Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Richard Carrington

Lexington Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, September 25, 1981

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Reflections for Chief of Police Richard Carrington

Chief Carrington,
On today, the 40th anniversary of of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lexington. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 25, 2021

All though you are no longer with us in body...You are in our Hearts forever. You will never be forgotten.

Mary Lou Rowe
Julie's Mom

September 28, 2020

Rest in peace Chief of Police Carrington.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 25, 2020

He was a colorful whitty man always at odds with police committee. Was even the topic of Paul Harvey over refusing not to give up his cowboy hat on duty. And yes I was there.

Sergeant Gary Powers
Lexington Tn. Police Dept.

September 26, 2019

I was a deputy sheriff who was present during this incident along with three other lexington officers, Richard was hit in chest, not the face. Richard was a great officer and chief who led by example.

deputy Ronald Webb
Henderson county SO

September 21, 2015

I am Michelle Dickson Baker. My father, Mike Dickson, was a great friend of Richard Carrington. Our families were very close years ago. I am searching for Kristy Carrington.

Michelle Baker
family friend

October 23, 2014

I didn't know chief Carrington but this article does an amazing job of stating how much of a great person he was. Although he had to go thought that horrible incident, he will always be honored as a great man. He has earned my respect and hope he rests in peace.

Elizabeth Martinez

May 9, 2014

The saddest day of my life 09-25-1981. The day the man I love was killed...shot to death. We had plans..dreams...We had a daughter that he didn't see grow up and have children of her own. He never saw his Grandchildren He missed all the Birthdays and Christmases ...Because someone with a gun shot him.
But the only comfort I have in this is ...I knew his Love for the Law...I knew his dreams of making Lexington, Tn. a Good and Safe place for everyone to live. I knew His Pride in the people that worked with Him. And He knew I understood. Just 3 days before his death we were making plans ...talking about how we would never be apart again.....Here it is 32 years later and I am still Broken Hearted... REST IN PEACE .. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN ♥

Mary Lou Rowe
Mother of Julie Parker

September 24, 2013

I was there when Richard was murdered, I will never forget that night. Richard was a great chief, and I admired him for his courage and leadership. I worked for the County and was there as back up. It was a huge loss for us all.

SGT Ronald Webb
Henderson County Sheriff's Dept (1981)

November 29, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 31rst anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect. Your memory will always be remembered and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

September 25, 2012

Wow. This is the day I was born.
Chief Carrington is the epitome of the word hero. Julie I am sorry for your loss and that of your family. Your father sounds like an amazing man and you should be so proud. Its people like your father that inspire me to do the work I do.

Constable J DEAN
Victoria Police (Australia)

May 29, 2012

It's been 28 years since I saw my father. But I still remember him. His smile. His laugh. Some people forget things over time but my dad continues to be my hero. He will forever be in my heart and in my mind.

I have had very little contact with my fathers family. If anyone wishes to contact me please feel free to do so. I cherish the pictures I have of him and would love to have more!

Julie Parker

September 23, 2009

I am the daughter of Richard Carrington. I did not have any family contact with my fathers father. Please contact me if you have pictures or know the whereabouts of any family. Thank you.


February 1, 2009

"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 whos 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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

January 30, 2008

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement. You are a true hero.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 25, 2007

After all these years you are still remembered. May God bless your family

Sgt. Reed Beery retired
Colorado State University Police

May 1, 2007



June 24, 2005

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