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Fallen Brothers» Louis Rickards

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Rickards family and the Lewes, Delaware Volunteer Fire Department. Department President Louis Rickards, 55, a 39 year veteran of the Lewes Volunteer Fire Department, died Sunday, February 3, 2002. Louis and his wife were driving through Maryland to the Delmarva Volunteer Fireman's Association Executive Meeting in Virginia, when their vehicle was struck in the driver's side by another vehicle at an intersection. Although wearing a seatbelt, Rickards was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife Naomi was transported to a hospital in Salisbury, Maryland, treated and was released in the afternoon.

     Louis was a lifelong member of the Lewes VFD, joining the department when he was 16. He retired as a member of the Delaware State Police after 25 years of service. He had been working for the Maritime Exchange for Delaware Bay and River. Louis had served as president of the department for the last 13 years. He had served as Fire Chief for 7 years, secretary for 10 years, and treasurer for three years. Louis was very involved with the Delaware Volunteer Fireman's Association. He was a primary author of the book recently published on the 100th year anniversary of the department.

     Visitation will be held Friday, February 8, 2002, 4-8PM at the Lewes Fire Department, Station One, 347 Savannah Road, Lewes, Delaware. Funeral Services wil be held Saturday, February 9, 2002, 10AM at the Lewes Fire Department Station One. Internment will immediately follow at The Bethel United Methodist Cemetery also located on Savannah Rd.

     Louis is survived by his wife, Naomi, two grown children and two grandchildren. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Lewes Fire Department in memory of Louis Rickards. Donations can be sent to:

Lewes Fire Department
In Memory of Louis Rickards

P.O. Box 225
Lewes, DE 19958
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