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Sergeant Richard Lopez

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Tuesday, June 28, 2022

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Reflections for Sergeant Richard Lopez

You were a true friend, co-worker, and mentor. I can't thank you enough for all you did. We are all still living with the hole you left behind. It still hurts.

Sergeant Valdez
YCSO, friend

June 28, 2024

Missing you extra today Sarge, thank you for being an outstanding friend and mentor. Gone too soon

Deputy Sheriff
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

October 30, 2022

Rick Lopez is my Husband and this has been very hard for us. He touched so many people. Here is a refection from one of his best friends and it gives you a glimpse into who he has always been.

From Allen Foster

With the passing of my friend Rick this week, I am experiencing a flood of emotions and memories that I have not had to deal with in other friends passing. It might be the fact that this one is much more public since Rick was in law enforcement, or maybe it is because he is the closest friend that I have lost in life so far. Whatever the reason, this one has hit me differently. I did not allow myself to breakdown when I heard the news on the day of his passing, probably more shock than my own emotional control. However, the next morning I was a complete mess, being home alone and not wanting to get out of bed. Through teary eyes I read the news feeds and social media posts responding to the breaking news about the YCSO officer affectionately referred to as “R-Lo”. I spent about 2 hours laying in bed feeling sorry for myself before I had a moment of clarity knowing that Rick would be disgusted with my self-pity. I realized that he would most likely be uncomfortable with all of the public recognition, and instead would rather have all of us who knew and loved him take time to remember all of the fun times and good memories experienced with him. While no written account could truly describe and capture the experiences and memories of the time spent with my friend Rick, I wanted to post a few of them so I can read them in the future.
While most people will associate Rick with his accomplishments that came later in life as “R-Lo”, the YCSO sergeant and responsible community member, my fondest memories are of “Ricky From The Block, the Depeche Mode loving, leather jacket wearing, hopeless romantic that inspired many of my likes and habits to this day. Those memories that are incriminating, or just too embarrassing to share, will be kept in my memory bank for myself when I am in need of a smile or good laugh, and maybe even brought up at a poker game or gathering of the guys who also knew Ricky From The Block.
Before Rick was a loving husband and doting father of two, he was the fun-loving Safeway employee who resembled John Cusack (see above photo from Vicki Paulus) and was already influencing those around him. Rick was the organizer of our group who wasn’t content with the lack of action that our small town of Chino Valley had to offer. He always coordinated fun trips to places we could get to on our limited budgets as Safeway baggers and stockers. He coordinated Thanksgiving Day football games, day trips to Oak Creek and Jerome, pranks on his little brother and friends, and trips to Phoenix for concerts. Some of my fondest memories are from the fantasy football league that he started that would span decades and would keep all of us in touch, even though we had moved on to our own busy lives. I don’t know how he did it, but he dominated all of us for years in that league. We had a travelling trophy named “The Jake”, that should be renamed “The Ricky” and should stay on the mantle in his family’s home to recognize him for all of the great memories that his idea gave all of us.
Rick made working at a small-town grocery store fun. I spent a summer working night crew with him as our supervisor. The thrill of chasing shop lifters might have had been what lead him to a life in law enforcement, who knows. He made working a 10pm-6am shift fun with his midnight snacks and “What’s the grossest thing you would eat” competitions. If you didn’t know, there are a lot of gross things to eat in a grocery store. Before there was the viral Hot Pepper Challenge on the internet, Rick was hosting and competing in the less known Safeway Hot Pepper Challenge. If social media had existed in our day, Rick would have been known as a social media influencer. Thankfully there wasn’t because our shenanigans might have kept him from being considered for a career in law enforcement.
Rick had a flare for nice cars and fast driving. But before the nice cars, came the piece of crap car that he treated like The General Lee. I don’t know what the statute of limitations is on reckless driving, but he drove like Luke Duke on the back roads of Chino Valley. He jumped that car in a similar fashion as you would see on the show, except with no stunt drivers and full of teenagers screaming for their lives. His first nice car that I can remember was his gold/brown Pontiac Grand Am. He was a few years older than most of us, and he was making that "night crew manager money", so he was my first friend to have a really nice ride. His generosity was on full display when he insisted that I take his car to prom my junior year, instead of my 78’ Datsun truck. Now that I am older, I think that there might have been an ulterior motive to his generosity. Rick had a personalized license plate for that car that we all thought was funny, and totally showed his character. Being a clueless 17-year-old kid, I wasn’t too concerned pulling up to my prom date’s house in a car with a license plate that read “UB6-IB9”, but I am certain that her parents were very concerned. I had a great time that night and never worried once about breaking down or being self-conscious about the car I was driving. I will always appreciate that he allowed me to take one of his most prized possessions.
In fact, Rick, was one of the most generous guys I ever knew. His door was always open, and so was his kitchen. His first rental served as the crash pad for all of us high school kids who didn’t want to go home just yet. We spent many nights at that house in Chino playing cards, watching Rick Lopez movie selections and being introduced to cult classics, trying our hand at tattooing, and a lot of other juvenile things I am glad we experienced. That is where I was introduced to music that was different than my preferred 80’s love jams. Some of the music Rick introduced me to was pretty off the wall, but a lot of it stuck. I just recently listened to “Somebody” by Depeche Mode, and can fondly remember him playing that song for me for the first time and telling me that he was looking for a woman that was like the one in that song. It is one of the songs that I know all the lyrics to, and it will always remind me of him and Kym because he finally did find the “Somebody” from the song.
It came quick and out of the blue. He was in love and all his hopeless romantic energy found a home in her. She quickly became part of our crew and she fit right in with her personality and quick wit. Kym is one of the strongest women I know, and her strength has really shown with Rick’s passing. When Rick and Kym married, I was sure that the dynamic of our friendship would have to change. No more late nights, no more hanging out with the boys at Rick’s house, but it was just the opposite. The Lopez house would still serve as home base for all of us and we had a responsible female to keep us in check. Their door was still always open, and Rick was still the organizer of the group, planning wiffle ball games, tackle football games, barbecues, and couples trips. Keith Crawford reminded me of the time when 3 of us couples went on a Mexican cruise and got on a bus somewhere deep down in Mexico. A small Mexican man sat next to Rick and was either really worn out, or just plain drunk. He rested his head on Rick’s shoulder and fell fast asleep. Without missing a beat, Rick put his arm around him and leaned his head onto the slumbering man. With his other arm extended out he took a selfie, giving a thumbs up and a big smile. Just dos vatos taking a break after a long day. I sure hope that photo is around somewhere because I would like a copy because it’s classic Rick Lopez.
Some of the best food that I have had has been at the table of Rick Lopez. He has introduced me to a lot of fine dining, comfort food, and even corned beef tacos. None of his food will ever compare to the beanie weenies he made at Alamo Lake in the early 90’s. I still am not sure what ingredients we had other than beer, hot dogs, mustard, ketchup, and bbq beans, but my mouth still waters to this day thinking of it. He always made sure to have some for me at other barbecues, but they were not quite as good as the original Alamo Beans.
When Kym and Rick brought kids into this world, I was again sure that things would have to change. But once again, just the opposite. The Lopez house was still home base and served as the backdrop for so many of my fondest memories. We all soon were referred to as uncles by Anastazsia and Kehtrina, and they gave me a glimpse of how fun parenting might be. These two young ladies (they weren’t always lady like) have grown into such beautiful people and exhibit so many of the characteristics that made Rick such a quality individual. I feel honored every time they address me as “Uncle Allen”. I look forward to following them as they move through the different stages of life.
I am so grateful for the time that I spent with Rick because he was truly one of the most genuine guys I have encountered in life. As he grew older and settled into a life of law enforcement, community work, and grandparenting, he became the R-Lo that most people know and are talking about. I knew and loved R-Lo too and he was very comfortable with his current life and the man that he had become. I had great conversations about life and religion with him. He still was introducing me to new music that fit both of our slower lifestyles. Instead of talking about football and movies, we would talk about our wife and kids, and life after the kids grow up. R-Lo still had his nice car fetish and he was still the world’s best host. Whether you knew this great guy as Rick, R-Lo, Sergeant Lopez, or Mr. Lopez, I am sure we all agree that he had a great impact on those around him and that the world was a better place with him around. For those of us who got to experience “Ricky From The Block”, we are extra lucky. I look forward to exchanging stories. Until we meet again, R.I.P. brother.

Kymberli Lopez

September 13, 2022

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.
Author Unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

September 1, 2022

Rest in Peace Sergeant Lopez. May the Lord grant your family, friends and co-workers peace during this very difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Deputy Parole Administrator Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

July 21, 2022

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Sergeant Richard Lopez. I am truly sorry for your great loss. The service and sacrifice of Sergeant Lopez will not be forgotten.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

July 19, 2022

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

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

July 18, 2022

Sgt. Lopez,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain

Pittsburgh PD

July 17, 2022

On behalf of Session 73 from the Zone Five Academy in New York State, We send out our condolences to the friends and family of Sergeant Richard Lopez and Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

Recruit, M. Gootz
Zone Five

July 11, 2022

Thank you for your service, brother. RIP.

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

July 5, 2022

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.
Assistant Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (ASAC)
New York Field Office
Federal Air Marshal Service

July 5, 2022

Atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

Deputy Logan Moody
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

July 4, 2022


You were a great man and will be greatly missed in Yavapai County. It was an honor to have known you and been on some of the same calls as you.

Randy Chapman, Lieutenant
Chino Valley Police Department

July 3, 2022

Sergeant Lopez, our world is full of evil people, and yet, for many years, you dedicated your life to protecting others that they may be safe. Our Lord, who sees all and knows all, will reward you abundantly for your courage, dedication and selfless service. May God immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

July 3, 2022

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Sergeant, Richard Lopez, in the line of duty. It is always a huge loss when a fellow Sergeant makes the ultimate sacrifice. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

July 2, 2022

On behalf of POINT 27, we would like to offer condolences for Sergeant Richard Lopez. Please know we are eternally grateful for Richard’s service and his ultimate sacrifice.

To honor Sergeant Lopez, POINT 27 sent 27 Thin Blue Line Dog Tag Necklaces, engraved with “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called children of God” Matthew 5:9, to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office in Prescott, Arizona for Richard’s partner and fellow officers. POINT 27 sent a Folded Flag Necklace engraved with “Greater Love has no one than this; than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” John 15:13 for Sergeant Richard Lopez’s wife.

POINT 27 is a Non-Profit organization with a mission to strengthen and encourage members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, and their families, by sharing scripture on Dog Tags and Jewelry called Shields of Strength.

We will never forget and we are forever grateful.


Colonel David Dodd,
United States Army Retired
Executive Director-POINT 27

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes #R309
Dallas Police Department-Reserve Division
POINT 27 National Outreach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison
[email protected]

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department Reserve Division
POINT 27- National Out Reach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison

July 1, 2022

Rest in Peace Brother

Thank you for your service and ULTIMATE SACRIFICE

Prayers for you and your family


Firefighter Ronald Lavallee
Lawrence, MA Fire Department

July 1, 2022

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

July 1, 2022

Rest in Peace Sergeant Richard Lopez! Thank you for your 14 years of service with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, in Arizona. We thank you for your devotion and your sacrifices, and also to your family and friends for their sacrifices. Our hearts break for your wife and your two daughters during this terrible tragedy and we want them to know that you will never be forgotten! Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the rest of your family and to all of your sisters and brothers in Blue that protect us. God bless you all!! (Matthew 5:9)

Kelly & Eddie King

July 1, 2022

Rest easy brother, gone way too soon. Prayers for the family. Including the YCSO family.

Retired Jody Villalobos
Chino Valley PD 30/ YCSO N29

July 1, 2022

I am sad to learn of the passing of a Brother and Hero in Sergeant Richard Lopez. I believe our Heavenly Father has welcomed him home into his loving arms where he will now patrol the Golden Streets of Heaven. May the Lord deliver Blessings, Comfort and Peace to his Family, Friends and all Members of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Arizona.

Retired, T W Martinez
FOP member
State of New Mexico/JJS

July 1, 2022

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

Rita Rocker
Deputy Executive Director
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles

July 1, 2022

Gone too soon. Till we see each other again. Thank you for all the laughs and late night debates.

Sergeant Ethan Stover
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

July 1, 2022

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

James P. Waggle, Jr.
US Army Veteran (SFC)

July 1, 2022

Condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Sergeant Richard Lopez, a good and decent man who choose to serve his community and his nation. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Sgt. James Mair (Ret.)
LASD- Denver PD

July 1, 2022

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