Officer Ernest Carlyle Ricks, III

Officer Ernest Carlyle Ricks, III

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Tuesday, May 16, 1989

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Ernest Carlyle Ricks, III

Officer Ernest Ricks suffered a fatal heart attack while performing a physical fitness test at the police department's academy.

Other officers immediately began to administer CPR after he collapsed. He was transported to Hadley Memorial Hospital where he passed away the following day.

Officer Ricks was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for only six months. He is survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge 2479
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack


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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

May 16, 2021

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