Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Investigator Cecil Dwayne Ridley

Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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Reflections for Investigator Cecil Dwayne Ridley

Cecil since that night i haven't been the same. I still wish things could've been different. Whether you had not come in the store to back me up or the suspect pulled his gun on me. I didn't have the heart to speak to your family at the funeral and i have yet to come visit your grave. But I've gained the courage and coming to visit you today brother. Thank you for everything. I pray that you're at peace and ask that you help me find peace also. 513 your memory lives on. I love you brother

Vernon- Ex Deputy

June 9, 2020

Rest in peace

Mark Mottola

January 27, 2020

My utmost gratitude for your service Inv. Ridley, and disdain for your having to pay the ultimate sacrifice. Sincere condolences to your family, friends, and The Richmond Couunty Sheriffs Office, GA

Tommy Schoenfeld, Chief of Police, Ret.
Brookfield P.D., Brookfield IL.

December 5, 2019

Thank you for your many years of service Inv. Ridley. God bless your family and the entire Richmond County SO.

Officer D. Scott-Sinclair
Marshallville Police Department Marshallville, GA

December 2, 2019

Investigator Ridley, our world is filled with many evil people, and you knew that when you chose your profession. You lost your life in the process. This will not go unnoticed by our all-knowing, all-loving God, and He will reward you abundantly. May He immerse you and those you've left behind in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

December 2, 2019

R.I.P. Brother

Invest. TB (ret.)
State of Oklahoma

December 2, 2019

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, my brother.

Retired Chief of police Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

November 30, 2019

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

November 29, 2019

On behalf of the Albany Police Session 4 recruits, we send our condolences to the friends and family of Richmond County Sheriff's Office Investigator Cecil Ridley.

Recruit Austin
Albany Police Academy

November 29, 2019


The Policeman stood and faced his God.
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining bright
Just as brightly as his brass
“Step forward now, Policeman,
How shall I deal with you?
Hove you always turned the other cheek?
To my word have you been true?”
The Policeman squared his shoulders and said
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t
Because those of us who carry guns
Can’t always be a saint.
I’ve had to work most Sundays
And at times my talk was rough.
Because the world is awfully tough.
But I never took a thing
That wasn’t mine to keep…
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills just got to steep.
And I never passed a call for help.
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me.
I’ve wept unmanly tears.
I know I don’t deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.
If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,
It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much.
But if you don’t, I’ll understand.”
There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints often trod
As the Policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his God.
“Step forward now Policeman,
You’ve born your burdens well,
Come walk a beet on heaven’s streets.
You’ve done your time in Hell.”
Author unknown.

Officer Chad Miner
Powell Police department
Powell, Wyoming

November 29, 2019

A real "Hero" taken.
You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det.Billy Russo (Ret)
Nassau County PD, NY

November 25, 2019

Investigator Ridley, at this website we not only morn and honor your death, but honor and respect your life and work. Your family at work, and especially at home, is in our prayers. Your murderer is not in mine.

God Bless you, Brother and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful. So long as they keep you in their hearts and minds, those who miss you and love you most will never truly lose you.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

November 25, 2019

On behalf of POINT 27, we would like to offer condolences for Investigator Cecil Ridley. Please know we are eternally grateful for Cecil’s service and his ultimate sacrifice.

To honor Investigator Ridley’s, POINT 27 sent 27 Thin Blue Line Dog Tag Necklaces, engraved with “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called children of God” Matthew 5:9, to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department for Cecil’s partner and fellow officers. POINT 27 sent Folded Flag Necklaces engraved with “Greater Love has no one than this; than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” John 15:13 for Investigator Ridley’s family.

POINT 27 is a Non-Profit organization with a mission to strengthen and encourage members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, and their families, by sharing scripture on Dog Tags and Jewelry called Shields of Strength.

We will never forget and we are forever grateful.


Colonel David Dodd,
United States Army Retired
Executive Director-POINT 27

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department-Reserve Division
POINT 27 National Outreach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison
[email protected]

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department Reserve Division
POINT 27- National Out Reach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison

November 25, 2019

Investigator Ridley, I Thank you for your brave service to my state and to your community. I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your life . Your job was a very dangerous one, indeed! You paid the ultimate price and I am sure that God has welcomed you into His Kingdom. May God Bless you and all those that cared about you here on earth.
Rest in Peace now, Brother.

Mary Milam
Sergeant (Ret)
Chicago Police Department

Flowery Branch, GA

November 25, 2019

Thank you for your service. Prayers for your Family & Department.

Sergeant Monica Veney
Baltimore Police Department

November 24, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother

Sgt. CCB (Ret)

November 24, 2019

Only a few, is willing to do the job of a warrior. May your soul Rest In Pace.

Police Recruit Cenescar
Atlanta Police Department

November 24, 2019

Thank you for your service sir, GOD BLESS.

Mrs.C Singleton /Concern Citizen

November 23, 2019

We offer our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Investigator Cecil Ridley who made the ultimate sacrifice for his community and our Nation. May the healing power of God surround you all as you move ahead with your lives.

Chaplain James Gysel
Calhoun County MI Sheriff's Office

November 23, 2019

Rest in peace my brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

James J. Scanlon (Retired CPD)
North American SWAT Training Assoc

November 23, 2019

I am sorry for your loss to the Family, Fellow Officers, and Friends. I will keep all of you in my prayers. RIP.

Retired Fire Lieutenant Frank J Corasan
Baltimore City Fire Department

November 23, 2019

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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 whose 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

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 22, 2019

Rest in Peace, good and faithful servant.
God has already reserved a special place
for our protectors.
Please continue your watch over us.

Thank you for your service!
Thank you for your protection!

Our prayers to the family and department.

Charles F. Holloway, Jr.
Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
Elizabethtown Police Department

November 22, 2019

Rest in Peace Investigator Ridley. May the Lord grant your family, friends and co-workers peace during this difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Deputy Parole Administrator Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

November 22, 2019

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Investigator, Cecil Ridley, in the line of duty. It is always a huge loss when a fellow Investigator makes the ultimate sacrifice. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

November 22, 2019

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