Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Richard Robert McHale

Kern County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Friday, March 3, 1989

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Richard Robert McHale

I was 11 years old when this happened. Both my parents worked for KCSO at the time. Of course I was too young to know the immediate impact. Being a police officer for 19 years now, I know the impact. I go up to the Police Officers Memorial in Sacramento every year and I see your name on the wall. Having been in this profession and lost members of our own, I now understand the impact. Even though I did not know you, I do think of you and your family.

Jennifer Marlatt-Officer
Huntington Beach PD

March 24, 2022

I really miss our Rams vs 49ers challenge. Wish you were here so I could rub in the superbowl. RIP my friend.

Sergeant retired. Mike Rude

February 14, 2022

I will never forget you, Rick. I learned so much from you and you were a great friend. Rest in Peace.


March 3, 2021

Rick, a friend of my husband, was not just a friend from work. When my husband was in undercover he made a point to, while I was pregnant with a risk pregnany, come to our house weekly (if not more often) to check in on me. He made sure I had food in the kitchen, my yards were mowed and edged, and then just sat and talked to me so that I didn't feel abandoned. He had mothers of at risk kids that he interacted with ride the bus to come to his funeral.
He was one of the real humans.

X wife of Deputy A.Crespo
Friend that received his good strong love of humanity

June 6, 2020

Rick, the memory of responding to that call that day has never left me. You were known as a go getter and a great cop. After my retirement I couldn’t help but think you didn’t make it to the end. I have spoken of you over the years and I hope that my continued service in law enforcement had done justice to your untimely death. You memory lives on with all who step up and serve with pride and honor.

CMDR Kenny Williams (Retired)
Kern County Sheriff’s Office

June 3, 2020

Remembering a happy time hope your wife Is doing well you both treated a dumb kid like a person, tournaments with a bunch of cops wasn't so bad when you showed up.
Never forgotten ❤️


March 30, 2020

Thinking of you today, Cousin Rick. We had a family dinner in your honor and shared our memories of you. You live on in our hearts. Love you!

Judy McHale Beitnes

March 4, 2019

I am thinking of you today, Rick. I loved our graveyard conversations when you assigned to Ridgecrest.

Noretta Barker

March 3, 2019

Rick I miss arguing with you about the Rams and Giants. I think about you every day.

Mike Rude Sergeant

July 26, 2018

Lest we forget.

Deputy Sheriff Eric Hutt
Carson City Sheriff's Dept, Nv. Former Kern County Deputy

March 3, 2018

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

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 3, 2018

thanks for all your help and service ricky tick, we won't forget you....

deputy bill flower, beat partner
kern county sheriff's dept. bakersfield calif.

February 10, 2018

You are not forgotten!

Howard Eddy

December 19, 2017

Rick, I was 18 almost 19 when you were killed. I was at HQ when the incident went down and remember thinking, this can't be happening I had just talked to you about coming out on a ride along (I was an explorer) and you told me, "sure come out we will cite some cows". You were one of most respected deputies in the department and everyone had nothing but words of respect for you. You were taken too soon! I visit your grave often along with Rich Maxwell's. Rest well warrior


November 15, 2017

I told your story again today my brother, you are remembered. I love and miss you.

Utah Allen

September 14, 2017

Hey Rick, it's been so long. I still feel the sting of your untimely passing. You were my best friend and my favorite person to hang out with. I often go through the football games in my memories where you made great catches on one of my errant passes.....Thanks again for making me look good, you always had a way of doing that to everyone who loved you. I sure did and still do. The tears that flow as I'm writing this are sad indeed, yet I know I'll see you in heaven soon and I am excited for that glorious day. I'm not sure even today if I've ever known a better or more thoughtful man. I'll be seeing you soon brother.

Marcus D. Atkinson
Highschool friend

March 4, 2017

i remember how you and Chief supported me. i remember how your sense of duty shone. i remember how you took your humanity with you wherever you went. i remember. and respect.

kcso ret.

October 18, 2016

I was just sharing a story about you 'Ricky' and looked you up. I spoke with your brother back in 94 and he told me about you. I was your girlfriend in 4th and 5th grade until you moved. I was devastated! Saw you last when you came by to visit in 74. Many short but fond memories. First boy I went steady with!
Love, Sheryl

Sheryl Hillan
Childhood friend

May 31, 2016

r.i.p. ricky tick, you were a great guy,...

dep.bill flower ret.
kern county sheriff;s dept bakersfield ca...

May 10, 2016

I often think of our conversations and just talking the night away while we worked. You were such a great friend. I think of you often !

Noretta Barker
Rialto Police Department

March 3, 2016

I thought about you again today my brother as i drove by the house you died in, for no good reason, on a shit call that benefited no one, i just wanted you know your not forgotten.

Utah Allen, Reserve Deputy Sergeant {Ret

August 31, 2014

I love you brother, I know Kenny i do both think of you often. i tried to talk to you while he tried to stem the flow of blood. I hate that day. I only hope you know people who loved you were with you then. You didnt die alone.


August 9, 2013

Already I was thinking of you last week leading up to March 3rd, the 24th anniversary of your death, when two local officers were gunned down in Santa Cruz on February 26th. We laid flowers at their memorial and cried for you and the newest fallen officers. I still think of you often, cousin Rick. I have many good memories of you from my childhood. You are a hero and I wish that my kids could have met you. :-)
Love, Judy. 3/4/13


March 5, 2013

Happy Easter Ricky

Hunnie Gunnie

April 6, 2012

Thanks for your 7 years of services.


March 3, 2012

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.