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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Age: 55
Year of Death: 2002

Louis A. Rickards

Louis A. Rickards‚ 55‚ volunteer president‚ Lewes Fire Department‚ died February 3‚ 2002‚ in a motor vehicle accident as he traveled to a regional firefighters association meeting. He served with the department for 39 years‚ including 25 years as chief or assistant chief and 13 terms as president. In 1997‚ he was named Chief Emeritus of the department. Rickards was involved in the construction of two fire stations and helped compile a complete history of the department. He was a Delaware State Police trooper for over 25 years and received two Superintendent’s Citations for bravery. He served for six years with the U.S. Army Reserve. His two grandchildren were his whole world.

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  1. Dad,It is hard to believe that this year will mark the 5th anniversary of your death. I miss you so much!! Seems just like yesterday that you were taken from us. R.I.P until we meet again….

    – Patricia Rickards
  2. Received a Remembrance card for our son’s 10th Anniversary in March 2022 from your grandson Michael. .It was very special to see a Grandson continuing to honor his Grandfather by doing this .
    .Thank you so much .
    Pat&Jack Kampmeyer
    Parents of Jamison Kampmeyer 3-4-2012

    – pat kampmeyer