Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Richard Allen May, Jr.

East Palo Alto Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, January 7, 2006

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Reflections for Officer Richard Allen May, Jr.

I say this with a heavy heart Brother, the day has come and gone, but I'll never forget your selfless act of courage on 01Jan'07 1434 hours, I just wish I could have been there for you sooner. You are missed but your Valor will never be forgotten. Keep watching over us Brother, you know the constant dangers we face.


Ofc. Carson #2099
East Palo Alto Police Department

January 9, 2008

Officer May:

I attended your 2nd annual memorial last night last night with some family members. It does not seem like 2 years have gone by since I heard on the news about your death. I was amazed at how much of a difference you made and continue to make in the local community.

Your family was very strong and proud. My prayers are with them for justice to be served.

Steve Leonard
Cousin Bryan Tuvera SFPD EOW 12-23-2006

January 8, 2008


You and your family our in my thoughts and prayers. Your husband was a very special man and a TRUE HERO. He will never be forgotten.

P.S. I know Bryan is sharing his comic books with Richard.


January 7, 2008

Devil Dawg: Keep an eye on all those who patrol that dead-end of Sacramento Street where it intersects University…..

Maj M. B. Parlor

January 7, 2008

Dear Officer May:
Today I am remembering you with highest honor and gratitude for your unwavering courage and heroic acts. My heart breaks for your family, loved ones, your department. You loss is catastrophic and their pain is equal. May you give them peace and protection from above. Thank you for your service. You are a hero who will always be remembered.

A friend of your sisters, and
A sister of a fallen officer.

January 7, 2008

Two years ago today you were taken from us. It still seems like yesterday. I can't believe it has been two years since I have seen you or spoke to you. We miss you still so much. YOU HAVE NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN. I LOVE YOU.

January 7, 2008

Officer May,

You will always be in my thoughts
Thank you for you service and dedication.

East Palo Alto Police Department Explorer Post 812 will never forget you.

Thank You

Explorer Recinos
East Palo Alto Police

January 7, 2008



January 1, 2008

To the family of Richard May,

Thank you all for coming to my son's one year vigil and for writing on his page. My thoughts are with you all as you approach xmas tomorrow and near Richard's 2 year mark. I am so lucky that we do not have to deal with a trial. I cannot even begin to imagine the intensity this has added to your loss. Please know that we are here for you if you need to talk or cry together. Salina and I think of you often as we know you are having to deal with facing the awful suspect who did this terrible, senseless crime.

May you always hold Richard dear to your hear.

Sandy Tuvera
Mother of Faller SF Police Officer Bryan Tuvera
EOW 12/23/2006

Sandy Tuvera
mother of Bryan Tuvera EOW 12/23/2006

December 25, 2007

The Fallen Lawman

A lonely bagpipe tells the tale
As friends and family softly wail
The folded flag upon his chest
A fallen lawman laid to rest

Taken in the prime of life
He leaves two children and a wife
He served us proudly, not in vain
He knew our troubles and our pain

For those abused, lost or distressed
Against all odds, he did his best
Sworn to serve all and protect
He’s earned our ultimate respect

His name now added to the rolls
Of martyrs past, of tragic souls
A small black band around the shield…
His legacy to those afield

Praising words, deserving prayer
A tearful eye for those who care
But lest his passing be for naught
Remember valued lessons taught

For though he died so tragically
While serving brave and selflessly
One final prayer we glorify…
“God, let him be the last to die”

by Retired Officer Richard J. May

Richard J. May
Akron (Ohio) Police Dept. (Retired)

December 17, 2007

Ofc. May,

Wishing you a Blessed 232nd. USMC Birthday! Semper Fi my fellow Marine and Officer, you are not forgotten...

Ofc. Patty Brown, USMC
SFPD, Bayview MIDS

November 11, 2007

Hi Lauren & Mrs. May,

I was just on looking for my family history and this is what I came to. I just wanted to say hi too.


Friend of Lauren's

November 10, 2007

Mrs. May and Lauren,

I was just on and looking at my dad when I thought of you two. I just want to say that I am sorry...


Amanda Walker
Friend of Lauren's

October 10, 2007


I met two of your sisters at the C.O.P.S siblings retreat this past weekend. I am so happy that when I met them in Washington, D.C. in May during police week, that they decided to come. I heard several stories about you, and you are a HERO and will always be one. I hope that you have met my brother and please keep watching over your loved ones. I hope to see them next year and to hear how they cruised all the way in their car from the LEFT lane!!

Andrea Zimmerman Lomas
Sister of New Jersey Trooper Bertram T. Zimmerman III
EOW 2/5/04

Andrea Zimmerman Lomas
Sister of Trooper Bertram Zimmerman III fo NJSP

September 11, 2007

"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

August 28, 2007

I finally did it, I graduated from the Academy last Saturday. You know me, always have to do things the hard way :)

I kept your picture in my pocket everyday. I never could have done it with out you. I know your looking out for me.


August 27, 2007

Officer Richard Allen May,
I just returned home today from my first week at C.O.P.S. Kids Camp. I had the awesome experience of getting to know your BEAUTIFUL daughter Lauren and wife Diana. This was a difficult week for me for so many reasons, but it was especially hard for me to see how very much Lauren misses you and struggles everyday without you here. I know that she is going to be o.k. though becuase she is a VERY strong little girl who has so much to offer everyone lucky enough to be a part of her life. I can only hope to have the kind of relationship with my child that your wife has with Lauren. There are a handful of people that I met this past week that I will think about with the utmost respect everytime I put my uniform on and you and your family are very high on my list!
I told me husband on the way home today, with tears in my eyes, that I wish I could just bring you back to take away the pain for your family! Please know that the sacrifice you made on January 7th 2006 is one that is thought of with the utmost honor and respect....R.I.P. Officer Richard May.
May God be with you and your family now and always.
Officer Stephanie Thomas GBPD

Patrol Officer Stephanie Thomas
Green Bay PD

August 5, 2007

Hey buddy just wanted to say hi and I miss you so so much!!!Everyday I think of you and how we talked for hours on the phone when you were driveing.And remember A.Z ? that was so fun just to talk to someone who would just here me, and then smile.well to many things to say but just want to say hi and I MISS YOU and all the smiles p.s.: the short shorts were my fav.R.I.P buddy xo xo xo


July 30, 2007

Sometimes I imagine that you are still here, that you are sitting in a patrol car behind the church trying to get caught up on reports. I get an urge to call and see if you want to hook up for lunch. It's kinda random and I can't help but get teary eyed. Things are looking brighter for me, I feel like everything is going to work out. I think of you often.


June 26, 2007

What's up devil dog?! I went up to Sac on Memorial Day and left flowers for you, Ofc. Lasater, Ofc. Clearman, Ofc. Birco, Ofc. Tuvera, and Ofc. Espinoza. All of you were given american flags with your agency and star number from the SFPD Officers of Bayview Station. Semper Fi brother...

Ofc. Brown, USMCE5
SFPD, Bayview Mids

June 2, 2007

I was truely touched by the memorial in Washington D.C., and I felt honored in meeting you and your family on the plane ride home. Your strenght is an inspiration to all officers. Your idea of getting C.O.P.S. started in our area is a must. Please contact me if you need any help from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department.

Deputy Sheriff, Noah Martin
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department

May 27, 2007

I wish Deanna could have attended Police Week. It is an awesome gathering. My neice has attended the last 9 years, and now she helps to comfort others. The candlelight is breathtaking and nothing compares to it. I have been truly blessed by attending. I pray that you both can attend at least once, if nothing else but to encourage someone else who may not be as strong as you.

Aunt of a fallen officer

May 26, 2007

Hi again,just wanted to let you know Deanna made the cheer squad yesterday. WE had to laugh at what we thought your reaction would be. She missed Washington but honors you everyday of her life. She is so strong and doesn't seem to need all the pomp and circumstance that stems around your absence! She's doing great! You would be so proud!!!

Deanna's mom

May 22, 2007


I met your dad tonight in Washington, DC. He was a really standup guy. I also met a lot of people affected by your passing. You have no idea how much you were loved and how your father has kept your legacy alive and much you are missed.

While I am mourning the loss of my own friend, you were an influence in my life through y9ur father and the people of the San Fransisco PD who came here to honor your memory. There are so many people who loved and honored you!

To Mr May....if you are ever in florida or if you ever want to talk, my e-mail is [email protected] The few mibutes I had with you and the drink we shared were so moving. You and your family will live in my memory! i am so sorry for your loss. It is so unfair!


Sgt James Harris
Tampa Police Department

May 15, 2007

Happy Birthday!! You would have been 40 years old today! (5/9/07)I can't believe you would have been 40 and I can't believe you aren't here to celebrate it. We all miss you so much. I always told you you could get your boat when you were 40. I wish you were here so you could get it. I love you and miss you more than ever. We honored you and all the other fallen officers last week in Sacramento and Saturday we leave for Washington DC to honor the whole nations fallen officers. It's going to be hard to see your name on that wall. George and Shante are going. They are taking good care of us. You would be proud. I Love you.

May 9, 2007

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