Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Ricky Lee Ward

Mexia Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, August 2, 1993

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Reflections for Patrolman Ricky Lee Ward

Missing you still, big guy. It's hard to believe that this August will mark 25 years without you. Time has softened the grief somewhat, but just thinking of you still brings tears to my eyes and the hollow ache returns. So many from our team have joined you in heaven over the years. Can't wait to hug you when I reach the other side!


Former Mexia PD co-worker
Houston, TX

May 2, 2018

I remember this so well My husband Marvin Foley was also a police officer We were all heart broken The wifes of the officers all came together & formed the Policer Officers Wifes acc.For one reason because we didn,t want another officer to die because he did not have a proper vest.We collected money from all who would help to buy the vests for our officers.We collected enuff money that we got vests for all our officers.It was a sad but blessed time for the officers & familys & people of Mexia.

Shirley Foley
Wife of police officer

August 2, 2017

Rest in Peace Officer Ricky Lee Ward. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Mexia, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends, Co-Workers and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your foot steps protecting the public. I also Pray that the thug who murdered you is soon rotting in hell.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

August 3, 2016

Rest in peace brother.

Lieutenant (Ret.) Raymond Flores

August 2, 2016

Big Rick, I have known you most my life, besides being my neighbor, you were on of the most amazing, sweet, compassionate people I have ever met. we been through a lot together. Thank you for all my Harley rides. I miss you everyday Man.

Katie Isaac
neighbor, lifelong friend

January 1, 2015

Ricky and I grew up together in Fairfield, TX. He was a great friend and one of the funniest people I've ever known. I still miss ya, Rick.

Alan Burkhart

August 10, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 20th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. 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 solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 26, 2013

I think about you all the time. I know you can see everything I have accomplished and I hope you are proud. I love you and miss you.

Jeffery Scott Russell
Step Son

March 25, 2012

You have not been forgotten. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 2, 2008

Ricky, you worked your first shift as a peace officer with me and I will never forget it. I always thought of you as a "big teddy bear". After you made it through your FTO we worked graveyards together and I will always remember that time. You really cared...I still miss you and that outlook you had on things. Rest easy my brother because you made a difference.

Mike Thetford

May 11, 2008

"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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

February 14, 2008

God bless you for your service and sacrifice. You are not forgotten.

August 2, 2007

hope u r resting brve hero

September 10, 2006

May you sleep safe with The Lord.Thank you for your service.

July 7, 2006

It had been years since our brother has been taken from us, but know that you are not forgotten. We know that the streets of heavn are safe with you patroing them. God Bless You!

Mexia PD

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