Officers, family, public attend emotional funeral for slain officer

Scott Richardson funeral
The funeral services for fallen Officer Scott Richardson were held Tuesday morning. (WRDW-TV / Dec. 27, 2011)
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News 12 First at Five / Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011

AIKEN, S.C. -- Aiken Department of Public Safety Director Pete Frommer held back tears as he addressed the family of a fallen hero Tuesday morning.

"We will miss our son, and we just thank you for letting us share him with you," Frommer said. "If you look in the dictionary under humble, you'll see Scotty's picture there. He was that kind of a person."

There were hundreds of law enforcement officers at the funeral from near and from far. Officer Richardson's widow and three small children were there, too, but there was also an overwhelming number of members of the general public.

"Scotty came to us and was an Aiken boy. He grew up in Aiken and went to school here," Frommer said.

Richardson was also an avid Gamecock fan.

"Most of his wardrobe had a rooster on it somewhere," Tim Harley said.

All of the speakers at the funeral gave insight into Richardson's personality.

"In high school, Scotty liked fast cars. I believe it was a Camaro. At that time, I was a supervisor to the cadets. You see, Scotty came to us with one point left on his driver's license, and I was about to let him start driving code three. I think that's where my gray hairs started," added Lt. David Turno with the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

The hundreds of people there got a better since of who Richardson was as a person and as a professional.

"In his five years with us, I looked this morning, and he had, besides his basic training that he got at the academy, he had an additional 1,460 hours of advanced training," Frommer said.

He was a product of Aiken and quickly gave back to the place he called home. They say he volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and also helped promote muscular dystrophy awareness. Now, his community comes together to never forget a life cut short.

"Boys, I want you to know your daddy was a hero," said the Rev. Tad Marshall, who's also the Aiken Public Safety Chaplain.

Marshall left the crowd with an appropriate verse from Psalms: "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil."

He says the community and family should use piece of Scripture to help guide them through this trying time.