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Deputy Sheriff Randal Kent Richter

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, May 22, 1975

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Randal Kent Richter

A younger guy you took under your wing. Gave me the keys to your Monte Carlo. Tried to teach me the guitar. Talked of life and gave me life lessons. We took skydiving lessons together and boated on St. Mary's. After 45 years, you are still a part of me. My youngest son went through the academy and called me after his first day at the shooting range named after you.. He is now a detective in Columbus and has read all the newspaper clippings about you so he understands the risks. On this anniversary I raise my glass to you. Till we meet again.

Curt Brubaker
friend and roommate

May 22, 2020

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Deputy Sheriff Randal Kent Richter of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Ohio and the additional 61 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

May 22, 2018

May all now rest with some peace. Randy's killer died while still in the custody of the Ohio Penal system in the summer of 2017. And may Donald Green burn in hell!

Joseph P. Steuer, Sgt Ret
Montgomery County Sheriffs Office, Dayton, Oh

December 18, 2017

May all now rest with some peace. Randy's killer died while still in the custody of the Ohio Penal system in the summer of 2017. And may Donald Green burn in hell!

Joseph P. Steuer, Sgt Ret
Montgomery County Sheriffs Office, Dayton, Oh

December 18, 2017

Randy was a close personal friend and brother officer at the Montgomery County S.O. Many dont know or remember, Randy and I traded shifts for a couple months, him doing midnights, me covering day watch. Unfortunately, Randy was killed on the midnight sfift.
Even though the killer of Randy was sentenced to "Life without parole", he came up for parole about a year ago. With the assistance of the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association, the National Sheriffs Association, the Local, State and National FOP and the Montgomery County S.O. We were able to get his killer flopped for another 10 yrs. Never believe "Life without Parole", means life without parole. Randy was a great young man.

Joseph P. Steuer, Sgt., Ret.
Montgomery County Oh Sheriff's

May 22, 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

May 22, 2015

It's hard to believe all this time has passed. Randy was a co-worker, a one-time room mate and a friend. He was an all around good guy. I shall never forget the sadness I felt riding in the funeral procession that day. Randy, you are remembered.

Rick Kistner, Chief of Police (Ret.)
Co-worker and room mate at Fairborn, OH PD

May 29, 2014

Deputy Sheriff Richter,
On today, the 38th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank youi for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Montgomery County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

May 22, 2013

Today is the annual Montgomery County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony to honor the 36 Officers who have died in the Line of Duty over the past 100 years.

I am from West Alexandria and attended school with Randy. I was shocked/saddened and then filled with anger when I heard of his death.

Rest in peace my friend and thank you and everyone in law-enforcement who protect us, the citizens.

Marilyn Landis Marlin
Classmate, West Alexandria, OH

May 3, 2013

My husband was also left to bleed to death after being shot in the face. I don't want to imagine what it is like to die a death like that, but I do. I can only hope that the coward who left Deputy Richter to avoid prison, also dies a horrible, painful death. I am also sending a no parole letter.

Jessica Upton
Wife of Offier Upton USFS

November 15, 2012

A "No parole" letter has been sent, so your cowardly killer remains locked up - and denied the pleasure of living in a world that you made safe for all of us.

Det. (Ret) Billy Russo
Nassau County Police Department, NY

October 23, 2012

Deputy Sheriff Randal Kent Richter, Thank You for your service, It was a honor to write my "No Parole" letter today, Brother of the badge.

Bob Reed, Retired Policed Officer
South Lake Tahoe Police Department

October 19, 2012

God Bless


October 9, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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.

I pray for solace for all those that 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 friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

May 22, 2012

Randy and I worked together as police cadets at Fairborn (OH) PD. He was one of the most upbeat and caring officers with whom I ever served. He was faithful in his duties to his department and the citizens he served.

I was a new officer in Florida when I heard of Randy's senseless death. His passing was a loss to the fraternity and a loss to the community. My thoughts and prays continue to be with his family and friends. After 35 years, he is still missed by those who knew him. This perhaps is the greatest testiment to his life and character.

Bill Creekbaum

Bill Creekbaum
Fellow Police Cadet

July 3, 2010

Randy was a very dedicated officer. Those of us that were fortunate enough to know him, will never forget him.
G. W. Wick

G. W. Wick
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

January 17, 2010

"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 3, 2008

to whom it may concern.I was the investigating DET ON THE RANDY RICHTER CASE W

sgt J P Waldron Ret
mcso 1963-1985

September 29, 2007

G-d Bless.

May 22, 2007

Rest in Peace brother you will memory live on forever. i see your pictuer inside the fop 104 and think. why was a young officer taken from us for no reason. I often hear stories about you, from Ret. Sgt Cambell. Rest in Peace Randal, i Will never forget you

Cadet Clint Ramsey
Germantown Police Department Ohio

October 2, 2005

I'm not a law enforcement officer, but knew Randy throughout my elementary school years in West Alexandria, Ohio. I hadn't seen him for many years when I heard of his senseless murder in Dayton, but was shocked and stunned; it changed the way I viewed law enforcement personel forever, realizing the risks they face on every call. I haven't forgotten him; almost thirty years have now passed that I have been able to live, but he has not, because one individual placed no value on Randy's life.

L. Brams
Lander, WY

March 14, 2004

Our uniform the same, you will never be forgotten. Rest easy, brother.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

Randy was a great officer & very dedicated to the Profession and Community he served. His loss was felt by both.

Sheriff's Deputy
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

Dear Randal,
You are a true hero and you loved your job that was cut short by a spineless felon rest in peace friend we miss you. And god bless

Explorer Kyle Matlock
Huber Heights Police Dept. Ohio

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