Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Richard Joseph Halford

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, November 3, 2012

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Reflections for Police Officer Richard Joseph Halford

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

November 3, 2020

Wow Richard I can't believe you've been gone 6 years. I miss you and my Joe so much. I remember when my Joe died you were among his many friends that came to support me. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. PS I know you in the heaven with my Joe acting the fool!

Evelyn J Davis
Widow and friend

June 7, 2019

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 17, 2018

RIH Richard. I know you're in heaven with my Joe and I can you two patrolling the heavens. I remember all the crazy stories Joe told about you all from Zone 4. Rest easy my friend!!!

Evelyn Davis

June 7, 2018


Ofc A Jackson (Retired)
Atlanta P. D.

December 26, 2015

Rest on Officer Halford and Officer Smiley. Your contribution and service to your City, Community and Families will forever be remembered.

SSgt Jeremy L. Nance
United States Air Force

March 11, 2015

Thank you for your service. God bless you and your family.

Police Officer Jason Lum

December 20, 2014

I recall the time when I was recruit, you didn't care how much of a rookie I was, you always treated me with respect and dignity. I will never forget the time when Vivian connected us and you took me up in the old 'Ghetto Bird" for a flight, and you tried to get me sick doing circles over buckhead! I have fond memoires of you and always felt safe on a call when you were overhead. Your a great man, great father, and great officer. I visited your memorial in DC, as I was unable to get back in town for the funeral. My words their were for you only. Your always in my heart.... be safe brother on heaven's beat I'll be there for backup soon enough.

Love Adam Brenner
Zone 5 (Auburn)
"Phoenix, you up?"

Agent Adam Brenner
U.S. Border Patrol/ former APD

June 29, 2014

Richard it been almost a year to date, I remember us going to the boys club, riding motorcycle, attending Hardaway High School / Tuskegee University, you got me into law enforcement with City of Atlanta Police Department without you I could not be the man I am today you are truly been a part of my life and will forever will, LOVE YOU.

Deputy Warden
Muscogee County Prison

October 23, 2013

I am aware of the many contributions Officer Halford made because he was present for many activities over the past few decades in our area of town. He was a dedicated servant to the people. I am from the community where the accident occurred and will never forget that night. I was only minutes away from passing through the intersection before the crash. The lights on our street went black. We were devastated to learn there were fatalities involving officers serving our community, particularly officers who were searching for a little boy to bring him to safety. Signs of that night still remain as each time I pass the site I see teddy bears and other memorial items reminding us of the tragedy. As founder of a program that gives annually to first responders in remembrance of September 11th for our community I am sincerely grateful to those who put their lives at risk each day to serve us. You are a hero. Thank you for your courage. My prayers, thoughts and love go out to your family. R.I.P Officer Halford. We will never forget your service in SW Atlanta.

Audraine Jackson, Founder
9/11 First Responders Appreciation Program

January 7, 2013

As we start a new year(2013), your service and sacrifice will always be remembered.
Rest in Peace my Brother.

To my active duty Brothers and Sisters, PLEASE STAY SAFE!

Master Senior Investigator Cardell L. Dobbins #188 (Ret.)
Illinois Secretary of State Department of Police District 01, Region 01

January 1, 2013

Rest in peace and thank you for your service

John Latour

December 26, 2012



December 18, 2012

The reality of what could happen being a law enforcement officer seems to grasp the air of those of us left behind. No one ever knows the time or day that our light is to burn low; but officers place a bigger challenge on their chances of survival by attempting to protect those you are sworn to serve.

I never thought I could write this, but felt obligated too. Richard Halford - a long time co-worker and 20 year friend, I pray your family can make piece with your absence. I still cry for those lives lost while serving with APD; there will always be tears shared for those left to bear the sorrow.

My deepest condolenses

Sergeant (Retired)
Atlanta Police Department

December 15, 2012

Little did you know that morning, God would call you name. In life you were loved dearly and in death it is the same. My sincere condolences Daughter and coworkers. RIP Officer Halford

Robina Browne
Mother of Dep Sheriff D. Browne-Sanchez E.O.W 2/10/2007, Honolulu, HI

November 25, 2012

Most sincere condolences to the families of Officers Halford and Smiley, as well as to the members of the Atlanta Police Department.

Lt Kenneth Seguin
Dallas Police Department/Helicopter Unit

November 21, 2012

His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

Author unknown

May God be with everyone

Motor Officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, Texas

November 19, 2012

Officer Halford,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you to you and your partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Atlanta. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 15, 2012

God rest your soul Sir. May your daughter be forever watched over and blessed. May your friends and colleagues be at peace. We'll see you again Sir.
Please watch over us from on high.

Surviving Daughter of Special Agent J. Robert Porter
Federal Bureau of Investigation
E.O.W. 8/9/79

November 14, 2012

We honor your service to your community as a law enforcement officer and you will always be remembered and revered. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of our entire family, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Richard was lkilled. May his loved ones continue to be supported by their law enforcement family and other police survivors. Our family grieves with you and for you. To his family, you are in my heart's embrace today.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinguished service Officer Richard Halford gave to his community and the citizens of Georgia, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on November 3, 2012.

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

November 12, 2012

Rest in Peace Police Officers Richard Halford. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family, and your department at this time. Thank you for your service to this country and your community.

Sgt. Reuben C. Black
Barnwell Police Dept., Barnwell, SC

November 12, 2012

I will always see the the sun as your smile.....the moon as your cool nature.....the wind as your heart that touched me and many others....the rain as the laughs that showered our friendship throughout the years.
I was blessed the day we met. The world was a better place with you in it. Thank you for your love, respect, and friendship. Holla at ya!

Citizen of the world and friend

November 11, 2012

Thank you for your service to our Nation! God bless your family and friends and fellow officers! You will be remembered.

Edd Hancock
Ga. Dept. of Transportation

November 11, 2012

Rest In Peace Officer Halford. We will continue the fight and never forget the ultimate sacrifice you made to keep those on your watch safe.

Officer C. Martin, Jr. #3136
Dekalb County GA Police Dept.
(Former Chattanooga, TN P.D. 1998-2011)

November 11, 2012

Godspeed my brothers. May your souls rest in peace

Sgt Tracy Atkinson
Georgia Southern University Police

November 11, 2012

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