|Birth: ||Jun. 20, 2001, USA|
|Death: ||Jan. 9, 2010|
St. Joseph County
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Officer Jim Szuba's K-9 partner Ricky
Obituary January 15, 2010
June 20, 2001 -- January 9, 2010
Ricky was born June 20, 2001, and brought into the Szuba home in 2003. He was a police officer, a partner to Jim, and a family dog. The job is what he lived for, getting excited and riled up when it came time to get into the car and head off to work. The family spoiled him, making it seem like he was a harmless puppy. When he was home he followed Jim around, never leaving his side, constantly protecting his partner. The wife, son and daughter of Jim not only lost their beloved husband and father, but also their beloved family dog. They will truly be missed and always remembered.
Ricky's partner Jim Szuba's F.A.G. memorial here:
Corporal James "Jim" Szuba
Mishawaka Cpl James Szuba and K9 Ricky Funeral on Youtube:
Mishawaka Police Department
End of Watch: Saturday, January 9, 2010
Date of Incident: Saturday, January 9, 2010
Cause of Death: Motor Vehicle Accident (Pursuit)
Time in Service: 8 years
Survivors: His wife Debbie, son Joshua, and daughter Stephanie.
Corporal Szuba was responding to assist another officer who had just initiated a vehicle pursuit when the fleeing SUV crashed into his marked police unit. Corporal Szuba and his K-9 partner Ricky were both killed instantly. The blood-alcohol content of the fleeing driver was reported to be .239 (3X the legal limit). His injuries were not life-threatening. The suspect was on probation for an 18-month sentence for delivery and manufacturing of marijuana. He was later convicted and sentenced to 32½ years for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death, resisting law enforcement and possession of controlled substances.
Read more: http://www.odmp.org/officer/20224-corporal-james-john-szuba#ixzz1sUjXCD5f
"Community lines street during procession for two fallen police heroes"
January 15, 2010 by John Paul
MISHAWAKA — A long procession stretching for miles involved officers from neighboring counties. Law enforcement from as far north as Michigan, and as far south as Evansville were in attendance. "It's very emotion, it's very tough," said Mike Talbot Assistant Chief for Mishawaka's Fire Department. As firefighters prepared the Garrison flag, members moved the stars and stripes carefully to honor two fallen heroes. "He was a member of ours," said Talbot. "He was a brother." And as the red, white and blue waved, the crowd also lined up along Church Street. Sharon Moo-Smith was among them. "I've been heart-sick ever since I heard about it," Moo-Smith said. "I cry every time I hear it on TV; it's just so sad." Outside the Mishawaka Police Department, a black drape marked two losses. Jamie Boyer felt compelled to bring his dog, Newt, to remember Officer Szuba and Ricky — partners on the force for more than six years. "He doesn't understand, but I understand," said Boyer. "If something ever happened to him (Newt), I'd be crushed." As shades of red and blue lights flickered as police cars drove by, the crowd stood silent. As people stood on the sidewalks with hands over their heavy hearts; they found it hard to imagine what Szuba's family both on and off the force must be going through. "It's got to be horrible for them and I just wish all the best for them," said Marcia Montgomery. "We got to be here for them." Montgomery continued, "Their reason for being is us — the citizens." As car after car passed; followed by the roar of the motorcade with Szuba's body, Montgomery was brought to tears. "I'll be thinking of my nephew hoping nothing like this happens to him," she said. And the contributions of Officer Jim Szuba and Ricky will never be forgotten.
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