Stevenson EOW 1/9/05

January 25, 2012

So saddened to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

January 25, 2012

I don't think any "cop killer" should ever step foot on the street again!!!!!!
If they are willing to kill a police officer, then they are willing to kill anyone, for any reason!!!! They are a threat to society and will always be!!!!

Patrolman Duane Weeks
Bexar County Constable Precinct 3

January 25, 2012

No killer of any law enforcement officer should ever walk the streets freely again. Too many of our officers are being murdered. This must stop!

Beth Hammond, Master Sergeant
Yell County Mounted Patrol

January 25, 2012

If this killer allowed any form of released after killing a correctional officer, he or she should not see any freedom. It would be rewarding his or her actions. Other inmates would may not think twice or worry about assaulting or killing officers, if the price they have to pay is not steep enough. Prior to becoming a Police Officer, I was a Correctionla Officer at ACI in Rhode Island

Lt. Philip A. Duarte ret.
Woonsocket Police Dept. RI

January 25, 2012

R.I.P. BROTHER: “The Final Inspection"

The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell”
Former GA & WI Police Officer/Deputy

Former GA & WI Police Officer/ Deputy
Rock Co. WI & Liberty Co. GA

January 25, 2012

you will not be forgotten

Staff Sergeant
US ARMY USAR/NG Chaplain

January 25, 2012

Officer Fordham, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

May 9, 2011

C/O Fordham, Rest In Peace & GOD BLESS YOU & YOUR FAMILY! Our job is not for everyone and you paid the ultimate price of our job! This could happen to any of us any day we enter the county jails we work! You will never be FORGOTTEN and true justice will take place, when the murders face GOD! Thank You for your service, you are a HERO!!!

Detention Deputy G. Carew
Seminole County Sheriff's Office, FL/J.E.P.C.F.

April 10, 2009

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 7, 2008

Today would mark your 69th Birthday. Happy Birthday Dad. Its been a long year and there are still times that make all of your children wish you were still with us. We remain a strong and close family even as we all are beginning to reach middle age with children and grandchildren of our own.

Richard
Son

August 22, 2006

I was glad to hear that parole has been denied for the individual who brought all this pain and suffering to your family that they have lived with for almost 30 years. I'm sure there has not been a day that has gone by that you have not been in their thoughts. Keep watch over them and protect them. You are a true hero and you will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon, father of Fallen Chicago Officer
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gortdon, Asst. Chief, Retired
Riverside PD, IL

May 18, 2006

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