Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer John Michael Richardson

Nashville International Airport Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, April 29, 1999

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Reflections for Officer John Michael Richardson

It’s hard to believe it’s been over 22 years. After 13 years of working in law enforcement there is not a day that goes by that I’m not reminded of you. I still keep a picture of you on my desk. Those long days when I’m at my wits’ end and I start to question my career path, I look at that picture for motivation. You embodied every thing a police officer should strive to be. There’s been so many times when I could feel your presence. I’ve been on the range all day training these young officers and as you would say, “it’s hotter than all get out” but just the thought of you pushes me through. I love brother. See you when I get there.

Cpl. Matt Bush
Wilson Co. Sheriff’s Office

May 20, 2021

Hey guardian angel,

Thinking of you yesterday and today! Thinking about this past 24 hours 22 years ago, where I was, who called me, the story told of what happened, and so on. Some days it’s seems as you’ve been gone forever but then days like this past 24 hours, it feels like it’s still a blur, reliving every hour. Minda is back home and so funny how God and you planned that around this time. Allie is graduating from college next week. Mom and dad are doing good and keeping busy with the grandkids. Keep taking care of all of us!! And keep a seat saved for me. Love you always,

Mary Beth
Sister

April 29, 2021

I posted last year, and will continue to do so for as long as I can. Officer Richardson will never be forgotten.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb, New York State Police.

August 5, 2020

Dad,

20 years.......It never gets easier not having you here and what I would give to just spend one minute with you. There isn’t a day you don’t cross my mind, and I’m so proud you’re the dad I was given. You will always be my hero! I can’t wait to spend eternity with you.

Love your daughter

Allie Street
Daughter

December 24, 2019

May his soul continue to rest in peace. He will never be forgotten.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

July 10, 2019

Michael,

It's hard to believe that it has been 18 years since we lost you. I keep a picture of you and Tossy on my desk. Although it's hard to look at everyday, it reminds me of why I chose this profession. Your my hero brother and I'll never forget you. Although I wish you here, I know we'll be together again one day. Until then keep watching over me. Tell Ma Bush to have me a big glass of sweat tea ready and tell Pa to make some room for me on that wooden swing. I love you !

Detective Matthew Bush
Wilson County Sheriff's Office

May 10, 2017

Daddy,
I really miss you. I missed you walking me down the aisle, I missed you on all my graduation days, I missed you at the birth of your grandson. I know your watching over me though. I know your watching over Baby Michael to. I'm so glad he was born on your birthday. I know how much you would love him. I sing our lullaby to him every time I put him to bed. He will always know about you and mom and I will raise him like you would want. I took care of Allie and mom for you
I love you

Minda Marie Jones
Daughter

March 30, 2017

Michael,

There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. Just like you, my day starts early in the morning. I think of you as I lace up my boots, strap on my vest, zip my uniform shirt up and place this gun on my side. I wish you were here Michael. I know you'd be proud of me and the profession I chose. You'll never realize what an impact you had on my life. I am so honored to know that I share the same profession as you and the many others who gave their lives to keep their communities safe. I love you brother and I'll never forget you.

Matthew Bush
Wilson County Sheriff's Office

February 23, 2016

Dear Daddy,
Especially thinking about you tonight ,and wishing I could have been able to see and remember you, but I know you and mom are looking down on the family! Not a day goes by I don't think about you. I don't know what I would do without Panancy and PaJohnny who have taken such good care of me after mom passed away. I'm beyond blessed to be told I'm like you after all the wonderful things And stories I have heard about you. You touched a lot of people's lives and I can't wait to see you again.
Love,
Your daughter Allie XOXO

Allie Richardson
Daughter

May 31, 2015

Remembering you today!! I know you are doing wonders up there in heaven. Love and miss you so much and so could use your shoulder today.

Always in my mind,

Mary Beth

Mary Beth Brown
sister

April 29, 2015

Michael,

I did not even know this site site existed. I promise there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of you. There is always something that comes up or something I am around that makes me always think of you. I so miss you so much. I am so lonely without having you although we fought all the time. LOL!!. I so wanted you to know my children and especially my husband, Darian. Gosh, I could not have picked anyone more like you. There are times that I am with people often that I talk about you and they can remember the day of your passing without me even telling them anything about you and they know your story.I have just taken a job in a trauma dept for you and your dreams. I know you always loved your work and wanted so much more but God had such a better plan for you. I remember you daily and love you always. I hope your looking down at me and proud of everything I done. Love, Love, love you!!!

Your best sis,

Mary Beth

Mary Beth Brown

April 21, 2015

I still owe you lunch brother. When we meet again......God bless your little girl. When I saw her she was 5, I heard she grew up good. God bless your family.

Sgt. Mark Medlin
Nashville Airport Police

January 21, 2015

I found your old K-9 uniform while looking in some old boxes today. I feel you around me all the time. Love you Daddy. XOXOXO

Allie Richardson
daughter

October 7, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 13th 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 aolace for all 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 family and 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

April 29, 2012

Dear Daddy,


Event hough i never really got to see you because i was so young when you died i still love you with all my heart. Everyone tells me i look just like you and act just like you too.I love animals just like you. When i get older i would like to follow in your footsteps and be a firefighter, police officer,emt,and work at the airport.I have been saved so i know that i will get to see you some day in heaven.

Love,

Your Daughter Allie(: XOXOXO

Allie Richardson
daughter

October 5, 2011

Hello Mike, Just to let you know that someone here at the Airport is thinking about you and know that you are missed!!!!!

Robbie Keeler
Metro Nashville Airport Police

December 10, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 29, 2010

Mike, Just to let you know that I was thinking of you. We miss you at the Airport. God Bless!!!!!!!!!!!!

SGT
Nashville Airport Police

October 18, 2009

Officer Richardson, today marks the 10th anniversary of your tragic death. You gave your all to the traveling public who expect to be able to go from place to place without a care in the world beyond being late for a flight. It’s thanks to you and the women and men like you that airports as safe as they are. Of course they’re a city within a city and prone to the same problems that anywhere else is, it’s the dedication of Airport Police Departments and similar safety agencies that put the public more at ease. Thanks to you, if a situation comes up, we know dedicated professionals will be on hand to deal with it. For that sense of well-being, I thank you.

It’s especially sad that, with so few Airport Police Officers listed here (for which I thank God) there are two on the same date, a mere 6 years apart. This reflection also goes out to Officer Tommy Edward Scott of the Los Angeles World Airports Police who also died in a Vehicular Accident in 2005.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brothers.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

April 29, 2009

Michael,

We are quickly approaching the tenth anniversary of your death. I know that you are at peace. I just wish that you could see what wonderful young ladies your daughters have grown to be. The oldest is a honor student and in the band. The younger looks and acts just like you. She plays basketball and loves animals. She wants to follow in your footsteps and work with animals. They both display the same honorable goals that you had. They have also both made peace with our Lord so know that we will all be together in heaven. Even though our lives have moved on, we still talk and think of you each day. Thier young lives are a memorial to what you left behind every day.

Tammy and Your Girls

March 20, 2009

Michael...
Today I thought of you and your friendship. I miss having you around to talk to. I know that you are up in heaven watching over your family and friends...but at times, it sure would be nice to have you to talk to.
I know one day our paths will meet again in heaven and that will always bring me inner peace.
I will never forget you, your patience, your love for your family, but most of all, who you were.
Tj

Anonymous

September 1, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

Pat Van Den Berghe
MANCHESTER, NH

April 29, 2008

You were highlighted on the website today. You left us
too soon and way too young.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

April 11, 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
Sergeant
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 30, 2008

I miss your friendship, your laughter and great sense of humor.

A Dear Friend

December 12, 2007

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