Ricky Leon KinchenFulton County Sheriff's Office, Georgia
End of Watch: Friday, March 17, 2000
Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Ricky Leon Kinchen
I was with Ricky for 12 minutes following the shooting and want his wife and children to know you all were his thoughts and prayers during that horrible time. I am so sorry that his life was taken away in such a senseless act.
Bryan E Shaw
January 20, 2008
We were neighbors for over 10 years we were really raise together. I just wanted you to know I really do miss you I see your family from time to time. And they really misses you I wish your family the best. But we all know you are gone to a better place. Miss you Ricky
Letta L Pertilla-Mcgriff
Family Friend(Tift County Sheriff's Office)
November 22, 2007
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
October 8, 2007
During my time in mandate I listened to your story. It moved me in a way to realize how precious life can be and how quick it can be taken. I met Deputy English and I give both you guys the up most respect for the job ya'll did as well as the sacrifice. The fight still goes on everyday and I will never forget the sacrifice made. My thought and prays go out to your family and all the law enforcement officer family who live day to day with the dangers of this job. Rest in peace brother
Ofc S. Carr
July 23, 2007
I believe Deputy Kinchen is resting with God and I pray that God continues to give peace and courage to his wife and children.
Deputy Kinchen, thank you for your service and dedication. Rest easy, we have the watch.
Det. Mike Treu
Kalamazoo (MI) Dept. of Public Safety
June 30, 2007
March 17, 2007
Nique Nique is the name you use call me and it's still the name i hear when i think of you. I still remember the way you said you loved me just before you went to work. The way you gave me a hug and said everything was going to be alright when i was feelin down. It kills me inside that i didn't get to say how much I loved you those fatal moments in the hospital, but i know you knew how much i loved you because i told you every single day. So i hope your proud looking down on me because i think I'm doing pretty good for myself.
March 12, 2007
In all this time i am finally ready to see what was on line as far as my husband. It is almost 7 yrs on March 17, 2007 of his death. It is still fresh in my mine and i will never forgot him he is always in our hearts and mind. He was a good man who fought till the end. I have never till this day met a man as Ricky we were suppose to grow old together, and one day we will see each other again. I am happy that is not FORGOTTEN Thank You
March 11, 2007
Last night I watched an episode of American Justice which told the story of your death and your partner's injury. My heart goes out to your family and your partner. You are both true heros. I know you have joined others who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for serving so well.
My son joined you about 3 years later, and that pain will always be with me as if it just happened.
Rest in peace.
Deputy Kevin Sherwood, EOW 10/9/03
March 7, 2007
I saw your story on American Justice. The show was presented very well and you are a hero for making the ultimate sacrifice. It was apparent from watching the tv show you will never be forgotten. Godspeed Brother!
January 31, 2007
Rest in peace my friend and know that as a hero, you will always be remembered.
Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police
December 9, 2006
i hope your looking down on me to know that im going to be a police officer in your memorial i know you would be proud of me
November 2, 2006
Now here I come some nine years later to let you know that you still are not forgotten. Rest in peace!
Retired Sgt. Audrey Scott-Shelton
DC Police Department
September 4, 2006
I can't believed that it has been six years already. Lord knows it seems like it was just yesterday. The family and I think about you all the time. I just wanted too let you know that we miss you. It has truly been a blessing too have had you in our lives. From the bottom of my heart I would like to say thank you. We Love You and Miss You.
SGT Steven Leon Kinchen
Ft Belvoir Police Dept, VA
August 19, 2006
To Deputy Ricky Leon Kinchen and his loved ones:
On this the sixth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.
My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.
Deputy Kinchen, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.
This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.
Rest in Peace, Deputy Kinchen. I am humbled by your valor, courage, and dedication.
This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Deputy Kinchen gave to his community and the citizens of Georgia, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 17, 2000.
Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
March 17, 2006
ricky kinchen you were my mother's brother and my uncle your life will always be remember i will never forget the hug i gave you before you left me and how you told me to obey my mother come now my humble servant the war has been fought now have eternal rest. I love you dearly
tift county police department
March 14, 2006
The following is a letter sent to Chicago City Councilwoman Madeline Haithcock who has sponsored an ordinance to name a city street "in honor" of a former chairman of the Black Panthers who advocated murdering police officers.
King County, in Seattle Washington just announced today that they will adorn all county seals, flags, papers, patches and badges with the image of Martin Luther King... I personally am proud to wear the image of my childhood "HERO" on my uniform and badge.
I am however shocked and appauled that you sponsored an ordinance to name a city street "in honor" of a former chairman of the Black Panthers who advocated murdering police officers. Members of the radical group were responsbible for the murders of 5 law enforcement officers, including 2 Chicago officers during his chairmanship.
I can think of the families of the murdered officers (Frank Rappaport ~ John Gilhooly ~ Glenn Smith ~ Kenneth Patrick ~ Ricky Kinchen), and how horrified they might feel to see this supposed honor. Please think of "all" involved before moving on with this idea.
Officer Glenn R. McGloughlin
King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention
February 28, 2006
a councilwoman in Chicago is trying to help get a street named after the chairman of the Black Panthers we who are involved in LE in some form or fashion are going to fight that with everything we got. You are not forgotten and you are missed daily. God Bless You and your family.
February 28, 2006
Rest easy Brother Ricky we remember you, your courage and your sacrifice. Though your death was tragic your life shines as an example to us all. Rest now faithful brother you have earned it.
February 28, 2006
I can't believe it's been 5 years since Deputy Sheriff Ricky Kinchen was taken from us. Although I never knew him personally, my heart still aches for the Deputy Sheriff's family and friends-but especially his wife and children. I cherish my husband and children so dearly, and wish there was something I could do to help ease the loss, but I know only God can reach the deepest parts of us... so, I just want to let the Kinchen family know--someone loves you and is still praying for you, but God loves you most of all!
September 28, 2005
In 1998, I was involved in a serious car accident on my way home from work. I was still in uniform. Ricky was the first one to come to the emergency room. After he came in and saw me, he went to the waiting area and stayed with my wife and daughter untill the Doctors determined that I was out of harms way. That's the kind of guy Ricky was, always thinking of others.
I never got a chance to tell you how much I appreciated you Ricky but I think that you knew.
God bless you my brother, see you in Heaven!
Sgt. J. Hightower
College Park Police Department
June 17, 2005
On angels ...
"The wings ain't nothing but a uniform that's all. When they are in the field so to speak, they always wear them."
- Taken from Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Pretty Ricky ...
It's five years today. You're not forgotten ...
March 17, 2005
March 17, 2005
Ricky you are not forgotten. We will always remember the sacrifice you made. God bless you and your family.
Douglasville, GA 30134
February 27, 2005
Again we mourn as another hero is taken from us. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Kinchen. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time.
Rest in peace for your watch here is over; walk in heavens beat and guide us all to protect and serve others safely.
US Ranger Catroppa
National Park Service Kennesaw GA
September 4, 2004
I know that your in a better place now walking Gods heavenly streets. I just wanted to let you know that your fsmily misses you dearly and will never forget you or the deication you gave every day. I also want to thank all the loving family and friends for helping us though our time of grief.
Sergeant Michael Robinson
N.Y.C. Department of Homeless Services Police
July 26, 2004
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