Police Officer Bernard Trevor Lankford

Police Officer Bernard Trevor Lankford

Richlands Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, November 15, 1962

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Bernard Trevor Lankford

Officer Bernard Lankford suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after being involved in a foot pursuit of a prisoner.

He had arrested a young woman and transported her to the police department's holding cell. The girl fled on foot when he opened the patrol car's door. He pursued her a short distance before subduing her. After taking her to the police station, he became ill. He was transported to a local hospital where he passed away a short time later.

Officer Lankford had served with the Richlands Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

foot pursuit, prisoner custody

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Officer Lankford,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Europe fighting the Germans during World War II as a member of the 84th "Rail Splitter" Infantry Division. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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November 15, 2022

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