Patrolman Richard B. Rose

Patrolman Richard B. Rose

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, December 29, 1971

Add to My Heroes

Richard B. Rose

Patrolman Richard Rose was shot and killed while responding to an armed robbery on South Main Street, in South Farmingdale.

He pursued the subject to a nearby bowling alley where the man hid beneath a parked car. As he ordered the man to drop his weapon and surrender the man opened fire with a .22 caliber sawed-off rifle, striking Patrolman Rose in the chest. The man fled the scene but was arrested in New York City the following day.

The subject was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 25 years to life. He died in prison two weeks prior to being released on parole.

Patrolman Rose had served with the Nassau County Police Department for one year.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 2516

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison

Most Recent Reflection

View all 50 Reflections

I went to Farmingdale high school with Richie Rose. When I was in H.S Richie was working at County Line Bowling alley. He told me he was leaving his part time job and I replaced Richie. I saw Richie in Dec. 1971 and I told him I was starting in the NCPD academy on Jan. 14, 1972. He told me he really enjoys being a Nassau County Police Officer. He wished me good luck and said he was proud to be a Nassau County Police Officer. I ended up assigned to the 8th precinct assigned to the Farmingdale area. Every time I passed the County Line Bowling Alley , I would remember back to us both working at the bowling alley where he was unfortunately murdered. Richie was proud to be a NCPD Police Officer and I was glad to have known such a fine young man.

Ptl. Thomas G. Romano. SH. 2722

January 2, 2019

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

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