Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Captain Richard Barry Zbinden

Pomona Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, August 13, 1991

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Reflections for Captain Richard Barry Zbinden

Zip was married to my cousin Katie, when they took in my mom, myself and my brother off of Berkeley and willow. Maybe 5 years old I remember his feet being wrapped and a gunshot wound to his stomach from a getaway driver he tried to stop on white avenue. Just a kid I knew he was special, and we shared the same birthday. The marriage didn't last as one was going to work while the other was going to sleep didn't help. My mom remarried for the next 54 years and on, Katie passed away this year as a trustee for Chaffey college and the highest achievement in our family history. They stood for what's good in this country

Vic Bello, carpenter
Cousins Mike and Vic, parents Deanna and Gary

December 8, 2023

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 13, 2020

Rest in peace

Nick mottola

August 13, 2020

Rest in paradise you will never be forgotten sir

Explorer post 160
Pomona police department

March 10, 2020

Rest in peace Captain Zbinden.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 23, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 27th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

August 13, 2018

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 10, 2018

Captain Zbinden, Zip, is my grandfather. I was very young when he passed but my few memories were of his loving smile. His spirit lives on through his blood and those he taught, touched and cared for.
'I know your watching out. Thank you'
I love you,

Ms. Zbinden

January 4, 2015

I was unaware that Capt. Zbinden's had died from the wounds he suffered from years prior.
In the very early 1970's, I was a paperboy, and his wife, was my supervisor. She was always nice to work for. The few times we came into contact, with Capt. Zbinden, he was cordial, and fatherly, towards us. A real decent man, is the best recollection I have of him.

Medically Retired, Daniel Galligan
Pomona School Police

October 31, 2014

Richard was a cop's cop. Watched over and took care of his officers. Great Watch Commander when I worked swing shift.

Captain Ronnie Scragg, Ret Mounted U
Ontario Police Dep. California

September 3, 2014

We can never thank you enough for your dedication to keeping our our Pomona community safe.
Our prayers are with your family and friends.

Virginia Madrigal
Pomona Resident

August 13, 2013

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Wisconsin L.E.O.

August 13, 2012

Rest in Peace, Captain Zbinden. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 19, 2012

As a rookie cop I served with both Richard and Gordon ('65-70) They were both an inspiration to me.

Capt. Don Barclift ret.
Bell Gardens P.D.

December 11, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 19th 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 13, 2010

A true testament to what a Police Officer is. God Bless you & your family. May it bring them comfort knowing Captain Zbinden is a true hero.

summit co.


August 24, 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

September 20, 2007

I was very sad to learn of Richard's passing.

God bless you and your family.

Gerald Taylor

February 17, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

October 31, 2006


August 13, 2006

Zip, we played together on the streets for many years. Those were the best of times and the worst of times. I was honored to serve with you and under you. You changed my life.

Richard Hanniba, Sgt. Retired
Pomona Police Department

June 13, 2004

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