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Police Officer Richard F. Gipson

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, February 4, 1981

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Reflections for Police Officer Richard F. Gipson

Rest in peace Officer Gipson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 21, 2019

Rest in Peace, Officer Gipson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 27, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty-first 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 solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hold Chicago has now fully honored your memory.

Rest In Peace

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

February 4, 2012

Your ultimate sacrifice and dedication to duty on the last day of your career shows the dedication to your profession and the fine example you show the rest of us.

Detective Thomas Downes

February 3, 2011

Rest in peace, sir. Your sacrifice is greatly appreciated.

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge. Proverbs 14:32

Friend of USFS Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9/20/08

former 4-H Happy Tails member

October 26, 2010

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for you long and dedicated career.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

February 4, 2010

Thinking of you today and to let you know that you have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

February 4, 2009


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 1, 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 30, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

July 30, 2006

God bless sir, we will not forget you.

Deputy Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

July 25, 2006

Hi Gipper....It has been over 25 years since your untimely
death. I want you to know that the CPD is reviewing the
circumstances of your death and,hopefully, your name and star will be retired into the "LINE OF DUTY" Honored Star Case...where it belongs. You probably already know this, but your grandson Mark and his wife Nikki have made you a
Great Grandfather. He's a beautiful, healthy baby boy, and his name is Nicholas 'Gipson' Facchini. R.I.P Gipper.

Detective William D. Facchini (Retired)
Chicago Police Department

July 10, 2006

This date will forever be embedded in my soul, our department also lost an officer on this date, many years after your fateful day. May you be forever remembered as a hero in the hearts and minds of all your friends and family. God bless your soul.

February 11, 2005

Officer Gipson,
Today, on the 24th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Chiicago.

February 4, 2005

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