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Police Agent Richard Frank Morris

Pasadena Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, March 13, 1969

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Reflections for Police Agent Richard Frank Morris

My 84 year old father was just telling me the story of his close friend Dick who grew up with him since middle school. He described him as a good looking outstanding kid. He was telling me he drove by a sign in Pasadena with Dicks name on it this week and his childhood memories came flooding back to him. He talked about how he played Football and was very involved in all that Rosemead High had to offer him. My father described him as shining brighter than the others and he was proud to call him a friend. He talked about his friend becoming an officer with the Pasadena Police Department and of his tragic passing. We are very touched by this memorial to his dear friend.

Stacy and Martin Morhar
Childhood Friend

June 12, 2023

Today at your department, a beautiful ceremony was held to honor you and your family’s sacrifice. You have an amazing son and daughter who carry your great light. I cherished meeting them and I cried so many tears today as the Mayor described the everlasting impact you made. You are missed, loved, and remembered forever.

Widow of a fallen officer

May 10, 2023

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

March 13, 2021

To the memory of Off. Richard Morris. Though I joined the Pasadena Police Department five years after his death, for years I heard kind recollections of Off. Morris from fellow officers. I am donating in your memory today to “Back the Blue”. May God forever bless your soul and those of your loved ones.

(Ret.) Chief of Police Marilyn Diaz
Sierra Madre Police Department

July 20, 2020

In loving memory of my dads best friend and brother in blue. You will never be forgotten and you are deeply missed. R I P Dick. #pasadenapd #saltsman #morris

Tricia Dunning
Family friend

May 19, 2020

Your service and heroism will always be remembered. RIP

Deputy Sheriff Los Angeles
County Sheriff

March 13, 2020

Rest in peace Police Agent Morris.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 7, 2020

Agent Morris,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pasadena. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 13, 2019

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

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 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

April 5, 2016

Rest in Peace, Agent Morris. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 19, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 13, 2010

Right after being sworn in, and before even going to the police academy, they put me in a six month undercover assignment. You helped me out greatly and your smile and calm easy way eased my fears. You brought me my pay checks at a predesignated location. You talked to me and were really concerned about me. I will never forget your kindness. I visited you two years ago at the National Police Memorial in Washington, D.C. and I shed tears just like I did at your funeral. I will never forget you.

Sergeant John A. Olquin
Pasadena P.D., Ca.

February 24, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th 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 who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 17, 2009



April 8, 2008

My father Richard Ludden and Officer Morris worked together on the force. Both were motor cycle officers. I want to say that Officer Morris was a wonderful man and a very dear freind of the Ludden family. He and his family have always been in our prayers.

Lynda Donovan
daughter of Richard Ludden

December 28, 2007

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

September 20, 2007

Every time I go to volunteer at the derpatment I see your name on the column outside the front entrance. Rest in peace brother and know that you are not forgotten.

Pasadena Police

April 5, 2006

You are not forgotten brother. Rest in peace.....

A. Whitney
Yuma County SO

July 5, 2005

Self-defense? Against a police officer? This is not only an atrocity to Officer Morris but to all law enforcement as well.

Rest in peace, Officer Morris. You deserved better.

A Concerned Citizen

September 2, 2004

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