Fallen Heroes

Ricky L. Timbrook

Picture of fallen hero Ricky TimbrookOn October 29, 1999, Winchester Police Sergeant Ricky L. Timbrook was fatally wounded while in foot pursuit with Edward Nathaniel Bell. During the pursuit, Bell turned around and fired one shot from a .38 caliber handgun, striking Sergeant Timbrook in the forehead and killing him instantly.
Bell was charged with capital murder for Sergeant Timbrook’s death. On January 25, 2001, Bell was found guilty after a seven-day trial. He was ultimately sentenced to death. On February 19, 2009, Bell was executed by lethal injection at the Greenville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia.
Sergeant Timbrook was 32 years old at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Kelly Wisecarver-Timbrook, son Ricky Lee Timbrook II, father Richard Timbrook, mother Kitty Timbrook, and sister Kimberly Hudson. Sergeant Timbrook was an exemplary officer who had recently been promoted to supervise the newly-formed Special Enforcement Team. During his eight-year career, he served as a D.A.R.E. Officer, a Field Training Officer, a Defensive Tactics instructor, and a SWAT team member. He received numerous commendations, awards and recognition for his law enforcement service.
Sergeant Timbrook was a role model to his fellow officers and members of the community, and his legacy continues to impact officers today. The Ricky L. Timbrook Top Performance Achievement Award was developed in Sergeant Timbrook’s honor at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. Sergeant Timbrook’s family continues to carry on his passion for giving back to the community through the Timbrook Children’s Outreach Fund, Timbrook Food & Toy Drive, and Timbrook Achievement Center. 
In November 2002, the Timbrook Public Safety Center opened its doors and was dedicated in Sergeant Timbrook’s honor. Across the street is Ricky L. Timbrook Park, the area where Sergeant Timbrook was killed, which was converted to a beautiful play area in his memory in May 2003.
Contributions from the public can be made to:
Ricky Timbrook Children’s Outreach Fund

Winchester Police Department
231 E Piccadilly Street, Suite 310
Winchester, VA 22601

Hunter A. Edwards

Picture of fallen hero Hunter Edwards

Officer Hunter Edwards was responding to a call on November 24, 2018 when he lost control of his cruiser due to unexpected icy road conditions and crashed on the Delmar Robinson Memorial Bridge (Jubal Early Drive). Despite efforts by fellow officers and EMTs to save his life, Officer Edwards perished as a result of his injuries. He was 30 years old.

During his four-year tenure at the Winchester Police Department, Officer Edwards was a member of the SWAT team and Civil Disturbance Unit. He was the recipient of numerous awards and citations, including the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award.

Officer Edwards will be remembered by his colleagues, friends, family, and the community as an exemplary officer – one who could be counted on in the most difficult of situations. His unexpected death resonated deeply throughout the department, community, and region, with hundreds of law enforcement professionals, family members, and friends gathering at his memorial service and along the procession route to pay their final respects.

At the time of his passing, Officer Edwards was a newlywed and is survived by his wife and son.

The Winchester-Frederick County Law Enforcement Foundation partnered with City National Bank to establish a fund in Hunter’s memory that would assist his family in their time of need.

Donations are collected at the Winchester and Stephens City branches or by mail:

P.O. Box 662,
Winchester, VA 22604
Please write “Officer Hunter Edwards” on the subject line of the check