Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Refuge Manager Richard Jerry Guadagno

United States Department of the Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service - Division of Refuge Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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Reflections for Refuge Manager Richard Jerry Guadagno

I cannot say enough or offer enough tears or emotions for the numerous, numerous amazing men and women who gave so selflessly and heroically that day and for still many, the numerous days that followed over the numerous years to come. On this 19th anniversary of one of the deadliest days for American law enforcement I'd like to say to you all thank you, God Bless you and 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)

September 11, 2020

I just wrote about Refuge Manager Richard Guadagno's heroism for a graduate law class. My research into the current state of police reform brought me to his story--I had no idea but was filled with emotion upon learning of his fate. The bravery shown by him and his fellow passengers revealed their character as an unusual type who do not wilt when faced with unimaginable danger but rather rise to the occasion. No one will ever know how many lives were saved due to their display of conspicuous gallantry on a most unexpected field of battle. The nation owes Mr. Guadagno and his fellow team of proactive passengers a never ending debt of gratitude.

Darryl Barker
Special Agent (Retired), Air Force Office of Special Investigations

June 28, 2020

After Todd Beamer said, "Let's Roll" and led the fight against those cowardly terrorists, I feel it's an honor to thank you AND the passengers of United Airlines flight 93 for being unbelievably courageous and saving countless lives! You are all the true meaning of being a hero.


Patrolman Ruben Trejo
El Paso Police Department

September 11, 2019


I came across your memorial page on the day after the anniversary of September 11, and I realized that no one had left a reflection for you this year. I didn't feel like that was right. Though we all still commemorate you on this day and throughout the year, we should voice that commemoration.

I never met you, Rich. I was very young when you passed away. But my dad did. He was a fellow federal wildlife officer, and he counted you as one of his close friends. It devastated him when you were taken away, and even today, he still feels those scars. He mourned you with your family, and they supported each other in the years to follow. And, as I was growing up, he told my brothers and I about how you lived your life, how duty and joy guided everything you did, and how you ultimately gave your life in service of the highest cause.

Rich, your memory has played a part in making me who I am today. It helped drive me to become a firefighter, and it inspires and humbles me as I strive to enter law enforcement. Because of this, I feel like I ought to thank you. Though I never met you, I feel like I know you. I could only hope to live half the life you did. You are a hero of no compare, and your story should be a guide for us all. Thank you, Rich, and rest easy. We'll continue to hold the line, and we'll continue to hold your memory.

Anthony LarraƱaga
Son of a Friend

September 12, 2018

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 12, 2017

Ever since learning of your death, I have worked hard at ensuring that people realize that you gave your life that fateful day. You not only are one of the forgotten LEOs who died that dayn but you are one that no one knows about. As a typical LEO, you didn't call anyone, you did your job, you fought to take back the plane and ran towards the danger and gave your life so many more could live. I will never forget you

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Advocate
President, Genesee Valley Concerns of Police Survivors

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance/President GV C.O.P.S.

September 11, 2016

On today, the 15th anniversary of your death you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. If not for you and your fellow Passengers of Flight 93 who rose up and fought those terrorists God knows how many hundreds or thousands more of our Fellow Americans might have died that day. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 11, 2016

During our Parks anniversary, I'd like to say thank you for your service and no doubt heroism on the plane. My heart and prayers are for your friends and family. I know how they must miss you terribly and such a fine, strong smart young man. God bless those you loved. Time goes by but you are not forgotten.

US Citizen
Supporter of our Peace Officers

September 7, 2016

Thinking about you and the courageous heroes of United 93. May your memory never be forgotten. RIP Hero

John Haseltine - Civilian

May 17, 2016

A couple of years ago a fundraiser was held for our C.O.P.S. Chapter. It was held around this time and they wanted to recognize all the LEOs who died on September 11th, 2001. I explained that there were more than NYPD and Port Authority Officers who died that day. It included a Port Authority K9, several State Agency LEOs and Federal LEOs. It also included you. Because you were on Flight 93 and didn't call home, after all we all know LEOs don't call their families they go and get the job done then call them, most have no idea that you died trying to save your plane and ultimately saved the lives of many others. I proudly have the Flag that was posted in your honor at our fundraiser hanging in my Office. I have told many people about your heroism and will continue to do so. Rest In Peace, your brothers and Sisters have it from here.

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance/President GV C.O.P.S.

September 11, 2015

The images of that day will forever be engraved in my memory ... Along with the empty feeling in my heart upon hearing of the many lives lost. That feeling continues as so many are being lost due to random illnesses that followed their attempts to help! God bless you, your families and the ones still suffering. Many are gone, but never forgotten! May God hold you in the palms of His hands!

Linda Allen
US citizen, Texas

September 7, 2015

Always remembered & you'll always be a Hero. If not for you & the others on your flight that tragic day, there may have been countless more victims. In leaving I will say " Let's Roll ". R.I.P.

Citizen Tracy Corley

September 12, 2014

You are remembered not just today, but everyday.

A Game Warden
Just A Friend

September 11, 2014

Today, on the 12th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our Country, I continue to tell people about your heroism.This year a fundraiser was held for our C.O.P.S. Chapter and the organization raising money for us displayed 73 flags for each LEO died in the line of duty. They didn't know about you until I told them and they agreed that you needed to be one of the ones recognized. I sponsored that flag and will be picking it up tonight and plan on displaying it inn my office for all to see and I will explain how you valiantly gave your life so others could live..

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance/President Genesee Valley Concerns of Police Survivors

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance/Genesee Valley C.O.P.S.

September 11, 2013

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 10, 2013

You as always are remembered

Pat Van Den Berghe
Civilian, Manchester, NH

September 11, 2012

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

August 4, 2012

You will never be forgotten, A true hero you are RIP brother.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

January 19, 2012

Thank you. You are a true Hero

RIP you paid your dues

Michael J Kirk (Illinois)
son of a Police Officer

December 26, 2011



September 11, 2011

Richard, You, your family, and coworkers remain in my thoughts and prayers.10 yrs later, I continue to tell people that you, a LEO was on flight 93. So many are not aware of this. They think that LEOs only died in NY at the Towers. Everyone agrees that you were instrumental in helping trying to take the plane back and ensuring that no other building would be hit. You and your fellow passengers are true heroes and paid the ultimate sacrifice so others could live.

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance
President Genesee Valley Concerns of Police Survivors

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance/GV C.O.P.S.

September 11, 2011

Richard, today on the 9th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, while we remember all who were taken from us that day. We especially remember those who died trying to save others. I will especially remember you. I never knew you, but today as I go about my day and remember those lost on that day, I will continue what I have been doing and that is to let others know that a LEO was on board flight 93. There is no doubt in my mind that you were instrumental in protecting Washington DC and dying in an attempt to take the plane back so others would live.You will always be remembered.

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance
President Genesee Valley Concerns of Police Survivors

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance/President GV C.O.P.S.

September 11, 2010

R.I.P Sir,
God Bless you, you are a hero!!

Sgt Jean Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP Service, Traffic & Escort Unit

December 28, 2009

it might be years after the fatel crash in a rural field but you was a brave person to try to take control of that airplane when the tereest hijacked the plane


October 24, 2009

To the family and loved ones of Manager Richard Jerry Guadagno and his fellow officers and most especially to Richard:

Mere words saeem insignificant to honor your heroism and courage which will never be forgotten. On this the eighth anniversary month of the tragic devastation wreaked upon our nation, those brave men and women who lost their lives safeguarding others are remembered and revered.

May your spirit continue to soar and your memory continue to inspire. Your family had to endure losing a beloved hero and how I wish they had not had to endure this tragedy.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect and gratitude for the distinquished service Richard gave to his community and country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 11, 2001.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg Police Department, CA; eow 4/24/05


September 19, 2009

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