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Name : Gamble, Richard 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 28930 Command: 069 Pct.
Date of Death: 1998-05-26   Cause of Death: heart attack
 PO Richard Gamble was shot by a robber?s bullet while on foot patrol in the Canarsie Market in February 1972. He was paralyzed from the chest down. He returned to his Long Island home and family in wheelchair, after undergoing 5 months of physical therapy. Richard Gamble died from a heart attack about two years ago (2001).

Officer Gamble came on the job Jan.17, 1969. At the time of his death Richard Gamble was still on the 69th Precinct roll call and a plaque was placed in the command testifying to his heroic act.
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Richie was a good cop. We went to the Academy together and served together in the 69 th Precinct. Richie even drove me home the night before when I missed my car pool due to a collar. Richie, the Gargan family will always miss you.
— Joe Gargan

Went to the Academy with Richard many years ago, Remember him as ALWAYS a fair man and a happy person, I miss him and always will. Rest in Peace, HERO.
— Paul Barasch

I came on the job with Richie, we graduted the the same time, and went to the 69pct together. He married a girl, that lived about 2 blocks from me. I came in for a 4x12 the day he got shot. The Sh was jammed with everyone,all kinds of bosses, news people, guys that were offduty heard about it and came in.They asked me to take the priest to his house to pickup his wife and mother inlaw to bring them to the hospital. It was terrible breaking the news to them. At that time it still was in the critical stages, not knowing if he was going to survive or not. Although paralyzed from the chest down he still kept his cool demeanor, and temperment, still went fishing, and hunting. He tried to live life to the fullest, never letting his hardship interfere with anything. Richie God rest your sole.
— Joe Rainone

Richie's shield number was 28930. Although when we went to the Academy, he should have had shield 28927. They were given out alphabetically. Based on the alaphabet Rich should have been ahead of me, but thjey reversed things and we each got the other ones shield number, mine being 28927.
— Joe Gargan

According to Spring 3100 (vol.61, Issue 4), Officer Gamble died on May 26th, 1998, was still on active duty status, and still assigned to the 69 Pct.
— Seth Kaufman, 17 Pct

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 6, 2006, 9:16 am

he was the best papa ever...i miss him so much he has taught me alot of things when i was little...i cry sometimes just thinging about him...no one can hardly talk about him @ me cause ill just start crying and will not stop....evrybody thought the world for him...my nannie took good care of him and she loved him dearly...papa i love you and miss you and i wish u was here right now r.i.p. love always your granddaughter melody...
— melody matz
Posted: November 9, 2007, 9:07 pm

I think it was drizzling. He was assigned to the canarsie markets. he approached two suspicious guys. they pulled a gun and shot. we heard his calls for help. The responding officers could not identify his exact location him at first. We were sitting on the wasted 770 fixer thinking we should go and help track the shooters. A few days later a cop on foot post picked the suspect out on the street - said the face of th shooter looked exactly like a guy he served with in the military. A great collar that could do nothing to return a full life to a good cop, but maybe stop another cop and certainly other civilians from harm. About 50 cops were shot that year.
— mj
Posted: March 26, 2009, 12:36 am

Richie was a neighbor who lived down the block. I remember when he was shot and his children who were severAl years younger than me. Through the years I wondered what became of that kind man. May he rest in peace.
— Michelle
Posted: July 20, 2009, 10:17 pm

PO Gamble you suffered for a long time, God took you home . You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Richard
— Tommy
Posted: May 26, 2013, 6:15 am

Worked with Rich in the 69 and visited him in Brookdale Hospital the day he was shot. He was still unconscious and the bullet wound was exposed, PO Tom McCourt was at his bedside (I don't believe they knew at that time the bullet had fragmented and struck his spine). Saturday morning and Rich was assigned to PP #13 (Canarsie market). Rich was approached and told that two suspicious males had entered Whitey's produce store. As Rich approached the store the perp who was lookout at the door informed his cohort that a cop was coming and he replied, " f__k-him, shoot him. Which he did as Rich entered the store. One of the scumbags was captured that day and the other several days later by an alert footman who had served in the Navy with him. Great collar by a cop we worked with, whose name I'll withhold. Rich was paralyzed by the bullet. RIP Brother, Terry Hasenstab 69 Pct. ret...
— Terry Hasenstab
Posted: January 23, 2014, 3:58 pm

Richard we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: May 27, 2014, 4:33 am

Richard we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: May 19, 2015, 6:18 am

Rich Gamble and Cecil Sledge two good cops from the South.(NYPD} I pray for cops from every state. We know that Police have a tough job
— Robert Hill
Posted: July 11, 2017, 10:55 pm

Richie,my regret is that I didn't even the score for you.RIP
— bill ikin
Posted: December 20, 2017, 10:45 pm



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