Special Agent Richard Heath, Jr.

Special Agent Richard Heath, Jr.

United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, April 1, 1973

Richard Heath, Jr.

Special Agent Richard Heath died on April 1, 1973 in Quito, Ecuador, from complications of a gunshot wound he received during an undercover operation in Aruba, Netherlands Antilles, on February 22, 1973.

Special Agent Heath had served with the Drug Enforcement Administration for seven years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter and brother.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Overseas
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 22, 1973
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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I just found this website and I am moved by the reflections that I have just read. In case any of you return to this page, I want you to know that there are no words that I can use to express the gratitude that I feel that you would take the time and effort to honor my father. I pray that you are happy and at peace in your lives. I know that God holds you loveingly.

Now for my reflection:

It has been 40 years since I last saw you daddy. I was only 12 when you passed but I can still see you clearly in my mind. I hope that when you look in on me that you are proud of the woman I've become. I have tried not to forget what I learned from you. I am no longer angry at your passing, instead please know that I could not be any more proud and honored that you are my father. I love you always.

Suzanne Riley

May 26, 2013

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