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Richard was the communications expert for Bravo Team, and also supplied communications for Alpha Team. When attacked in the Raccoon Forest, like other S.T.A.R.S
. members, he escaped into the Spencer mansion. Later on he found a sleeping Rebecca Chambers
and told her that they needed to find a safer place to stay. They attempted to make it to the attic where they could try to contact the rescue helicopter. On their way, they were attacked by a giant snake called the Yawn. They both survived this encounter, but Richard sacrificed himself to save Rebecca and was bitten and poisoned. This is how he is found, poisoned and bleeding, by either Jill Valentine
or Chris Redfield
, depending on the scenario. In the original version of Resident Evil, he dies right where he is found, and it doesn't matter if you gave him the serum in time or not. In the Remake for the Gamecube, if you give him the serum in time, he survives for a little while longer.
In the Gamecube version, if he is given the serum before he dies, his death plays out differently depending on who the player is. In Jill's scenario, he helps Jill fight the Yawn again. When the Yawn tried to attack Jill, Richard pushed her out of the way and was eaten by the giant snake. In Chris' scenario, he accompanies Chris for a short time and then helps him fight the Neptune, a similarly enormous mutant shark. Just as in Jill's scenario, he pushes Chris out of the way of the Neptune when it attacks and is devoured.
Like the rest of the BRAVO team, Richard makes a cameo during the opening cinematic.