Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Gregory James Richards

Lakewood Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Sunday, November 29, 2009

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Reflections for Police Officer Gregory James Richards

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson(Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 29, 2018

RIP brother....

Detective Sergeant Jeremy Sims
Matteson, IL Police Department

December 8, 2015

I missed it this year. But I still want to thank you for what you and your Brothers and Sister did to protect and serve that day. You made me who I am today, and who I inspire to be tomorrow. Thoughts and prayers to Family and Friends. You are never forgotten, and will forever be in our hearts. RIP, Brother.

Future Law Enforcemet Officer

December 4, 2013

Badge # 135 True Blue True Blue Watches Over You
God Bless You And All

Puyallup resident

September 19, 2013

Rest in peace brother, you are not forgotten.

Deputy T.B. Dorsey
Pitt County (NC) Sheriffs Office

November 29, 2012

I AM THINKING ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES AS ANOTHER YEAR PASSES.

PATROLMAN
IMPD

November 29, 2012

I'm working on the ribbons I do every year at this time to honor the 51 Oakland, California police officers that died in the line of duty. We put the 51 blue ribbons on a tree outside the Warehouse Bar and Grill on the anniversary of losing four of our officers in 2009. It reminded me of Lakewood's loss. I was honored to bring a Mermorial Quilt I made to honor you and Officers Griswold, Owens and Sergeant Renninger to the Lakewood PD. A small group from Oakland came including an Oakland PD officer. As I have family in the area I asked that they be a part of the presentation as well. The Lakewood PD gave us a tour and served us lunch and small tokens were exchanged. I hope that our being there the week following the first anniversary Oakland's loss helped your fellow officers cope with the upcoming first anniversary of Lakewood's loss. I'm not sure what brought me to Lakewood. The fact that we lost four and you lost four. That I was born in Tacoma and have ties to the area. That I was in the area a week after the tragedy to attend the funeral of a loved one. Somehow it all came together and it seemed the right thing to do. So as I sit at my computer and enter the names of Oakland's 51 I think of Lakewood's four. May God bless you all and may you rest in peace and know that you are not forgotten.

Anne Richmond
Oakland, CA

February 24, 2012

Today, another Officer was shot and killed. I don't know why,
but I thought of you today. I lived next door to your sister-in-law, Melanie Burwell. I met you a few times and you always cracked me up. You were so kind to everyone around you. Your kids adored you. You loved your wife, even though you thought she was "nuts" for wanting to move all the time. But each time you did it and you always found the good in it.
Thank you Greg for leaving a beautiful legacy. You are remembered

Tari Davis
Just a friend

February 23, 2012

Miss You Brother.

Anonymous

December 9, 2011

Greg, you were my friend before you were my co-worker. I could always count on you to be at a call when I needed you and always had to argue with you about taking the report because we both loved to do our job. I wish I wouldn't have told you to go to coffee while I took the suspect to jail and wrote the report that morning. I wish I could take back my proactive attitude and willingness to help out at every call. I wish I would have listened to you when you said you would take him because you had his belongings in your trunk and it was your district. I also had some of his belongings and I got to the call first. I never sloughed a call on anyone. For that I paid the price. I would give anything to take that back. I have had a lot of dreams about you and hope that you are at ease. I love you and miss your stories and constant smile.

Officer Adam Leonard
Former Lakewood Police

December 7, 2011

Thank you for your service Officer Richards. Even though I have had an interest in law enforcement before the incident, you and your fellow officers have helped inspire me to become Law Enforcement. You will NEVER be forgotten. RIP

Future Officer

November 29, 2011

Rest in Peace Officer. Thinking of you and your brothers at the Lakewood Police Department on this day.
You have not been forgotten.

Future Law Enforcement Officer

November 29, 2011

Remembering you and your brother officers. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

November 29, 2011

You are missed. You will never be forgotten.
May you continue to rest in eternal peace......

Anon

November 8, 2011

I still see you everywhere. Mitchell wanted me to tell you he still remembers everything about you. He wants to take drum lessons this year. :) I told him you always thought he would be good.

Melanie Burwell
Your sis

August 16, 2011

As the son of another Washington state officer killed in the line of duty I want to send my condolences to the family and friends of officer James Richards. He was a hero and his service should never be forgotten. May he rest in peace and may his family be comforted.

Jake Crawford
Son of Sgt. Brad Crawford

July 21, 2011

I think about this all the time, it sometimes doesnt seem like it could be real. The Police Department I come from 4 people is the shift. I think about the feeling I would have if my fellow co-workers were to be taken from me. Regardless, it is real, it did happen, and you Sir fought all the way to the end. "They are true heroes not because of how they died, but how they lived." you and your partners are my Hero's.

Just a Cop
Georgia

December 8, 2010

Remembering you and yours today, a year later, while attending the funeral of another fallen brother...

Detective Mareshah Hale
Colorado Springs Police Department

November 29, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the first 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.


Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 29, 2010

Tommorrow has been one year since you sacrificed your life protecting others. I often think of you, and the three other officers, who were so senselessly murdered that morning in the coffee shop. I know that each day is difficult for your family, but may they have some peace knowing that they are still in the thoughts and prayers of many, even like me, who did not ever have the honor of meeting you. my heart also goes out to your fellow officers on the Lakewood police force and the Kent police force, as well as to your friends. God bless your soul!!

Anonymous

November 28, 2010

Miss you all day, every day. So happy that you are my brother. So proud to see that everyone else can now see what we already knew. I promise to keep my eyes always toward God,Kelly, Austin,Jami-Mae and Gavin..until they are with you again. Thank you to everyone for recognizing Greg...He is more deserving than you could ever imagine.

Melanie

July 17, 2010

Dear Family, Friends, and Co-Workers of Officer Greg Richards,

We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in support during this very difficult time. We wish we could be there in person to offer support. We know that sometimes there is little comfort that comes from words. During the holidays remember those special moments you have shared together and the love you shared. Keep focused as you can on the memories and joyous times for these things may bring you comfort. Rely heavily on family, friends, and other law enforcement for support. Honor your fallen loved one, for their sacrifice will not be forgotten. Officer Greg Richards is a hero. He will live on through all of you forever.

Respectfully,

Alissa Scott
Widow of Beryl Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-04

Co-Founders of Survivor Help Network

Anonymous

March 28, 2010

It's been 70 days and it feels like only yesterday and it also feels like a lifetime. You and your family are in my prayers and will not be forgotten.

Anonymous

February 7, 2010

Oficer Richards,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your community, but also for our Country when you served in the U.S. Army as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous

January 14, 2010

Comrade in Arms

When we were young we played cops ‘n robbers,
We argued who would be the one in blue,
‘Cause the good-guys always won,
And before the day was done,
The bad-guys always got their due.

There were’nt no shades of gray in ol’ Dodge City,
Our TV heroes kept it black and white,
Marshal Dillon always knew
Exactly what to do
And in the end things always turned out right.

And we were always strong and ever fearless,
‘Cause we could shoot our way out of all harm,
And we were quite a team
As we shared our childhood dream,
Me and you, my comrade in arms.


As we grew up we never did quit dreaming,
And then one day it finally came to be,
I pound those busy streets,
As I walk the city beat,
And you became the sheriff’s deputy,

We went from cocky young-guns to old soldiers,
With time we learned how much we didn’t know,
At our favorite all-night diner,
Our war stories grew finer,
Like fish-tales, with each time they were told.

Though we never found the glory we once dreamed of,
We swore the lives we lived were somehow charmed,
And we were quite a team,
As we shared our childhood dream,
Me and you, my comrade in arms.

Now today the flag’s half-staffed down at the courthouse,
And our badges, like our hearts, they bear dark scars,
We cried when they played Taps,
In the church yard as you passed,
And I walked your sobbing widow to the car.

Though I can’t recall a time I felt so weary,
A certain comfort bears me through this painful storm,
‘Cause I know we were quite a team,
And we lived that childhood dream,
Me and you, my comrade in arms.

Me and you, my comrade in arms.

©Tom Doran

tom Doran
fellow cop, nearby agency

January 10, 2010

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