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By Kevin Killen - Daily Staff Writer Winchester officials and residents came out on Friday for the official dedication of the Ricky L. Timbrook Park. Under a threat of rain and thunder, close to 80 people attended a touching ceremony to honor the memory
By Kevin Killen - Daily Staff Writer
Winchester officials and residents came out on Friday for the official dedication of the Ricky L. Timbrook Park.
Under a threat of rain and thunder, close to 80 people attended a touching ceremony to honor the memory of the slain city police sergeant, who had spent much of his time helping the community’s children and residents.
Timbrook was shot and killed in October 1999 by Edward N. Bell in an East Lane alley during a foot pursuit. The area where Timbrook was killed was converted into the park.
“This place used to be one of the darkest areas in the city, but look at it now,” said Mayor Larry T. Omps in a brief address.
It was Omps and his wife Nancy who told the city Parks and Recreation Department that “anything they could get for the park they would.”
The Ompses donated the gazebo that sits out in front of the park.
Omps said that everyone has a story about Timbrook, and how he cared for children.
“Ricky was all about the children,” Omps said. “He was vital in helping the city’s youth and played a large part in community policing.”
Omps talked about how the park, with its slides, swing set and half-court basketball area, is an open space for neighborhood residents to enjoy.
“We want you to come and enjoy this park, and to come and play here,” Omps said. “This is a great place to visit and enjoy the area.”
While Timbrook’s widow Kelly and their 4-year-old son, Ricky III, could not attend the ceremony due to illness, other members of the Timbrook family were there, including his parents and his sister Kimberly.
The ceremony ended with a ribbon cutting officially opening the new park.
For Richard Timbrook Sr., this was a defining and proud moment for him and his family.
“It’s beautiful, and I know Ricky would have loved it,” he said of the park.
The elder Timbrook said that a minute never goes by that he doesn’t think about his son. The park, he said, is a lasting tribute to the goodness his son possessed.
“Rick loved children, and he loved to make them laugh,” he said. “This park will be a great thing to him.”
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