Richard Allen May, Jr., was born on May 9th, 1967 in San Luis Obispo, California. After graduation from San Luis Obispo Senior High School in 1985, Rich enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves and was activated on January 14th, 1991 during Desert Storm.
It was in the Marine Corps that Rich decided to be a police officer and enrolled in Hancock College in Santa Maria. He began his career as a police officer with the Lompoc Police Department in September 1989.
During his tenure as a police officer, Rich worked extensively with the PAL (Police Activities League), the D.A.R.E. (Drug Awareness Resistance Education) program, taught criminology course to high school students, and dedicated his life to helping kids.
Rich was married to Diana and they had three daughters: Brittany, Deanna and Lauren. Rich had been a police officer for over 16 years when he was gunned down on January 7, 2006 while on duty with the East Palo Alto Police Department.