Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman William Rankin Hickman

Jackson Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Monday, April 13, 1981

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Reflections for Patrolman William Rankin Hickman

I was only 15 years old when this incident happened to you. I later met and trained with many of your comrades with JPD. You were highly respected by your peers and I was given the inside details to this terrible incident. I became a police officer and spent many years doing it, and I have thought of you often... R.I.P. my brother in blue!

Former Patrolman and Deputy
Pearl Police Department and Scott Co SO

January 29, 2021

Rest in Peace Patrolman Hickman. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Hickman Family and the Jackson Police Department.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office New Jersey

November 18, 2020

I passed through your hometown today. The last time I was there was for your funeral. You were such a fun person! I remember one morning after night shift we all got crazy with our pepper spray. RIP my friend. You will never be forgotten.

Tony Watson
Jackson Police Dept.

July 15, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Hickman.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 30, 2019

We will always remember Billy and his family. Billy was a great husband, father and friend. He will always be missed.

Johnnette and Durwood

April 14, 2016

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family remain in my prayers! RIP, God bless you Officer Hickman.

Cambria Santiago

April 13, 2016

Officer Hickman your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to the City of Jackson and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace my fellow LE brother!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop D

April 13, 2016

Also growing up and going to church together in Wiggins was the start.
Then learning how your death was a inspiration for businesses to come together in Jackson and purchase and donate the first bullet proof vests to JPD.
You have saved lives thru tragedy. RIP Billy Hickman.

Vernon Bunch

December 5, 2015

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to the City and Citizens of Jackson! Continue to Rest in Peace Officer Hickman.
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop D

April 13, 2015

I remember being saddened when this happened,myself a 16yr old with aspirations of being a Jackson policeman.. After my service completed age 50, and going thru numerous police losses, can I fathom the lasting impact of Billy Hickman's loss to his family, having had the honor of meeting his widow and sons at past memorial services that they always attend after so many years.. Lest we never forget, Rest in Eternal Peace...

M.E. Mosley, JPD retired

February 2, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 31rst anniversary 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace.

Rest In Peace.

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

April 13, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 13, 2010

Patrolman Hickman, thank you for your service and dedication. You have not been forgotten. Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

July 28, 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

November 29, 2007

Patrolman Hickman, I was too young to remember this tragic day that ended your life. I am sure you are in good hands in the company of our lord. May god bless your family

C.A. McGahey
former JPD Patrolman

April 13, 2006

Billy, I wish I could have done something that night that would have made a difference. We all do. Take care until we meet again.

Officer Rick Stubblefield
Hinds Community College PD

July 17, 2005

Although I never have met you.. Thank you for all the brave work that did and thank you for protecting so many
you are not forgotten..
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

Michele Yakym
Mishawaka, IN

January 8, 2004

Sir, thank you for protecting those of us who never knew you.

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