Friday’s Heroes: Remembering the Fallen

Friday's Heroes - Remembering the fallen officers


Officer Richard Francis, 60

Chicago Police Department


Officer Richard Francis was shot and killed on July 2, 2008 while he was attempting to quell a domestic disturbance. During the altercation a woman managed to gain control of the officer’s service weapon, shooting one time. Officer Francis was a 27 year veteran. He leaves behind a wife and two stepdaughters.

Officer Gary Gryder

Houston Police Department

On June 29, 2008, Officer Gary Gryder was struck and killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic at a construction site. Another officer was also seriously injured in the accident. The driver never attempted to apply brakes. Officer Gryder was a 23 year veteran and leaves behind a wife and son.

Corporal Richard Findley, 39

Prince Georges County Maryland Police Department


Corporal Richard Findley was struck and killed on June 27, 2008 by the driver of a stolen vehicle as he attempted to arrest the criminals inside the car. Corporal Findley was a ten year veteran of his department. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

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Today, as we mourn the police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, we also celebrate the birth of our country, and our freedom.

Please remember our service men and women. Be safe, everyone.