Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Richard F. Champy

New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire

End of Watch Friday, February 3, 1978

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Reflections for Trooper Richard F. Champy

Trooper Champy, it has been 46 years since you were taken from us. New Hampshire law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your military and 8 years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

February 3, 2024

Ritchie, Dick, Trooper Champy,
You were so proud to become a NH State Trooper, I watched you many a times polishing your boots and brass before your shifts, making sure your car was sparkling and then you were chosen to gets bloodhound and join the canine corps. Using me as a villain as your dog Smokey chased me down and corned me in a tree….. you were immersed in your role, stopping at high school to check on your wild little brother, you were admired by many and the stories of you stopping for a cup of coffee with people you met and served along your daily shifts, the respect of chiefs of police and officer in many towns you covered. The love you had for your children and wife, the new homestead in the forest, conveyed the man you are, the father you became and the loving husband. I looked up to you and enjoyed all the memories of hunting , fishing, chopping wood and the occasional beer we had. To this day I drink a beer with you each time I visit your resting place. Your wife and children and grand kids honor your yearly and not forgotten you. Neither have me and your sister. You left us way to early but also left a legacy of what a NH State Trooper should act and be like. A protector of the citizens of your community and State. approachable you were, fair and just also, as well as humorous, generous and caring.
I salute and honor you,
Your brother David

David Champy Retired US Marine

October 26, 2023

Rest in peace Trooper Champy.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 17, 2022


This month marks 38 years since the night you died. Had that not happened, you likely would have completed your career and retired as the rest of your peer group have. You would be enjoying your two beautiful daughters and their families, which have produced 3 grand daughters and a grandson. Although the grand kids never got to know you, or you them, they would delight you as they have developed. They honor your memory each year at the memorial...PROUDLY ! Rest in peace, brother.

Major (Ret) Ernest Loomis
NHSP - (Brother-in-law)

February 14, 2016

May you always be remembered for your bravery. May all those brothers who wear the badge with honor be remembered and honored for putting their life on the line everyday to protect and serve. I was only 3 when you left us but love listening to our family members and friends talk about your bravery.God bless you and Rest in peace

David Champy II
second cousin

December 20, 2015

In our current troubled times for the brave men and women who wear the badge of honor I wanted you and your family to know that many of us greatly appreciate your sacrifice. 37 years may have passed but you are not forgotten trooper. Thank you for forging and maintaining a solid foundation for all those who will ever come after you into the NH State Police.

TFC Charles Hanson
Retired, NH State Police

May 23, 2015

Trooper Champy, you joined my dad in Heaven just shortly after my passed. I have such fond memories of you meeting with dad at our house on your breaks and having coffee. You and he had a great relationship as peace officers. I remember how you would talk of your family and your girls...You were taken away from them and all of us too soon. I know you are looking upon them and keeping them safe, as is my father.

Christine F. Patrick
Daughter of former Sgt. Wendell L. Facteau.

May 19, 2014

Thanks Dick for protecting me from the vicious jaws of Tina the killer Jack Russell. Though I was such a young child when you were lost, I attest my decision to go into law enforcement to your memory. I don't get home often enough, but I make sure to stop by whenever I do. Rest in peace and I hope I can inspire someone as you did me.

SGT Christopher M. Howe (Crossett)
Department of Army Civilian Police, Ft. Wainwright, AK

March 4, 2014

Thank you for your service and unselfish sacrifice for your fellow man! You belong to HIM now and forever! May your family and friends find comfort and peace in that fact. God Bless!

Rev. Steven R. Closs, D.D.
Retired Captain, Nashua Police Department, Nashua, NH

June 9, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th 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 diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.
Rest In Peace

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

February 3, 2012

The tears are flowing, my heart is touched. Heaven is filled with heroes, both yours and mine.

We keep our menories until we all meet again.
Proud Mom of Officer Sean M Powers 1984-2008

Proud Mother of an Officer
Hopkinton Nh Police Dept

February 3, 2012

Never forgotten Troop.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 3, 2011

Today on the 30th anniversary of your death, we pause and say a prayer for the loved ones you left behind.
Rest in peace Trooper you are not forgotten.
Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Deborah Roelandts (911 retired)
Oconomowoc Wisconsin

Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc

February 3, 2008



January 29, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 15, 2008

"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

December 11, 2007

On behalf of the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association, I would like to express our deepest regards and sympathy to the family, friends and fellow officers of Trooper Richard F. Champy. You gave the ultimate sacrifice. Richard, you may be gone, but you will NEVER be forgotten. Rest in peace blue angel and thank you for your service.

James A. Cortina
Director / Connecticut Police Work Dog Association

July 29, 2007


Former New Hampshire Police Officer
Warrenton, Virginia

February 3, 2007

God Bless you and your family,,,

Det Jim Mulligan (retired)

February 2, 2007

Sir, I honor your service and your sacrifice. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9.

New Hampshire Citizen

October 17, 2006

I believe that I was led to this site today.May you Rest in Peace Sir.Thank you for your service.

June 15, 2006

Trooper Champy,
On today, the 27th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of New Hampshire.


February 3, 2005

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