Police Officer Rick Silva Chehalis Police Department, Washington End of Watch: Thursday, June 18, 2015

Police Officer Rick Silva | Chehalis Police Department, WashingtonChehalis Police Department, Washington

Police Officer Rick Silva

Chehalis Police Department, Washington
End of Watch: Thursday, June 18, 2015

Biographical Info

Tour of Duty: 27 years
Badge Number: 117

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Assault
Date of Incident: February 1, 2015
Weapon Used: Person
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Chief Glenn Schaffer
Chehalis Police Department
350 N. Market Boulevard #201
Chehalis, WA 98532
Phone: (360) 748-8605

Police Officer Rick Silva died while undergoing surgery to correct a duty related injury suffer sustained in February 2015 while attempting to arrest a shoplifting suspect.
The offender, who was armed with a knife, resisted arrest. During the ensuing struggle Officer Silva injured his hip in the same location in which he had suffered a previous duty injury. The second injury required him to undergo surgery.
Officer Silva had served with the Chehalis Police Department for 13 years and had previously served with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years.

CHEHALIS – Chehalis Police Officer Rick Silva died last night, after complications from surgery for an on-the-job injury.

“Officer Silva’s passing leaves us all without his infectious smile, his playful sense of humor, his passion for justice, and his generosity, as he was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need,” the department announced today. “Our lives have been enriched just through the joy of knowing him.”

The veteran officer died at Providence Centralia Hospital one day shy of his 13th anniversary with the department, according to department public information Officer Linda Bailey.

Silva sustained a hip injury on duty and this past February the injury was exacerbated when he made contact with a retail theft suspect who resisted arrest, according to Bailey.

Bailey stated Silva was beloved not just by his family, fellow officers and co-workers, but also by the many, many people in the community whose lives he touched.

His law enforcement career began in 1988 at the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and in 2002, he went to work for Chehalis.

At the Chehalis Police Department, he served in multiple capacities over the years, including field training officer, emergency vehicle operations course instructor and detective.

His body was escorted at 3 o’clock this morning from the hospital to a local funeral home by a motorcade that included officers from Chehalis and other local law enforcement agencies as well as fire department and aid crew personnel, according to Bailey.

Details regarding a traditional, public line of-duty death funeral service to honor Officer Silva will be released next week as soon as they are available.

The Chehalis Police Department thanks those who have reached out.

“We are so grateful for the support already shown to us by nearby first responders and the Chehalis community at large,” Bailey wrote. “We will miss our brother in blue. 117.”

The department notes that United Way has set aside a Fallen Hero’s Memorial Fund at Security State Bank for those wishing to make contributions in honor of Officer Silva.


2 Responses to “Police Officer Rick Silva Chehalis Police Department, Washington End of Watch: Thursday, June 18, 2015”

  1. 1 Adolph C. Namlik, Chief of Police, Ret. June 20, 2015 at 22:47

    My sincere condolences and prayers go out to the family and fellow officers of Police Officer Rick Silva of the Chehalis Police Department.
    Adolph C. Namlik
    Chief of Police, Ret.
    Gowanda, N.Y.

    • 2 themunz June 20, 2015 at 22:52

      Thank you for your recent condolences Chief. I am sure that the families and co-workers appreciate your thoughts as I do for all our brothers and sisters that have fallen. We are seeing some bad times now.

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