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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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    jmax

    about 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    RIP Brother Ridings

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    Patrol86

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    God bless the family friends and loved ones. RIP brother and God bless!

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    america_health

    about 4 years ago

    252 Comments

    My sympathy to the Deputy's family.

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    djs2v

    about 4 years ago

    5628 Comments

    RIP

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    JoCoSo_L39

    about 4 years ago

    86 Comments

    We Regret your lose all the way over here in Oregon! RIP, Thank you for your service!!

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    dcrump

    about 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    R.I.P. our law enforcement brother!

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    philfroggy

    about 4 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Rest in peace brother

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    Jonas

    about 4 years ago

    42222 Comments

    Rest In Peace Deputy Ridings.

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    DarkBlue

    about 4 years ago

    4880 Comments

    RIP Deputy

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    WACollector

    about 4 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother.

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    KAICHARESE

    about 4 years ago

    2762 Comments

    RIP

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    PoliceGirl08

    about 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    RIP Deputy Ridings

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    gumby

    about 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    My sympathy to the Deputy's family and his co workers. RIP my brother in blue your work is done.

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    motor453

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    We're gonna miss you Dean! I'm sure you are already getting those selective enforcement hours up there in Heaven!

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    God Bless and rest in peace.

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