Sergeant Richard Moore Betters

Sergeant Richard Moore Betters

Portland Police Department, Maine

End of Watch Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Richard Moore Betters

Sergeant Richard Betters suffered a fatal heart attack after evacuating residents from a burning building. After the evacuation he remained on scene and assisted with the investigation.

He completed his shift, which involved attending the funeral of a police department employee, before returning home. He suffered a heart attack overnight.

Sergeant Betters had served with the Portland Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 13, 2009

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Scripture assures us that, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called [children] of God.” Matthew 5:9 ESV and “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 ESV.

Rev. Dr. Steven Robert Closs, DD, MSBS
Licensed & Ordained Independent Christian Minister
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
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Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DD, MSBS
Merrimack NH Police Department

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