Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Richard Edward Whitten

Liberty County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Monday, February 3, 2020

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Richard Edward Whitten

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
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Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

February 22, 2020

Rest in peace my brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and the Liberty County Sheriff's Office.

James J. Scanlon (Retired CPD)
North American SWAT Training Assoc

February 18, 2020

Rest in Peace my brother.

Captain Bernard Flint
Department of Defense Police Division

February 18, 2020

To the family of Deputy Sheriff Richard Edward Whitten, friends, Sheriff Bobby Rader and the
Liberty County Sheriff's Office.
You are lifted up in heart, thoughts and prayer. May God comfort, hold you close and give you His peace that surpasses all understanding to keep your heart's and mind's thought Christ Jesus now and always. Thank you for your service!
" The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
"For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, but whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through them might be saved." John 3:16 &17

Patrolman A.S. Batson
Goldsboro, NC

February 17, 2020

I am sorry for your loss to the Family, Fellow Officers, and Friends. I will keep all of you in my prayers. RIP.

Retired Fire Lieutenantm Frank J Corasa
Baltimore City Fire Department

February 13, 2020

On behalf of the Kentucky Peace Officers' Association please accept our condolences on the passing of Deputy Whitten.

Chip Nowlin
Kentucky Peace Officers' Association

February 9, 2020

We send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Deputy Richard Whitten who gave his life in service to his community and our Nation. He gave the ultimate sacrifice. May the Amazing healing grace of God be your strength and help in the coming days and weeks.

Chaplain James Gysel
Calhoun County Michigan Sheriff's Office

February 8, 2020

Sheriff Whitten, thank you for your selfless devotion to your chosen profession. Our Lord, who sees everything, will reward you abundantly. May He immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

February 7, 2020

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Deputy Sheriff Richard Whitten who succumbed to complications of a gunshot wound sustained in the line of duty as well as the officers who continue to put themselves in harm's way. Thank you for your dedication and service to your community. Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Richard Whitten.

CBP Officer(retired), Luis Otero
Department of Homeland Security/Bureau of Customs & Border Protect

February 7, 2020


Pima Community College Law Enforcement Academy

February 7, 2020



February 6, 2020

Thank you for your service, brother. RIP.

Lieutenant Brian J. Wills II
Oswego County Sheriff's Office
New York

February 6, 2020

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Deputy Whitten. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Liberty County Sheriff's Office.

US Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

February 6, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr., ASAC
Federal Air Marshal Service

February 6, 2020

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

James P Waggle

February 6, 2020

My sincere condolences to your family. Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice. May God bless you and your loved ones.

May You Rest In Peace

Cecilia Cruz
Ret. NYPD Police Officer
New York City

February 5, 2020

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

Sergeant Monica Veney
Baltimore Police Department

February 5, 2020

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service. God's speed sir.

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin State Conservation Warden

February 5, 2020

May God bless you and your family. You paid the ultimate sacrifice. May you rest in peace my brother in blue.

(Ret) Trooper Dean Aires
PA State Police

February 5, 2020

Thank you for your service sir GOD BLESS.

Mrs.C Singleton /Concern Citizen

February 5, 2020

To hear of death Deputy Sheriffs Whittman, how he was serious injured taken to A trams center, where a team of Physicians fight to save his life. When he awakes he and his family are given the grave news. He will live but the pink that shot him, has severed his spinal cord. How did deal with that news I alive, I came through the military without sound but one moment my life is changed. But he fight on, I going to P.T I going best this. As I fight on my therapists 2X Getting up, sitting up chair feels good but the breathing machine drives nuts. I fill fluid, a nurse has to use a special top to clear it,within a week my body feels tired, less energy and my breathing seems slower. I running fever,fear infection. I start Anti-biotics,my life turns left,left the infection spreads past my lungs to effect my heart then the kidneys within 48 hrs pass peacefully. But my family is anquish. The kid killed kimself, there will never be anwers. Why was he there, why did he have as gun, why did he shoot. Then why did I respond. I am very officer,as crazy as it sounds we run to respond to active shooter, who does that Blue Line. Did I know I die,no but my life was taken as was this kid.
My place from my passing will much higher than his,there is special stretch of brand new stars born outside the glaxay,that is where my life now shine. New bright Star in Heavens near the milky way.

Anne Marie WoodCSW

February 5, 2020

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

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

February 5, 2020

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. AMEN

Police Officer Ryan Lay
Cincinnati Police Department

February 5, 2020

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 Police Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

February 5, 2020



February 5, 2020

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