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Marshal Marvin Eugene Richie

Magazine Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Wednesday, June 29, 1977

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Reflections for Marshal Marvin Eugene Richie

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace always.

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

June 29, 2020

Rest in peace Marshal Richie.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 22, 2020

Marvin was one of my teenage mentors, a good man in the greatest sense of the word. He inspired me to do the right thing even though sometimes others wouldn't agree. We hunted and fished together and Marvin was a great outdoorsmen. He was one of the community members that helped mold a lifelong study of Reality, Respect and Responsibility. I went on to become a Criminal Investigator in the Army, and a National Outdoor Writer. Today I pass on some of his words to the many youth that I formally teach. An unforgettable kind man that reminds me in my writing to.....Pass it on.

Dr. John Simeone
President of the Armed Forces Karate Association

June 22, 2019

I knew Marshall Ritchie very well and miss him. He was an outstanding Officer. You may be gone Marvin but you will never be forgotten.

Shirley Yates

June 22, 2019

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

July 4, 2015

I am a retired police officer from Prince George's County Police. Marshall Richie's daughter attends church with me. I just left her home, where she told me the accounts of what happened to her dad so many years ago. The pain of that day will remain with her forever. The sadness in her heart was as clear as day, as I stood in her hallway, looking at a picture of her father on the wall. As an officer for 20 years, I have suffered the loss of many dear friends, but cannot fathom what it's like to lose a father, mother, son, or daughter to senseless violence. I thank you for your service, Marshall Richie, and your wonderful daughter patiently awaits the day when she'll see you again. May you rest in peace in the arms of the Lord.

Retired Cpl. Lori McCann

December 29, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th 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 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 that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

To his sister Nadine, your story of your brother's kindness and love for his family brought a tear to my eye. Today is actually the 43rd birthday of my son and a hard day to get through but your reflection reaffirmed that our love is eternal and that our loved ones are always in our hearts and souls and we carry then wherever we go. You are in my heart's embrace.

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

December 12, 2012

I was a friend of Mr. Richie's youngest daughter. I also knew his mother and father. They were very nice and hard working people. He was a kind and loving father and a friend to everyone he knew. My recollection of this event was that he had actually stopped to help the men who were trying to fix a flat tire. This may not be correct but certainly fits the kind of person he was. I am so glad to have this opportunity to share my memories of this wonderful man. Rest in peace, Mr. Richie, you are not forgotten.

Janice Hicks
family friend

November 7, 2012

I'm Marvin Richie oldest sister Helen Nadine I live in Oregon I am 89 years old. My brother was really a sweet little brother he was 5 years younger than me, when we were little we lived through the depression years in the 30's our mother used to make all our clothes but she couldnt make boys clothes - so they bought his clothes. HE told mother its okay mom dress my girls up and make them pretty (his sisters) he always had to wait for daddy to get the money to buy his clothing . He was always so sweet to us girls and mother and daddy- he used to sing a song how much he loved mother daddy - I m just trying to tell you what a good brother he was and how sweet he was - we will never quit missing him and loving him. I could tell you lots of storys about how sweet he was and about him - thank you for listening.

Your older sister Helen Nadine
(aka) aunt dee dee

August 20, 2012

I was ten and lived by Mr. Richie. He was a good man. He always had a smile on his face. We have a story when he cut my sisters bangs because they were in her face. He was a better cop than baber....LOL

I work in tv and covered Ruiz and Denton execution. I was 29.

Good Speed Mr. Richie

Shane Deitert

August 29, 2011

My name is Heather A. Hamilton Marshal Marvin E. Richie is my grandfather even thought I have never had the change to meet my grandfather I have always felt that he was around me as I was growing up. I know that he is still watching over me today keeping me safe. I remember in 2006 I was in a car rack I blacked out I then saw my grandfather he told me "Heather it's not your time to go" I believe that if it was not for him I don't think I would be here right now. I just had my 1st son and knowing that he will never get to meet his great grandfather realy hurts me. I do know that his great grandfather is always watching over him. I just want to thank the men that works 24/7 trying to find my grandfathers killers and bring them to justice that they deserved

Heather Hamilton

May 11, 2011

Distant relative of my dad, the late TSgt Gail D. Frost. When he returned to his home in 1977, he told me he had a guardian angel over him, and his name was Marvin Ritchie. From what he told me, this man was a true, proud son of the USA, and proud to be able to serve his community.
He died doing his duty, protecting the community he loved. None can perform a higher service than his.


March 26, 2010

Rest in Peace, Marshal Richie. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

June 8, 2009

I was 19 years old when Marvin Richie gave his life in the line of duty. He was my friend. Marshal Richie was a kind public servent who always had a smile on his face. My father and I spent days searching for the cowards that took his life. I began my career in Law Enforcement in 1993 and was proud to be the town Marshal the day his killers were executed in 1997. I still serve the good citizens of Magazine, Arkansas and have never forgotten the ultimate sacrifice Marvin Richie and his family made for our community. Rest in peace, my brother, until we meet again.

Boyd D. Hicks
Chief of Police
Magazine, AR

Chief Boyd D. Hicks
Magazine Police Department

February 24, 2009

While it has been 31 years since you took your wings
to entered into St. Michael's Police Department, know
that you are still remembered, still missed, and loved.
You dedication to service is remembered, those who so
cowardly took your life are forgotten.
Rest in Peace Sir.

June 30, 2008

This was a great man. who loved his family, and his community.

Johnnie "Raggio" Huebner

March 24, 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

August 8, 2007

I am a patrol officer for the Howard County Poice Dpt in Maryland. I met Marshal Richie's daughter on a call yesterday when I heard about her father and how he lost his life as an officer. Our dpt has just experienced an on-duty death in June(Cpl Scott Wheeler) and are still coping. I realized yesterday that after 30 years, Richie's daughter is still dealing with the loss of her father and always will. I told her about this website, but she did not have access to a computer, so I told her that I would look up Marshal Richie for her, an I was grateful to find him here! I can now tell her about it and show her the page. She will be proud to see that someone added this great officer to the website some time ago. She can now show Marshal Richie's grandchildren, and future great-grand children.
-I was advised that Marshal Richie lived with his family in Maryland and wanted to work for the Howard County Police Dpt, but was too young. He was later hired in Arkansas by the Magazine Police Dpt where his family lived. His daughter was 14 when he passed on in 06/1977. The family then moved back to Maryland. His daughter now resides with her husband, son and daughter in Eliicott City, Maryland and will never forget Marshal Marvin Richie's legacy.
Thank you to who ever entered this officer to odmp!


July 31, 2007

one of the park rangers killed was one of my uncles, i still have the 1977 newspaper article.

spencer sa.

June 24, 2007

Rest in Peace Sir.Thank you for your service.

June 29, 2006

Marshal Richie,
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 and sacrifice for the citizens of Magazine. Also, it took twenty more years, but your murderers finally got the justice that they deserved.


April 8, 2005

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