Sergeant Richard Moore Betters

Sergeant Richard Moore Betters

Portland Police Department, Maine

End of Watch Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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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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Sergeant Betters, it has been 15 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your 20 years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

January 16, 2024

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