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Patrol Officer Richard Warren Walton

Oakdale Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Monday, October 25, 1982

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Reflections for Patrol Officer Richard Warren Walton

To my most respected Uncle.

You are never forgotten. The lessons in life you taught us and how all of us looked up to you. We still look to you and you answer us. You were always our Hero!

You are missed!

Derrick Walton

October 20, 2015

RIP Officer Walton. I admire your sacrifice for the people of Minnesota and the people of our nation.

Police Explorer

October 25, 2013

Officer Walton, Thank you for your service. You are a true HERO. R.I.P. You will never be forgotten. Sincerely

Lt. DR
Hanford Patrol

June 17, 2012

Richard was my neighbor and gave his life when I was 11 years old. I respected and looked up to him with the highest regard. He was a very good person and respected officer. He was a role model for my life.

It was because of Richard that I became an officer. Thank Richard for helping shape my life without ever knowing it. Rest in peace.

K9 Officer John Matthews
Sioux Falls Police Department

July 15, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th 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.

To your family: I understand the meaning of lives forever altered, and know that the hurt of losing a beloved never goes away...the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace, Richard.

Phyllis Loya


October 25, 2009

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 28, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service


October 20, 2007

Thank you Officer Walton for your dedicated service. You will not be forgotten.

A citizen

May 12, 2007

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

October 25, 2004

Rest in peace blue angel. Your service to the community is appreciated and will not be forgotten.


November 2, 2003

From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother;

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