Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Mary Katherine Ricard

Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, September 24, 2012

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Reflections for Sergeant Mary Katherine Ricard

RIP, Sergeant Ricard. Condolences to your family and CDOC family.

Former Officer
CDOC (BVCF and CSP)

September 27, 2012

May you rest in peace Sergeant Ricard. Your professional dedication to public safety, department and our profession will not be forgotten.
To your family, friends and the CDOC, you have my most heartfelt condolences.

Corporal James P Regan
Ocean County Department of Corrections - New Jersey

September 27, 2012

We lift you up unto the Lord
In this time of grief
We pray the Lord will be to you
The comfort that you need
And when you have no answers
To all the questions ’why’
Know that God is in control
And is there by your side
He understands the way you feel
And knows the loss you face
So rest in His eternal love
For there you'll find His grace

© By M.S.Lowndes
Chief Todd Boycher & members of the City of Roxboro, NC Police Department

Valerie Gentry Off Assist II (Ret. P.O.)
Roxboro Police Department, Roxboro, NC

September 27, 2012

God Speed, Sister.

P.O. K. Murphy
Union PD, NJ

September 27, 2012

Rest in Peace Sarge. May God bless you.

Detective Timothy Thiel
Town of Dover New Jersey

September 27, 2012

Absolutely tragic. Thank you, Sergeant Ricard, for all of your years of service. You lived as a hero and will forever be remembered as one. My thoughts are with your family, friends, co-workers, and agency. You did what many would never do, and it is appreciated beyond what any words can properly convey.

Sergeant B. Wolgast
Florida Department of Corrections

September 27, 2012

Safely Home

I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.

All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.

Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! but Jesus' arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's Will.

There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth--
You shall rest in Jesus' land.

When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!

by Unknown....

Dear Lord Jesus ,We Thank You For Your Grace ,We Thank For Mercy ...May You Comfort Correctional Officer Sergeant Mary K. Ricard Family and Friends May They Hold On To Your Word Everyday Of Their Lives Through Your Blood In Jesus Name ..amen..
Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. in My Father's house are many mansions...John 14:1-3

THERESA MELODY
Someone who cares

September 27, 2012

god speed sarge. you're sacrifice will remain in all our hearts. we never walk alone.

Sergeant Hilga Winburn
Suwannee Correctional Welborn FL

September 27, 2012

Rest in peace Sarge....my thoughts are with your family, friends, and the members of the CDC during this most difficult and tragic time....

Lt. Joseph Ward, Ret
Jackson, NJ PD

September 27, 2012

GODBLESS U & ALL OF UR FAMILY ALONG WITH ALL OUR FELLOW Corrections SISTERS AND BROTHERS IN Colorado U WILL BE MISSED SIS GODBLESS U AND KEEP U AND UR FELLOW OFFICERS SAFE.

CPL A.MOBLEY AND CPL J.MOBLEY
OKLAHOMA DEPT. CORRECTIONS OSR & MANGUM.C.W.C.

September 26, 2012

May God put his loving arms around your familiy and members of your correctonal staff giving them the peace, strenght and courage to get through this terrible incident.

Major Walter R. Landrum (Retired 2012)
Bainbridge Public Safety Department

September 26, 2012

The Lord has received an honorable and loving sister in the badge into His kingdom. Your tenure and your professionalism record will be alive in memory for years to come. Your brothers and sisters left behind will keep your record of honor, devotion and love in the memory of all in your community. Rest in peace sister. In Christ.

Tom Bradley, Ret, Detective
Phoenix AZ PD, AZ State Chaplain FOP

September 26, 2012

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Sergeant Mary K. Ricard and the Colorado Department of Corrections during this time. Thank you, Sergeant Ricard, for your service.

National Police Wives Association
Staff

September 26, 2012

Sergeant Ricard, Rest well in the arms of God.

To your family,

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have been on my knees first thing every morning and prayed for every law enforcement officer and their family.

Every morning - during that time I pray, “Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with loving, caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name, Amen”

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for 19
months. Feel those prayers. God is with you, He knows and will ease your pain.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

September 26, 2012

Bless you Sgt Ricard, your family and the Colorado Department of Corrections.

TFC Len Widener
Connecticut State Police

September 26, 2012

RIP Sergeant Ricard, I will be praying for your family.

COIII Melinda Eways
CDOC

September 26, 2012

MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO ALL WHO MOURN THE LOSS OF SGT RICARD. MAY GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU WITH THE LOVE AND PEACE OF HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, JESUS CHRIST. SGT RICARD, YOU HAVE SERVED WELL. MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. A HERO FOR SURE. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

CHIEF RONNIE WATFORD-RET.
JEFFERSON POLICE DEPT,S.C.

September 26, 2012

Sergeant Mary Ricard rest in peace you are
now a member of an elite group The Thin Blue Line
of Heroes. There is no greater sacrifice that one can give
for his fellow man. To the Family I salute your
lost loved one, and pray for you during the days
to come. Mary will be in the company of
Heroes forevermore.

The Thin Blue Line of the Fallen are Standing at
attention in their class “A“ uniforms,
badges gleaming and shoes like glass, They are your brothers
and sisters of Law Enforcement. All of whom have
previously paid the ultimate price. Today, like many others,
they welcome you to this hallowed place. As you march
down the Thin Blue Line of the Fallen, all eyes are focused
on you as if to say it will be ok you’re with your eternal
partners. A salute follows and a tear can be seen
on so many faces. Welcome, you served well. Now come join
the ranks, another member of The Thin Blue Line has come home.

Your Brother in Law Enforcement

Dr. Stan Phillips
Retired, Walnut Grove Police Department, Walnut Grove. Mississippi

September 26, 2012

Sergeant Ricard, thank you for your honored devotion to keeping those violent people where they belong. Your courage to place yourself within the walls next to individuals such as those in order to keep our society free from them is without question, deeply appreciated by many of us. My deepest heartfelt wishes go out to your family and those honored to work with you. Rest in peace sister.

Ofc Michael Bernard
Richfield Township P.D., Davison, MI

September 26, 2012

You are a hero & an angel. God bless you & your family.

D/S Timothy Hernandez & D/S Christina Hernandez
Escambia County S/O

September 26, 2012

MAY THHE LORD BLESS YOUR SOUL AND CONFORT THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS LEFT BEHIND.
THANK YOU,REST IN PEACE.
WE WILL KEEP GIVING OUR BEST TO OUR BELOVED USA!!

DEP.PONS
MDPD,FLORIDA

September 26, 2012

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

"The Badge"

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.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

This may be re-posted in the Honor of his death and the death of any Law Enforcement Officer

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

September 26, 2012

Sgt. You will always be remembered and honored. With love and respect to your family. Thank you for your service.

Lt. Smothermon
AVCF

September 26, 2012

It saddens me to hear of any officer to be injuried in the line of duty, but this one really hits home for me. I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Correctional Sergeant Mary Richard. May you know all of law enforcement are mourning the lost with you. It's my prayer that God gives you the strenght to with-stand this tradgy and come out victoriously. Dear Family, friends, and fellow CDOC employees, just know that the country is behind you and pray you're able to receive peace at a time like this. I also will continue to pray for the seriously injuried CDOC sergeant, and hope for a speedy recovery. RIP Sergeant Ricard and Speedy recovery "unknown sergeant" (2) Heroine's Job Well Done...

Lt. Cedric A Smith/Academy Director
Mississippi Department of Corrections

September 26, 2012

Rest in Peace Sgt. May your family and your fellow officers also find peace

Lt. Burdell D. Schubert
New Jersey Department Of Corrections

September 26, 2012

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