Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Richard J. Guerzon

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, November 13, 1989

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Reflections for Detective Richard J. Guerzon

More than 30 years have passed by and I've replayed that fateful day in my head so many times.
All of your friends + family carry your memory forever in their hearts.
You would be proud of your boys!
Rest In Peace Mr. Guerzon

Family Friend

January 29, 2022

Detectives Guerzon and Williams were
Murdered before Russian filmmaker Stanislaw Govoruhkin arrived in NYC to complete his documentary Ridiculing his government and comparing Russian and American police. It’s called No Way to Live(Tak Zhit Nelziya). I told the filmmaker to film the funeral for one of the fallen detectives which he did. I don’t know whose funeral was captured but I am writing this because loved ones and friends may not even know about this might be viewable on YouTube and other streaming services. In addition cops from the 9th precinct are in it as well as myself Michael Fandal. When interviewed in Central Park I have a mourning band on my badge. Before my retirement and afterward I entertained at many widows and orphans events. RIP brothers. Your spirit lives in our memories and for those who never stopped loving you.

Police Officer Michael Fandal
NYPD. Appeared in film which included one of the funerals

October 4, 2021

I was six years old when my best friend Chris lost you - his heroic dad. I have thought about you and your family nearly every day since then. I am sure that you and Steve are boasting with pride as you watch over Chris and his beautiful family. He is following in your heroic footsteps by serving in the FDNY and doing the right thing in every situation. Your family has always welcomed me as if I were blood and I would do anything for them. Send my love to Steve!

Son of (ret) NYPD Sgt. Victor Charkowick
Close Family Friend

September 9, 2021

I remember this tragedy. Rest in peace, brother.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

November 13, 2020

You are always loved and never forgotten. I can’t believe it’s been 30 years.

Steven and myself were fortunate enough to be raised by an amazing mother who made many sacrifices herself. She made sure we remembered who you were as a loving husband and father.
No day goes by that I don’t think about you.

Love ,

FDNY Christopher Guerzon

November 13, 2019

Rest in peace Detective Guerzon.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 30, 2019

Rest in peace brother.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

November 13, 2018

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

November 13, 2017

Continue to rest in peace my brother.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

November 13, 2017

It was my honor to research newspapers, magazines, online & books to find your color ID CARD Photo. I found this photo in a 1989 NYPD MEDAL DAY BOOKLET about your heroic sacrifice. I felt it was necessary to have a photo on this website so that your family & friends can remember you. Rest Easy Hero! Always Remembered!

APO Christian Durante
NYPD: 68th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit

February 5, 2016

I said a little prayer today for Detective Guerzon and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

November 12, 2015

I served in the U S Army with Richard in the early 1960's. He was a great friend and dedicated soldier. As I age and reflect on my life I am thinking of "Gus", his Army nickname, and very saddened by his death. My heart and prayers go out to his family.

Jim Wescott
Army Budy

December 19, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 13, 2011

Richie: It's hard to believe that in two months it will be 20 years since that horrible day. You and I were supposed to do an extradition in a few days and we spoke in the hallway just outside our office. You, Keith & your prisoner. You said you'd start the necessary paperwork when you returned from Rikers Island with Keith. Then you left. Fifteen minutes later, all the phones in the office were ringing, and we heard the awful news. I've visited your gravesite often over the years. I plan to visit it again on November 13th. Rest in peace, Brother, till I see you again.

Det. Dennis J. Harrington (Ret.)
NYPD, Queens D.A.'s Office Squad

September 8, 2009



July 7, 2009

Just thinking about you, Rich, and how time just flies by. It is almost twenty years since that fateful day, you are never far from my thoughts, you are missed...

Stuart Kunkel
Former NYPD

March 3, 2009

"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

January 2, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

November 28, 2007

It has been over 17 years since that fateful day in Queens. So many of the events of that day and the week following live in my memory most painful. My heart goes out to your family and my thoughts of you have a special place in my memories and heart. Rich had a unique sense of humor that was a pleasure to be around. You are in my thoughts forever...

Stuart Kunkel

February 23, 2007

Hello Rich - May you Rest In Peace, you went before your time, small world, I stumbled across this website, read the reflection written by an active PO and learned you worked with a friend from the 9th Pct. I can remember your smile always, I can also remember the card games we had in OCCB.

Det Richard Lapp
NYPD Retired

February 10, 2006

I remember the day you and Keith were killed. I was only 16 years old. My father, Dennis Harrington, served by your side in the Queen's DA Squad. That week was horrible for him. My sister, a Suffolk County police officer, carries Keith's badge holder. He gave it to my dad before he died. I never met you or Keith, but I think of you both often. God Bless you Richie.

Police Officer II Stefanie Fryer
Los Angeles Police Department

November 27, 2005

The Asian Jade Society honors Det. Guerzon, the first Asian American NYPD officer killed in the line of duty. Rest in peace.

Sgt. Johnny Ong

August 10, 2005

may you rest in peace my brother. god bless

p.o. birkenstock
village of monticello p.d.

August 5, 2004

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