Chief of Police Tony Rickerson was killed in a vehicle crash on CR 143 and Southwest 28th Lane in Jasper at 10:25 pm. While on his way to backup officers who were responding to an unauthorized block party, he hit a deer in the road. His patrol vehicle careened off the roadway and struck a large tree. When emergency responders arrived, Chief Rickerson's patrol vehicle was engulfed in flames. Chief Rickerson had served with the Jasper Police Department for 13 years and was appointed as the Chief in September 2022. He had previously served with the Jennings Police Department and the Florida Department of Corrections. He is survived by his wife and three children.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ga. — A 26-year-old Georgia forest ranger died over the weekend after suffering a medical emergency while on duty, the Georgia Forestry Commission said Tuesday. In a release, the forestry commission said Shaun Luke Daniel experienced the medical emergency while monitoring a contained wildfire on Sunday. The release did not explain if the medical emergency was at all connected to the monitoring duties that Daniel was performing.It happened in Washington County, which neighbors Baldwin County and Milledgeville. Daniel was treated by first responders "who were unable to revive him on the scene," the forestry commission said. “We are shocked and saddened at the sudden loss of Luke, our friend and co-worker,” Georgia Forestry Commission Director Tim Lowrimore said. “Our hearts are with his family during this devastating time and we’re extending all our support to them and to our GFC family as well.” The commission said an internal review of the incident is ongoing.
This information is supplied by the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org) and the U.S. Fire Administration (www.apps.usfa.fema.gov).
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