Officer Richard L. Simpson

Officer Richard L. Simpson

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Wednesday, September 25, 1946

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Richard L. Simpson

Officer Richard Simpson was killed in a motorcycle accident at the intersection of Main and Doris Streets in Porterville at 2:30 pm.

Officer Simpson was en route to serve a warrant when he was notified of a severe accident nearby. As he traveled north on Main Street to the scene with his lights and sirens on, he was struck by a vehicle turning east. He succumbed to his injuries before arriving at the hospital.

Officer Simpson was a United States WWII veteran who had just returned to the California Highway Patrol, serving for almost two years. He was survived by his wife, a daughter, two sons, parents, and a sister.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 1 year, 11 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

accident investigation, motorcycle

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Officer Simpson,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army Air Forces during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 25, 2021

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