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Officer Ralph D. Percival

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Monday, June 3, 1974

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Reflections for Officer Ralph D. Percival

Ralph was my Godfather, and my dad's friend from their births. Their mom's met in the hospital. I remember as a small child, Ralph would stop by and visit. I remember saying to him, "I want to marry you when I grow up". I remember getting the phone call in 1974. Wonderful man.
Rest in Peace, Ralph.

Kathy Mangels

September 28, 2022

You are remembered and thank you very much for your service. God bless your family and God bless our beloved Highway Patrol...

State Traffic Officer 7185/SLA/CLA/SF/SA
California Highway Patrol & US Marine

June 3, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Percival.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 19, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

June 3, 2018

My dad, Bill Morrison knew your dad, Dianne. I had dinner at your Dad and Mom's house back in the mid 60s. I remember your mother Gloria ? as an extremely friendly, hospitable woman. She let us ride the kids ride for free at a carnival way back then and she was a lot of fun.
I am sorry you lost your dad at such a young age.
My name is Bruce and I still recall the shock of learning what happened to your father while doing his job.

Bruce Morrison / not affiliated
son of your parent's friend

May 7, 2018

Ralph Percival was my dad and everyday I think of him and the impact that his death caused my family. I can't express enough anymore to my children how much Alcohol and drugs can ruin Lives I hope someday they will understand and apply a clean healthy life and their children and so on. I love you my Father and carry you with me everyday till I see you again in heaven

Youngest Daughter Dianne Percival

February 12, 2018

Ralph was a colleague and a gentleman. I will always remember him.

Clay Stringer, Sergeant (retired)
Redwood City Police Dept

June 9, 2016

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 24, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 3, 2015

Ralph,i never got a chance to thank you for all the help you gave me at work, we still think and talk about you ,

Perry E Duffy
San Mateo Sheriff #62 Ret.

April 28, 2013

I will never forget the time you gave me quick ride on your motorcycle around the Redwood City station parking lot. My dad Kelly (#6858) thought a lot of you. You will never be forgotten.

BPA Rob Smith
USBP & son of retired Patrolman Kelly Smith

April 10, 2013

I was a young deputy, with just a year on the dept. when I got to know Off. Percival. I had a beat that included a portion of Int. 280. He and I would meet most days for a "cup" of just "87" at 280 and Sand Hill Rd. to talk a little. He always had a smile a good story. He was very proud his non-accident motorcycle record with the dept. and would always tell me to be careful. I had left meeting with him not an hour before he was killed. I have thougt of him often throughout the many years since that tragic day. I just retired 7 months ago, I wish he could have also. God Bless.

Deputy Mike Pugliese
Deputy Shefiff San Mateo County Sheriff's Office

November 22, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state. 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.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

June 3, 2010

Rest in Peace, Officer Percival. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the year that I was hired. While it's been many years since your passing, I'm sure those you left behind and those whom with you served with distinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thank you for your service and for looking out for us who continue in our chosen profession. Rest in peace Officer Percival.

Sgt. Robert Mau Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 17, 2008

Thank you for all yout hard work,I hope one day to follow in your footsteps and become a moto officer.

Future Officer Steve Rohosky

June 24, 2008

"All Roads - All Codes"

No fellow California law enforcement personnel killed in the line-of-duty, should be forgotten.

Officer Percival, may Your Soul Rest-In-Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor

June 3, 2008

Gone but never forgotten..Thank you for your service Sir..

Riverside County Sheriffs Dept.

June 3, 2008

Thankyou OFFICER PERCIVAL for your service and sacrifice. You will never be forgotten


February 7, 2008

I visited your memorial at the Vista today. Thanks again, Sir.


January 31, 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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 21, 2007

Been a long time since you left us Brother but you know The Blue and Gold never ever forgets our own !! Your Memorial plaque and the plaques of your brothers and sisters shine 24/7/365 >> Rest In Peace Motorman !!

Calif Hwy Patrol

June 3, 2007

Officer Percival,
As one officer wrote in another fallen officer's reflection-"No fallen officer should be without a reflection." I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of the state of California.


June 5, 2005

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