St. Louis, Missouri
Leadwood Police Department
Chief Of Police Jerry Ellis Hicks/ U.S. Navy/Army Veteran
End Of Watch: 12-04-11
Police Chief Jerry Hicks, 69, lost his final battle after fighting like a True Blue Warrior for five days to overcome injuries sustained following a traffic crash. On Nov. 29, 2011, at 0630, Chief Hicks was on his way to pick up inmates when his Patrol cruiser skidded on an icy bridge. He lost control and hit a tree. He suffered numerous broken bones and a severe head injury. Chief Hicks had been fighting for his life but on Sunday, December 4, 2011, at 1700, Chief Of Police Jerry Hicks, never regaining consciousness, succumbed to his injuries.
A man who spent his entire life devoted to the People of these United States, Brother Jerry began by selflessly and proudly serving for the United States Navy and later as a U.S. Army Reservist. And that was just the beginning. Born with a soul that has courage to wear the badge, this amazing Warrior then went to work as a Sheriff’s Deputy for the St. Francois Sheriff’s Office. He continued his path in Law Enforcement at the St. Genevieve Sheriff’s Office and eventually to Elvins Police Department. Wherever their Hero served, he was incredibly loved. Making friends and leaving his mark along the way. It was 25 years ago that Brother Jerry found himself at the Leadwood Police Department in Missouri. He settled in and never looked back, working his way through many units in many capacities. Jerry always treated his peers as an equal at all times. He was considerate, generous and always gave his all to any task at hand. But it was not just those lives he worked with whom he touched. The citizens were his friends. Always stopping to talk and listen. This was not a man to sit idle for any length of time either. Jerry was very proactive in his community and would often even welcome anyone to ride along with him. He loved this work and was eager to show off what it is we all do out there every day.
Four years ago, Jerry Ellis Hicks became the Chief Of Police for Leadwood and his co-workers couldn’t have been happier for him. They felt blessed to have such a learned leader who knew how to step back and let his men take the reins. Living as only a Hero could, Chief Hicks often put in 60-70 hours a week, simply because he gave a damn Saving, Serving and Protecting the People of his community. When he did take off his uniform, Brother Jerry loved nothing more than to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sharing his favorite pastime of renovating and riding his tractors. This incredible role-model will be missed by so very many … forgotten by so few.
Jerry leaves behind his beloved girlfriend Rachel, 2 children, Jerry Jr. and Judy, 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren and 2 sisters, Betty and Debbie. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Hicks family as well as to all the Men and Women of the Leadwood PD, St. Francois S/O, St. Genevieve S/O, Elvins PD and all surrounding agencies whom have had the privilege and the pleasure of working along side this Hero. Our thoughts are also with those Patriots who served valiantly with Brother Jerry in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Reserves and the Leadwood Masonic Lodge.
Our Brother, as you now patrol the streets of Heaven, may you continue your vigilant watch over us all as we carry on in the battles to come … In Our Brother’s Honor. We thank you for your service and for your sacrifices. We thank you for your life. Job Well Done Sir.
Rest In Peace Chief of Police Jerry Ellis Hicks … We have the watch from here. SALUTE!
~written by Nessie~
Family contact/condolences may be sent to C.Z. Boyer Funeral Home: http://www.czboyer.com/obituary/jerry-ellis-hicks/
Visitation: Wednesday, Dec. 7, C.Z. Boyer Funeral Home (Deslodge, Mo.) – 4 p.m.- 9 p.m. Masonic Services will be held at 7 p.m.
Funeral: Thursday, Dec. 8, C.Z. Boyer and Son Chapel (Deslodge, Mo.) – 1 p.m. Internment to be at Bonne Terre Cemetery
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Backstoppers Association in Chief Jerry Hicks’ name.