Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Inspector General Richard Wayne Hale

Texas Juvenile Justice Department - Office of Inspector General, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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Reflections for Deputy Inspector General Richard Wayne Hale

Prayers for your family.

Retired Asst Fire Marshal Dan Mayes
Richardson Fire Department

May 10, 2018

God Bless You, Your Family, & Friends.
Thank you for your unselfish service.

James P Waggle Jr

May 10, 2018

Rest in peace, Deputy Inspector General Hale. You deserve your divine reward.

May God comfort your family, friends, and fellow officers at this difficult time.

God bless and protect the Thin Blue Line that protects us all.

Private Citizen Kathryn Felts
Mother of & Family Member of Law Enforcement

May 10, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Hales family. May you rest easy your presents will be missed on our campus.

Keniedra Harris
Texas Juvenile Justice Department

May 10, 2018

Lord, please accept this man into your arms, and please make his passing easier to accept for those family members left behind. May He continue to watch over his family, and to be an inspiration to those dedicated to the profession. Amen

(Retired) Officer TJ McGrath
Hartford, CT. Police Department

May 10, 2018

I do not know you, but everyone know peace officers. You protected & served. Thank you. I will pray for your family- for strength, for guidance , for support and for God to give your family mounds of love through your second family.

Margo Cooper
No relations

May 10, 2018

Thank you for your service.
May the Lord comfort your family, friends and co-workers at this most difficult time.
Rest in peace.

Sergeant David Sheetz (retired)
Houston Police Dept.

May 10, 2018

A Prayer for Deputy Inspector General Richard Hale:

Lord God, I boldly and humbly come before Your throne in sincere faithful and fervent prayer as we remember in this moment our Brother-in-Blue, Deputy Inspector General Richard Hale, of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, who sacrificed his life in the Line-of-Duty. We recall with gratitude and respect all that he stood for in this life. Help us to live in the companionship of his spirit. May we be kind to the family, friends, and colleagues he loved; devoted to the state in which he served; and loyal to the causes which he championed in law enforcement. For the Scripture says: God blesses those who work for peace for they will be called the children of God ; there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends; I [Jesus] assure you, today you will be with me in Paradise, and; God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Thus, in our life, may Deputy Inspector General Richard Hale live on, to our great comfort, to the betterment of Your creation, and to the furthering of Your most Holy Will. Amen

We have your patrol from here, Deputy Inspector General Richard Hale. Rest easy, our Brother-in-Blue, you are now in the hands of the Lord God.

Chaplain Steven Robert Closs, M.S.B.S.
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
“A Christian Ministry for Law Enforcement”
Merrimack, NH 03054
Chartered by the National Association of Christian Ministers

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, M.S.B.S.
Merrimack, NH Police Department

May 10, 2018

I was blessed to have worked with Richard at the City of Decatur. He had a heart the size of Texas and a smile that could light up a room. I will be praying for his family during this time of loss.

Jennifer Dorsett

May 10, 2018

R.IP Deputy Inspector General Richard Hale


May 10, 2018

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

May 10, 2018

Thank you for your service. Prayers for your Family & Department.

Detective Monica Veney
Baltimore City Police Department

May 10, 2018

Rest in peace brother we will take it from here. Thank you for your service God bless you and your family. RESPECT

Ted Gougolis

May 10, 2018


Msgt. Brian Daigle (Retired)
Louisiana DOC

May 10, 2018

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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 whose 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

May 10, 2018

Rest in Peace, Hero. Thank you for ultimate service and sacrifice. GOD BLESS YOU, YOUR FAMILY, AND FRIENDS. Now rest.

Noranne Stubbs Lenox -Office Coordinator
Arizona Highway Patrol

May 10, 2018

I am beyond lost and can’t believe you’re gone, you were and amazing father I already miss you so much. I know you will be watching over me as I start my path in law enforcement. Love you Dad

PFC Jonathan R. Hale
United States Marine Corps

May 10, 2018

Rest in Peace Deputy Inspector General Hale. May the Lord grant your family, friends and co-workers peace during this difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Parole Supervisor Howard C. Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

May 10, 2018

I am beyond lost and can’t believe you’re gone, you were an amazing father I love you so much. I hope you’ll watch over me as I start my path in Law Enforcement.

PFC Jonathan R. Hale
United States Marine Corps

May 10, 2018

What a great man and officer. He always had a smile and kind words to say. I met him when he started as an officer for Newark. We hated it that we couldn’t keep him with us but knew he had to do what was best for his family. I would see him from time to time around the hospital and again, he always had a smile. I will miss him and rest assure that I will see him one day.

Fire Chief Jerry Taylor
Newark Fire Department

May 10, 2018

Thank you for your service Richard. It was a pleasure working with you during my time at Decatur PD. Your family is in my prayers. Rest easy brother.

Officer C. Bosworth
Roanoke Police Department

May 10, 2018

Praying for peace and comfort today and in the days to come. With deepest sympathy,

Rita Rocker, Deputy Executive Director
Georgia State Board of Pardons & Paroles

May 10, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother.


May 10, 2018

Godspeed and Rest In Peace Brother.

Patrolman Robert Vojtko
Kingston Township Police Department #5111

May 10, 2018

Prayers and light to you and ALL those who mourn!

Margaret Scott
Shelby County Supports The Badge, Indiana

May 10, 2018

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