KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
Richard Dean Bird
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch:Friday, July 4, 1969
Age: 34
DOB: September 3, 1934
Tour of Duty:
Date of incident: June 18, 1969
Cause of death: Vehicle pursuit
On June 18, 1969, Officer Bird, 35, was involved in an accident while pursuing a speeding car on his motorcycle near 85th and Troost. Officer Bird struck the left front fender of a car that turned in front of him to enter Lakeside Hospital. He died on July 4, 1969 from severe brain injuries sustained in the accident.

Patrolman Bird was survived by his wife and three children.


Article by Brent Marchant