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Detective Russell Blanchard

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, March 15, 1952

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Reflections for Detective Russell Blanchard

Rest in peace brother. Will take it from here.

Future Detroit Police Officer Billy .

March 15, 2015

I was the 15 year old boy who witnessed the murder of Det. Blanchard. I was instrumental in helping convict Budzynski, Emerick and Kozlowski.

I remembered Kozlowski easily because he had a band-aid across the bridge of his nose and he wore a long dark blue dress overcoat.

I often wonder if Det. Blanchard had any kids.

Tom Leitch
private citizen

February 5, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 60th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 15, 2012

Dear Det. Blanchard: I joined the D.P.D. 4 months after your EOW. In my cadet class at the police academy was your son/relative Russell Blanchard. I retired in 1991 (after 40 years). It has been 58 years since your watch ended, and you are still remembered, and considered a hero. Rest in peace.

D/Sgt. Bill Pendergast (ret.)

July 18, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 15, 2010



March 16, 2008

Forever remembered brother Blanchard. Continue to RIP.

Det. E. Blanchard
South Texas

March 1, 2008

My grandfather was your partner on that fateful day. I had heard often of his stories of being a police officer and the courage you displayed on that terrible day. I have to say that in some small way you and my Grandfather were very much a reason that I pursued a Law Enforcement career. I hope that I always live up to the legecy that you have left behind.

Sergeant Scott Pike
Port Huron Police Department

June 13, 2006

Such courage and dedication should not go unnoticed. On this the 53rd anniversary of your death know that you are not forgotten and are always in our prayers. Rest in peace.

Lt. J. Markey
Farmington Hills P.D.

March 15, 2005

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