Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Richard David Lendell

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, January 15, 1983

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Reflections for Police Officer Richard David Lendell

Never forget! January 15, 2024- I came across a video of your Plaque dedication here-

P/O Edward Fidler
Philadelphia Police

January 15, 2024

Officer Lendell,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

January 15, 2023

The FOP Lodge 5, The family and fellow officers have never forgotten you on this 38th anniversary of your last watch. Thank you for your service.

Nephew of Officer Lendell Michael Hopk

January 15, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will be remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 20, 2020

You pulled off some magic, the honor guard will be there for Uncle Joe, I thought it would not happen, he fought the system for I fight it for h

Michael Hopkins
nephew PPD Richard Lendell eow 1/14/83

May 13, 2013

Well Uncle Rich, Uncle Joe is now with you and my dad, the 3 of you guys can relive your time "nutting" the Little Flower girls, on the way to North Catholic HS. I hope, where ever you dudes are your are looking out for my brothers on the PPD, and PFD, as well as all other departments around, welcome the fallen, let them know they will NEVER be forgotten. Save some Pepsi for me!

Michael Hopkins
nephew P/O Richard Lendell

May 8, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 29th 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 your memory wili 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 14, 2012

On behalf of the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association, I would like to express our deepest regards and sympathy to the family, friends and fellow officers of Officer Richard Lendell. You gave the ultimate sacrifice. Richard, you may be gone, but you will NEVER be forgotten. Rest in peace blue angel and thank you for your service.

James A. Cortina
Connecticut Police Work Dog Assoc. / Director

October 14, 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 24, 2008

RIP Officer Lendell. You are not forgotten.

Sgt. #322
Phila PD

January 14, 2008

May you always rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

January 14, 2008



January 5, 2008

Rest in peace brother.

P/O Joseph Leighthardt
Philadelphia Police Department

April 28, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

May 18, 2006

Uncle Rich was a great man, his Badge number was 4578, which my oldest brother Jack, took as his own when he put on the uniform in 1984. Rich's only children where his neices & nephews. "King" was also a GREAT dog, who protected his partner right to the end, and retired after that fateful night. Our family had a few more years with King as a great pet after that. May they both rest in peace!

Michael Hopkins

October 21, 2005

Thank you for publishing information on Richard Lendell's death. I worked with him in the 35th district, and came to know him as a great policeman and fine human being. His premature death was a shock to those of us who knew him.

former Corporal Louis Lanni
Philadelphia PA Police Department

February 2, 2004

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