Deputy Sheriff Hiram A. Ritchie

Photo of Deputy Sheriff Hiram A. Ritchie
End of Watch: Mon, Jun 30th, 1980
Date of Incident: Mon, Jun 30th, 1980
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 9 years
Age: 29


His wife - Barbara; son - Charles; daughter - Dawn; mother - Beulah; sisters - Lola and Shiela; and brothers - Hershel, Jimmy, David, Rick, Bill, Lloyd, and David.


Deputy Ritchie was attempting an arrest when he was shot and killed.


Perry County Sheriff's Department Patch
Main Street
Hazard, Kentucky 41702
(606) 439-4523


There are 3 tributes for Deputy Sheriff Hiram A. Ritchie.

Deputy Sheriff Hiram A. Ritchie
Left by Sheila Wright on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

There is so much I wish to say

I think about you every day

I miss your laugh

I miss your smile

Neither lost nor forgotten...

I imagine them often

It just doesn’t seem real that you’re not around

I still look for you when I’m in town…

I’ll never forget on the 30th of June...

As I sat on the curb, tears filled my eyes….

I found myself looking for you…..

Until I realized what was true...

I will never again see your wave and your smile...

We won’t stand on the street and visit for a while…

No “how you doing Sis” with a big hug to follow….

All of these things, I cherish so dearly …

In my heart, I remember so clearly…

I still talk to you ...

I know you can hear me…

Today I spoke of you and before I finished my sentence….

I could feel your presence...

Then .. a coincidence, or was it a sign?

The song that reminds me of you began to play…

As If you knew I was thinking of you this day...

I smiled.. feeling you were there with me …

Again... I sat remembering…

Tears filled my eyes as I listened to the song.

But this time I accepted that you are gone.

So many years later..

Seems like forever….

I’ve asked myself and I’ve talked to God…..

How could he take you away for so long?

The only answer that makes any sense is ….

You’re in God’s hands now…

As he planned

Watching us from above…

An Angel in heaven who will always be loved.

I miss u with all my Heart