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Deputy Sheriff Dean Ridings | Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff

Dean Ridings

Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, June 19, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 390

Military veteran

Cause: Boating accident

Incident Date: 6/19/2010

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Deputy Sheriff Dean Ridings was killed in a boating accident while conducting marine patrol on Lake Anna with another deputy.

The boat encountered a large wake, causing it to turn sideways. Deputy Riding struck his head on the boat and his partner was thrown overboard.

Other boaters assisted his partner out of the water and back onto the patrol boat, which he immediately returned to shore. Both deputies were transported to Mary Washington Hospital, where Deputy Ridings succumbed to his injuries.

Deputy Ridings had served with the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office for six years and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and three grandchildren. Both of his sons also serve as deputies with the agency.

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. Your heroism and service is honored today, the second anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
November 27, 2012

 

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