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Officer Gordon Joseph Rich

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, April 5, 1986

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Reflections for Officer Gordon Joseph Rich

Joe (Uncle Joe), Dad (Bob Rosie Reichgott 631) always thought of you as a Brother. He passed away in January. Hopefully you two have met up and are patrolling the Heavenly Freeways together. You are missed by so many.

Lieutenant Max Reichgott
Arizona Rangers

July 9, 2021

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorney Generals Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Officer Gordon Joseph Rich of the Columbus Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 64 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

April 6, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Rich.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 1, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Officer Gordon Joseph Rich of the Columbus Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 68 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

April 5, 2019

To the family, friends and colleagues of Hero Officer Gordon Joseph Rich: I proudly mailed my NO PAROLE letter, on his behalf today. From reading some of your reflections, it’s clear that there is a big void in your lives. Please know that I am so sorry for that loss.
To Officer Rich: Thank You for your service and sacrifice. You are not forgotten!
God Bless You All!

Allie Wroten
Proudly Supporting All L.E.O.’s
Wife of a Corrections Deputy

February 4, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Officer Gordon Joseph Rich of the Columbus Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 63 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

April 5, 2018

Thinking of you today Joe, its once again April 5th, that horrible day that is forever imprinted in my brain...its been 31 yrs since you were taken from us. I have been thinking about you alot over the past month. I became a Grandma March 19, 2017. I wish you were here to meet Bentley Alan Lane, you would have loved knowing you were a great grandpa, even though you would not have liked the aspect that you were getting older, hehe! I know that your watching down on all of us, your family as we think of you not only today but many, many days as we reflect on those memories we share with one another. Even though you were taken, they can never take those amazing memories that we share from our life with you! We love and miss you!

Jody Aberegg Lane
Step Daughter

April 5, 2017

As per usual... We had coffee and a chat at the Jolly Pirate just a night or so before.

You were always so reflective of your family. In these troubled times I wonder how you would fit in. I miss you....

Lt. Michael S. Brining
Upper Arlington Police

April 10, 2015

Thinking of you today Joe..its been 29 yrs since you were taken from us and I want you to know I think about you all the time and think of the great times we would have had as a family if you were not taken from us. You are greatly missed by all of your family today and always! April 5th this yr is also Easter so I must say Thank you for this day Jesus!

Love, Jody
Your step-daughter

Jody Aberegg Lane

April 5, 2015

Joe, I still see your beautiful small as you walked down the hall at HQs a couple of days before you were murdered. All these years later, we still remember you and pray for your family. Thanks for representing our fair city and serving with pride in our department. You will never be forgotten.

(civ) Carol Boling Short

August 23, 2014

Dear Grandpa Joe,
I miss you very much. Even though you aren't here right now, we all miss you so very much. Kenny is going to be working the memorial and is in the honor guard. Joey is now a senior in college and I'm 12 now. Dad is half a century and mom just got a new haircut. We all enjoy what we do, but we all miss you so very much.

Emily Rich

May 18, 2014

Joe, I don't think anyone will ever forget you or the night you fought so valiantly to live as you were over powered that night. The somber feeling in the department the next morning spoke highly of our loss as so many remembered you and mourned the loss of such a good man and dear friend. Continuing to remember your family in our prayers. You would be so proud of your son who has followed in your footsteps, another one of the good guys. May God watch over him and keep him safe as he serves the citizens of Columbus with the same pride you always displayed.

Carol Boling Short
CPD ~ retired civilian

April 5, 2014

God bless you Officer Rich. May you have eternal peace. I will say a prayer for you and your family.

Jim O'Brien
Nephew of Officer Joe O'Brien EOW 12/24/1968

April 5, 2014

My birthday is in three days, February 26th and I find myself remembering my third birthday when you gave me a gold locket I treasured forever! You were and always will be a treasure to me Uncle Joe! Men like you are so very rare! God bless you and your family and all the police officers! Love forever, Amy

Amy Mohr
God Niece

February 23, 2014

My dearest Uncle Joe, I miss you everyday! One day I will see you in Heaven again! You were such a beautiful soul.

I will always love you..

Amy (Norwood) Mohr

April 7, 2013

27 years later and you are still missed and loved and a daily part of my life. Love u everyday!

Diana Lee
His Niece

April 4, 2013

Rest in peace, brother.

LCpl. A. Bro

January 24, 2013

I love ya Uncle Joe. Miss you always....

Amy Norwood-Mohr

April 25, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th anniversary year 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your wife for sharing her love story with us. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections. Jody's reflection was such a moving tribute to you and I know you were a stellar man who is much loved and missed.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 5, 2012

Hey Joe
It's been 26 years today you left us.Thanks for your love and great times we had.There was never a dull moment with you. You lived life to the fullest..I will always Love You.

Nancy Rich

Nancy Rich

April 5, 2012

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department

April 5, 2012

Joe, We worked Freeway Patrol together, parked at #6 Firehouse together, drank coffee together, shared many a funny story together, and loved our Corvettes. Then came that call in the early morning hours of April 5, 1986. I'll never forget that night and the empty feeling I had wishing I had worked over with you and could have helped you in some way. You were and are always in my thoughts throughout my career at CPD, and you "rode" with me after CPD when I was with other agencies as well. RIP "Joey" and put in a good word for me up there.

Officer/ Sergeant/ Chief Rollin Kiser
CPD, Marysville P.D., Grandview Heights P.D.

April 4, 2012

It has taken many years to come here and write! I was 17 yrs old when you were killed and have never forgot that horrible night when 2 officers came to us and said you had been shot and things were bad. I was not prepared for the days that followed. Our lives together were cut short and that has been so tough to deal with over the years. I constantly wonder to myself how life would have been different had you not been taken from us! You changed my life in ways that I never had the chance to tell you.......

When you married my mom (Nancy S. Rich) it was tough for me and my brother Tommy since we had grown up without a father. You tried so hard to make us realize that you were not trying to take our mom from us but was only trying to give us a father that we never had. I will never forget all the work you put into getting the bedrooms ready for Tommy and I when we were getting ready to move in with you and Randy. I remember the talks we had, you always told me that I could do anything that I put my mind to and how special I was! You don't know how special I felt to finally tell people that I had a father and he was a police officer. When I was younger I would always ask God to send me and Tommy a dad. When you married my mom, God answered my prayers! My mom has told me how you felt so bad for me and Tommy having to grow up without a father and how you were so happy to be able to provide a nice home for us and a different way of life.

When I was getting ready to turn 16 you and my mom were trying to figure out what kind of car to get me and you had indicated that a friend had some sort of older car to which I cannot remember at this time what it was, but back then when I figured out what kind of car it was I thought oh noo, that car is too big and of course not very "cool looking". Just before taking my driving test you told me that I could have the black Camaro that you had bought for yourself some time before. I nearly freaked out, I loved that car! You told me I would have to pay you payments for the car but that was just fine with me. My only fear was that the car required shifting gears and that was a huge issue in my mind. On your day off you loaded the car with orange cones and off to the fairgrounds we went. You told me so many stories that day, those that you had encountered as a police officer and having to come up on a car accident scene with a young person and how it ripped your heart out that they did not listen and pay attention while driving. By the end of the day I knew how to shift the gears in that car, not to drive with the radio cranking to that horrible rock music that you did not know how in the world I listened to since all they ever did is repeat themselves over and over and to always be aware of the other person. To this day I have never forgotten all that you taught me, I will never forget that day. You created a contract just as if I had gone to a dealership to purchase a car, you wanted me to learn the process of building credit. You had me setup a bank acct and have $500 in the bank before I drove the car. I did everything that you had required back then, I did not realize at that time that you were preparing me for the big world and that it did!

I will never forget our first Christmas together you were soo happy. I never knew what it was like to have a complete family but you changed all that. We had some great times as a family, something that was new to me and my brother. I have to laugh when I think of the night we were all watching a scary movie in the family room and you disappeared, we just thought you went to the bathroom. As we were sitting there looking at the TV we were all scared out of our minds by someone banging on the sliding glass door in a mask, it was you laughing so hard you were almost in tears. To this day we talk about that night you scared us soo bad, you had so much fun and thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. I am so thankful for all the great memories that I have about you and the family!

A year after you were taken from us I met Jeff, you would have loved him. He became so important to me, we dated for 2 yrs and on Oct. 21, 1989 we got married. We have now been married for 22 yrs, so many things have happened in my life but I have never forgotten about you! The day I got married I thought about you all day long, and how I had wished that it was you that was walking me down the aisle and not a family friend! It took some time for me to realize Jeff was alot like you. If you had not married my mom I often wonder If I would have picked the right guy to marry. He treats me like a queen, which is what you did for my mom. You changed her life and made her the happiest she had ever been. I remember her cooking dinner so that it was hot when you got home from working all day. I could not have had a better example for the kind of guy that I should marry.

On April 14th, 1991 I had my first son Ryan, and then Scott on July 17, 1994...I know that you had a hand in helping God pick them out for me! Those 2 boys have changed me life, I could not wait till they grew up and I could tell them about my step-dad Joe, and how he would have loved them soo much. I remember you talking about your daughter Kathy, son Randy, and me and Tommy giving you grand kids some day. How I wish you could have been here to enjoy all the grand kids you have been blessed with!

Every year on the anniversary of your passing I always ask God to tell you I said hello and tell you that we miss you! Life changed the day you left us but the mark you created on my life will never be erased! You touched soo many lives, and changed our lives for the better. I am soo grateful for all the things that you did for me and my brother. Thank you for showing me what it was like to have a father and thank you for allowing my mom to know what it was like to be loved. You made me a better person and taught me so much during the time that we were in each others lives. To this day I am soo proud to say that Joe Rich was my step dad and a great one at that!!

I miss you soo much it hurts at times
but know that one day we will all be
together in Heaven. What a day that
will be. Love you!

Jody Aberegg Lane
Your Step-Daughter

November 22, 2011

My father Raymond Norwood served with him and I had the great pleasure of knowing and Loving this man. He visited the hospital when I was born and bought me my first gold locket. I remember going for a ride on his harley with my mother and his son. All great memories. The loss I feel every april remains raw and fresh. I visited his burial site in 1994. He will remain in my heart forever! I look forward to seeing him in Heaven..He is a beautiful soul!

Rev. Amy Norwood-Mohr
He was an Uncle to me

April 29, 2011

I think of you often at the holidays, maybe because the last time I saw you was in December 1984 before I left for boot camp. It seems like yesterday. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your service. And to your family my heart heart prayers.

Beth Houser

December 14, 2010

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