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Patrolman Richard H. Conklin

South Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, January 21, 1972

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Reflections for Patrolman Richard H. Conklin

I never got the chance to meet my great uncle Richie, but my grandmother Ethel who recently passed away..always talked about her little brother. I wish I had gotten the chance to meet him..but one day I will. He seemed like he really influenced a lot of peoples lives.

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Nicole Frey
Great Niece

February 28, 2018

Richard was my best friend. His parents were two absolutely wonderful people who were devastated and never truly recovered. I will never forget him.

Lt. Thomas R. Bullock (Ret.)
South Plainfield, NJ Police

January 21, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th 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 and you will always be honored and revered. I Pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

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

January 21, 2012

You were and will always be a member of this department and will never be forgotten by anyone. Rest in peace brother. we've got it from here.

Patrolman JI
South Plainfield PD

September 13, 2009

Dear Uncle Richie,
The world became a much sadder place the day were taken... But we all know the good die young. And there must have had a higher calling for you. Another call of DUTY.


August 26, 2009

It has been 37 years but seems like yesterday. You are always in my heart and prayers. You where my baby brother but more importent you were my friend.Miss our talks etc.You have a lot of loved ones with you and someday I shall be there too. Take care dear brother LOve your big sister Mary

Love and still miss you every day
Sister Mary

July 20, 2009

Rest in Peace my Brother.

Kevin T Ryan
Ex-New Jersey Cop

January 21, 2008



January 13, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 13, 2007

I was 15 years old when you were killed. I remember how the New York City news crews swarmed into our town and your death became big news for awhile. I was 15 and being a police officer was the farthest thing from my mind. Now that I am a cop I appreciate your loss to your family, your friends, your coworkers, and to your community. Although I never knew you, your life has had an impact on mine. Semper Fi!

Police Lieutenant

April 24, 2007

Patrolman Conklin,
On this, the 33rd anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of South Planfield.


January 21, 2005

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