Law enforcement agencies across the state are mourning the loss of Union City Police Chief Richard Stephens, who was a former Chief Deputy for the Logan County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO).
“It is with great pain that we must announce the passing of the greatest Police Chief we ever had the opportunity to work for,” a spokesperson posted on the Union City Police Department Facebook page.
Stephens resigned from LCSO in 2015 to accept the Chief of Police positon at Union City. Related article: Richard Stephens accepts Union City position; thanks LCSO for the opportunities
“Chief Stephens’ was the epitome of a Great Leader: he put his people first, he inspired everyone around him, and he truly cared for people. Today, we lost a brother, a friend, and true hero. Rest Easy, Chief. We have the Watch. Please keep Chief Stephens’ family in your constant thoughts and prayers. We all will miss him dearly.”
Stephens died Friday morning after a long bout with COVID-19 and pneumonia.
LCSO and Guthrie EMS also released statements.
“Rich had an extensive career in public service. Rich was a mentor and friend to many. He will sorely be missed,” LCSO posted on Facebook. “Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers while they process this heavy loss and try to heal. God speed my friend, we have the watch from here.”
Guthrie EMS released, in part, the following:
“Please take a moment to pray for the Stephens family today as they deal with this tragic loss. He will be missed by all who knew him.”