In Memoriam

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Ten dedicated Richmond Police Officers have made the ultimate sacrifice during our century of service.  


The RPD fallen are:

 Officer Bertram Lou Agnew
           End of Watch:  April 29, 1942

On April 29th, 1942, Officer Agnew was positioning barricades around an open manhole when he was struck by a drunk driver. Officer Agnew suffered severe trauma from the collision, and succumbed to injuries. He was 39 years old.


Officer Michael J. Nugent           End of Watch:   January 1, 1946

Officer Nugent was shot and killed while responding to a burglar alarm at a drug store. He was shot by the owner of the business who mistook him for a burglar. Officer Nugent was 34 years old.  


 Lieutenant Frank Joseph Cutshall
       End of Watch:   January 11, 1953

Lieutenant Cutshall responded to a bar fight and apprehended several suspects. Immediately after the arrests, Lieutenant Cutshall suffered a heart attack, collapsed and passed away. He was 41 years old. Lieutenant Cutshall has served with the Richmond Police Department for eleven years and was survived by his wife and two children. 


Officer Charles Ross             End of Watch:   February 9, 1964

Officer Ross was killed during a call for service, as he attempted to arrest two intoxicated 19-year-old men. During the arrest, the suspects fought with the Officer, one suspect was able to take Officer Ross’s firearm out of his holster, and shot Officer Ross with his own duty firearm. Officer Ross succumb to his injuries that same day. Both suspects were eventually convicted of killing Officer Ross, each receiving a life sentence in prison. Officer Ross was 30 years old and was survived by his wife and two children.


Officer Danny M. Cariker             End of Watch:   January 1,1970

Officer Danny Cariker was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a request to backup other officers at a man with a gun call. While responding, Officer Cariker’s patrol car left the road and struck a utility pole. Officer Cariker had served with the Richmond Police Department for two years. He was 29 years old and was survived by his wife and daughter.


Officer Ronald H. Fuller               End of Watch:   July 5, 1984

On July 5, 1984, Officers William Whitty and Ronald Fuller were on a surveillance mission related to a narcotics trafficking case. Both officers were flying in the Richmond Police Department Cessna 182 aircraft, with Officer Whitty piloting the plane. During the mission flight, both Officers were involved in a midair collision with another aircraft. The Richmond Police Department plane crashed and both officers died as a result of the collision. Officer Fuller was a 10 year veteran of the Richmond Police Department and had worked for about a year in the narcotics investigations unit. He was 35 years old and was survived by his wife Vickie and three children. 


Officer William C. Whitty             End of Watch:   July 5, 1984

On July 5, 1984, Officers William Whitty and Ronald Fuller were on a surveillance mission related to a narcotics trafficking case. Both officers were flying in the Richmond Police Department Cessna 182 aircraft, with Officer Whitty piloting the plane. During the mission flight, both Officers were involved in a midair collision with another aircraft. The Richmond Police Department plane crashed and both officers died as a result of the collision. Officer Whitty was a 14 year veteran of the Police Department, and was named as 1977’s Officer of the Year. Officer Whitty lived in Richmond all of his life and active in a large number of community organizations. He was 35 years old, and was survived by his wife Pamela and two children. 


Officer Leonard Walter Garcia           End of Watch:   December 28, 1992

On December 28, 1992, in the early morning hours, Richmond Police Officers Leonard Garcia and David Haynes responded to a domestic violence call involving a hostage situation in the city’s Southern District. The suspect’s daughter had called the police after hiding in a bedroom. Officer Haynes and Garcia helped her out of her bedroom and then entered the house to try to get the other family members free. The suspect opened fire on the Officers and then shot and wounded his ex-wife and son before committing suicide. Officer Garcia and Officer Haynes were killed from the gunshot wounds they sustained. Officer Garcia was 31 years old. He served with the Richmond Police Department for six years.



Officer David T. Haynes
               End of Watch:   December 28, 1992

On December 28, 1992, in the early morning hours, Richmond Police Officers Leonard Garcia and David Haynes responded to a domestic violence call involving a hostage situation in the city’s Southern District. The suspect’s daughter had called the police after hiding in a bedroom. Officer Haynes and Garcia helped her out of her bedroom and then entered the house to try to get the other family members free. The suspect opened fire on the Officers and then shot and wounded his ex-wife and son before committing suicide. Officer Garcia and Officer Haynes were killed from the gunshot wounds they sustained. Officer Haynes had served with the Richmond Police Department for eight years and was 30 years old. He was survived by his wife, two children and parents. 


Officer Bradley A. Moody            End of Watch:   October 7, 2008

On October 4, 2008, Officer Bradley Alan Moody and his canine partner Rico were responding to an emergency call for help from another Richmond Police Officer requesting back up at the scene of an assault. While driving to the scene, Officer Moody lost control of his patrol car on Marina Bay Parkway at Regatta Boulevard. Officer Moody fought for his life for the next three days until he succumbed to his injuries on October 7, 2008. Officer Moody was an organ donor and his organs have been donated so that others may have a second chance in life. Officer Moody had served with the Richmond Police Department for seven years. Officer Moody was 29 years old and was survived by his wife, two daughters, his parents James and Elizabeth, brother James, sister-in-law Michelle and one niece and one nephew.


Sergeant Virgil Lynn Thomas, Sr.       End of Watch:   August 20, 2020

Sergeant Virgil Thomas died after contracting the COVID-19 virus during a call for service.  Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of Officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.  Sergeant Thomas had served with the Richmond Police Department for twenty-four years. He was survived by his wife and four children. Sergeant Thomas was fifty one years old. 



We honor the devoted service and sacrifice of these Richmond officers and pay lasting tribute to their memories through resolute attention to duty and our continuous efforts to elevate the police profession. 

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