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Police Officer Richard Howard Calhoun

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, October 10, 1975

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Reflections for Police Officer Richard Howard Calhoun

We were neighbors. My father and I were talking about your family. Your family still stay on my father and my mind. I hope all is well. I remember playing in your backyard as a kid.

Christina Cimrhanzel

November 20, 2021

I remember Richard well. I went to Jasper High School with him. He inspired me to do better in school. I remember his unusual way of writing. I will always remember him as a true friend. I had not seen him since high school however he was in my thoughts

SFC (Ret) Furney Register NCARNG

November 8, 2021

I remember working with RoHo in Accident Division.i remember where I was when I heard he had died. He will be remembered by those who knew him and had the previledge to work along side of him.

Joseph Willis
Former HPD

October 10, 2021

My dad (Paul Thornton) was there that night and I believe his partner. Officer Calhoun’s death stayed with him. My condolences to his family.

Heather Neumann

May 13, 2021

Rest in peace hero.


October 11, 2020

HPD tweeted your remembrance. Thanks for your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace Officer Calhoun...

Omar G, civilian

October 10, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

October 10, 2020

A co-worker when I was with H.P.D. He was one of my Accident Div. trainers. Think you and family often. May they still be comforted on this upcoming 45th year of your passing.

Joe Willis
Retired Special Pros. Unit

October 9, 2020

I come to read this page often but have never written anything. My daughter's Terri and Barbara have posted on here. I want to thank everyone for their memories and condolences as it means a lot to know Richard was and has been thought of by many. We miss him very much even after all these years. He was an amazing father and was not just my husband but my very best friend. Thank you again for all the kind thoughts. I know this helps my children in ways you can't imagine.

Arlene Calhoun

April 21, 2020

I went to school with Officer Calhoun’s daughter Donna. It was eighth grade, I was working as an office assistant and I could hear all the school administrators talking about what happened. They sent me to get her and told me not to tell her why she was being called to the office. When I got to her classroom, I handed the slip of paper to the teacher, and she called Donna’s name. I felt terrible knowing what she was going to find out. She was very puzzled and even asked me why the principal wanted to see her, because she was a good student but she was afraid she was in trouble. I had to just say I did not know...and my was heart breaking for her and the family. A part of me wondered if deep down she feared it was something like this. I will never forget this event and I have often thought of the family and of the wonderful man who so tragically lost his life that awful day. May God give the family continued consolation. Thank you Officer Calhoun for your service to our country and our city. RIP Sir.

Mary Beth Lowry-Shipley
Classmate of daughter

December 8, 2019

Forty Four Years. I have missed you every day. I love you Dad. May God watch over all off our LEO's and keep them safe.


October 10, 2019

I don't know who you were, but the day you gave your life I was born. And I'm a police sergeant in Puerto Rico. I tell your family. That an Angel guardian is gone and I will watch over your turn.
Att. Sgto. Noel Rosado Butler

With God I can.

June 7, 2019

I don't know who you were, but the day you gave your life I was born. And I'm a police sergeant in Puerto Rico. I tell your family. That an Angel guardian is gone and I will watch over your turn.
Att. Sgto. Noel Rosado Butler

Sargent Noel Rosado Butler
Puerto Rico Police Deparment

June 7, 2019

I don't know who you were, but the day you gave your life I was born. And I'm a police sergeant in Puerto Rico. I tell your family. That an Angel guardian is gone and I will watch over your turn.
Att. Sgto. Noel Rosado Butler

Sargent Noel Rosado Butler
Puerto Rico Police Deparment

June 7, 2019

Feb. 5, 2019

Dear Terri:

You don’t know me nor I you; however, I knew of your dad and attended his funeral service in 1975. I was on duty, working as a patrol officer for Pasadena P. D. , as the incident involving the escaped convicts was broadcast by police radio, to inform our street units as to what was unfolding that October 10th in East Houston. As it turned out, two of my agency colleagues, working in plainclothes, had occasion to be on business together in the ship channel area and made it to the scene of the standoff. I later spoke with one of those two officers, who shared with me what had taken place; and, I thought I would share with you in a moment, what he had to say.

I think of your dad from time to time and had occasion to review his memorial page last night. I was moved by your comments conveying your love and respect for your dad; and, I am similarly moved, whenever I think of the statement your dad made at the scene of the incident, just before he passed. My colleague had occasion to be at the base of the stairway in the course of the standoff, as your dad ascended the stairs to confront the escapees. Upon being struck by gunfire, your dad fell down the stairs and came to rest at the feet of my colleague and others. I thought you should know, that your dad‘s last thoughts were of you and your siblings. As conveyed to me by my colleague, realizing the end was near, your dad’s last words were “Oh my God, my kids!” Despite having not been an eyewitness, those words have stuck with me for these last 43 years; and, I share them with you, not to create sadness or upset, but perhaps to offer you the comfort of knowing how important you and your siblings were to your dad.

At the time of this incident, I was 23, your dad was 34. At the age of 66, as I look back on his photo now, he is forever young, which tends to underscore the tragedy of it all; and is a relative
reminder that time is fleeting and waits for no one. Nevertheless, it is clear, that despite the obstacles in life, your dad’s legacy endures and your love for him is everlasting.

Best regards and Godspeed Terri; to you, to your growing family . . . forever his.


Bud Corbett, Chief of Operations
Pasadena P.D (Retired)

February 16, 2019

Dad, It has now been 43 years since we lost you and not one day has gone by that I have not thought about you in some way. You are loved so very much. You now have another great grandchild bringing the total number of your great grandchildren to 5. Pictures of you hang on our walls and though you are not with us in this world, you are always with us through your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

I love you and miss you.

Terri Calhoun Cassh

October 10, 2018

RIP Officer Calhoun. Hope the inmates enjoyed their last moments.

Deputy Constable Anonymous Anonymous
31 years of service

April 12, 2018

I still remember riding with you as a new Accident Investigator. I remember where I was when I heard of your untimely death. Barbara and Terri time does not stop the hurt that you and your family endured. May God grant you a special peace.

Joe Willis
Special Prosecution Unit-Retired

October 12, 2017

Dad, Another year without you. Sad. You have another great granddaughter. I miss you very much. Reframed an old photo of you when you were in High School. Its a black and white. I put it in a tarnished silver frame and hung it in my bedroom. I mis you.

Terri Calhoun Cash

October 10, 2017

Deeds of a Great Warrior Live Forever...

Inv. B. Morris
Louisiana State Police

January 22, 2017

Dad, it is National Police Officer Memorial Week and I just wanted to say once again I love you and I miss you.

To everyone coming here to share their stories, thank you so very much! I am so glad my father is remembered.

Daughter of Richard H. Calhoun EOW 10/10/1975

May 15, 2016

In the spring and summer of 1975, I played teenage baseball in South Houston. Mr. Calhoun was our coach. He was a man who had a great interest in youth and wanted to make a difference. He not only coached me in baseball, but coached me in life as well. I only new him for a short period of time but he made an impression on me. I am 54 years old now and can still remember playing for him and the fun we had.
He was a good man.

Tom Sheram Friend

April 6, 2016

I was working Day Shift Patrol, at North Shepherd Station. Met Officer Calhoun during my working hours and became good friends. I just remember him being a good HPD Officer and was always very nice and just a good person to talk with. October 10, 1975 I lost a good friend. Gone But Will Never Be Forgotten.

Officer Steve R. Benavides
Houston Police Dept. ( class #36 )

March 14, 2016

Belinda: If you read this, please e-mail me [email protected], I would love to talk to you. I am Richard's youngest daughter, I was 4 when my dad was killed.

Barbara Calhoun
daughter of RoHo

March 11, 2016

I didn't know Officer Calhoun but I can honestly say because of him and other officers on October 10, 1975 my family is alive. I was a child at the time and I remember that day. We lived in the house next door that was surrounded by SWAT team and officers. My father was pulled out of the house, and my mother was unable to get back home after dropping us off at school. It was a tragic day for those people. I remember the face of the man who watched me as I was playing on the tree and the shock I had when I saw on the news the men who were in that house. My deepest condolences to the Calhoun family. That is a day I will never forget.

child of that tragic day

November 10, 2015

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