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Service to mark anniversary of Wythe deputy’s death

Dicker memorialBy MELINDA WILLIAMS



WYTHEVILLE – Wythe County Sheriff’s Office will hold a special memorial service and blood drive Friday to mark the 19th anniversary of the shooting death of Deputy Cliff Dicker.

A 15-year-old juvenile shot and killed Dicker Dec. 6, 1994 as he attempted to serve a detention order on the juvenile.

Virginia State Police First Sgt. Mike Honaker will speak at the memorial service, which gets underway at 10:15 a.m. in the main conference room of Wythe County Sheriff’s Office. There will be a moment of silence at 10:24 a.m. to mark the time dispatchers were notified that Dicker was fatally wounded.

From noon to 6 p.m., the sheriff’s office will host its Red Cross-sanctioned fifth annual Cliff Dicker Memorial Blood Drive at the Fourth Street Civic Center, across from the sheriff’s office.

Wythe County Sheriff Doug King said he first met Dicker upon starting work at the sheriff’s office in 1983. “Cliff was one of the guys I looked up to. He was always so professional in his behavior and appearance,” he added.

King was in training in Richmond when Dicker was killed. “They left a note on my door to call dispatch,” he said. “It was one of the greatest shocks of my life. It was a huge loss to the community and an even bigger loss to the family. He was just a decent and kind man who loved his family.”

A 14-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, Dicker left behind a wife, two sons, a daughter, two stepdaughters and two grandchildren. He was a veteran of the Air Force.

One Response to Service to mark anniversary of Wythe deputy’s death

  1. Va Girl

    December 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Next time anyone of you reading this is pulled over, or questioned by an officer for any reason, remember this story. I never wonder why officers often seem distant or distrusting when dealing with any individual in any situation. A KID murdered this officer. They never know what dangers they are facing and have to assume it’s always there. Be courteous and maybe even thank one for their service. It’s got to be the hardest job in the world. That, military, and public school teachers!!