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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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    charlottedude120

    about 4 years ago

    228 Comments

    RIP PEACE.MAY THE LORD BLESS AND KEEP THE FAMILY.

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    NYPDALT

    about 4 years ago

    3130 Comments

    RIP. God Bless his family.

    Nice tribute with the patrol car.

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    america_health

    about 4 years ago

    252 Comments

    God Bless and rest in peace

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    buck

    about 4 years ago

    1290 Comments

    God Bless and rest in peace.

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    ksphatcop

    about 4 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    dominicano_soy

    about 4 years ago

    848 Comments

    RIP my brother

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    95Zcar

    about 4 years ago

    3992 Comments

    Another Warrior goes to God; Blessings to his family, friends and co workers.

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    bikecop45

    about 4 years ago

    206 Comments

    I wear a helmet for everything from, bicycles, jetskis', motorcycles and ATVs'. I just wonder if a bouyant style helmet might make a difference for operational use in marine watercraft to avoid fatalities in similar incidents in the future. Rest in peace sir!

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    skascooter007

    about 4 years ago

    2010 Comments

    RIP

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    medgirl75

    about 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    RIP. Thoughts and prayers to the friends, family, and Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office

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    SkoolCop

    about 4 years ago

    4582 Comments

    Rest In Peace Deputy Ridings.

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    natasha74

    about 4 years ago

    604 Comments

    RIP .. My prayers are with his family and friends.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    So sad.. RIP Brother.. Thoughts and prayers for the family.. :(

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    jakester

    about 4 years ago

    1148 Comments

    IN HONORE CASORUM
    Gone, but not forgotten.

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    DDemlong

    about 4 years ago

    2238 Comments

    Horrible accident. RIP

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