The Bensalem Township Police Department, Director William McVey and Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo are sad to announce the passing of Deputy Director David Richardson. He fought a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer over the last year with unending courage and humility but has finally succumbed to this horrible disease. Deputy Director Richardson was a police officer in Bensalem Township for the past 24 years.
He started as a patrol officer and was a member of the K9 unit for 13 years with his 2 K9 partners Czar and Prince. He was promoted to Sergeant and was the supervisor for the K9 unit, Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigations Division before being promoted to the position of Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant, he was the commander of the Criminal Investigations Division and the K9 unit. On January 21st of this year, he obtained a career long goal of becoming the Deputy Director of Public Safety. Deputy Director Richardson received a Bachelor’s Degree from Lock Haven University, a Master’s Degree from Oklahoma University and graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.
The members of the Bensalem Township Police Department are heartbroken and have Dave’s family in our hearts and prayers. The entire community has lost a leader, an advocate and a friend. Dave is survived by his wife Johanna and daughters Ella and Bailey. Dave’s resilience and love for his family, friends and the police department will always be remembered. We vow to continue his fight for justice, support the fight against cancer and watch over his family.