RICHARD B. RICHARDSON DEDICATION CEREMONY
The mission is finally complete! The creation and installation of grave markers in honor of ten Alameda County peace officers killed in the line of duty, who had no grave marker, is done. A dedication ceremony for the first, Oakland Police Officer Richard B. Richardson was held at Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. The dedication was on the day of the 150th anniversary of his death, October 23rd, 2017. Many thanks to those that joined us in celebrating this Hero, and all who have been killed In the Line of Duty in Alameda County.
Special thanks to the speakers: Oakland Police Officer's Association president Barry Donolan; Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern; Oakland Police Asst. Chief John Lois and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley. Retired Oakland Police Lieutenant Kenneth Parris served as Chaplain. OPOA Executive Director Renee Hassna provided the necessary logistics for the beautiful ceremony.
Also providing assistance were motorcycle squads and Honor Guards from the Alameda County Sheriffs’ Office and the Oakland Police Department.
Thank you to Mountain View cemetery CEO Jeff Lindeman for providing incredible continued support to this project which was culminated by hosting the dedication ceremony. Mountain View also provided lunch for the dedication attendees.
Below is a five minute video that that provides an overview of the dedication, thanks to retired Oakland Housing Authority officer Todd Farris: