Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Richard B. Hammack

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Monday, May 11, 1992

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Richard B. Hammack

Rich, 29 years tomorrow I (We) got the terrible news! I hope you aware that you are still thought of and remembered my friend! As long as a man is remembered, he is immortal!

Tom Cat
Retired L.A.S.D.

May 11, 2021

Narcotics Bureau pauses today to remember Richard Hammack and his family. You will never be forgotten!

Captain Holly Francisco
LASD Narcotics Bureau

May 11, 2020

You will never be forgotten sir by this department. RIP

Deputy Sheriff Los Angeles
County Sheriff

May 11, 2019

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Hammack.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 10, 2019

LASD Narcotics Bureau continues to remember Rich Hammack's sacrifice. His family, friends and partners are in our thoughts and prayers. Never forgotten!

Captain Holly Francisco
LASD Narcotics Bureau

May 10, 2019

LASD Narcotics Bureau remembers Rich Hammack's sacrifice. His family, friends and partners are in our thoughts and prayers. Never forgotten!

Captain Holly Francisco
LASD Narcotics Bureau

May 11, 2018

LASD Narcotics Bureau remembers Deputy Rich Hammack's sacrifice today and his family and partners are in our thoughts and prayers!

Captain Holly Francisco
LASD Narcotics Bureau

May 11, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 11, 2018

Deputy Hammack,
Thank you for your service, and total dedication to duty. The amount of courage displayed by you is nothing short of spectacular. We will never forget your sacrifice, and should aim to emulate your work ethic. Thank you Sgt. Hillis USMC

Recruit Hillis Class# 429

February 24, 2018

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

May 13, 2017

Never forgotten


May 11, 2017

Rich had a heart of gold. He loved working with kids and for his community. We attended the academy together, (class 225), and he was the designated driver - picking up 3 of us on his way into class every day from his ride in from Azusa. We endured field training together at Lynwood Station in 1986-87 (he was trained by the late, Bob "TinMan" Papini) and we worked 1-man sister cars in the City of Lynwood on the early morning shift. Always hard working and an excellent backup. We made a lot of good hooks brother! Rich eventually transferred out and up to one of the north stations, where he was ultimately murdered by a coward. Miss you, Brother.. Spoke about you (and others) in many a power point presentations as I trained new people throughout my career. Rest in Peace Bro!

Deputy John Mossotti
LASD-1984/Lynwood 1986-93. Ret.2014

October 6, 2016

I well remeber this day. I remember your Dad, Richard, when he and his crew rolled out of the station to serve the search warrant. At this same time, your Mother who was big with you, went to the doctor and found out that she was carrying a boy. Richard never knew that his only child was a boy. Your Mother was working at the station and retuned from the doctor with the news she was carrying a boy only to learn that your Dad had been killed. We never forget. Richard was a great man and a good cop.

C. Bruce Musgrave Det. Ret
Los Angeles Sheriff, Antelope Valley sta.

May 11, 2016

Richard, I worked AV gangs with your dad. He was a great person. I don't have any information about your family but I put a request on the LASD sworn site.
Steve Harbeson
LASD Retired


April 3, 2016

To Richard Coryell,
I went through the academy with your dad. He was very nice man and I am very sorry he died. We all chose our path and he chose his. Just know he died doing the right thing and God will bless him for that.

Sgt. Raul Saldana
Hermosa Beach PD

February 28, 2016

Hi there everyone my name is Richard Randall Hammack Coryell. I'm Richard's only son. I'm 23 and I feel like it's about time I come in contact with my family, his family, and I need help. My folks have little to no connection left in the sheriff's department anymore and I just want to have some closure and get the chance to talk to my family. I've lived my entire life without getting to know them. This is a long shot but if anyone can help please contact me at 816-859-0602.

Richard Randall Hammack Coryell
his son

February 17, 2016

I lived in Palmdale ca. I also worked for the city at the Hammack Center named after a courageous police officer. I'm glad a good chance children's center was named after a man who gave his life to protect us all. I'm also glad I really looked into the story due to the younger generation not knowing what and why this happened to you. THANK YOU FOR YOUR STRONG WILL AND FEARLESS HEART. I also meet the ignorant family behind this.

Not with anyone proud citizen Miah Scra

January 12, 2016

The other day we found a belt and beautiful buckle that says "In Memory of Richard B Hammack". In the center of the buckle it says Deputy Sheriff Los Angeles County. If anyone is interested in this please text me at 661-414-6503.

Susie K

May 20, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 11, 2015


You are always near and dear to my heart, but particularly last night as I played pickup hockey at the Richard B. Hammack rec center.

Your friend,

Reverend Terry Schultz

Childhood friend

February 17, 2015

Rest in peace my brother I think of you often

Rich Leonard
Retired LASD

December 24, 2013

Ah, Rich. I never met you. But, I worked Narco at LASD for 10yrs, which was your unit of assignment when you were killed. I often review those awful events of May 11, 1992 when you left us. I teach other officers at the LASD Academy and Narco School about Narco search warrant service and entry and recount those terrible for them when you were shot and killed. Take solace, our friend, that other deputies will learn from your experience and may be be a little more safe. You did it right and were brave beyond expectation. Stuff happens.


March 1, 2013

Rich: May 10th and May 11th, 1999 are two days that will always remain sad and vivid in my memory. The last time we talked together in person was on May 10th, 1999 at the gas pumps at the old Antelope Valley station. You were sitting in your narco van with that customary cigar in your mouth. You called me "pops" as you so often did. I was dispatching on May 11th, 1999 when you notified me via land line that you and your crew were about to make what turned out to be that fateful contact. Rich, you were loved and highly respected by eveyone who ever knew or worked with you. You will always be remembered as the brave, honorable, hard working cop with the great sense of humor who loved life and his job so very much. You were such a good friend to all of us. We are all blessed and honored to have known and shared time with you on this earth. God bless you my friend. Rest in peace...

Deputy John O'Neal
LASD (Retired)

July 14, 2012

Rich, it is hard to believe it has been 20 years, it only seems like yesterday we were working gangs together. Shortly after 9 AM this morning my eyes teared up as I knew the time was nearing. We were friends and Radio Car partners, we worked hard together and played hard together, God Bless You and Rest in Peace my Brother, your legacy lives on proving that you will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Danny E. Coon

May 11, 2012

it well be 20 years since you have left us, i miss you so much. i think about you all the time, so much i want to share, you will always be my big brother, my odie. love you always and forever. your sister lori (aka ludie)


May 6, 2012

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