Scott Richardson, Aiken Public Safety officer killed in the line of duty in December 2011. (WRDW-TV / Dec. 21, 2011)
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011
AIKEN, S.C. -- The family of Aiken Master Public Safety Officer Scott Richardson issued a statement today, thanking everyone for their support through this difficult time.
"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 Scott to rest. We ask that you keep us in your prayers and especially his wife, Amely, 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