Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Richard Eugene Perkins

Bishop Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, August 15, 2001

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Reflections for Police Officer Richard Eugene Perkins

Rest In Peace sir. You are missed by your friends and family. A candle was lit and I said a prayer for you and your family.

Detective Sergeant Joseph McDonald (Ret)
L.A. County Sheriff's Department

August 15, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 15, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson(Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

August 15, 2018


The memory of our friendship lives on,
Like a stranger,
wandering the empty streets
and deserted alleyways we've left behind
and the broken pathways
that criss-cross my mind.

I miss you brother, as do we all. You were one of the "good guys" Godspeed

Investigator Kris Nelsen (retired)
Bishop Police Department, California

March 18, 2016

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 17, 2015

Thinking of you on this day and all of your loved ones. You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated career to others.

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

August 15, 2009

Rest in Peace, Officer Perkins. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

June 8, 2009

The outside matches the inside! Thank you for your service and sacrifice!
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


November 10, 2008

Remembering you on the 8th anniversary of your death.

"He Who Serves His Fellows, is, of All His Fellows, Greatest."


August 15, 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
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

November 21, 2007

Officer Perkins,
Today is the sixth anniversary since you were called home. You will always be remembered, not only by your family and friends who treasure their memories of you, but by grateful citizens across the country, as well.

Pennsylvania citizen

August 15, 2007

Thank you for your service. Heros are never forgotten.

911 Dispatcher

August 15, 2007

Hey Perky:
Thanks for teaching me that to be a police officer didn't mean having to be a tough guy. You demonstrated to me that in most situations in law enforcement, and in daily life, having a good heart and a kind sole was all that was necessary to resolve a situation. Thank you for sharing your life's philosophy with me while patrolling the streets of Bishop under starlit night skies... My life will forever be changed for the better because of knowing you.

Reserve Officer Bob Rasband
Bishop PD, Retired

February 9, 2007

Richard and I served together in the Coast Guard in 1971 at Siuslaw River Lifeboat Station in Florence, Oregon. In 1995 we met again at a reunion and talked for hours about the wonderful days all of us shared together. I am so glad we had that reunion time together. All of the former shipmates at Siuslaw River will miss you and never forget you.

Sergeant Dennis Nebrich
Phoenix Police Department

August 28, 2006

To the family and loved ones of Officer Richard Eugene Perkins and his fellow officers with the Bishop Police Department:

On this the fifth anniversary of Richard's tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today. Richard's valor and courage will never be forgotten.

I hope that God is holding him in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul.

I am so sorry that Richard was robbed of his life so tragically, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Richard gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 15, 2001.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

August 15, 2006

To: The Angel of Lizard Gulch
You are thought of every day and missed by everyone who knew you.

Joan M. Scott
Bishop Police Department, Retired

June 11, 2006

Perkins: You are still missed brother, I know your in heaven and that your in the place your worked so hard to be in.

You were our friend and brother and your are still missed. I'll see when I get there.

Sgt. Dan Nolan
Bishop Police co-worker

May 28, 2006



November 14, 2005

Thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten. I will keep your family in my thoughts.

August 15, 2005

I still find it hard to believe that Rich passed away, even though it has been years now. He was a good man with a good heart, he is fondly remembered and sadly missed. I've heard it said that time heals all wounds, but I don't believe it. Time does take some of the sting away, though.

Bill Snyder
Bishop resident

March 22, 2005

Rest easy as we will continue the fight for you. Never forgotten.

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

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I know exactly what you are feeling right now as I am the mother of Deputy Renee Azure killed in an auto accident on 08/06/02. Please be assured that my entire family will be praying for you and your family. May God be with you and help you find the strength you need at this time.

Deb Azure
Mother of Union County Sheriff Deputy Renee Azure
EOW: 08/06/02

Deb Azure

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Officer Perkins. Our fallen comrades will not be forgotten.

Senior Trooper
Oregon State Police

May God bless Richard's spirit and all those who loved him.

Detective Joe LaMonica

God Bless Richard,his family,friends and co-workers.Another hero taken from us.

Detective JC Johnson
Danville Police Dept.Danville VA.

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