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Richardson family release statement

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 7:07 PM
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For Immediate Release

December 22, 2011

We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for the support we have received from Aiken and the surrounding communities. One can never be prepared for a tragedy like this, but it is comforting to know that Scotty was loved and respected by so many people.

Members of the law enforcement community, especially the Aiken Department of Public Safety (ADPS), have been awesome. Scotty's brothers and sisters at ADPS have been with us since this nightmare began and they have never left our side. You will never know how much each one of you have meant to us.

We would also like to thank the trauma team at Georgia Health Sciences University. Each one of you showed tremendous care and compassion while working with Scotty.

It is hard to understand why Scotty was taken from us by this cowardly act, but we know that he died doing what he loved and that was being a police officer serving the public.

In the coming days we will lay our Scotty to rest. We ask that you keep us in your prayers and especially his wife, Amelyn, and three precious boys, Zander, Chase, and Maddox. We would also ask for privacy as we mourn the loss of Scotty, a public  servant and hero.


The Richardson Family

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johnette4 12/22/11 - 09:35 pm
God Bless you! My prayers are

God Bless you! My prayers are with your family.

Cynical old woman
Cynical old woman 12/22/11 - 10:08 pm
May God Bless you!

May God Bless you!

broad street narrow mind
broad street narrow mind 12/22/11 - 10:39 pm
sorry for your loss.

sorry for your loss.

GodisSoGood 12/23/11 - 09:20 am
God bless your family. May

God bless your family. May He give you peace that surpasses all understanding both now and in the days ahead. Be proud of the legacy your Scotty leaves behind as a husband and a father.

Irksme 12/23/11 - 10:03 am
How sad to hear of your loss.

How sad to hear of your loss. As a former police officer who has lost several colleagues in the line of duty, and my best friend who is buried in an Augusta cemetary, my heart aches for you. The mourning process is painful and indefinate, but you are surrounded by a community who understands your loss. Take care of those young boys and teach them to be strong. Let them know their daddy can still see and hear them. God bless you.

reba530 12/23/11 - 02:40 pm
Your son died a hero. May he

Your son died a hero. May he now rest in peace. May God bless you and your family always

brothernblue 12/24/11 - 12:54 am
To the Richardson Family: My

To the Richardson Family: My prayers are with you for your loss. He was my Brother in Blue.

"The Final Inspection"

The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."

Author Unknown

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