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Police Officer Richard J. Posey

Kennett Square Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, November 15, 1972

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Reflections for Police Officer Richard J. Posey

Officer Posey,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Kennett Square Borough. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 15, 2022

To Officer Posey and his family, on this 48th anniversary of your untimely departure, please know yours and Officer Davis’s service and sacrifice are always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven RizzoDelaware State Police (Retired)

November 15, 2020

I was a 15 year old Township Resident on that fateful day in 1972. I didn't know Officer Posey or Davis by name. I had seen them on my walks to Kennett to deposit my $12.75 from mowing our 4 acres of grass at the National Bank with a stop at Newberry's or the Kennett Kandy Kitchen.
I recall the shock and sadness of the assassination, no different that President Kennedy's 8 years before in my mind. I recall riding my bike to one or both Officer's Memorials driven by sheer civic mindedness.
I believe the Officers do not Rest. I believe they keep watch by being that sixth sense of law enforcement to draw a gun.. or a smile as the situation warrants.

William M. Kaiser, Township Resident

January 27, 2020

Never forgotten.
Always our hero.

Kim Posey

November 15, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Posey.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 14, 2019

This tragic day is still fresh in my mind as are your smiling faces and kind words. It would be three years later that I enlisted with the PD. RIP my brothers who have worked these streets before me. My most sincere sympathy to the Davis and Posey families.

Chief Edward A. Zunino
Kennett Square Police Dept.

March 30, 2016

For Kelly Lewis, I am sorry for not responding to your posting of last year. I appreciate your comments and for your compassion even as we were kids. It warms my heart to know that such a young kindergarden classmate was concerned about me--and my family. I hope you are well--I just loved looking you up in my Avon Grove yearbook. Where has time gone!?
Again, thank you for thinking of my dad--

Brian Posey

September 11, 2014

For Brian - I actually remember you from kindergarten and although we were very young when your father was taken from you, I still remember (even as a kindergartner) feeling such sorrow for you and your family. His death had such an impact, and I have never forgotten. My very best friend is now a police officer in GA and I am even more keenly aware now of the sacrifices that police officers and their families make. I hope you and your family are well and may you find comfort in knowing that your dad has not been forgotten.

Kelly (Lewis) Psiuk

November 20, 2013

I was the dispatcher on duty that night, November 15, 1972, that discovered the two officer's were missing. It was my second night on my new job and my first phone call that night was from Officer Bill Davis, who welcomed me and made me feel right at home. Bill was with Richard at a delicatessen in Kennett and they were laughing and having a good time talking with me on the phone. Before he ended the conversation Bill said he was looking forward to meeting me. Several hours later they were both gone. My fellow dispatcher's Jay Groce, Gary Alderman, and myself dealt with the most incredible shock while dealing with all the phone calls and radio traffic. I have lived every single moment over and over again since that night and still can't believe that it happened. I believe that we will see them both again on that main street that is paved with gold. May God bless them and their family members. We have not forgotten them.

Randy Cockerham

October 2, 2013

Richard was my father and he is thought of and missed every day. I am amazed at the other posts left by others who did not know my dad. My family thanks you for remembering him.
The CT school shooting is just a reminder of the risk our officers face. I know that my dad, or any of his law enforcement brothers, wished they could have been there to stop it.

Brian Posey

December 17, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 15, 2010

You are not forgotten sir for your sacrifice. Rest in Peace.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, North Carolina

February 3, 2010

We still remember you!

Daniel Hart

February 26, 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

January 15, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 28, 2007

He we are again, one year later honoring and remembering you as always.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

November 15, 2007

Today we say thank you and honor for you for your sacrifice and heroism. Today marks 34 years of your untimely departure and you should know that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

November 15, 2006

Know that you are remembered by your brother and sister law enforcement! I salute you sir!

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

August 5, 2006

Rest easy, Brother; you are not forgotten.

Sgt. Barbara L. Beland
Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, IN USA

November 15, 2004

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