Scott Richardson, Aiken Public Safety officer killed in the line of duty in December 2011. (WRDW-TV / Dec. 21, 2011)
News 12 at 11 o'clock / Saturday, Dec. 22, 2013
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- It's been two years since the death of one of Aiken Public safety's' seasoned officers, Scott Richardson.
Memories of his presence fill these halls of Aiken Public Safety.
"Just makes you sad to think of what's lost," said Sergeant Craig Burgess.
He was a fellow officer and friend to Sergeant Burgess.
"Always that smile on his face, always ready to work and do his job," said Burgess.
It's exactly what Scotty Richardson was doing December 21, 2011, when things when terribly wrong.
He was shot while stopping a suspicious car. He died a day later, leaving an entire city and state mourning.
"He truly was irreplaceable and is," Burgess told News 12's Patrick Price.
He's reminded often of what took place two years ago, almost every day.
"The fire fatalities yesterday with the 3-year-old and his great grandmother, kind of brought all that back to the forefront," he said.
A memory he often shares with his new officers showing them exactly where Richardson was shot, detail for detail of what went wrong that night.
"Most people are nothing more than silent after that," he said.
Since the death of Richardson and other officers like Sandy Rogers, Burgess has focused even more on safety of his officers.
"Never be afraid to call for assistance, or in some cases just back off and wait until another time," he said.
Words he tells those new officers, to honor a life his department lost too soon.
"Scotty left a void, he'll always be remembered," said Sergeant Burgess.