Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Richard E. McGilvery

Rutgers University Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, October 6, 1978

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Reflections for Detective Richard E. McGilvery

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice are always remembered.

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

October 6, 2020

Detective McGilvery rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 25, 2019

Thoughts are with the McGilvery family on the 40th anniversary of your passing earlier this month. Your passing will forever be inscribed in the annals of the Department and the University and will never be forgotten.

Deputy Chief Mike Rein
Rutgers Police

October 21, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

October 6, 2017

RIP Detective McGilvery. I graduate Rutgers and thank you for your service to the entire Rutgers community. Your memory lives on. Please watch out for us down here from your beat up in heaven.

Sgt Ari Maas

February 5, 2013


If you only knew what you meant to me. You were like my big brother. You took me under your wing and taught me alot. I will never forget you. You are in my thoughts and prayer every day. I just wish your kids were able to know you and be taught by you the way you taught me. Love you and miss you.


You are the greatest

PFC David Gilliam US Army MP

March 29, 2011

Thinking of you today, rest in peace


March 17, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd 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. I am sure that you are proud that your son continues your legacy of protecting and serving.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 7, 2010

I never got to meet my uncle I was very young...My dad used to tell me the storys of him..And what a good man he was.I will always miss him.

This is my uncle

January 12, 2010

Now it's 30 years. RIP, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

October 6, 2008



January 3, 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 12, 2007

Today on the anniversary of yoru death we wish to remember you and thank you Sir for your service.

Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 6, 2007

Here we are a year later, honoring and remembering you as always sir.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

October 6, 2007

Rest in Peace, Det. McGilvery. You are not forgotten.

P/O #5434
Phila. PD

August 30, 2007

Detective McGilvery, I just wanted to drop a line to mark the 28th anniversary of your passing from this life. I'd say Rest in Peace, but I know you're way too busy following your son around and keeping an eye on him, it's what Dad's do.

God Bless, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, JR.
Harvard University Police Dept.

October 6, 2006

I can only echo Officer Leahy's comments. Detective, God bless always and thank you for your service, and to your son, please always stay safe!

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

October 6, 2006

Detective McGilvery,

You no doubt have a lot of pride in your son as he's followed in your footsteps. I read his reflection and was moved. It's only natural that you're going to be worried. That's what Dad's do. But, it's also safe to say that he'll always have a partner and training officer with him to nudge him in the right direction and do the job to the utmost, as you no doubt did.

Detective, God bless you and Rest in Peace.

Officer McGilvery, Best of Luck to you, keep the faith and never take the job TOO seriously.

Ptl. Jim Leahy Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

September 30, 2005


I think of you everytime I put on my uniform. I hope I make you proud. I love you even though I hardly got to know you!

Patrol Officer: Richard J. McGilvery
Rutgers University Police Department

September 29, 2005

Rich, rest in peace, I will always remember that night when I responded to the call and cradled you in my arms till the Ambulance arrived. I think of you often.

Captain Robert Franz Ret.
Rutgers University Police Department

April 4, 2005

As a current Rutgers student and a former Cadet with the New York City Police Department, I would like to express my condolences to the family and friends of Officer McGilvery.

Rest in Peace

fmr Cadet Ari

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