Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Richard Eric Weinhold

St. Louis County Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, October 31, 2000

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Reflections for Sergeant Richard Eric Weinhold

Thinking of you and your family on this sad anniversary.

Kathy McEntee
sister of Sgt. Bill McEntee EOW 7/5/05

October 31, 2009

Thank you for your service. You, your family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers as they remember you on this day. Everyone who loves an officer knows the tiny squeeze of worry that happens when they leave for work. These men and women do so much for so many, and it's heartbreaking when their service ends in tragedy. Words aren't enough, but please know that a lot of people are grateful for your service and will continue to mourn your sacrifice.

The police community will never forget you.

Officer's Wife
Cincinnati, Ohio

October 31, 2009

Julie,
Hey girl! Send me an e-mail,I would love to get caught up!!!

Susie

Susuie Matteson-Thomas
friend

November 21, 2008

It's been just over 8 years now, a day that will always remain with me. You will not be forgotten. Always remembered....

217
HPD

November 7, 2008

To Sgt. Rick Weinhold, his loved ones and friends, and fellow officers:

On this the eighth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your valor, bravery and dedication to your job is remembered.

I hope that your family continues to be supported and cared for by their law enforcement family, and other police survivors.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Sgt. Weinhold gave to his community and his country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 31, 2000.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

October 31, 2008

You have not been forgotten and not a day has passed since you were called away that one of your loved ones has not thought of you as they carry you where ever they go within their hearts. Continue to watch over all of your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You are a true hero.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

October 31, 2008

Julie and kids,
Just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you today and every year. Hope all is well with you all! Love ya!

Susie

Susie Matteson-Thomas
Widow Brad Matteson, FWPD

October 31, 2008

Rick I cannot believe it has been 8 years. I remember that day as if it was yesterday. The strange thing is today (10/31/2008) is just like that day. I remember right where I was when I heard and who told me. I remember driving to the hospital and Loren telling me you were gone. I could not wrap my brain around that fact. I had just talked with you at the 1st that day. As I have said before you were a fine man, father, son, and husband. And Rick you were a true Cop's Cop. So true that statement is as you paid the ultimate price. Rest in Peace my brother you have earned it.

Julie I will always keep you and the kids in my prayers.

Nancy Cadenhead
X-St Louis County PD

October 31, 2008

You will never be forgotten Sgt. Richard Eric Weinhold. God Bless the Weinhold family, friends & SLCPD.

Ret. PO
City of Miami PD Fla.

July 7, 2008

Rick, wow its been over seven years. I just found this memorial after 2 Kirkwood officers paid the ultimate price. I still keep you and your family in prayer. Your memorial picture hangs in my locker to remind me what you trained me.
I still remember sharing our love for West Side Story. I remember sharing stories about our children, weren't we proud!
I want to thank you for being a kind man, great instructor, and a great police officer (SGT.).
You have been missed but not forgotten, rest in peace. Kurt.

PSO. Kurt Roettering
Des Peres Department of Public Safety

February 10, 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

December 10, 2007

Rick,
You are not forgotten.

OFCR E JACKSON
Hawaii Police Department

November 15, 2007

Rick,
It's hard to beleive that I lost a friend and partner seven years ago tonight. I see your laugh and fun in your son's face as he and my son hang out together. You would be proud of the young man he has become in every aspect of his life.
God bless you and your family Rick - we will never forget you brave actions that day in the 1st.

Sgt. B.
St. Louis County Police

November 1, 2007

Every single day that I've ever reported for duty, whether at the 1st Precinct or a substation, I've walked past a mounted photograph of Sgt. Richard Weinhold. It's comforting to know that whether I knowingly saw him or not, his eyes still looked down upon me at least once that day.

I think that the only thing more comforting than that would be that nobody elses photo is ever mounted to the right of his.

JPW3516
SLCPD

November 1, 2007

It's hard to believe it's been 7 years. The Weinhold family is always in my thoughts, but never more than on Halloween. The events of that evening were so surreal and will be etched in my memory forever. The house across the street will always be "the Weinhold house" no matter how many families live there! Blessings from the Thompson house!

Gudrun Thompson
Friend

October 31, 2007

It's been 7 years today when Rick was killed. We all remember you Rick and continue to pray. You left a legacy for us all.

Greg S

October 31, 2007

It has been 7 years and it seems like only yesterday. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about you and the sacrifice you made. You will never be forgotten.

Julie you and the kids are always in my thoughts and prayers.

God speed my brother please keep a watch as I know you will and have.

Nancy Cadenhead
St Louis County

October 31, 2007

Sarge, Not a day goes by that I don't see your picture or your plaque in the Precinct and remember the sacrifice you gave.

PO Jacob Maechling, DSN 3225
St Louis County Police

October 31, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 29, 2007

God Speed, Brother.

P.O.K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

October 17, 2007

I can't believe it's almost been 7 years. I remember it like it was yesterday. Everything. I hope all is well.

September 27, 2007

I didn't know you. I remember when you lost your life because I saw it on a newscast. I am just reading these rememberences during a slow peiod during my day.

Your family has my thoughts for the best. Thank you for your service to the community. God bless those who do the hardest jobs for the rest of us.

anonymous

August 9, 2007

Julie,

May God continue to bless you and your children. My husband still speaks of your husband to this very day. My family keeps you and your children in our prayers and thoughts daily. I can say to you that your husband made a profound impact on my husbands life. I tell you this as just another added memory that you can hold on to forever.

Shannon

March 7, 2007

I met Rick on a ride-along before I entered the academy. He was a warm and funny guy with an appreciation for the working man. I remember that sad Halloween night as I walked my young son through the neighborhood to trick-or-treat. I cried several times that night, knowing that Rick would not have that pleasure again. Cherish the memories.

Rest in Peace Brother!

A friend
St. Louis County PD

February 22, 2007

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Sergeant Weinhold. We honor his distinguished service to the cause of justice and peace. Sadly, our nation has lost one of its finest citizens, a community has lost a friend and protector, and a family has lost an example of character and courage who they will love and respect forever. We rarely know it when a hero walks among us. Today, because of the sacrifice Sergeant Weinhold has made, the house of freedom is stronger, sturdier, and more secure.

To the family of Sergeant Weinhold, I want to say that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you the strength necessary to move on. Just as you were always with him when he walked the beat or patrolled the streets, know that he will always be with you -- wherever you may be. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Sergeant Weinhold is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

SA Thomas Doyle
FBI New York

January 14, 2007

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