Heartbroken: Roy T. Richter, former NYPD union head, dies by suicide at 56.

By | October 4, 2023

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Death – Obituary News : Former NYPD union head, Roy T. Richter, has died by suicide at the age of 56. Colleagues remember him as a kind and wise public servant, emphasizing the difficulty of knowing someone’s inner turmoil. May he rest in peace.

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Heartbroken to learn of Roy’s death. A lifelong public servant, kind, wise and gentle.

A reminder of how hard it is to know someone’s inner turmoil. May he rest in peace.

Roy T. Richter, former NYPD union head, dies by suicide at 56

It is with great sorrow that we report the tragic death of Roy T. Richter, the former head of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) union. At the age of 56, Richter took his own life, leaving behind a legacy of dedicated service and a deep emotional impact on those who knew him.

Richter was a lifelong public servant who dedicated his career to protecting and serving the people of New York City. He joined the NYPD in 1989 and quickly rose through the ranks, gaining a reputation for his commitment to the well-being of his fellow officers. In 2012, he was elected as the president of the Captains Endowment Association, one of the largest police unions in the city.

Throughout his tenure as the head of the union, Richter worked tirelessly to advocate for the rights and welfare of police officers. He fought for fair compensation, improved working conditions, and adequate resources to ensure their safety. His dedication and leadership earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues, who saw him as a compassionate and knowledgeable advocate.

However, behind the scenes, Richter was battling his own inner turmoil. Despite his outward strength and resilience, he was silently suffering from personal demons that ultimately led to his untimely death. His tragic passing serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges individuals may face, even when they appear to have it all together.

Richter’s death has sent shockwaves through the law enforcement community and beyond, leaving friends, family, and colleagues grappling with grief and searching for answers. In the wake of this devastating news, it is crucial that we prioritize mental health and provide support to those who may be silently struggling.

As we mourn the loss of Roy T. Richter, let us also remember his enduring legacy as a dedicated public servant. His compassion, wisdom, and commitment to his fellow officers will not be forgotten. May he rest in peace..

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@KalmanYeger said Heartbroken to learn of Roy's death. A lifelong public servant, kind, wise and gentle. A reminder how hard it is to know someone's inner turmoil. May he rest in peace. Roy T. Richter, former NYPD union head, dies by suicide at 56 nypost.com/2023/10/04/roy… via @nypmetro