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Sheriff's Deputy Killed In Tragic Boating Accident

Sheriff's Deputy Killed In Tragic Boating Accident

The patrol car of Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Deputy Dean Ridings, who died Saturday in a boating accident, is draped in black, with flowers as the Sheriff's Department mourns his loss. (Hank Silverberg/WTOP Photo)

WTOP

June 21, 2010

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. – The patrol car of a Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s deputy sits draped in black Sunday as fellow deputies mourn one of their own who died yesterday in a tragic boating accident.

Deputy Dean Ridings, 52, was on marine patrol of a crowded Lake Anna when the accident happened around 12:40p.m., Saturday.

“The boat was struck by a large wake, or a series of wakes which caused the boat to go sideways and caused Deputy Ridings to strike his head,” says Sheriff Howard Smith.

Smith says that the lake is usually very busy on weekends, making the waters rougher than usual.

He was taken to Mary Washington Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. Deputy William Schroeder, who was driving the boat, was thrown from the boat into the water and was later rescued by other boats.

Ridings had been a member of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office since 2004. His two sons are also deputies with the county.

He is the first Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Deputy to die in the line of duty since 1988.

(Copyright 2010 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)


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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    R.I.P

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    Sheepdog1

    about 4 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    Ahi

    about 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    R.I.P., prayers to family and friends!

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    milcop

    about 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    RIP my Brother

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    jortives1969

    about 4 years ago

    1686 Comments

    R.I.P

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    Straightshooter

    about 4 years ago

    1708 Comments

    Rest in peace Deputy Dean Ridings. Our Prayers for your Family, Friends and coworkers.

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    Sheepdog_1

    about 4 years ago

    56 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother...

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    bsibley

    about 4 years ago

    620 Comments

    Rest in Peace Deputy Ridings. My thoughts and prayers to your family and fellow officers.

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    ucfknightsfan

    about 4 years ago

    118 Comments

    Rest in Peace, Deputy Ridngs.

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    boritico

    about 4 years ago

    928 Comments

    R.I.P.B.

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    joejeep

    about 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    He died doing something he loved . May he rest in Peace.

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    svalen80

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    Rest in Peace Deputy Ridings. Thank you for helping to make Spotsylvania County safer.

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    captainbud

    about 4 years ago

    420 Comments

    Rest in peace, brother. May God bless your family and friends.

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    MP247

    about 4 years ago

    332 Comments

    Rest in Peace Deputy Ridings

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    SULLYMAN

    about 4 years ago

    492 Comments

    Terribly sad...rest in peace brother

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