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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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    RKEENAN

    about 4 years ago

    572 Comments

    R I P Deputy Dean Ridings.

    Thank you for your service.

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    sgt_black_cloud241

    about 4 years ago

    190 Comments

    Go with God, Brother....we'll take it from here.

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    station_100_2003

    about 4 years ago

    552 Comments

    Rest In Peace

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    hbg522

    about 4 years ago

    7006 Comments

    RIP Deputy Ridings

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    kweigand

    about 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    God Bless him and his family, Deputy you and your family will forever be in our prayers.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Rest in peace, God bless you and your family and friends.

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    Gombino

    about 4 years ago

    2658 Comments

    RIP, Brother.

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    184retired

    about 4 years ago

    3806 Comments

    RIP deputy...

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    ERIC4536

    about 4 years ago

    534 Comments

    So sad. Rest In Peace. Our prayers to the family and friends.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Godspeed Brother. God bless friends, family and coworkers during this difficult time.

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    FBD183

    about 4 years ago

    728 Comments

    Rest In Peace Brother

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    DocThomas

    about 4 years ago

    2122 Comments

    Its a very sad time here in Spotsylvania County. I did not have the pleasure of knowing this deputy, but I have had the pleasure of working with his sons when they have responded to our shoplifting calls and they are fine Deputies, professionalism they undoubtedly learned from their father. Rest in Peace Deputy Ridings, my prayers are with your friends and family.

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    Allen705

    about 4 years ago

    1466 Comments

    Jesus, another officer down. We are in for a bad summer boys and girls. Vest up and stay safe. RIP deputy.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Rest in peace my brother!!

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    Dutch101

    about 4 years ago

    1654 Comments

    REST IN PEACE OFFICER

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