Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Richard Lee Cloud

Tampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, October 23, 1975

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Reflections for Sergeant Richard Lee Cloud

I never met Richard Cloud, but he helped me out even after his death. You see I was a Tampa Police Officer, and after I left the department in 1976, I also worked with Customs in Colombia infiltrating the Cali Cartel. The operation was successful. I met with Cali Cartel Boss Miguel Angel Rodriguez Orejuela in his home in Cali, Colombia and we made a deal to ship a metric ton of Cocaine per month to Tampa. This vase was used by the Colombian Government to put the Cali Bosses in jail. Of course, revenge is as Colombian as Coffee. In 2008, Cali Family attempted to exact that revenge. The Cali family member lived in Florida. US Marshalls had a talk with him and told him of the "Cloud Law." They informed him that as I was a Tampa Police Officer, then went to work on a Federal Investigation, that if I turned up dead it would br the Death Penalty for him. He backed off. Decades after SGT. Richard Cloud was murdered, he is still saving lives. I am alive today because of the sacrifice of SGT. Cloud. He is still saving others. Hos Sacrifice was not in vain. He will always be dear to my heart.

Officer Mitchell Henderson
Tampa Police Department 1980-86

September 22, 2023

I own the Penny Saver Weekly News in Tampa Florida. Dick Burdette gave my mom Linda Hope Barnhart (not the same Linda Hope mentioned in the book) several copies of the book The Last Lonely Eagle: the untold inside story of the 1975 Dick Cloud murder case Paperback – October 25, 2014 to sell for him. I have lost contact with him. If anyone has a way to reach Dick Burdette please have them call me at (813) 935-3115. I was a friend of Paris Cloud when they lived in Lutz - I was not aware at the time that I knew Pairs and Paul of the hell that their family had endured. Paris - I am so sorry for what your father and your family had to deal with of the events that I have read about in the book. It is an amazing book - a small look into shady politics and crime in and out of the Police Department and City of Tampa. Richard Cloud was a hell of a cop and an amazing person. Rest in Peace Richard Cloud - there will never be a never be another one like you. I am also so sorry for the loss of Paul Cloud.

Gail Hope
friend/newspaper owner

May 30, 2023

Well it's been 46 years this year and you are misted everyday.. RIP. DAD Paris Cloud and thank you Joe Salvareno for your comments and being his friend and partner all those years.. Paris Cloud....

Paris Cloud

October 24, 2021

Richard L.Cloud, you were my partner for many years, you taught me how to be a police officer. We always had one another’s back. I could write a book about our friendship. Your family was my family. I watched Paris & Paul grow up and remember Wanda well. We will meet again my friend until then Rest In Peace.

Cpl. Joe Severino
Tampa Police Department

November 27, 2020

Hello my name is Paris Cloud I would like to pay my respects to all of the Officers out there Killed in The Line of Duty past and present. That go out there every night and put there lives on the line to protect us and our community's i Pray for there safety out there and hope they get to go home at the end of there watch to there families and loved ones. P.S. Please Support The Thin Blue Line of the Men and Women of Law Enforcement Thank You For What You Do And Be Safe Out There. Son of SGT. RICHARD LEE CLOUD END OF WATCH 10/23/1975

Paris Cloud

September 15, 2020

Hi I would like to thank all of you and your comments about my Dad i see some people are trying to get in touch with you you can contact me at [email protected]. The family and me would like to thank everyone for their comments about my Dad SGT. Richard Lee Cloud RIP DAD Your son Paris Cloud..

Paris Cloud

September 11, 2020

Hi I would like to thank everyone for their stories about my Dad . There's not a day that goes by i don't think about him. Paris Cloud

Paris Cloud

September 11, 2020

Hi Paris, My father was partners with your father. His name was BJ Anderson, I remembered my father always talking about your dad. I was young. I remember going to your father’s funeral. So sad you lost your father at such an early age. I lost my dad at 15.

Nancy Infield

August 16, 2020

Taken too soon, Sgt. Cloud was respected by many.

Several years ago, a cop that was on the force back then told me how he admired him. While I was growing up, a family member that was on the force back then many times told me about Sgt. Cloud.

Your effort to keep his memory alive here is a testament to the man he was.


May 6, 2020

Im sorry to hear about your dad Paris cloud I would like to talk to u please contact me at 8634403393

Jamie Galvan

April 8, 2019

Rest in peace Sergeant Cloud.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 21, 2019

Dicky, as Paris said there is not a day that goes by that believe it or not I don't think about what happens, you left entirely to soon my thoughts and prayers to Paris, Paul, and Wanda, your neighbor back in the day

Bill Tillman
813 305 8312

Bill Tillman

September 16, 2018

I never Met Sergeant Cloud but If there is anyway I can assist in the families hope for re admittance for a moving testimony, It's that people must have respected your father. One man that could open his door to anyone must have been a good man I feel angry at the Mob and This is a coward act. It's a shame that those other's involved couldn't have shown more well mannered leadership in there ranks. Than to go after a Officer of the law considering that. They claim there's so called laws in the Costra Notra. Hi Paris My name is Barry I was used as a child in a Homicide TPSD Cover up in the early 80's and I feel that these incidents may be connected in a large way I started in Toronto Ontario, Canada's Bomb Squad then transferred into the Task force, I left the force willfully but my life was desecrated by the sudden uprise in gangs in the 2000's. But I found a new Beginning as a painter a father and a motivator in the business world. I plan On also writing a number of books. Good Luck and be happy your friend from Canada, Barry K. Slimmon

Constable Slimmon
Task Force 05\20\1996-Oct 12 th 1998

April 18, 2017

Hi,my name is Brian Reed I went to school with Paris during that time,Lutz elementary on to potter and then young Jr.high.I know his story and we were good friends,I've often wondered what has become of him,I hope he will see this and get in touch,just to say hi.

,Brian Reed

October 28, 2016

I was in Tampa and knew a police officer who worked under him. I was glad to have men like Mr. Cloud protect me during my residence in Tampa 1973.

Patricia Thomas

October 4, 2016

Dad its been 40 years now and we still miss and thank about you every day. I wish you were still here to meet your grandson and your great granddaughter. We miss you and love you very much your son.


January 6, 2016

My father Detective Guy Woolweaver was a friend and a partner of Detective Cloud's and I remember how much my father loved him. My father tragically was shot by another hunter in Texas very shortly after Richard was killed. I have always thought my father's shooting was a planned hit but never had the proof. They were both very brave men. I continue to pray for Richard's family.

Teresa Woolweaver OConnell
daughter of Guy Woolweaver

March 7, 2014

Hi Dad it's been 38 years this month and i still remember it like it was yesterday. This year Paul has been gone a year now and i miss him so much and i feel lost with out him. I hope he is with you and yall are together take care of him. I love you dad and miss you. P.S. I Love You Dad your son Paris L. Cloud 10/23/2013

Paris L Cloud

October 27, 2013

I remember when this happened. He was too good of a man and too young to have lost his life so soon! I was happy when the animal that shot him was executed!

Retired Battalion Fire Chief

August 2, 2013

Hi dad its been 37 years since you were taken from us and we miss you every day we lost Paul this year and i hope he's with you. We love you and miss you very much rest in peace. Paris Lee Cloud son. 12/11/12

Paris Lee Cloud

December 11, 2012

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all, and you sir are a hero. Continue to rest in peace.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

October 23, 2012

Im Florence V Sellers granddaugther Denise, and remember of him sitting on his lap . and my Birthday on october 22nd 1975 that day after he got kill oct 23rd 1975. and I missed him I remember play with his son . he gone and my grandma gone trying to get hold my 2 cousins but 1st son pass away this 2012 Im sorry I missed. Love you partside of my hearts and love to you and being missed, every year my birthday of october thats I remember his death , love you much!!!

Denise M Baggett

September 25, 2012

Upon returning to Tampa I am summoned by the memory of my old friend. We offered him a job prior to his death but he was passionate for his police career I see that Paul and Paris still post on her and I pray for Wanda

wk ken edwards
tampa police

May 7, 2012

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Cloud. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 16, 2012

Dad It's hard to believe its been 36 years today since you were taken from us. There's not a day that goes by that I don't thank of you and miss you so much. I would like to say thank you to all who post their reflections and stories about my father. Thank you the Cloud family. Paris Cloud. Son Oct. 23-2011

Paris L. Cloud

October 23, 2011

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