Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Ricky Lee Timbrook

Winchester Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, October 30, 1999

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Reflections for Sergeant Ricky Lee Timbrook

I worked in the Jail in Winchester a few yrs ago and remember Sgt Timbrook vaguely. I am now an officer myself and learning of what happened to Sgt Timbrook I stop and think is it all worth it. To put our lives on the line for criminals who more than 95 percent of the time are back on the streets before we even get our paperwork done. I pray that someday this country decides that enough is enough and we truely get serious about crime. Sgt. Timbrook you make me proud to be a fellow officer. May God bless your family and give them some kind of peace. Rest quietly Sir.

Ofc. P. McFarland
James City Co. Va.

I stand proud to have had the honor to know one of the finest law enforcement officers this community has ever had. I worked with Rick at BSR as a driving instructor. It saddens my heart to think that a career criminal had the opportunity to take your life without you having the chance to defend yourself. I pray for you and your family daily. I hope that your wife, son and parents have the courage to move on. I hope that your fellow brothers find the courage to press on, daily, holding strong on that thin blue line.

Dennis Haas
BSR, Inc.

No greater love hath one who lays their life down for others. From the members and staff of the Wilmington Police Department, Wilmington, North Carolina, we salute you and will always keep you in our minds.

SGT J.R. Tyson
Wilmington Police Dept., Wilmington NC

To the family and friends of Ricky,

I to have heard so many great things about Rick.

That he was the best of the best.

My prayers go out to you all.

And I also pray his sacrifice was not in vain,

for it would be a great injustice.

david shenk

I had the priviledge of working with Rick and I can honestly say that his professionalism was an inspiration.

It was not until this tragedy struck this community that I realized how much I take for granted. I am surrounded by men and women everyday who put it all on the line not knowing if they will make it home at the end of their shift.

This community has pulled together to try and make sense of this tragic loss as difficult as it is. We just need to remember to keep sight of the big picture. That is what Rick would have wanted us to do.

My prayers go out to Ricks family. Not a day will go by that Rick will not be remembered and missed.

Dispatcher Tammy Ambrose
Winchester EOC

To the family and friends of Ricky Timbrook:

I am so saddened by what has happened in this community. I never got the pleasure of meeting such an honored person in our community. I visited the car, and signed the large card. I wish you all the best of luck with the baby and can only hope for justice in this situation.

Kelly, my prayers go out to you.

We will greatly miss you Ricky!


Hello Rick,

I never got the chance to tell you how much I enjoyed your company, or how much I learned from you when I was your partner. I truly respected you for the way you lived your life. I have always said to myself, if I could be more like someone, who would that be.........the answer was always "rick". I miss you more each day that goes by and find it even harder to do the things we use to do together. you are truly my insperation.

Take care partner! jim.

Officer Jim Burdock
Winchester Police Department

To all in law enforcement who read these reflections:

Although I never knew Ricky personnally, it seems that he was the model that all of us would want to be like. PLEASE hear it alright for you to show your emotions right now. When you are on the streets, pull over for a quiet moment by yourself if you feel rage. Friends and relatives outside the blue community will never understand what we are feeling right now. Ricky is in a better place than us. On behalf of the people that Ricky served, I want to show my most sincere sorrow for the loved ones left behind.

I an very glad that a long time friend from Winchester let me know about Ricky Timbrook. He will be missed by the Department, community, friends and family.

Police Officer, Retired
West Palm Beach, FL PD

I can only wish when we were cutting up with one another on the eve of your tragic event, that I knew the outcome of the rest of the day...I would have spent more time just letting you know that you were one HELL OF A GREAT POLICE OFFICER. I will miss you as will everyone who knew you. Theres not an hour that goes by since you were taken away that I don't remember you.

Please keep an eye on us....

Investigator Lenny Millholland
Winchester Police Department

We are all trying to come to terms with losing you. You were the best in the business, and I was blessed to have had you for an instructor. I know you are guarding the gates of heaven and protectivly watching over all of us on the road. It is upsetting that your son will not know your physical arms holding him tight, but he will know what kind of man you were when you walked this earth. My prayers are with you Kelly, may God keep you close in his arms.

Farewell my brother

R.M. Evans
Frederick County Sheriff's Office


You taught me defensive tactics in the academy. What I learned has helped me survive on the street. Thanks Rick, for everything you did for us. You will be missed.

Officer Charles A. Sams
Albemarle County, VA Police Department

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who knew Ricky, especially his wife who must not only shoulder the weight of grief from the death of her husband and partner, but bring a child into this world who will never know the love of a father.

I met Ricky while employed as a correctional officer at the regional jail in Winchester. Ricky always handled himself well, a true police officer in every sense of the word. His senseless death sickens me. I can only hope the perpetrator of this hideous crime receives swift justice and an appropriate punishment.

Ricky was a brother in the law enforcement family, trying to make a difference, trying to do the right thing, touching lives, helping people. His death will be felt throughout the law enforcement community. Through his dedication, he made the ultimate sacrifice. I pray his sacrifice was not in vain.

Ricky, you will not be forgotten. Sleep well brother

Brian Gillaspie

Rick - brother in blue,

I went to your patrol car yesterday with my wife and daughter. My daughter is to young to know why we were there, but I could see the hurt in my wife's eyes as she read the poems left on your car. My brother told me so much about you, how good of an officer you were. I can tell he misses talking to you at the jail already. It saddens me to know that your son will not get to hold you or love you, but I know you will always be watching over him, your family, and your brother & sisters in blue from God's side. My prayers are with your wife and family and the officers at your Dept.

Officer Jonathan Shenk
Lexington Police Dept. VA

No one will ever be able to fill your shoes, Rick. You always took the time to think of others and put others before yourself. You are truly a hero in everyone's eyes. You always had a smile on your face. I know that you will be looking down on everyone now as their guardian angel as the Lord above has looked down on you during your life. We will truly miss you, but know you are in a better place. We will never forget this day for the rest of our lives or forget the day that you came into our lives. Our deepest regrets and sympathy go out to your family. God Bless you and your family. May you rest in peace.

We will always love you as a brother, husband, father, and most of all friend.

Good-bye my friend

Shannon Myers
(Former) EOC Dispatcher, Winchester, VA

Ricky was a 'model' officer, he was of the highest ethical standards and totally devoted to his profession. The accused who murdered him had been arrested by Ricky in 1997 for a firearms violation, his deportation hearing to send him back to Jamaica was scheduled for 11/02/99. Ricky was a DARE Instructor, SWAT team member, Defensive Tactics Instructor, in short, a highly trained and physically fit officer. He never had a chance. He would want us to continue to fight the 'bad guys' and never give up. We will Ricky, may you rest in peace.

Chief Gary W. Reynolds
Winchester, VA Police Dept.


You have made a difference with all our lives. We try now quite desperatly to find the reasons, but all we know is that you will be missed deeply by so many. I hope we all are able to take comfort in knowing that you are proudly guarding the gates of heaven, as you proudly guarded our streets durring your tour.

Deputy R. M. Evans
Frederick County Sheriff's Office

I am happy to say that i knew Sergeant Timbrook. I had him for my DARE officer back when I was in school and he patroled around my neighborhood. He was one the nicest men you could ever meet. I am so sad to say that he was killed while trying to protect my community. All of my prayers and thoughts are with his wife, Kelly, their unborn son, his parents, sister, and all his other family and friends. He was a great and respected man. I will miss him greatly!!!!




I am so honored to be able to say that I worked with you. You showed great display of courage and dedication. You were truly an example to others. I know that each time one of the officers is out on patrol now, they have a very special guardian angel looking over their shoulders. I will miss your "Hola Senorita". All of our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May you rest in peace.

Adios Rick

Erin Elrod EOC Dispatcher
Winchester Police Department, VA

Rick, a humble man and police officer, was a person whom one could readily and easily admire. Participating in numerous police events with Rick, while always on the ready, and professionally capable of any task, he always maintained a special and gentle demeanor, and a dignified smile that will forever remain instilled within me. Sgt Ricky Timbrook - a cop's cop! We miss ya buddy...

David Cox (former Deputy)
Frederick County

I would like to offer my condolences to Ricky Timbrooks wife and family.I used to live in Winchester and it was such a tragedy to hear of a young officer getting killed in the line of duty. My sincere condolences, Sherri Williams

Sherri Williams

Over the years, the pain seems to fade. At night when the phone rings, my heart still skips a beat as I think, "Who was it this time"? I will always remember our last conversation, in the locker room. It was about our children. I really enjoy seeing fathers who love their kids, as much as I do mine. I picked up some paperwork the night that you were killed. I saw your Jeep and thought, "What is Rick doing here?" I only wish that I knew what would happen, just hours later.
I went to the wall to see your name next to other fallen brothers and sisters. It was tough, but Lori was with me. I'm not big on sharing my feelings, but thank you for all that you have given us. Semper Fidelis.

Sgt. Mike Ritchie
Winchester Police Department

Sgt Timbrook,

Though it has been 2 years since you were suddenly taken from our community, I will NEVER forget you. I will never forget how you were taken at such a young age while protecting us and all that we have. Your wife, son, family and friends are still in my prayers everynight that passes since your death. Rest in peace.... know that your family is taken care of here on earth, until they can be with you once again.
Thank you again for all that you gave while you were here.
October 30, 2001


It's been almost two years since your life was taken and it still seems like yesterday. I'm doing my best to pass on all you ever taught me to the law enforcement recruits and your jokes too. I won't forget you.




We met a few years ago at in-service in Waynesboro. I was profoundly impressed by your professionalism, your all-important sense of humor and the quick rapport you established with all of us. Your "DT refresher for old and slow police veterans" was one of the best in-service classes I've ever attended. I had mentioned the class in general and you specifically often when discussing how academy training SHOULD be.

I was STUNNED to hear that you'd fallen, as were others LE's I know who knew you. It shows that if an officer of your caliber can fall, it can happen to anybody. After you've been in LE for a length of time, you quickly get a feel for people and you, sir, were a true "cops cop."

The City of Winchester and the Commonwealth of Virginia lost one of its best.

Rest well, Brother

Lt J C Snipes
MWCPD, Fredericksburg, Va

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