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Deputy Sheriff Richard Walter "Larry" Blancher

Alameda County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Sunday, February 23, 1986

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Richard Walter "Larry" Blancher

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 23, 2018

Richard, we lost another in blue from ACSO . Please welcome and look after Foley.

Deputy Sheriff (Retired) Dennis Jeglum
Alameda County Sheriff's Office

February 24, 2017

Richard , Thinking about today as yet another year has passed. Time does not heal all wounds. Thinking about all the OT shifts we worked together. Hard to believe it's been 31 years. Rest In Peace my brother in blue, until we meet again.

Deputy Sheriff (Retired) Dennis Jeglum
Alameda County Sheriff's Office

February 23, 2017

Richard, I think about today and everyday. It was a pleasure to work with you. You are missed and though about every day. Time has not diminished the pain of your untimely death. I salute you my Brother in Blue. Until we meet again. Your friend.

Deputy Sheriff (Retired) Dennis Jeglum
Alameda County Sheriff's Office

February 23, 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

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 24, 2012

Thanks for your services.


February 23, 2012

On the 24th anniversary of Deputy Blancher's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Deputy Blancher is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

February 23, 2010

Rest in Peace, Deputy Blancher. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

June 8, 2009



February 14, 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 14, 2007

I rode patrol with Deputy Blancher for a number years and learned a great deal about police work from him. More than anything I remember his personal warmth and his great sense of humor. He had a good understanding of human nature and he treated people with respect and dignity. His sudden and untimely death was a great shock to his co-workers and friends, and a loss to the citizens he served and protected. I remember him as a friend and a good officer and think of him often.

Reserve Deputy David Aron
Alameda County Sheriff's Office

February 12, 2007

To the family and friends of Deputy Richard Blancher and most especially to Deputy Blancher himself:

On this the twentieth anniversary of your untimely death, please know you are not forgotten. Your valor and dedication to your job will always be remembered.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for your service to your community and the citizens of California, and the supreme sacrifice you and your family made on February 23, 1986.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD eow 4/24/05

February 23, 2006

Deputy Sheriff Blancher,
On today, the 19th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Alameda County.


February 23, 2005

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