HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- With nearly 34 years of service to Henrico County Police, Captain Don Lambert had a wealth of knowledge and a commitment to the department few achieve, according to those who knew him.
But out of uniform, Lambert was committed to his family, his church, and his community.
“He cared about people,” Henrico Police Chief Eric English said about Lambert who was killed while out for a run Saturday. "[He was] a committed, genuine individual. People really respect him."
After he started with Henrico Police back in 1987, Lambert worked his way through almost every department in the division.
“Don had done so much in the division during his career, that it gave him a vast array of knowledge for different elements within the division," Chief English said.
Over more than three decades, he worked his way up to the rank of Captain. In the process, he impacted the entire police department, according to Chief English.
"That’s the part that’s going to be missed," he said. "When you are a leader, and you can get people to trust you, and you can get people to follow you and you can get people to lean on you, that’s the type leader you need in your organization and Don was that guy. I just want the community to understand how committed he was to public service, that was Don."
Justin Regensburg, 30, was charged in connection to a fatal hit-and-run that killed Lambert.
He was denied bond Monday in Henrico Court.
Regensburg has been charged with and convicted of a number of traffic and criminal violations over the last decade, according to Virginia Courts Database records.
He is due back in Henrico Court on Thursday.