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Marshal Sherman W. Ricketts

West Liberty Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, June 29, 1962

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Reflections for Marshal Sherman W. Ricketts

Rest in peace Marshal Ricketts.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 25, 2020

I was 12 years old when this happened but, I have often thought of you, Marshal Ricketts. I later became a Police Officer and have shared your story often.

Dir., Ret. Police Officer

June 29, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace always.

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

June 29, 2020

As a new west liberty police officer and seeing your picture in the main entrance of the station and curious about you and the towns history I have sworn to protect . Although I’m not from west liberty but I am from a small town that is just like it. Reading the story and the warm words from people that remember you. All of the current officers are continuing to do what you did so long again and running into some of the older people that knew you I feel privileged to patrol the same streets as you. Although your gone you are not forgot and the town surly misses you.

Officer Franklin Bohanan
West liberty police department

December 9, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Marshal Sherman W. Ricketts of the West Liberty Police Department, Ohio and the additional 52 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

June 29, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Marshal Sherman W. Ricketts of the West Liberty Police Department, Ohio and the additional 68 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

June 29, 2018

I was 11 years old the day this incredible man was shot and killed less than half a block from where we lived. As a youth in West Liberty, I had many encounters with Marshal Ricketts. All of them positive. Home life at that time was not good. I would slip out of the house late at night to find some peace. It seemed that each time Marshal Ricketts was there. He put me in the front of his cruiser and ride me around town. He always had a bag of cinnamon ball candy on the seat. He even took me to his home one time for fresh made cake. He encouraged me and kept me on a
good path for life. I love you Sherman Ricketts.

Terry W. Bays Maj/USAF/Ret

June 29, 2017

Our promise; Always honored, never forgotten, forever grateful.

Sgt. T Jake Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

June 29, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 4, 2015

I was 16 when Marshall Ricketts was shot; we lived just north of West Liberty. Marshall Ricketts was known to be a good pistol shot and he demonstrated it, shooting accurately even after suffering wounds which would prove fatal. Marshall Ricketts was an old lawman but he showed metal when the chips were down. He is an American hero.

Don Fulmer

August 31, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 50th 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 friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections. I am sure you are proud that your family has continued your legacy of protecting and serving.

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

December 12, 2012

It's been 50 years since that night that you acted to protect the community. Many of us from West Libery have spent itme over the past few days in reflection of that fateful night. You are so much appreciated and all of us are thankful. You have family and others who were just kids during those days and now we either are or have been Police Officers. Your sacrifice gave us courage.
Marshal Ricketts, Never forgotten!

Retired LEO, Michael Layne

July 1, 2012

46 years since you entered heaven. May your legacy and memory live on forever.

June 30, 2008

As you were trained to do, you bravely returned fire in your dying moments. Thank you for your noble service in West Liberty.

PSO C.W. Edwards
North Augusta Dept. of Public Safety (SC)

April 9, 2007

Sorry you walked into an ambush, Marshal. I grew up in Ohio with a respect for law enforcement. Too bad this killer never appreciated the sanctity of life. Thanks for your service.

Security Officer

January 25, 2007

Marshall Ricketts, you are not forgotten

June 29, 2005

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