Senior Customs Inspector Richard Anthony Forde

Senior Customs Inspector Richard Anthony Forde

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, September 12, 2000

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Richard Anthony Forde

Senior Customs Inspector Richard Forde was killed in a motorcycle crash while en route to Newark International Airport for an assignment.

While he was driving his motorcycle, a tractor-trailer pulled into his lane on CR 508 in Kearny Township. He was unable to avoid a collision and struck the vehicle. The Customs Service had authorized him to use his personal motorcycle on the assignment and declared his death as a line of duty death.

Inspector Forde was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the United States Customs Service for five years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Location New Jersey

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Senior Forde,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when served with the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO; former Marine

United States Border Patrol

September 12, 2020

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