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Trooper Ricky Marshall McCoy

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, January 3, 1986

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Reflections for Trooper Ricky Marshall McCoy

I never got to meet you. But I will always remember you. I have met some people that knew you back in the days.
You were killed on my birthday. I remember you on that day, every year. Now I have a memorial bracelet that I bought from ODMP. This has your name and EOW date on it. I feel like you are with me all the time now.

Rhonda Wickline
Security Officer
Carilion Clinic

January 11, 2019

I think of you every year on this day. You were taken from this world on my birthday. Even though I didn't know you, you are one of my hero's. My Dad was livng just off that interstate. We also studies this case when I was on college. Rest in Peace Trooper McCoy.

Officer Rhonda Wickline
Carilion Clinicc

January 4, 2017

I never had the honor of meeting Ricky, but my Mother always speaks highly of my cousin and what a genuine and goodhearted person he was to every single person he came in contact with.

Thank you Ricky for your sacrifice, for the honor you brought our family, and for your dedication to help those in need. You are the reason I am pursuing my own career as a Virginia State Trooper.

Rest In Peace, Cousin.

Zack Folger

August 19, 2016

Rick was my cousin and I remember so much about him growing up. We would visit from OH every summer or they would come to our house. I can still see him sitting at his Mother's organ and singing or playing in the creek outside his house. We scared up some skunks one summer and smelled terrific for a few days! I was surprised when I looked up his name and found this web site. How wonderful that he is remembered in this way. He was a wonderful, caring human being and I know that he is smiling down on his family. A lot of time has passed since then, but I still pull out the old pictures of us together. He was a great friend and an amazing man for the short time he blessed us in this world.

Rose (Marquette) Rollins

February 12, 2015

I can not believe it will be 28 years that you left this world. I still think of you often and always on my birthday January 3rd. I will never forget that day. My Dad lived in a duplex just right down the road from where the family was broken into. Every time I see a car on the interstate with their high beams on, I think of the suspects that drew attention to themselves because they also were riding with their high beams on. Truck drivers called to complain about them. Still today I do this. And it makes me think of you. Rest in Peace Trooper McCoy.

Rhonda Wickline
Security Officer
Carilion Clinic

December 30, 2013

I was driving on I-81 this past weekend and saw the bridge named in your honor. It made me look up your bravery and ultimate sacrifice. You lived your life as a hero. May you rest in peace Brother

Det Brendan Quigley (ret)

December 17, 2013

Hearing about the tragic loss of Master Trooper J.A. Walker yesterday takes me back to a painful memory for my family and I. I remember the early morning call to my house and my parents rushing out the door to be with my sister at the hospital, just like it was yesterday. Love your family and those close to is truly fragile! God bless all of you who risk your lives everyday for me and my family. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends (John 15:13). Miss you Rick!!

John Obenshain

March 8, 2013

In Memory of Trooper McCoy, I remember him every year on January 3rd. That is my birthday. I can not believe it has been 27 years since he left us. You will never be forgotten Trooper McCoy.

Rhonda Wickline
Security Officer
Carilion Clinic

January 10, 2013

Today, "A" Shift dedicates our tour of duty to you brother. R.I.P., we have the watch.

Never forgotten.

Sgt. J.L. Slaughter
Radford Police Department

January 3, 2013

I went thru the State Police Academy with Ricky. He was a great guy to be around as well as an outstanding Trooper. He was taken way too soon. RIP my friend.

Senior Trooper Jeff Brown
Virginia State police

September 13, 2012

Ricky McCoy was my second cousin (his dad and my grandmother were siblings and lived next door to each other - well as "next door as it gets in the hills of VA!) He was the sweetest person. Our whole entire family still feels his loss every single day!

Carrie Stoner-Sharp

July 20, 2012

I remember this day like it was yesterday. And I think of him every year because he was killed on my birthday. Whenever I go down the interstate, I see the sign with his name on it. I also learn about this case when I was in college. We talked about it and looked at pictures of the van the suspects were driving. At the time my Dad lived very close to where this happened. If those guys had decided to run a little further down the road, it could have been him they had killed. I have added Trooper McCoy to my hero list. To me he is a huge HERO!!

Rhonda Wickline
Security Officer
Carilion Clinic

July 13, 2012

When I was a student at Radford University, majoring in criminal justice, Trooper Ricky McCoy was killed in the line of duty. For some reason his name has always stuck with me over the years of being a police officer, military police officer, and now criminal justice professor. Recently, when visiting the Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial, it was his name my daughter and I etched onto a piece of paper. Trooper McCoy is remembered and will not be forgotten

Dr. Willard M. Oliver
Sam Houston State University

February 14, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know the pain and pride are forever.

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

January 3, 2012



January 3, 2011

I am thankful that God allowed such a courageous man as Trooper McCoy to have walked this earth even for a short while. As bad as things are, they would be much worse without people like him. My prayer is for comfort, peace, and many good memories for those he left behind.


August 1, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

April 8, 2008



December 31, 2007

I wondered about your story when I passed the bridge named for you on I-81. I am saddened by the cruel, heartless way in which you were murdered and the stories of the other innocents who suffered. Know that you are not forgotten and that I and many others appreciate your sacrifice.


August 28, 2007

On this the anniversary of your passing, we pause to remember. Rest in peace Trooper McCoy job well done, you may be gone but know you will never be forgotten.

Master Deputy
Chesterfield Sheriff’s Office

January 3, 2007

Two decades have passed since your watch ended, you have not been forgotten and you never will. You are a true hero. The individuals that caused so much pain to so many families by their actions took the easy way out by committing suicide. Wrap your wings around your loved ones and protect them.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen officer
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon

July 9, 2006

On this the 20th anniversary of your passing, we pause to remember.
Know that we continue in your memory.

Master Trooper
Virginia State Police

January 3, 2006

Rick and I attended Radford University together but didn't get to know each other well until we met car to car on a midnight shift while I was a rookie deputy with Roanoke County. I could always count on Rick for a word of encouragement, a smile and a time to swap war stories. I attended his funeral and was both sad at the loss but happy at the celebration of the life he lived and the assurance that when my watch ends I will see my brother again. I miss you Rick and hope that my time here on earth is half as noble as the life you lived.


Sergeant Tim Field
Fairfax County PD

June 30, 2005

Some years ago I worked with Rick while I was with Salem P.D. Rick was a quaility cop and and great person. After I leftand had to return to Salem for court I was impressed with his good attitude and love of life. I was a great honor that my unit (VBPD/Motors) was asked to provide escort from Roanoke to his burial. I just came back from D.C. to see the Memorial and said my peace to Ricky, God rest you my friend, you served well, and are proof of what makes America great. I am honored to have known you.

Tom Hayden

Sgt. Tom Hayden
Va. Beach P.D./ 2nd Pct.

June 28, 2005

May God continue you to grant you eternal peace, and bring peace and comfort to your loved ones.

January 19, 2005

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