Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Richard M. Francis

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, July 2, 2008

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Reflections for Police Officer Richard M. Francis

I hope your family can find some comfort in their many special memories and in the thought of the happy years you shared with them. The law enforcement family is poorer for your untimely death. Rest in the peace of knowing you gave the utmost for the citizens of Chicago and the State of Illinois.

Master Sergeant #3295
Illinois State Police

July 8, 2008

My heart goes out to Ofc. Francis' family and co-workers, rest in peace.

Ofc. Rich Free
Lakemoor, IL Police

July 8, 2008

Rest in peace brother. You will be greatly missed by all.

Field Training Officer Robert Cavaiani
Chicago PD

July 8, 2008

i am a chicago police officer and the death of officer francis has affected me greatly. let us not forget how how he died...but more importantly let us remember how he lived. he patroled the city streets for 27 years.. and now will forever patrol Heavens Gates for eternity...God Bless Officer Francis and may the Lord watch over his family

police officer

July 8, 2008

May God lay his healing hand upon the family and friends of Officer Francis and may they know he will never be forgotten. Thank you Officer Francis for your dedicated service to the people of Illinois and the Unite States.

James M. Sheppard
Father of Sergeant Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/07/06

July 8, 2008

On behalf of my family and my Dad who is a retired Chicago Police officer I would like to thank you Ofc Francis for making the ultimate sacrafice. And to your family my sincere condolences. Rest in peace.

Mary Schumacher/PSD II
Joliet PD IL/wife of JPD Detective

July 8, 2008

Officer Francis, you took an oath to protect and serve the citizens of Chicago and this great country. In the performance of duty, you made the ultimate sacrifice. There is no greater example of honor. May your loved ones, friends , co-workers find peace. May the citizens realize the sacrifice made by the law enforcement officers every second of every day. Rest in peace brother Officer Francis, we have got it from here!

Vince Iello
NYPD Retired

July 8, 2008

Rest in Peace Brother, You will never be forgotten.


July 8, 2008

Officer Francis;

Walk the beat in heaven now; you must have been needed more there than here on earth. Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrafice for this job, and for the great city of Chicago. We will all take care of your family for you now, and will think of you every day when we put our uniforms on and go out to the street. Rest easy now, 10-42 brother.

Fellow Officer in Illinois

July 8, 2008

Rest in peace Brother. You will never be forgotten. My condolences to P/O Francis' family and Police family.

Cpl Jean Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP Service

July 8, 2008

Rest in Peace. Your service and sacrafice are remembered and honored.

US Postal Inspection Service
Basic Training Class 08-03
July 8, 2008

Basic Training Class 08-03
U.S. Postal Inspection Service

July 8, 2008

Thank you richard for your almost three decades of brave service. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903

July 8, 2008

Rest in Peace brother your safe now, watch over us from time to time. To the family of Officer Francis you will always be in the hearts of my family and I may God watch over you and comfort you during this hard time.

Officer Ryan M. Ladd
Chicago Police Department

July 8, 2008

I was sadden tonight to hear of Officer Francis being taken from us. I have a brother who lives on the northside on Winnemac and I spent many a Christmas there on vacation from Cincinnati. I pray for all his family, friends, brothers,and sisters. VON CON DIAS!!!!!

Patrolman Mark Sand
Lockland Ohio PD

July 7, 2008

Rest In Peace Brother.


July 7, 2008

To the family of Officer Francis:
What a terrible way this was for Officer Richard Francis's long career to end. He was so close to retirement, and probably could have already retired. What a dedicated Peace Officer! We wish we could have met him. Now, he walks a beat with our son and Saint Michael! May the Good Lord watch over and keep you all.

Karen and Paul Highbarger
Mom And Stepfather/Officer Chris Nicholson EOW:12/19/07

July 7, 2008

Rest easy, sir. Your dedication and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

John E. Gordon
Brother of Michael P. Gordon, CPD (EOW 08/AUG/2004)

July 7, 2008

To a true hero who made the ultimate sacrifice: God bless you and may you rest in peace. I am deeply saddened by your loss and I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Officer Panizo
Skokie, IL Police Dept.

July 7, 2008

My families prayers are with your family as you do your eternal patrol. May you rest in peace
IUWG-1 Unit-3
Qui Nhon RVN

Trooper Richard Siebert
Massachusetts State Poloice

July 7, 2008

Rest In Peace brother. My prayers are with you and your family.

Officer Granado #8444
Chicago Police Dept

July 7, 2008

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.


God Speed Brother.

Sgt. John Huinker
Niles P.D.

July 7, 2008

What a terrible end to a long career. 60 years old and 27 years serving the public. What a tragic waste of life. My thoughts prayers go to his family both personal and his extended police family. A reminder of just how dangerous the job of law enforcement is.

Paul Tickner Constable
Met police London

July 7, 2008

Rest in peace, Officer Francis. You've earned it....

Bill Kahn
San Diego County Sheriff's Department (Retired)

July 7, 2008

Rest in peace brother.... thank you for everything

Patrolman R. Larson

July 7, 2008

Our hearts and prayers go out to Officer Francis and his family... God bless you at this extremely difficult time!

Cicero P.D

July 7, 2008

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