Trooper Richard F. Champy

Trooper Richard F. Champy

New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire

End of Watch Friday, February 3, 1978

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Richard F. Champy

Trooper Richard Champy suffered a fatal heart attack while struggling with a hit-and-run suspect.

He initiated a traffic stop on Interstate 89 in Lebanon after receiving a report of a vehicle running another vehicle off the road and not stopping. During the stop, Trooper Champy and another trooper struggled with the driver and passenger. During the altercation, Trooper Champy collapsed. He was unable to be resuscitated and died at a New London Hospital.

The driver pleaded no contest to driving while intoxicated, was sentenced to 30 days plus a $500 fine, and was fined $100 for failing to stop after an accident. The passenger was found guilty of resisting arrest and intoxication and was sentenced to 30 days and fined $220 for resisting arrest and $27.50 for intoxication. He was found innocent of assaulting Trooper Champy.

Trooper Champy was a United States Navy Vietnam War veteran and had served with the New Hampshire State Police for eight years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, mother, and brother.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

DUI, hit-and-run, traffic stop

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Trooper Champy, it has been 46 years since you were taken from us. New Hampshire 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 military and 8 years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

February 3, 2024

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