Police Officer Ricktor A. Gutowsky

Police Officer Ricktor A. Gutowsky

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, August 15, 1968

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Ricktor A. Gutowsky

Officer Ricktor Gutowsky was killed when his patrol vehicle struck a bus near Clinton and McDougall Streets while involved in a high-speed pursuit.

Officer Gutowsky was survived by his wife and three daughters.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Not available

vehicle pursuit

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This poem was written by a fellow DPD officer a short while after my dad died in the LOD. Her daughter Beth is now married to an old classmate of mine and he is retired PD. Small world.

Her words are about our mom and her tremendous loss.

“There beside him still she stands
To greet those who came
To say their empty words
And shake her empty hands.

She turns unblinking eyes to them
Unseeing until there comes
One who has loved him much like her
She turns to welcome Him

She only asked, “How could this be?”
I loved him so you know.
God grant that I, if sorrow comes
Might stand as tall as she. “

Shirley A. Barnes

Diana Lynn Gutowsky Thornbury

August 16, 2019

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