For Immediate Release
April 25, 2013
|Officer Daniel E. Rice
On April 25, 1997 tragedy struck the City of Bethlehem Police family. Officer Danny Rice was killed while on patrol when his vehicle was struck by another car in the intersection of Schoenersville Road and Westgate Drive. Danny served the citizens of Bethlehem in a way that few others have been able to match. To have known him, and to have heard any number of his thousands of jokes or stories, was one of life’s treasures. Danny always had a smile on his face and was sure to soon spread that smile to others around him.
Danny was a Field Training Officer for many officers, many of whom have risen through the ranks of BPD to leadership positions today. He not only taught the skills necessary to be a police officer, but most importantly he taught those officers that the job of a cop can be fun and rewarding. He had a great way of talking with people and seemed that he was able to relate to anyone.
It is no surprise that Danny was named the Ambassador in Blue by the Downtown Merchants Association and received twenty Letters Commendation for his service to the citizens of Bethlehem. He also served our country in Vietnam as a sergeant in the U.S. Army.
Thank you for your service and for your influence. It is hard to believe that it has been sixteen years since you left us. Rest in Peace, brother.
|The Bethlehem Police Department Memorial Wall
A plaque bearing Officer Daniel E. Rice’s name and likeness is on the far right.