Monday, November 30, 2009

San Luis Obispo High School dedication for Officer Richard May

On Saturday, November 28, four plaques were dedicated at San Luis Obispo High School. The plaques mark the newly constructed entryway into the high school. The project was funded by the SLOHS Class of 2009, The Mike O’Reilly Foundation, the Class of 1985 (Rich May’s class), and the SLOHS Class of 1959.

This is the plaque provided by Rich May’s 1985 class to mark the lighting structure which will shine into the large eucalyptus tree, and on the paver entry way below. The statement on the plaque – “Find one young person who needs help. Spend your time with that youth. Help that person become a good and productive adult. And do it with a smile.” This statement resounded from Officer May’s services at the San Jose HP Pavilion. This is a true depiction of how Rich spent his life after becoming a police officer.

The second photo is of Deanna May, Rich's daughter, a senior at Menlo-Atherton High School, and Alden Bagnall, from the SLOHS Class of 1985. The Rich May plaque is visible in the lower portion of the picture. The new wall and lighting structure is behind them.

Below - Mike O’Reilly volunteered at SLOHS following his retirement from the Fresno State Police Department. Mike was proud of his relationship with the students. Mike passed away three years ago. Picture below is Mike’s wife, Mary Lou, his son Tim.

The two following pictures are for the San Luis Obispo High School Class of 2009. This class is responsible for the launch of this project and raised most of the funds to rebuild the entryway into the high school. Below is Erin May, president of the Class of 2009. The second picture includes Nancy Hite, class advisor, students Caitlin Elam, Evan Carr, Erin May, and SLOHS Principal Will Jones.

Below – Erin May is pictured with Gary Kastning, San Luis Obispo Class 1959. The Class of 1959 made a large donation by providing the pavers across the new entryway. All work was donated by the Charlie Main Company

Pictured at the new school entrance is Lynn May and school Principal Will Jones.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Retirement of Rich's Desert Storm Commanding Sergeant

We attended the retirement of a very exceptional person. Sergeant Gerald Rico. A Marine and a Highway Patrol Officer. Jerry retired from the California Highway Patrol and the US Marine Corps. A very kind gentlemen.

At Jerry's retirement party, he talked about Rich. He relayed many of the same stories Rich told us. Jerry was a Reservist as was Rich. They were both activated for Operation Desert Storm.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Hello all:

I was at a Marine Retirement function this past weekend. A special wine was presented. You should take a minute and look at this wine - the web address is

Jarhead Red is made by Marines for Marines, on California's Central Coast. Net proceeds from the sale of this wine benefit the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, which provides educational assistance to children of U.S. Marines, with special emphasis given to the children of fallen Marines.

Sergeant Ruben Dominguez, Retired, Vineyard Manager. Captain Adam Firestone, Retired, Winegrower.

Go online to and order a case of wine.

Rick May

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

TEEN OUTREACH PROGRAM - 2009 Graduation - Lompoc Boys & Girls Club

The Lompoc Boys & Girls Club graduated 71 students from their intense 26 week TEEM OUTREACH PROGRAM. 120 youth started the program.

This program - did for 71 kids exactly what you did with all the youth you met as a police officer. You would have been very proud of this group.

The program is focused on:

-Promoting successful achievement in schools and decrease negative outcomes.
-Helping young people develop life skills.
-Giving young people a sense of purpose by contributing to their communities through
20 hrs. of community service.
-Value young people as assets and resources.
-Forging strong community wide partnerships.
-Connecting learning gained through service experiences during Clubhouse activities.

The ceremonies were conducted in the RICHARD MAY COURT. The gym dedicated to Officer Richard May during 2008. During the evening, the Richard May Court Floor marker, donated by his father, was unveiled. Pictures are below.

Follow this link to a Letter to the Editor in the Lompoc Record.

Captain Don Deming of the Lompoc Police Department and Club Director, Dena Lara, are in the photo on the left . The second photo includes Dena and Rick May, Rich's father.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day 2009


We remember your life and service to the communities where you worked - every day. Today, we remember all the heroes who gave their lives in the line of duty.


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