Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Richard Anthony Herzog

King County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch Saturday, June 22, 2002

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Richard Anthony Herzog

The Brothers and Sisters with in Jefferson County Police Dept. (Kentucky) send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Deputy Herzog's family and more importantly to his family. Our hearts go out to you. Our Son is in his 5th week of training in the Police academy. All recruits need to know that this can happen !!!
Have wonderful day

Jefferson County Police Department (Kentucky)

To the Herzog Family and all Law Enforcement Officers grieving the loss of another Washington State Policeman:

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your husband, father, son, and friend. We have traveled your road and have known your anguish. Let us meet when you are ready.
Until then, May God Bless You and keep you. May His face shine upon you and give you peace.

Todd and Marge Herzog
Parents of Whatcom County, Washington Deputy Sheriff Matthew T. Herzog who died in the line of duty September 13, 2001

Todd and Marge Herzog
Parents of Matthew T. Herzog, E.O.W. 9/13/01

I may not have known you but I know how it feels. We lost a dear friend on Sept 28,2001. Rest in peace and God speed.


Trooper Herzog;
I learned the circumstances of your passing today. This is a heartfelt "thank you" for putting your life on the line to try to stop a dangerous killer. We don't recognize how often truly fine men are taken from their families while protecting our lives, our property, our freedom and our way of life. God Bless You. Rest in Peace.

Kathleen Davies
Deputy's Wife

Deputy Herzog, Rest in peace. Your tour is done, Taps have blown, God has spread his wing to take you home, Safely home.

Reserve Deputy Brad L. Myers
Jay County Indiana Sheriff's Dept.

June 26, 2002

Deputy Herzog -

We read the circumstances of your sudden and senseless death, and our hearts break and the tears roll. You see, we're still grieving for the friends we lost last November, both of whom you've surely met by now. It gives us some comfort to know that all of you outstanding law enforcement officers, snatched away much too soon, are now sharing the Heavenly beat; but we certainly do miss you here on earth--every day, always.

Our hearts go out to your family, your friends, your colleagues, and your community; we'll be praying that God will give comfort and strength to all who are mourning your loss. We already know of the long road ahead of them.

Rest well in the arms of God, Deputy Herzog, where you'll be eternally safe. Please tell our friends how much we miss them, and thank you for your years of dedicated service. We look forward to meeting you someday.

Susan & Louis Prater
Nicholasville, Jessamine Co., KY

"Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings to heaven, where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy." ~ Eskimo legend

My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go to the Herzog family. May you find peace and comfort in the love and support of your brothers in blue and green.

~ Wife of a brother deputy ~


To the family of Deputy Herzog,

I cant tell you how much my heart breaks for you. We lost our youngest daughter last month. She died in a car accident while responding to a call for an Officer in trouble. But your loss truely goes beyond words. I can tell you that you have a lot of difficult days ahead of you. But you have to stand proud for your loved one, it wont be easy.
But I know you wont let him down. God bless you all, your in our prayers.

Father of Officer Kristin M Pataki 05/04/02
MNCPP Maryland

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Rest now brother, for you are now with God and no harm shall come unto you. You are gone, but not forgotten, you were not known, but you were still a brother.....Rest In Peace.

Senior Corrections Officer W.R. Phillips
Lake City Correctional Facility

I check this site daily and on Friday I was pleased that there had been no police listed for more than 10 days. I thought to myself," this could be a record for the year."
The next day it was one of ours that gave his life protecting our community.

The Wicked Flee When No Man Pursueth But The Righteous Are Bold As A Lion, Proverb 28.1 from the Law Enforcement Memorial.
Thank you for your service and dedication.

Deputy R Mikulcik
King County Sheriffs Office

It make me sad to see that another of my brother officers has fallen. What makes me even sadder, if not angry, is that beyond what the suspect did, had my brother been equiped with a tazer, it more than likey would have saved his life. We as a profession have got to do more to prevent this type of tragic loss. May god be with you and your family Richard. I will remember you and all of my other fallen brothers and sisters that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Deputy Randy Garrett
Seminole County Sheriff's Office

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Deputy Herzog. Your bravery will never be forgotten.

CO II Ryan Bassett
Minnesota Department of Corrections

My deepest sympathies to this officer's brothers and sisters in the Seattle departments. I know how difficult a time this is for you all. My cousin Richard Cochran was kiiled in the line of duty in King County and I always pray for everyone's safety. Thank you Officer Herzog, you have a place in Heaven with all those who have sacrificed their lives on Earth to keep communities safe. Our prayers to each of you from your extended family in KY..

David Sloane
Georgetown-Scott CO EMS KY

"Final Inspection"


The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."

Author Unknown

Rest in Peace.
A Brother in Blue

Corning P.D., NY

To Deputy Herzog family and friends our heart and prayers go out to you.

God Bless you.

Terry Miyares
surviving spouse
Officer Emilio Miyares
Hialeah PD. FL

Terry Miyares,
Hialeah Police Dept, (SOUTH FLORIDA COPS)

To Deputy Herzog, my brother in blue. You chose the most noble of careers and walked the thin blue line to serve and protect. For that we are all indebted to you and to your family. You are a Hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice. You will be missed terribly and never forgotten. God Bless.

Officer R. Ellis
Seattle PD

My thoughts and prayers are with your family and your co-workers as you walk with god in heaven. May god give them strength to carry on so that you will live in their memories forever.




THE POLICEMAN SQUARED his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain’t. Because those of us who carry badges can’t always be a Saint. I’ve had to work most Sundays, and at times my talk was rough, and sometimes I’ve been violent because the streets are awfully tough. But I never took a penny that wasn’t mine to keep, though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills just got to steep. And I never passed a cry for help, though times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I’ve wept many unmanly tears. I know I don’t deserve a place among the people here, they never wanted me around except to calm their fear. If you’ve a place for me Lord, it needn’t be so grand. I never expected or had too much, but if you don’t, I’ll understand."

There was silence all around the throne where the Saints had often trod. As the policeman waited quietly, for the judgement of his God. "Step forward now, policeman, you’ve borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on Heaven’s streets, you’ve done your time in hell."

Author Unknown

Rest in peace brother


To lose someone in such a manner is never easy. Please take my word for that. But just go on believing every day that the lord needed Richard. Remember to always love him even though he is not there he really is and you will eventually find comfort from the remembering. Again I am sorry and wish the best and you'll be in my prays.

Love one of Richards brothers from the north.


I am very sad to hear that an officer in my area has been killed in the line of duty. I served as a King County Sheriffs explorer and know alot of deputies. I am stunned that an officer so close to where I live has been murdered. I will be praying for officers Herzog's family and ask you do the same too. King County lost one of its finest on Saturday. God Bless you, and thank you for being willing to die in order to protect us. Hebrews 4:12


sad............truely sad


Deputy Herzog was a true hero to our community and also a wonderful man with a love for his job!!! Rich, thank you for what you did for our community. My thoughts and prayers go out to your fellow brothers and sister in the King County Sheriff's Department. The Herzog family is also in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless you Angel Herzog.


god bless you man. i hope that S.O.B. gets what he has coming to him. maybe someday we will be appreciated for the work we do. god bless you, your wife and your daughters. i know your brothers and sisters will take care of them. thank you deputy!

officer jack santos
san francisco pd

On behalf of the National Drug Interdiction Association, I would like to express my deepest regards and sympathy to the family, friends and fellow officers of Deputy Sheriff Richard Herzog. Nobody can ever be prepared for the unthinkable. We will all miss you fallen hero. Rest in peace brother, rest in peace.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13

Douglas R. Wright / Board of Directors
National Drug Interdiction Association

To the Family and Friend of Deputy Sheriff Richard Herzog, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. He is now protecting you from above.

God Bless You,
Ann Becker Alexandrino
South Florida C.O.P.S.

Daughter, Det. Hugo Becker EOW 6/25/66
Hialeah Police Dept.

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