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Detective Brian Frederick Orchard

Spokane Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Wednesday, July 20, 1983

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Reflections for Detective Brian Frederick Orchard

Det. Orchard,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 20, 2023

While I did not have the honor of knowing Brian, I did have the honor of working with his Son Keith whom was an instrumental part of building Empowering, Inc. As the most ethical Assistant Director, Keith brought joy and learning through experiential activities to thousands of vulnerable kids and families. With science, Rubber Chickens, hoola hoops and a massive presence, Keith always showed me how he lived in the light of his father. Can you make a solid and a liquid at the SAME TIME? Yep- and Keith had a knack for making the messy experiment fun. It gave me great joy to see Brian Orchard recognized still in our community. I know the importance keeping his memory alive is priceless to his family. I know he touched many in our community through his family and friends, not just his service to our safety.
Peace and blessings, april

April Cathcart
Empowering, Inc.

September 21, 2021

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 20, 2020

Rest in peace Detective Orchard.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 17, 2020

Brian Orchard was my friend, Back when, he and Officer Jack Hayes would sometimes stop by for lunch at my house we could visit a bit, that was when they were partners on day shift. I miss him to this day. Jack quit the force and went out of state...miss them both.

B. Burnett...friend.

September 4, 2019

Uncle Brian it's been 30 plus years and every time I hear of a fellow officer being killed I remember you I love and miss you

Tracey Johnson

June 1, 2016

I always miss you and always so proud of you. As Grandpa woud say you were "one hell of a good man"


July 22, 2015

I will be riding the Police Unity Tour in your Honor. You will never be forgotten. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts during this dedication and memorial for you have given the ultimate sacrifice my dear fellow brother. Rest in Peace

Officer Frank Marmolejo #30061
LAPD / Hollywood

April 7, 2015

I remember that night as if it were of the worst nights of my life. Code 99. I was up (in the newsroom) all night, following the scanner traffic, praying the outcome would be different. May God forgive me, but I hope Link, Beach and Hegge all rot in hell.

Beverly Carr

December 23, 2014

You were my husbands partner back in the 80's You were so good to our boys and I. You gave me my puppy shortly before your EOW. My son is now a policeman. I thank you, and, God Bless for your service and friendship. I pray for all policemen to be safe. I pray also for your family


January 15, 2014

Uncle Brian
Its been 30 years since your journey, to the happy hunting grounds.As I will never forget our our last hunt together, pushing foward, for good and damn the evil, your vision will be eternal.
Love you brother

Tim Orchard

July 18, 2013

Thank you all who supported our Family, during clemency hearing, relatives,Chief Panther, Bob,Gary,Lakewood PD M.Allen/WACOPS, my children and folks,cousins Aunts N Uncles. friends and co-workers

t. orchard 661

January 23, 2013

p.s we kicked a in clemency hearing,damn fools as grandpa george would say. Pray for my dad

t.orchard 661

January 7, 2013

i love you uncle brian,and will carry on your dream

t.orchard 661

January 7, 2013

"uncle" Brian, as Valerie and i used to call you, and i've never stopped. so sometimes it's hard to remember the only blood that ran through our family was the blood of the law enforcement family. you did so much for my dad and our family, and i will never forget the night you were shot. my 10th birthday. july 18, 1983. r.i.p. "uncle" brian. i miss you.

alanna "loni" bays
family friend, fellow officer's daughter

July 24, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 20, 2010

Your EOW was 25 years ago today. Thank you for serving the Evergreen State!
Time has not diminished your sacrifice.
I am thankful that you are with the Lord and you will be reunited with your
family one day. I look forward to meeting you then.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


July 20, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 29, 2008

Your amazing sacrifice is known thoroughout the city of spokane and my family. You were strong, and died with honor. You are terribly missed, espically by your eldest daughter, my mother Debbie. Not a day goes by that I wish you had lived long enough for me to know you. When my mother tells stories of you, I just know that you were the most amazing man in her life. I trust that you are safe in heaven, and are always looking down upon us. As you took care of your family, it is now time for the lord to take care of you. You are missed with unwordable hurt, and I believe you will always be honored. I love you.
Amanda, your granddaughter

oldest granddaughter

May 28, 2007


It has been almost 24 years now since you were taken from me. Just recently a police officer was killed in the line of duty in the small town I now reside in. I have been flooded with memories and sorrow since the event. The services are tomorrow and I feel honored to be a representative of COPS attending the funeral of a brother I never knew. Lord knows how much I miss you, however without your sacrifice, I would not be the woman and mother I am today. I love and miss you dearly and hope to feel your presence tomorrow at the services of Lee Knewbill of Moscow Idaho.

Your oldest daughter
Debbie (Debra).

Oldest daughter

May 24, 2007

I wish I had gotten to meet you. I think of you often, and I still believe your daughter is still bitter and sad about the incident,because I see it in her sometimes. I feel you watching me all the time. Have great rest in the arms of Jesus. I love you, and wish I could've met you and gotten to know you.

your granddaughter.

April 27, 2007

Det. Orchard, thank you for your service.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

June 6, 2006

i never knew you grandpa but i still love yu sorry yu had to die

Brian Orchard

March 30, 2006

I visited your memorial site on 6/27/05. Wanted to let you know that even after 20+ years you are remembered and honored for your sacrifice.

Sgt. Brian Wassmann
Alaska State Troopers

June 27, 2005




September 9, 2004

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