Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Chelsea Renee Richard

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, May 3, 2014

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Reflections for Trooper Chelsea Renee Richard

May God comfort the family, co-workers and friends of Trooper Chelsea Richard who gave her life in service to the citizens of of Florida.

"Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." (2 Cor. 1:3-4 NET)

Ret. Trooper Michael A. Smith
Florida Highway Patrol (ret.) currently State Attorney Investigator

May 5, 2014

R.I.P. Sister and be an angel on the shoulder of those who still must wear the vest,gun and shield. My prayers and condolences to your family (both your extended "family in blue" and your immediate family. May god watch over them.

Police officer Robert Cuccio

May 5, 2014

Trooper Richard, may you rest in peace. You are a true hero and one who will never be forgotten.

Sgt Richard Eckert
Town of Chester PD

May 5, 2014

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Trooper Richard. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Florida Highway Patrol.

Scott Horne U.S. Postal Inspector
US Postal Inspection Service

May 5, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and to the other troopers. Job well done my sister.

Deputy Cassy McLaughlin
Polk County Sheriff's Office, Polk County Florida

May 5, 2014

We hope knowing that you are all thought of in a kind and caring way eases your sorrow and brings peace. With deepest sympathy,

Rita Rocker, Director Govt Relations
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles

May 5, 2014

Trooper Richard,
Thank you for your service to the State of Florida. Rest in Peace. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and fellow Troopers of this great State of Florida.

Susan Ball, Judicial Process Server
Brevard County Sheriff's Office

May 5, 2014

Thank you for your service, Trooper Richard

Deputy NC
Stanly Co So

May 5, 2014

Rest in peace Sister Chelsea.

Ofc. Timothy M. Furlong
Nahant, MA PD

May 5, 2014

Chelsea, as I suffer the pain that so many others have suffered before me, I must tell you how very, very proud I am of you. Through my tears I remember your dedication and love for your job and I know you died doing what you loved to do. Please save a place for me in heaven. I know you are in God's care now and spending time with all the other Heros who have lost their lives protecting their fellow man. Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to post your reflections for my beautiful daughter.

Bruce Richard
Proud Father of Trooper Chelsea Richard

May 5, 2014

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Trooper Chelsea Richard, driver John Duggan and George Robert Phillips in this horrific accident.

My sincere condolences and prayers go out to their families and friends during this difficult time.

Trooper Richard, although I never knew you personally, thank you for your selfless service as you walked the Thin Blue Line. Your brothers and sisters in law enforcement have the watch.

Your service and sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Respectfully submitted,

Volusia County Sheriff's Office Deputy (Ret.)
Dept. Homeland Security / TSA (Ret.)

Volusia County SO (Ret), DHS/TSA (Ret.)

May 5, 2014

To Trooper Richard's family,
We are so sorry for your loss.
We (I) am so thankful for her service to the people of Florida.
We pray for your comfort and peace! We are again thankful that death in this world is only of the body.
We know she is ALIVE and WELL with the Creator waiting only for us to meet her again one day! She is retired with "A job WELL DONE" I believe those who lay down their lives for others will receive special rewards in Heaven from God for their sacrifice of service! I myself am an injured retired Florida Officer from an on the job car crash injury.
From myself and representing the Pasco Sheriff's Office as a Chaplain, we extend our greatest sympathies! We love our sister in uniform and her family and pray for all who knew and loved her!

Chaplain/Retired Florida Police Officer
Pasco Sheriff's Office- Former Fla. DEP Police

May 5, 2014

Trooper Richard, one accident was made worse by another but what is most tragic is the loss of your life. We all feel it when a Brother or Sister is taken. The worst part of it is that your son will grow up without you. That is heartbreaking. So long as those who know and love you best keep you in their hearts and minds, you will never truly be gone. They will, I'm sure, raise your son to know you as they do. You won't be there to tuck him in at night or read him stories or hug him when he needs one, but you will see him grow up and your presence will be felt.

God Bless and may you forever Rest in Peace, sister.

My prayers also go out to the tow truck driver's family and a prayer for speedy recovery to the injured parties.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

May 5, 2014

Comfort the families of those who have gone before
Lord, ease our grief, our souls restore
Our loved ones are the righteous, forever they stand
To take their places at Your right hand.

With dedication they led the life they chose
And suffered the thorn to leave us the rose
Brave lives were not wasted, they gave us their love,
Their lives, our inspiration: their memory, our strength.

We who are left salute their brave deeds
We'll cary on with the duty they leave,
They'll be our heroes; their valor will lead
In courage and honor, we will always believe.

RIP Trooper Chelsea Richard. We will contuine to patrol the roads that you were taken from unjustly. You will be missed greatly. We will watch over your family and never forget you. Watch over us as a angel now. Love you and miss you from all of your fellow Troopers! God Bless You.

State Trooper
Florida Highway Patrol

May 5, 2014

Rest in peace Trooper Richard. Though some may look at this as another Officer fatality, I look at it as a tragic, sad and preventable. If people understood the sacrifice LEOs make each and everyday to tell their family goodbye, praying to return after shift. Some like Trooper Richard, never return home. She paid the ultimate sacrifice. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. May she be with Jesus and may her family be comforted in this time of mourning. I am so sorry for your loss.

Clinton (Future Kansas LEO)

May 5, 2014

RIP Trooper Richard. Thank you for your service to LE. May God watch over your Family and all LE. Also be with
the family of the tow truck operator at the scene and anyone else injured.

Former Trooper Ken R. Bays
Virginia State Police

May 5, 2014

Trooper Richard,
May you rest in Heavenly Peace. May your family be forever watched over and blessed. May your friends and colleagues find comfort. Please watch over us from on high.
We will see you again Ma'am.
Thank you for your service. I will never forget your sacrifice or the sacrifice of your family.
Greater Love Hath No Man....
Prayers for all involved.

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

May 5, 2014



May 5, 2014

So saddened to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

May 5, 2014

To the family of Trooper Chelsea Richard, friends, Colonel David H. Brierton, Jr. and the Florida Highway Patrol.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort and hold you close now and alway. Thank you for your service.
John 15:13

Patrolman A.S. (Scott) Batson
Cherry Police Department, NC

May 5, 2014

Trooper Richard, thank you so very much for your service to the people of the state of Florida. My thoughts are with your family and friends as well as co-workers and the entire Florida Highway Patrol. You lived as a hero and will forever be remembered as one.

Sergeant B. Wolgast
Florida Department of Corrections

May 5, 2014

Trooper Chelsea Richard, you will be missed by everyone who loved you. You served your agency well sister.

To Chelsea's son,
Remember your mom is in heaven with God and his angels looking down on you. Make her proud, as she did for all those who knew her.

Officer G Vasquez & K-9 Ravi
Glendale, AZ Police Dept K-9 Unit

May 5, 2014

RIP Sister. Thank you for what you have given. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, your department members and all of the members of the "blue" family. God Bless.

Lt.Robert M.Petty (Retired)
North Bergen N.J.P.D.

May 5, 2014

Rest in peace Trooper Richard, we have the watch now. Thank you for your service. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Trooper Richard, especially her 4 year old son, during this time of tragic and senseless loss.

Senior Patrolman Donnie Meaders
Wewoka (OK) Police Department

May 5, 2014

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
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 awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just 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 unmanly tears.
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 had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
Author Unknown

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell PD, WY

May 5, 2014

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