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Patrolman Richard Coldren

Leavenworth Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Tuesday, March 19, 1957

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Reflections for Patrolman Richard Coldren

Officer Coldren was my uncle. It is so nice to read all the kind things all of you have said here. It was especially wonderful to hear the thoughts of those of you that were children and remember him for his kindness. Uncle Dick was the youngest of 5 boys and served in the Marines before returning home to join the police force. Although I was born 2 years after his death, I admired him very much and have the medal he was given posthumously . Many of you might like to know that my brother Michael was a police officer in Hutchinson Kansas. He was also shot on duty but, thankfully survived. Thank you for your thought and prayers.

Craig Coldren
Nephew, Round Rock Texas

March 26, 2018

I was 12 years old when you lost your life. I was on the playground of Immaculate Conception grade school and heard the gunfire about 1/2 block away. This happened right by the Klotz residence. You walked myself and my sister Phyllis home after the movies at Hollywood Theater. I have never forgotten how kind and caring you were. Such a nice man and gone way too soon. Rest In Peace.

Jon Lecure

Jon Lecure

September 24, 2017

I was a block away from the site where Dick Coldren was shot and killed. It was near Immaculate Conception Grade School and all the children were out on the playground when this occurred. Officer Coldren was friends with my father Curtis LeCuru and Dick used to give my brother, Jon and I, a ride home from the Hollywood Theater in Leavenworth, so we would be safe. I had a crush on him because he was so good looking, I recall. I looked up to him and respected him so much. I knew he had a wife and children, but never got to meet them. He and another officer stopped a station wagon containing 2 occupants which they suspected was involved in a robbery as the back of the car was full of TV's and electronic equipment. I believe the other officer's name was Gaston. As Ofc. Coldren approached the suspect vehicle the driver shot Ofc. Coldren several times in his chest and little finger, killing him instantly. The suspects were apprehended at a later time. I still think of him and him family, I admired him so much for his friendliness and professionalism. Send him and his family prayers all the time.

Retired Code Enforcement Dept.
Leesburg, FL Police Dept.

January 19, 2017

I was only 10 years old when Dick Coldren was killed but I still think about him from time to time my father Ernel E. Shaver was his longtime partner and though they weren't patrolling together that day he was devastated by his passing. Richard, I know you and my Dad are together in a better place but know that you are still missed and your service to the community will never be forgotten.

Harold E. Shaver, Private Citizen
An acquaintnce

June 4, 2015

Rest in Peace, Patrolman Coldren. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 4, 2014

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 26, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 55th 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 who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

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

March 19, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 19, 2010

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion
Proverbs 28:1

You are never forgotten

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


March 19, 2009



April 30, 2008

Patrolman Coldren,
On today, the 49th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Leavenworth.


March 19, 2006

Rest in Peace Sir.You have been remembered.

March 19, 2006

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