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Officer Richard Alan Maxwell | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California

Officer

Richard Alan Maxwell

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Monday, July 11, 1994
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Reflections for Officer Richard Alan Maxwell

 

Dear Maxwell family
My deepest condolencies to you all.
My name is Brian and i live in Denmark. I spend time in Bakersfield on that sad day i July 1994 visiting a relative, and I followed the tragic case very close. I was 20 years old then. To this day I even keep the newspapers from then.
Before this happened I thought I was going to work with accounting or someting like that. The death of Richard made me think otherwise, and since 1998 I've been with the Danish Police force. First as a patrol officer and since as detective. I don't know how and why this made such an impact on me, but it really became a turning point of my life. I wanted to do something for everyone instead of myself. I often think of you and especially Richards daughter. I hope your're all doing good despite what happened.
Sincerely
Brian

Brian Falk, Detective Inspector
Danish Police Force
July 8, 2016

RIP, brother. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Officer J. Honeycutt
Utah Valley University Police Department
April 21, 2016

I am honored to be able to call your parents, Bill and Joan, my friends. In loving memory of you, they continue to be actively involved in many aspects of the Portage Police Department. More than you can imagine. They are such kind people. As Law Enforcement Appreciation Day approaches on 1/9/2016, they again have made sure that all law enforcement are recognizes for what they do on a continuing basis. I am blessed to have them in my life.

Lt. Penny Kiefer
City of Portage Wisconsin Police Department
January 2, 2016

As I count down the days I have left with the CHP, again I think about you. My mild mannered friend classmate of CTC II-89, you continue to live on through the pleasant memories of the people you have touched and I am so fury ate to have called you my friend.

Byron Tiamson, CHP
Central L.A., San Francisco, Contra Costa
October 10, 2015

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”

Euripides

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service
September 24, 2015

Richard, I am thankful for having known you and to call you a follow CHP officer, classmate - CTC II-89, and friend.

Officer, 12804
CHP
August 31, 2015

Richard it is hard to believe that 21 years have passed since your passing. I will never forget the summer of 1989 when we were classmates at the academy in Sacramento in Company B. Peace be with you forever.

Officer retired Don Todd Jr
California Highway Patrol
July 11, 2015

I worked with Rich in Bakersfield on Swing Shift a few years before the incident. He was always first out and last in. He was a man of few words with a strong work ethic. I was working the Grapevine Inspection Facilty that morning as we listened to the radio in horror as events unfolded. I'll never forget him or his contribution to the Area.

Phil Lammi, Sergeant (Retired)
California Highway Patrol
March 29, 2014

I worked with Rich at Charter Hospital in Bakersfield and remember him and his sense of humour( we had to have one with what we were dealing with). The world was a better place with him in it and he is sorely missed.

Danny Webster
January 12, 2013

To Rich's Family and friends,

I happened to stumble across this website and was very touched by the outpouring of love and respect given to my friend and classmate. I knew Rich when we where both young and without many cares in the world. He was a great human being, a great classmate but most of all a GREAT friend. Rest in Peace my good friend and all my prayers to your family.

Demmer Banks
USAF Security Forces and Friend
Sept 12, 2011

SSgt Demmer Banks
USAF/Portage H.S. and Track Teammate
September 12, 2011

I can't believe it's been almost 17 years. I remember Rich helping me out on calls in Oildale before I transferred to the desert area. I remember our conversations at church and between calls. We were both excited about our jobs. I'll never forget you Rich. Thanks for watching my back.

Deputy Kevin Austin
Kern County Sheriff
June 10, 2011

Richard, After reading the postings left by all that loves you, I find very it hard to get past the one your loving daughter Megan left. To have such a sweet young lady saying the most treasured things about her father is hard to keep my tears back. I also have a daughter that is a Customs and Border Protection Federal Officer. I would be lost without her in my life. Megan you are a sweet young lady and please know that we in law enforcement, especially the CHP family, pray each and every night for you and your HERO father. I never met your father but I am certain that I would have loved to have worked with him. Semper Fi Chippy and God Bless you and your family.

State Traffic Officer #7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol
January 25, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the sixteenth 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you. To your parents, I share your anquish in losing a beloved child which is surely life's greatest sorrow and I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
July 11, 2010

Rest in Peace, Officer Maxwell. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
October 22, 2009

I recently was informed of Rick's death. It is hard to believe, but I know what kind of a world L.E. lives in. Even though Rick was a year behind me in school and I didn't hang-out w/ him, I remember watching him while he participated in the high jump in track. Man could he jump!!
Rest easy brother, you've paid the ultimate price. God bless you and your family. T.A. Portage High School Class of '78

Detective Tim Andres
Juneau Co. Wisconsin Sheriff's Dept. & Went to high school w/ Rick
August 20, 2009

Officer Maxwell, Every time I drive Highway 99 near the CHP office, As I pass through the interchange named in your honor, The thought of what a real hero is comes to mind. Your family can always be proud to know that even average citizens like me, who never knew you, will always consider you a great hero who worked to keep the streets of Bakersfield and Kern County safe. Your service will never be forgotten.

Joe S.
Civilian
August 2, 2009

Richard is not forgotten. Just tonight a friend who lived and worked in the school system in Bakersfield at the time, told me the story as we discussed the tough job officers have.
I know there is a special place in heaven for those who are willing to lay down their life rather than swerve from the path of duty......

Brian Griffin, Sgt. Retired
CHP
June 24, 2008

I came to the site today to leave a message on an old friends page and I stumbled across Officer Maxwell's information. I am so touched by all of the comments about him. What a brave man! I am so very sorry his time on earth was cut short. But while here on earth he obviously made a big impression.

Thank you for working so hard to keep us safe.

Citizen
June 5, 2008

We would like to thank each one of you who have left a Reflection for Rich. He was a wonderful son and a real hero. We will always love and miss him terribly. Your kind words have helped us deal with our loss more than you will ever know. We wish we could thank you all personally for your thoughtfulness. The love and support you have given us has been a Godsend in these sad times. Thank you. Rich's Mom and Dad (Bill and Joan Maxwell)

Bill and Joan Maxwell
Parents
April 18, 2008

Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice. Please keep a watchful eye from above.

Detective
Orlando Police Department
October 24, 2007

stopped by to see a real cops cop. will not forget and think of you often.

citizen
August 19, 2007

"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
August 16, 2007

Yes, there is something terribly wrong with our Justice System, when two murderers can commit such a terrible crime and now be free to live out their lives.
There is another justice though and the cowards will face it someday soon.
They will not know peace of mind and they will not prosper.
Officer Maxwell you are a Hero, and you are immortal through your family.

Retired Police Officer.
August 2, 2007

I assisted the CHP in the LA area when they made the transition from revolvers to semi-automatic pistols. In fact, I bought a .38 revolver that still bears "CHP" on the frame, for my daughter on her tenth birthday.

To Freda, Megan (who should be 21 this year, (if I am correct), and to the men and women of the CHP 420 Club, tonight, as I celebrate my birthday at midnight, I will make a toast in honor of the memory of Officer Maxwell - an officer who did not die, without putting up a helluva gunfight (firing all twelve rounds from his pistol).

I will also try not to say anything disparaging regarding how the justice system did not seem to work, once the anal pore sought a federal appeal.....

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC/LAPD
July 11, 2007

I have the utmost respect for the CHP.

Thank You for having served. So many of You still work alone here in California.

Back in 1994, I visited Allensworth (first all-Black US city now a State park), near Bakersfield, to provide training to the lone park ranger, whose back-up was usually Bakersfield-area CHP personnel.

Officer Maxwell:

May Your Soul Rest-In-Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC/LAPD
July 11, 2007

 
 

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