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Todd Michael Ricks

Glynn County Fire Department



Born:  1958

Died:  December 5, 2001









Todd Michael Ricks, 43, of Brunswick and Woodbridge, Va., died Wednesday, December 5, 2001 at his residence in Brunswick.


Funeral services will be held Monday, December 10, 2001 at 11 a.m. from St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with Father Cletus Pifer and Monsignor Salvatore Criscuolo officiating. Burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. The White House is flying the American Flag in honor of Todd at half-staff and a memorial service will be held at a later date in Washington D.C.


Visitation will be held Sunday, December 9, 2001 at Chapman Funeral Chapel, 2031 Cate Road, from 5 to 8 p.m.


Pallbearers are Mike Maloy, Reid Harris, Charlie Jenks, Fred Jaudon, Tim Barton, Randy Cauthen, Brent Monagan, Joe Sousa, Mark Spaulding and George Davis.


Honorary pallbearers are Mark Clark, Ken Runyan, Johnny Paulk, Ken Plyman, Mitchell Bronfman, Misty Oelhafen, Glynn County Fire Department, U.S. Park Police and the Harley Davidson Police Fleet Sales.


Survivors include his wife, Dory Bridgwood Ricks; two sons, Manet Matthew Ricks and Michael Ferman Ricks, both of Woodbridge; twin daughters, Sara Virginia Ricks and Samantha Dorothy Ricks of Woodbridge; parents, Ferman O. and Virginia L. Ricks of Brunswick; two brothers, Greg C. Ricks of Savannah and Cory A. Ricks of Brunswick; a sister, Jeri R. Sweeney of Brunswick; several nieces; nephews; and cousins.


Todd was born and raised in Glynn County and was a graduate of Brunswick High School. Upon graduation, he worked for the Glynn County and Jekyll Island Fire Departments as an EMT. Later, he worked for the United States Park Police in Washington D.C., relocating to Woodbridge, Va. He was promoted to Sergeant, the position he held until the time of his death. In 2001, Todd was elected Cop of the Year in the United States and was part of the lead motorcade for the last four Presidents of the United States. He served on the National Police Week Planning Committee, Make a Wish Foundation, National Coach's Association, National Safety Board and was a Certified Arson Investigator.


Todd was very dedicated to the organization C.O.P.S. Kids (Concerns of Police Survivors) which provides support to the families of fallen law enforcement officers. Because of his time spent on this organization, the Todd Ricks Award for Volunteerism was developed. It will be presented to the top volunteer during Police Week on Mother's Day every year. The plaque, which is housed in Missouri, includes Todd's picture on his Park Police motorcycle in front of the Washington Monument. A smaller version of the plaque that was presented to Todd reads: "The Inaugural Presentation of the Todd Ricks Award for Volunteerism to the organization of Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. is presented to Todd Ricks, a Motorcycle Sergeant with the United States Park Police in Washington D.C. For several years, Todd Ricks has dedicated his life to aiding and assisting law enforcement survivors during National Police Week activities. His efforts make National Police Week the special event it has become for the surviving families of America's fallen law enforcement officers. Todd is instrumental in raising money for C.O.P.S. Kids activities through the Mid-Atlantic Police Motorcycle Safety Rodeos and puts his life on the line leading motor escorts for every National Police Week activity every year. Todd Ricks is a man whose efforts for law enforcement survivors will be remembered into perpetuity. He is an officer and man whose volunteerism always goes above and beyond the call of duty when dealing with surviving families."


Todd was awarded numerous commendations including three Congressional awards, 30 Chief awards and 30 plus Citizen awards. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church where he also served as altar boy.


The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, Ga., 31525 and Concerns of Police Survivors, P.O. Box 3199, South Highway 5, Camdenton, Mo, 65020.


Chapman Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


The Brunswick News, December 7, 2001



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