Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Daniel Earl Rice

Bethlehem Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, April 25, 1997

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Reflections for Patrolman Daniel Earl Rice

I miss you and I really wish you could be here. I love you!


February 19, 2007

It is amazing how much I still miss you everyday. I hope am still making you proud. I know there are two little boys on this Earth who are very proud to call you Pop. They love to hear stories about you. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. One probably never will!! I love you! XXXOOO


February 18, 2007

You are loved and missed everyday. I hope I still make you proud!!

February 18, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

January 30, 2007

Happy New Year Danny!

January 6, 2007

Merry Christmas to a true HERO!

December 26, 2006

Rest In Peace Danny. You are missed by the BPD! I still have the poem you wrote about Pat & the Kids on my fridge. It is yellowed and torn, but you can still read it. Thinking of you every day as I pass the site of the accident. We will never forget!

BPD wife #227

November 2, 2006

Officer Rice,
I unfortunately never got the chance to know you. You left us four(4) years before I was hired.
I work with many people that did have the honor to work with and befriend you.
They always talk about how "Danny" made them laugh.
You were always good for a joke in the middle of chaos, weren't you?
People still smile while saying your name. That is credit to you.
Rest in pease Sir.
You will never be forgotten.

Officer Bryan Phelps Badge#320
Bethlehem City Police Department

October 24, 2006

Rest In Peace Officer Rice
My father knew you from the Westgate Mall.
I am the wife of a disabled ex-officer from Whitehall. When you left us my Husband asked his Chief if he and another cop could represent Whitehall at your funeral. Since my Dad knew you he and I came along with my Husband and the other officer in the Patrol car.

It was so sad and it made me fear more for my Husband. I always hated waiting for him to come home. Then he developed post traumatic stress disorder from an on-duty suicide-by-cop. The department never got him help. In the end, his doctors made him retire and his own Township denied him disability pension benefits despite 4 doctors that said he had a traumatic brain injury. He was just a few months away from being vested and had served just shy of 10 years. He left with nothing. Not a Thank you for your service or benefits for almost dying on the job.

That was 4 years ago. It is still so hard. Husband found his duty belt and broke down. He still wants to be a cop so badly. Our little girl asks why Daddy is not a cop anymore. It is so sad. He wishes he had died in that accident with the woman who jumped in front of his cruiser. He said he would be a hero then.

The Township Executive then gave my Husband's badge to a female Officer with a name very very similar to our last name. IT was so vindictive. The car he used to drive is the only single car that has not been replaced with a new car. It is almost like it is on purpose. Not only that but one day on my way to the Salvation Army to donate I was stopped by a cop from my Husband's department for allegedly running a light. Which I did not. My Husband was with me and identified himself and the cop still ticketed me. What a slap in my Husband's face. To top it off he was driving my Husband's old cruiser 812. I nearly had a break down that night out of sorrow for my Husband.

Anyway, I just needed someone to talk to.

Officer Rice
Could you please watch over my Husband. Thanks for listening. God Bless you and your family.

Wife of former Officer David L Gilbert
Badge #28
aka "812"

May 26, 2006

You were the best friend and partner anyone could possibly want. All of those years together, we discussed just about everything. Nothing we spoke about has ever left that police van. Despite a lot of hatred and criticism by a lot of narrow minded people, Patti and I are doing fine. We are both very happy. I KNOW how YOU would feel about Patti and I, so I could care less about anyone elses opinion. Danny, my friend, I miss you so very much. Everything we talked about if you were killed in the line of duty was done just as you wanted (except the bike rack)! You were the ambassador for the City of Bethlehem. You were a brave and fair cop, a hero, and a great father and husband. Your shoes will never be filled in the role of police officer or father and husband. I shall never forget you. I miss you and I love you. See you on the other side.

T Miller - Retired
Bethlehem Police Department #219

February 13, 2006

You were take from us on my birthday. I will never forget you. I want to thank you for your service and dedication.

You will never be forgotten by me or the law enforcement community.


October 9, 2005

I remember him as a very happy and caring person. See you in heaven Danny.


December 13, 2003

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