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Below are the comments left on the memorial guest book by Rickie's friends and family.

 


Name: Everett Lineberry
Location: Galax, VA
Date: 08/08/11
Time: 02:28 PM

Comments

Rickie will be missed by a great number of people. It will be difficult to imagine PGRS without 730. Rickie taught me alot about being a medic, as I'm sure he did many. I wish we had more people like Rickie who dedicated their lives to serving the people around them. The world would be much better off.


Name: Brant Bottomley
Location: Galax, VA
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 07:37 AM

Comments

It is hard to say how bad I feel that Rickie is no longer with us. I started in the squad as a junior member and ran with him and Lee Spangler. Rickie taught me a lot about EMS and how to care for patients. He was a great man, medic, and nurse and will be missed.


Name: Ken Muncy
Location: Woodlawn, VA
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 07:58 AM

Comments

There is probably a lot of regret floating around, myself included. Rickie's legacy will outlive all of us. There is not one story that involved Rickie that space would allow any of us to fully share.Each one of us will have one.All of us(that knew him) are better providers because of him, even if it's not realized now.So Rickie, may now you can truely rest at peace. nuff' said.


Name: Laurel Fork Rescue
Location: Laurel Fork, VA
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 08:57 AM

Comments

We at Laurel Fork Rescue wish to convey to Rickie's mother and family, and to all of you, his good friends and fellow squad members at PGRS, our profound sorrow and feeling of loss at the passing of our good friend and mentor, Rickie Payne. Rickie has touched each of our lives in ways no other could, and made all of us better healthcare providers in one way or another. He will live on through the care and giving he showed to all of us, which we in turn can give to others.


Name: Jeff Martin
Location: Galax,Va
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 09:01 AM

Comments

Rickie was a great instructor,There will be no one else like him.He was very kind, careing and compassionate to everyone around him, He will be greatly missed.


Name: Gary & Debbie Hamm
Location: South Carolina
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 10:42 AM

Comments

Rickie touched so many lives and will truely be missed. He was a great guy. We send our condolences to his family and friends.


Name: Kathy Surratt
Location: Carroll Fire and Rescue
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 11:31 AM

Comments

He was a dedicated and caring person to all that he came in contact with and will be missed by all of us.


Name: Tim Vencill
Location: Southwest Virginia Community College
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 11:34 AM

Comments

Ricky was a very caring knowledgeable provider and educator. I enjoyed working with him during PHTLS each year. I could tell he had a passion for what he did and it made even the longest weekend class more enjoyable. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him.


Name: Gregory Woods
Location: Southwest Virginia EMS Council
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 11:45 AM

Comments

We are truly saddened by the loss of such a true ambassador for the advancement of EMS in our region. Rickie leaves a legacy of dedication, professionalism, and service that will not soon be forgotten. It was truly a pleasure to know and work with Rickie, and he will be missed. Our prayers are with his family, friends, and the local EMS system that he so dearly loved.


Name: Vickie Ham
Location: Dugspur VA
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 12:38 PM

Comments

Rickie, you will sadly missed.Prayers are with your family and friends.


Name: Melanie Boyer
Location: Independence Vol. Rescue/ Carroll County Fire Rescue
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 12:44 PM

Comments

Ricky was and awesome person, not only that he was an awesome paramedic and nurse. Always willing to help you out if you had a question or needed help with anything. I have had the hornor of taking classes in which he was the instructor, and we took Critical Care Paramedic together. It was always good to see his face when you went into the ED. I am also hornored to call him my friend. You will be greatly missed.


Name: Shelia Marshall
Location: Cana, VA.
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 01:38 PM

Comments

Having known Rickie for many years, its hard for me to put into words the loss that I feel. From the time I first met Rickie he always wanted to help someone. He always had a passion for EMS and becoming a Paramedic. Rickie lead the way for so many others. The world would be a much better place if more people had the dream of wanting to help and give to others. Those of us who knew Rickie are better providers for having known him. If you really want to find your true self, lose yourself in the giving to others. This is how I will always remember my friend. Cana Rescue-418


Name: Kenny A. Newman NREMT-I Laurel Rescue Squad #351
Location: Grayson County, Virginia
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 01:41 PM

Comments

Ricky was on of the best Medics I ever knew. I met Mr. Payne through my years as a junior member with the Hillsville Rescue Squad! Ricky was my instructor in many ways! No amount of word will ever describe how good he was and how he gave so much! Ricky was there for alot of folks and was an inspiration to many folks including myself. He was a great mentor and showed many of us the tricks of the trade. Ricky, thanks for your undying service and commitment to all of us. We are the next generation in your footstep and our journey will be hard without you but we will always hear you in our minds guiding us through the rough calls. Thanks so much Ricky!!!!! I will truly deeply miss you and your knowlege and wisdom so much. You were the guy we all turned to to learn and improve from! You will never be forgotton!!! Rest In Peace My Brother!!!!


Name: Kenny A. Newman NREMT-I Laurel Rescue Squad #351
Location: Grayson County, Virginia
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 01:41 PM

Comments

Ricky was on of the best Medics I ever knew. I met Mr. Payne through my years as a junior member with the Hillsville Rescue Squad! Ricky was my instructor in many ways! No amount of word will ever describe how good he was and how he gave so much! Ricky was there for alot of folks and was an inspiration to many folks including myself. He was a great mentor and showed many of us the tricks of the trade. Ricky, thanks for your undying service and commitment to all of us. We are the next generation in your footstep and our journey will be hard without you but we will always hear you in our minds guiding us through the rough calls. Thanks so much Ricky!!!!! I will truly deeply miss you and your knowlege and wisdom so much. You were the guy we all turned to to learn and improve from! You will never be forgotton!!! Rest In Peace My Brother!!!!


Name: Kenny A. Newman NREMT-I Laurel Rescue Squad #351
Location: Grayson County, Virginia
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 01:41 PM

Comments

Ricky was on of the best Medics I ever knew. I met Mr. Payne through my years as a junior member with the Hillsville Rescue Squad! Ricky was my instructor in many ways! No amount of word will ever describe how good he was and how he gave so much! Ricky was there for alot of folks and was an inspiration to many folks including myself. He was a great mentor and showed many of us the tricks of the trade. Ricky, thanks for your undying service and commitment to all of us. We are the next generation in your footstep and our journey will be hard without you but we will always hear you in our minds guiding us through the rough calls. Thanks so much Ricky!!!!! I will truly deeply miss you and your knowlege and wisdom so much. You were the guy we all turned to to learn and improve from! You will never be forgotton!!! Rest In Peace My Brother!!!!


Name: Marlene Austin
Location: TCRH ED
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 01:43 PM

Comments

To whomever made the tribute to Rickie, I am eternally grateful. No one could have said it better. Rickie lived, ate, breathed, and loved medicine in general. He was soooo smart!!! I often said I wished I knew half as much as Rickie did. He will be greatly missed. I love you Rick. RIP


Name: Steve Hall
Location: Hillsville
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 01:48 PM

Comments

I love Rickie like a brother. He Taught me how to be an ED nurse, then a few years later, he graduated nursing school and I got to return the favor. Rickie was a great friend to my family, a great co-worker and mentor. He was a great educator to so many. But mostly Rickie, you were my friend and I will always love and miss you.


Name: Rhonda Spraker
Location: Galax,VA
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 01:53 PM

Comments

23rd psalm


Name: Doug Wright
Location: Hillsville, VA
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 01:59 PM

Comments

The EMS community has suffered a great loss with the passing of Rickie. Has was a great paramedic and a wonderful friend. Rickie taught me quite a lot over the years that I have knew him. He will not only be missed be me, but the entire community.


Name: Dawn Jones
Location: Twin County E-911
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 02:06 PM

Comments

Rickie touched so many lives and will truely be missed by all. We are truly saddened by the loss of such a kind, careing and compassionate person that he was. We send our condolences to his family and friends. There will never be another.


Name: Dawn Jones
Location: Twin County E-911
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 02:06 PM

Comments

Rickie touched so many lives and will truely be missed by all. We are truly saddened by the loss of such a kind, careing and compassionate person that he was. We send our condolences to his family and friends. There will never be another.


Name: Dawn Jones
Location: Twin County E-911
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 02:06 PM

Comments

Rickie touched so many lives and will truely be missed by all. We are truly saddened by the loss of such a kind, careing and compassionate person that he was. We send our condolences to his family and friends. There will never be another.


Name: chris anders
Location:
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 02:18 PM

Comments

thanks rickie you great asset to the ems and thur you i learned alot, you where a great emt instructor, and you not being here is lost the area will for feel years, thanks you did for me and the area,


Name: Amy L. Bond
Location: Fries, VA
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 02:20 PM

Comments

I remember Ricky form all the different times I was with family members in the ER. He had a way of making you feel that you were going to be taken care of no matter what he had to do. Extremely professional and caring. He always followed rules and regulations that was one of the first things I noticed about him. He is sleeping peacefully, no pain no anxiety awaiting a better world in the resurrection. Psalms 37:10,11


Name: Shannon Shupe
Location: Hillsville, Va
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 02:24 PM

Comments

This is a wonderful tribute to a man who lived his work, & loved every minute of it. Ricky will be missed beyond words, he touched so many lives. Ricky was serious about what he did, & when an emergency arose all kidding went aside while he worked diligently. He was a hoot when he wasn't faced with the seriousness of work. I wasn't an ER nurse, but on many occasions I was pulled from the ICU to the ER, & it was always a relief to know that he was there. Also I was privileged enough to teach BLS-CPR, ACLS, & PALS with Ricky, those classes will not be the same w/o him. For stories: #1. I will never forget the bracelet that one ER doc wore. It was WWRD-what would Ricky do! That said so much to see. #2. I will never forget the time that Ricky's vehicle rolled off at the hospital, & nothing could have prepared him for the 'call sheet-report' that was filled out by his co-workers of the squad. He was for once speechless.lol. Rest in peace my friend.


Name: Heather Haulsey
Location: Hillsville, Va
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 02:24 PM

Comments

I was right there beside Everett.. long ago in our basic, ST and CT classes. We learned so much from him. Wonderful teacher and wonderful man. Will be missed by all.


Name: Mark Stanley
Location: Virginia Beach VA
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 02:55 PM

Comments

Rest in peace Brother, I will miss you.


Name: Johnny Dickson
Location: Independence Va
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 03:04 PM

Comments

Rickie R I P our friend! Thanks for all you done for us !!!


Name: Rhonda Wright
Location: Troy, NC
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 03:07 PM

Comments

I met Rickie during orientation at AirCare. He kept me laughing the whole time while we were trying to pay attention to what we were supposed to be learning. I did not know him long, but it did not take long to realize what a great guy he is and where his heart lies. He will be missed. My heart goes out to all of you.


Name: Rick Clark, Chief
Location: Galax Police Department
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 03:34 PM

Comments

I always told him if I were hurt regardless of my location that I wanted him on the crew that treated me. The commuinty will miss him, my prayers and thoughts are with you.


Name: Martha Sawyers
Location: Grayson Couny
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 03:42 PM

Comments

I have been in total denial that Rickie was gone until I watched this beautiful memorial. Thank you Pipers Gap RS for this tribute to my friend of over 20 years. I have know Rickie in all of his different walks in the medical field, I even got to see his dream of becoming a flight nurse become a reality. Rickie was always willing to help and teach anyone who was willing to learn; that is why he was the first one of thought of when I wanted someone to teach basic first aide to my Girl Scout troop a few years ago and of course Rickie was right on board and did a wonderful job. I can not express the pain that I feel in the loss of a wonderful co-worker and friend. Rest in peace Rickie and I will see you on the other side on day.


Name: John Blose
Location: Ararat, NC.
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 04:00 PM

Comments

Truly an honor to have known such a relivant and dedicated person. He will be missed by many and his contributions to society will be utilized by many more for a very long time.


Name: Rhonda Shropshire
Location: Laurel Fork
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 04:18 PM

Comments

I took my EMT and several other classes under Rickie. He was always there when you had a question or problem. When Kim was in the hospital in Roanoke I was all alone.Kim was in ICU and I was only aloud to see him 10 minutes twice a day. I called family and no one could be with me. Then Rickie called from work at the hospital(TCRH) and told me he would be down after work to take me to a motel.He didn't want me to walk because it was already dark. I had no transportation because I rode down in the rescue squad. He came back the next day to be with me while Kim was in surgery. He came the next day with his momma to take me home to get my car.He was never to busy for a friend.


Name: Jill Busick CVRS 450
Location: Ararat, VA
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 04:31 PM

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I'll never forget the PHTLS class that Rickie was helping teach. He was working one of the testing sites. Well...it was 13 degrees outside, 3 inches of snow on the ground, and still snowing. We had to extricate a lady out of a car. I'll never forget what he told me, this is just like real life, get in there and do a good job. He laughed at my attempts to get the car moved inside :D. So many great memories and stories, but most of all, he helped make me a stronger and more skilled EMT-E. I could never say thank you enough!


Name: Donna Gibson
Location:
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 04:47 PM

Comments

You will never be forgotten Rickie! You touched so many lives & we were all priveleged to have you be a part of our lives. God bless....


Name: Carolyn Dawes
Location: Laurel Springs NC
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 04:53 PM

Comments

I was blessed that Rickie got to go through his Hospice clinical with me when I was with Hospice. He was so intelligent, impeccable manners, a true giver and it was a pleasure to work with him if just for a day. I didn't know him well but that one day I knew that he was going to be a great nurse. So sorry his work here is done. Rest in peace Rickie.


Name: Janet Richardson RN
Location: Twin County Regional Hospital
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 04:57 PM

Comments

Lifesaving, Rescueing, Caring; Nobody did it better. I always looked up to you. From the early days at Rugby Rescue Squad to ICU codes and ACLS to I.S. You have always been the one to go to when you wanted the right answer. You will never be forgoten!


Name: MIKE SMITH
Location: GALAX VA
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 05:21 PM

Comments

RICKIE WAS A GREAT TEACHER WHO TAUGHT MANY STUDENTS THROUGH THE YEARS I TOOK SOME OF HIS CLASSES RAN MANY CALLS WITH HIM AND HE WAS A GREAT PROVIDER AND GRAT PERSON TO WORK WITH HE WILL BE MISSED


Name: Darlene Wells
Location: TCRH ED
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 06:07 PM

Comments

I love you Rickie. You now have peace and solitude that you so much deserved. See you on the other side. "LOVE YA...MEAN IT...BYE"


Name: Payl C. Garber Jr.
Location: Douglassville ,Pa
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 06:14 PM

Comments

Been too long since I seen you but I'll miss you Uncle Ricky !!!


Name: Sandra Vaught
Location: Independence, VA
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 06:16 PM

Comments

Rickie was a joy to work with many years ago at TCRH when he worked night shift as an ED Tech & I worked nights in the Lab. He will always be remembered! Prayer for his family, friends & co-workers...I can only imagine how they must be feeling right now. Rest in peace, my friend!!!!


Name: Jonathan Bailey
Location: Cana # 469
Date: 08/08/11
Time: 09:41 PM

Comments

My condolences and prayers to the family.


Name: Charmaine Elledge
Location: Woodlawn, VA
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 01:52 PM

Comments

So sorry for the loss of a great nurse and EMT. Rickie will be greatly missed by all that knew him.


Name: Debbie Bratton
Location: Dugspur, VA
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 05:53 PM

Comments

As in the song, I too was blessed to have known Rickie. I was amazed at his wealth of knowledge and his willingness to always share and teach. I must say that I can not imagine walking into TCRH's ED and Rickie not being there. Nor realizing that he will no longer there for those critical EMS calls in the community. Our hearts will forever be broken by his passing but our lives are so much richer for knowing Rickie.


Name: Butch Isom
Location: Galax
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 06:24 PM

Comments

May God's hand of Comfort touch the family and all of Ricky's friends during this time of bereavement and carry into the future until we meet him again on the shores of Heaven. God Bless.


Name: Gary Whiteaker
Location: Southwest Va. EMS Council, Bristol
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 06:27 PM

Comments

I didn't know Rick as well as alot of you and I always felt like that might be my loss. Every time we talked I felt as if I was talking to a friend, and all my instinct saw Rick as a good guy. I have a strong believe in the Bible and it tells us that by taking care of the least among us, we have also taken care of our Lord. Obviously, Rickie Payne was one of those people that our Lord was talking about. While I know that this is an especially hard time for the fine people of Piper's Gap, Grayson-Galax, and Carroll Counties,it is also a hard time for all of us. Our immediate family, the whole Southwest Region of 13 Counties and 3 Cities, has lost one of our own. Rest in Peace Rick, and each of us should never forget the memories and the blessings of the other, people like Rickie Payne, who make us proud to be family. God Bless you and keep me a place in Heaven. You will not be forgotten.


Name: pj smith
Location:
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 06:39 PM

Comments

I have known Rickie since high school and worked with him in the ER for many years. I will miss my good friend.


Name: Lee Felts, Baywood Search and Rescue
Location: Galax, Virginia
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 06:51 PM

Comments

Rickie is a man that you would want to have as a friend, teacher and someone you would look up to! He was always very dedicated and loyal to the ems field. I remember Rickie 18 years ago meeting him Ken Muncy, Jon Delp, Vanetta Delp, Dan Combs. They inspired me to be the best ems provider i could possibly be especially Rickie. He was always there from working with rickie, to a late night rescue call. He was a man full of knowledge and also someone you could talk to. I had to the priviledge to know this great person and to have him as a friend and a mentor throught life. Rickie will be sadly missed! Everything that he has done and people he has touched over the years will always be with us. Rickie will be missed everyday and we should not forget what he has done for us and how he has touched so many people. Rest in peace pgrs 730, your legend will live on..


Name: Tony and Patricia Horton
Location: Hillsville, Va.
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 06:54 PM

Comments

May you rest in peace knowing you are with God! You wil be missed!


Name: Daniel Combs
Location: Cana, VA
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 07:03 PM

Comments

Like many of you I met Rickie in the ER at Twin County Hospital, I was an EMT student and he was very intimidating to me. I was very scared of him (and didn't like him) at first but found myself drawn to his inteligence and teaching ability, within a short time I was working beside him in the ER. I learned quickly that you had to work hard to earn his respect no matter whether you were an EMT, Nurse or Doctor he would put you in your place. I have seen Rickie work day and night when he was much sicker than the patients he was taking care of, but he was always there, and you knew whether in the ER or the back of a truck if "730" was there it was going to be OK. There is no EMS professional in the Twin County more respected than Rickie, like him or not, everyone respected him. I have been to many classes throughout VA and NC and everyone in the EMS circles knew how great of a Paramedic/RN Rickie was. I give Rickie the credit for my career in Emergency Medicine as I am sure many of you do, he has taught me a lot over the years and I am honored that he was my best friend. I will miss his smart remarks, his stern voice, and that look that he had when I was an hour late to meet him. I actually got use to that look and he got use to me being late. I know Rickie is up in heaven with his Dad now looking down on us, and he would tell us to "move along". He always taught with one motto, "do no harm" and if you don't know something, learn it. He practiced what he preached, he was always learning. Rickie became like a brother to me, he was there when all of my kids were born, they still call him "Uncle Rickie" and I know he has been that "Uncle/Brother" to many people in the area. He would do anything you ask of him, thats what a true friend does. There are a few of us who knew just how sick Rickie really was,and with that said I am glad that he is not suffering, he deserves not to be hurting anymore. For those who took cave rescue with us years ago, "Rickie is OK now". Rickie my friend, I will truly miss you, and I know you will be watching over us "24/7" all night long!


Name: Jeffery Shelton CVRS 447
Location: Cana Va
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 07:14 PM

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Name: Aimee Dalton
Location: Galax, VA
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 07:37 PM

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"When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men."~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~~~RIP Rick Lord knows I would have drowned in the ER had it not been for Rickie. What a tremendous loss to our community. I find comfort in knowing that Rick is resting in the arms of Jesus. Until we meet again...


Name: Ellen Holcomb
Location: Sylvatus
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 07:49 PM

Comments

Such a tragic loss for everyone. Rickie was a awesome person who was dedicated to the best care for his patients, he touched so many lives, he will be greatly missed


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Location:
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 07:55 PM

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Name: Teresa Evans
Location: Galax
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 07:56 PM

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Really sad to hear about Rickie - I know the last time he was in my office he was excited about his new Camaro, saying he might was well enjoy a little of the money he had earned because life was short. I am sorry for the loss of Rickie.


Name: Nick Hiatt
Location: Wilmington, NC
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 08:07 PM

Comments

Rickie Rickie Rickie.... Such a great man! It took me a very short time to realize how educated and dedicated this man was to his community. I remember him the first time I saw him and the first class he taught me. Such a well respected man and a dear asset to South Western Virginia. He will be deeply missed. Good bye my EMS Brother and may you watch over and protect us. Nick Hiatt, Paramedic


Name: Darin Shupe
Location: Hillsville, VA
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 08:07 PM

Comments

Rickie was one of the biggest assets to Carroll EMS. Spent alot of time with him on accident scenes from the time I started on HVFD till now. You will be greatly missed!! Rest in Peace!!


Name: Holly Mason
Location: AirCare/TCRH and Laurel Rescue back in the day
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 08:10 PM

Comments

I met Rickie almost 20 years ago when I joined Laurel Rescue. Greg was my partner, and on every call we ran in to Rickie. I was amazed at how he could spout out the treatment for anything...like a textbook. I wanted to be just like him. At first he wouldn't talk to me...because with Rickie you had to prove that you knew what you were doing before he would see you as someone other than an "oxygen robber." I used to laugh when he referred to people as "oxygen robbers." I finished nursing and went to work at TCRH, and our paths continued to cross, and eventually he became my friend. I remember he was always there to teach as long as you were willing to learn. He put everything in to his career, and always had a book and was studying something. Despite his many health problems, he never complained, and I've seen him work when he was much sicker than the patients he was taking care of. He absolutely loved EMS and the Galax community. He was hard to get to know, but once he knew and trusted you, he was your friend till the end. There are so many fun times I could mention with him, Greg, Lee, Jon, Dan...and so many others. I'm honored he was my friend, and he will be missed.


Name: Cindy Felts
Location: Fancy Gap, VA.
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 08:58 PM

Comments

I knew Rickie through EMS classes and EMS clinicals. He was a Great educator! Rest in peace Rickie!


Name: Greg Vass
Location: Galax, Va
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 10:06 PM

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Rick and I shared quite a lot in common. EMS as we ran countless calls together, Nascar as we made the trip to watch the Daytona 500 with Jon, and Bluegrass as Rick would offen show up with Bill Monroe blasting from that silver Intrepid. I will miss this man...


Name: Rev. Timothy M. Felts, LPN, EMT
Location: Fancy Gap, Virginia
Date: 08/09/11
Time: 10:44 PM

Comments

I was blessed to have known Rickie both as a Nurse and as an EMT-CT.... He was a great instructor, NREMT-P and RN. I can remember back in the early 90's he taught me ACLS and PALS. He assisted Janie Dillon, RN Nurse Manger of the ED at TCRH in teaching the Cardiac Tech course that I was in as well. I have run many EMS calls with Rickie and was always glad to have his assistance on 10-33 traffic. The last instruction I received from Rickie was in the PHTLS course a couple of years ago. I will always carry with me many memories, EMS instructions and lessons that only Rickie himself could give! God speed Rickie.... and may God Bless your family.


Name: Donna Hawks
Location: Galax
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 04:19 AM

Comments

Rickie will be missed by all that knew him.He was a great nurse and friend.Rest in peace Rickie..You was loved by many.


Name: Bonnie Parsons
Location: Galax, Va
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 04:24 AM

Comments

RIP Ricky Payne. Thanks for your years of service to the community.


Name: Wings Air Rescue
Location: Marion, Virginia
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 04:47 AM

Comments

It is with a heavy heart that we extend our most sincere condolences to the family, friends, and members of Pipers Gap Rescue Squad. Know that you do not grieve alone but the entire Fire/EMS community grieves with you.


Name: Scarlett Fender
Location: Galax, VA
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 05:10 AM

Comments

My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. God Bless.


Name: Geneva Walker
Location: TCRH
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 06:41 AM

Comments

You will be greatly missed. You always made me feel at ease when you taught the ACLS/PALS classes.


Name: Pam Russell
Location: Galax
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 06:44 AM

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Ricky was an exceptional guy - the only one that could get a vein on me when I was dehydrated, and he did it without hurting! He will be missed in the community and in his rescue squad family.


Name: Glenda Forester
Location: Galax, Va.
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 07:25 AM

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When I first came to work at TCRH I was cold one evening and here come Rickie carrying me a warm blanket to get me warm. I listen to him calling in when coming working with EMS and he his knowledge of the patient he was caring for was excellent. He was a great nurse in the ER very caring of his patients and if needed up front would come running. He will be missed by all who knew him and never forgotten.


Name: Mary Collins
Location: Galax Va
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 07:33 AM

Comments

Rickie was among the first people I met when I moved to Galax 23 years ago. Through working with Pipers Gap Rescue and the many classes I took that he taught he was an inspiring man. I know he encouraged me in EMS and nursing. Thanks Rickie for shareing your wealth of knowledge with me over the years and teaching me and all the encouragement over the years. Will never forget how you always had time to answer my questions while I was taking EMS and nursing classes and helped me get through it all. There will never be another person, medic or nurse like you and for that the world and our little corner has lost a great man.


Name: Jason Busick
Location: Ararat Va
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 09:14 AM

Comments

I know that this County and area has truly lost one of its founding members in Emergency Services. I know that Rickie has touched someone in every Squad in the County and area. He truly had a desire and passion for what he did. This was always evident in the classes that he taught because he always wanted his students to be the best. There will never be anyone who can fill his shoes. RIP Pipers Gap 730.


Name: Deborah Edmonds
Location:
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 09:19 AM

Comments

We have lost one of the finest nurses that God could have put on this earth. He will be sadly missed. Thoughts and prayers go out to Rickie's family, immediate and his EMS friends.


Name: Cathy Swisher
Location: PGRS
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 09:23 AM

Comments

I really hate to lose a brother in EMS. Ricky & I go way back to the Beginning Of Pipers Gap Rescue, long before Jr Rescue started. We washed alot of units, worked fund raisers, & became friends. I will never forget these special times. Thank you for being my friend.


Name: Dustin & Rene' Warf
Location: PGRS
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 09:36 AM

Comments

I will truly miss Rickie 730. Rickie was a very close friend of ours and to everyone in the community. I will never forget him for always helping me to become a better EMT en an for showing me better ways to do things. But, I know Rick will always be looking over us to guide us along! Also to get someone if they do something wrong!I will truly miss my true friend and a great PGRS medic an RN.Dustin


Name: Cathy Brown
Location: Springfield,MO
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 09:51 AM

Comments

I remember Rickie from when I was there in Va,He was my Nurse and my emt he was alwas very kind and a smile for you. I loved him as a friend.He will be misses. Rest In Peace


Name: Cristie Burnette
Location: Galax, VA
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 10:38 AM

Comments

It has taken a couple of days to wrap my head around the fact that Rickie is gone...I have known Rickie for 17 years when we began working together in the ED. Through all of that time I watched Rickie reach one goal after another...EMT-P, RN, CEN, and his long-time dream of being a member of a flight crew. Rickie always wanted to make a difference, but not just for himself... and that's where his love for educating shines through. He loved to teach and he did it with passion! If he knew you truly wanted to learn, he was more than willing to share his knowledge! Those of us fortunate enough to work with Rickie are certainly better nurses for it. There was nothing like taking care of a critical patient with Rickie right there with you, with that look of pure determination on his face that he was going to save that patient. He was constantly thinking..."what do we need to do next?" and made those critical times much easier to get through. Rickie was a man of honor and always strived to give back to his community,to make a difference, and to always be there for his friends...and he did that everyday. There were so many days we all knew Rickie didn't feel well. But he never complained, never wanted us to realize how bad he felt. But there were many days I am sure he was sicker than the majority of patients he took care of. That was just who he was. Rickie, I will truly miss you and your absence in our lives will always be felt. Thank you for all of your years of service to this community, to the EMS, and to the ED that you dedicated your career and your life to. May you rest in peace now Rickie...


Name: Pam Brooks
Location: Blue Ridge, Va
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 10:40 AM

Comments

Thoughts and prayers to the Payne family. I know he will be greatly missed by family & friends.


Name: Amanda Swsiher
Location: Galax,VA
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 11:47 AM

Comments

The one thing i can remember about Rickie is him telling me when he found out i was taking my emt class that he knew i had the knowledge and all i had to do was apply it and that made me feel really good. i will miss him so much.


Name: Jennifer Sutherland
Location: Elk Creek, Va
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 12:49 PM

Comments

Rickie will be missed. Rickie was a wonderful teacher. He taught me in many of my EMS classes. He was an awesome teacher and RN.


Name: Karen (Hamm) Shaffer
Location:
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 01:43 PM

Comments

Ricky will most certainly be missed. During my EMT class he couldn't remember my name so he called me apple dumpling. He could be a funny man. My prayers are with the family and all that knew him.


Name: BOBBY HORTON
Location: TWIN COUNTY REGIONAL HOSPITAL PHARMACY
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 03:01 PM

Comments

Rickie was a great friend and co-worker. He was truly dedicated and an asset to our facility and the healthcare arena. Such a loss for his family, friends, and fellow healthcare associates.


Name: Cindy J. Dixon -- EMT-I
Location: Galax, VA
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 04:15 PM

Comments

Rickie was a little intimidating when you first met him but soon you come to understand his real concern for all was to become successful in the field he took so much pride in. Not many but some still VOLUNTEER and to be a part of PGRS for as many years as Rickie did speaks volumes about his concern for his community. Always wanting to help save lives and teach others to be the best they could be doing the same. Needless to say, Rickie was different than many but few had the passion for what he did. I never approached him with a question whether at the PGRS Building or in the ER that he wouldnt take his time to explain or help you out. His knowledge and skills overflowed his cup and luckily he spilled over on those of us lucky enough to know him. He will be greatly missed and I consider myself lucky to have known him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends and the extended family in EMS, PGRS, and TCRH. Tonight he has no pain or illness, for he has a new body and he has gone home, forever, so be not afraid. RIP in Pease PGRS #730 your tour of duty has ended here.


Name: Cindy J. Dixon -- EMT-I
Location: Galax, VA
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 04:17 PM

Comments

Rickie was a little intimidating when you first met him but soon you come to understand his real concern for all was to become successful in the field he took so much pride in. Not many but some still VOLUNTEER and to be a part of PGRS for as many years as Rickie did speaks volumes about his concern for his community. Always wanting to help save lives and teach others to be the best they could be doing the same. Needless to say, Rickie was different than many but few had the passion for what he did. I never approached him with a question whether at the PGRS Building or in the ER that he wouldnt take his time to explain or help you out. His knowledge and skills overflowed his cup and luckily he spilled over on those of us lucky enough to know him. He will be greatly missed and I consider myself lucky to have known him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends and the extended family in EMS, PGRS, and TCRH. Tonight he has no pain or illness, for he has a new body and he has gone home, forever, so be not afraid. RIP in Pease PGRS #730 your tour of duty has ended here.


Name: LARRY DIAMOND
Location: GALAX FIRE DEPT
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 05:37 PM

Comments

MY GOD BLESS AND COMFORT ALL OF HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. MAY THE DIFFICULT DAYS AHEAD BRING COMFORT FROM OUR DEAR SAVIOR.


Name: Heather Lineberry
Location: Laurel Rescue Squad NREMT-P
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 06:28 PM

Comments

Rickie sure did know his stuff! He is one of the smartest people I have ever met. I am so thankful that I was lucky enough to have him as a EMT instructor, and then as a Paramedic instructor. He sure did make it tough on us BUT he wanted his students to be the best. He will be missed by everyone in the community. Rickie, rest in peace buddy. We will continue to remember you by performing our skills in the best way possible, just as you taught us. Rest in peace.


Name: Sue Collins
Location: Hillsville, Va
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 07:02 PM

Comments

I worked with Faye at TCRH and that is how I met Rickie. I watched him as he started his journey in Healthcare. He was a wonderful nurse and an excellent teacher. His time on earth was too short, but God doeth all things well and Rickie knew the Lord and is now free of pain and with his Dad again. I will never forget you and will miss you friend. Love Sue


Name: Eliza Bonnett
Location: Adams, MA
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 07:03 PM

Comments

All I can say is thank you. Rickie shared so much of his knowledge of medicine and his care for the community in so many ways. I am honored to have known someone as compassionate as Rickie. You will be missed Rickie.


Name: Tony Sykes
Location: Laurel Fork
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 08:15 PM

Comments

Rickie was family, but we became great friends through " the job". With Rickie people loved him or hated him, not much in between. One thing I'm sure of, there was no one walking this earth asking themselves "I wonder what Rickie thinks about me?" He would tell you exactly what he thought, and I greatly respected that. He'll be greatly missed. God bless you Rick.


Name: Randy Hamm
Location: Englewood, CO
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 08:34 PM

Comments

Rickie, I can remember some crazy calls we responded on, but I was always so much more relaxed knowing I had Rickie Payne in the back of that ambulance. I knew if the patient stood a chance of living, it was because Rickie was back there with them. I'll admit Rickie and I didn't always see eye to eye on every issue, and we may have had a few debates, but it never caused us to hold a grudge against each other. I just regret not seeing you over the past few years since I had moved away. You were an honor to know, and an honor to work with. Thank you for touching so many lives in such a short period of time on Earth.


Name: Teresa Ray
Location: TCRH
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 09:00 PM

Comments

Life cannot be measured by the positions we held, the accomplishments we made or the wealth we aquired, but by the lives that we touch in a positive way. Rickie touched so many peoples lives in a positive way. His legacy will remain in the people he taught,and the lives he saved in his many years of service to our community. Rest in peace my friend. My prayers for comfort to family and friends.


Name: Chrystel Arnold
Location: Hillsville, Va. 24343
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 09:55 PM

Comments

Our deepest sympothys are with your family. Your family will be kept in our prayers.


Name: John Hall RN
Location: TCRH
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 10:23 PM

Comments

We're going to miss you, thank you for your dedication and leadership.


Name: sharon barker
Location: galax,va 24333
Date: 08/11/11
Time: 12:49 AM

Comments

I just can't believe Rickie is no longer with us. He was just a wounderful friend to have, with just a book of knowledge. I learned so much from him while I was running with the squad. He even came to my mom and dad's house to help before my mom died. My heart just breaks knowing he gone.


Name: Galax Fire Department-David Hankley
Location:
Date: 08/11/11
Time: 05:37 AM

Comments

On behalf of all of the members of the Galax Fire Department, I would like to express our most sincere condolences to Mrs. Payne, Pipers Gap Rescue, Twin County ER staff and the entire EMS community. Our area was truly blessed to have an individual like Rickie that selflessly gave of his time and talents so that others would benefit. I'm sure that his loss will be felt in ways not yet understood. May the weight of his passing be lifted by believing that "To be absent from the body is to be in the presence of God.".


Name: Donna VanHoy
Location: Ma
Date: 08/11/11
Time: 06:02 AM

Comments


Name: Donna VanHoy
Location: Marion, VA
Date: 08/11/11
Time: 06:12 AM

Comments

I met Rickie through the SwVA Paramedic Program. Rickie was a wonderful preceptor and instructor for the students in the program and his instruction will live on through those that he trained so well during his time with us. He was a wonderful nurse and medic, and will be greatly missed. Family, and friends, I pray that the Good Lord will give you peace and replace all of the hurt that you now feel, with those precious memories of Rickie (and I know you must have a million at least). Your hurt is in God's heart and I pray that HE will bring healing as only HE can. God Bless you!


Name: Cathy Blevins
Location: Twin County Regional Hospital-Respiratory Department
Date: 08/11/11
Time: 06:47 AM

Comments

I met Ricky 20 years ago and we were just starting out in healthcare, it seems only yesterday really. There was a bunch of us that were just beginning our path in healthcare. We all had a lot to learn, but Ricky was ahead of all of us. Ricky and I became friends over the years. Ricky was one of the smartest EMT/Paramedic/RNs that I have ever known. I would have wanted him there in the ambulance or the ED if my family or me was there. He gave 110% all the time to his patients. He gave 110% to the community. He taught many new healthcare employees and EMT the importance of CPR/ACLS/PALS and made them feel more confident, including me. I hope Ricky knew how much he was appreciated while he was here. Rest in Peace and know that you will not be forgotten, your legacy will live on in all that knew you.


Name: Anita Ogle
Location: Bedford, Va
Date: 08/11/11
Time: 07:16 AM

Comments

I was so saddened by the news of Rickie's passing.I have many wonderful memories of working with him and Faye at TCRH. He will be GREATLY missed! My condolences to his family. I love you all!


Name: Linda and Garland Jennings
Location: Laurel 326 and SouthWestern Virginia Training Center
Date: 08/11/11
Time: 11:19 AM

Comments

I will never forget the young man that came to work with me way back when at SWVTC. Rickie and I became instant friends, we spent spare time with the Rescue Squads in Carroll County. Rickie gave of himself in every instance, every day. He was our friend, out mentor, out instructor, someone to lean on and someone who cared. Rickie gave so selflessly to all of us and he will be sadly missed, but, because of him, countless lives have been and will be saved. Thank you, Rickie. May you rest in peace and in the presence of the Almighty Healer. P.S. Garland says that you sure made up in excellent treatment for a lack of driving skills.


Name: Kimberly Delp
Location: Galax Family Care
Date: 08/11/11
Time: 01:17 PM

Comments

Rickie was so kind in helping my grandma when we brought her into the ER earlier this year. Rickie will be greatly missed.

 


Name: Debbie Fields
Location: Galax, va.
Date: 08/10/11
Time: 08:47 PM

Comments

Ricky will truely be missed... Great website and pictures.


Name: Robin Houk Jones
Location: TCRH
Date: 08/11/11
Time: 05:23 AM

Comments

I worked with Rickie in the good ole days when we were all family in the ER at work and at home. I observed Ricky grow into the professional role that he mastered very well. When Rickie was working in the field as a EMT you knew exactly what to expect to come through the ER doors and every thing had been done just so in the field. When working in the ER I was always calm when a code came in because I knew with Rickie by my side we would be the best of the best along with our fellow workers. I feel a great sadness that Rickie is no longer with us .


Name: Robin Houk Jones
Location: TCRH
Date: 08/11/11
Time: 05:23 AM

Comments

I worked with Rickie in the good ole days when we were all family in the ER at work and at home. I observed Ricky grow into the professional role that he mastered very well. When Rickie was working in the field as a EMT you knew exactly what to expect to come through the ER doors and every thing had been done just so in the field. When working in the ER I was always calm when a code came in because I knew with Rickie by my side we would be the best of the best along with our fellow workers. I feel a great sadness that Rickie is no longer with us .


Name: Renee Easter, Cana 406, Carroll 1122
Location: Carroll County
Date: 08/11/11
Time: 09:04 AM

Comments

Friend, comrad, coworker, & fellow volunteer...I would like to take this opportunity, though late, to say thanks. Thank you for your endless dedication & service. Thank you for expecting the best out of all you taught. Thank you for being my friend. I am honored to have known you, worked along side you, laughed along with you, seen eyes glisten in the joy of teaching & helping others...May you continue to live through us, in Carroll County. May I always carry a part of you in my life as I volunteer, work, teach...Go rest high...


Name: Lisa Isom Hubbard
Location:
Date: 08/11/11
Time: 01:35 PM

Comments

Worked with Rickie In ER @ TCRH many years ago, wonderfully kind man to all he encountered. A great loss for the medical field and the rescue family. We are all better because we knew him, to honor him we can only hope to demonstrate the love and compassion he showed to all!


Name: Karen Wiles
Location: Rugby
Date: 08/11/11
Time: 03:17 PM

Comments

My prayers go out to all of Rickie's family and friends. I only met Rickie a couple of times, but he made a lasting impression. God Bless you all.


Name: Zane Campbell
Location: Mt Airy NC
Date: 08/11/11
Time: 07:22 PM

Comments

Rickie you will be missed but us all. The community was lucky to have you in their lives in their time of need. I am one of the lucky ones who can say i was able to work side by side with you both in pre hospital care as well as transferring care to you in the ER. Rest in peace friend


Name: Shaun Berrier NREMT-P
Location:
Date: 08/11/11
Time: 07:27 PM

Comments

Rickie will be dearly I remember my EMT B class well he inspired and prepared me for anything and everything. And now thanks to his inspiration I am on my way to RN. Thanks and may God be with you!


Name: Andrew Goad
Location: Galax
Date: 08/11/11
Time: 10:28 PM

Comments

You'll never be forgotten Rickie! Whenever I'm taking an EMS class and don't do something right or fail a test, I'll be expecting to see your eyes get real big like they did every time you got mad, and hear you ask me "What do you think you did wrong Andrew?" You might have been the hardest instructor to take a class under, but I really wish I could take another class of yours. You were more like family to me than a teacher, and I'll always remember the times I was lucky enough to be around you. Rest in peace Rickie.


Name: Andrew Goad
Location: Galax
Date: 08/11/11
Time: 10:29 PM

Comments

You'll never be forgotten Rickie! Whenever I'm taking an EMS class and don't do something right or fail a test, I'll be expecting to see your eyes get real big like they did every time you got mad, and hear you ask me "What do you think you did wrong Andrew?" You might have been the hardest instructor to take a class under, but I really wish I could take another class of yours. You were more like family to me than a teacher, and I'll always remember the times I was lucky enough to be around you. Rest in peace Rickie.


Name: VICKEY BRYAN
Location: TWIN CO ED
Date: 08/12/11
Time: 09:40 AM

Comments

WE MISS YOU RICKY PAYNE YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS AND WILL ALWAYS BE A PART OF OUR LIVES WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN IN THAT GLORYOUS DAY I CANT HELP TO THINK AFTER FEELING NO PAIN YOU WANTED TO GO ON TO BE WITH THE LORD REST IN PEACE RICKIE WE LOVE YOU YOUR CO WORKER VICKEY


Name: leslie bond
Location: galax, va
Date: 08/12/11
Time: 01:03 PM

Comments

Words cannot describe how I feel inside that rickie is gone. He was the heart and soul of the ER and pipers gap. We will always rely on rickie in the ER and EMS world. I remember hearing someone say "what would rickie do" he always had all the right answers. Although he is no longer with us..his legacy will always continue.


Name: Susie Goad
Location: Galax, Virginia
Date: 08/12/11
Time: 08:19 PM

Comments

Thanks for this Memorial of Rickie. Who every done this sure did a excellent job. I had the pleasure of working with Rickie in the er. He was a super nurse. He will be missed by so many people including me. He touched so many lives.


Name: Mark Burnett
Location: Galax va.
Date: 08/13/11
Time: 12:30 PM

Comments

Rickie was a long time friend. We went to high school together and shared many, many memories. We worked together at the Golden Arches (Mcdonalds) and spent many after work hours together along with Jeff Thompkins, Steve Gayheart, Mark Stanley and many others to numerous to mention. We graduated high school in 1980. Rickie had a red Dodge Dart, that we found out couldn't make it up Pilot Mountain, that had a pa/ cb radio that we used to hollor at girls with, cruised Galax in and went to concerts together in. He was a friend who I can say I'm proud of. He helped train my daughter Noelle in the ER, whom I might add is a great nurse now for it. I have so many stories about Rickie, some I had better not tell !!! God rest his soul.


Name: Ashley Linville
Location: Galax, Virginia
Date: 08/13/11
Time: 08:04 PM

Comments

I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with Rickie in the ER. He was very good at his job. He will be missed, but he is in a better place where there is no more suffering. My prayers go up for his family during their time of mourning the loss of such a special person.


Name: LES AND MARIE FINDLEY
Location: MONETA VA
Date: 08/14/11
Time: 04:12 AM

Comments

Les and I are so sorry for the loss of your brother- I know it must be so hard- and we are praying for you- if we can do anything- just let us know-


Name: Terron Payne (brother)
Location: Vinton, VA
Date: 08/14/11
Time: 05:19 AM

Comments

Thanks for whoever put this together, I know Rickie would be so appreciative of this. He talked about a lot of his friends and coworkers in some of the stories he would share with us from time to time. Rickie and I were 6 years apart in age and I was married and living in Roanoke when he first got involved with the Rescue Squad I knew he loved this line of work and have always said that it takes Special People to do what


Name: Mack Tolbert
Location: Galax, VA
Date: 08/14/11
Time: 07:21 PM

Comments

Rickie you were a true friend that I knew since I was a child through the squad. I enjoyed all of the trips to the beach with you. You knew you stayed high class when 400.00 could get you the whole week of July 4th at the beach. It was a honor to know you and learn from you, you were a intregal part of what I am today and Im thankful of that. Thank you for your years of service and dedication to the community. Rest in peace my friend.


Name: Dale Vaught
Location: Lexington Kentucky
Date: 08/15/11
Time: 03:00 PM

Comments

Rickie and I went to school together at CCHS. We carpooled some in our senior year. Ricky had great (and intelligent) sense of humor. Godspeed....which is 35mph by by the way....Rickie would have appreciated the humor.


Name: Tammy Williams
Location: Galax
Date: 08/15/11
Time: 07:15 PM

Comments

I was out of town when I got the news about Rickie and until looking at this great memorial it had not hit me that such a great nurse and teacher has been taken away from us here on earth Rickie you gave so much to your co-workers even to me an ER secretary thanks for making me feel apart of the ER team and for teaching me so much you will be miss so much I will keep your Mom and family in my prayers because I know thats what Rickie would do love Tammy


Name: Brad Corn
Location: Ararat, VA
Date: 08/16/11
Time: 04:46 PM

Comments

Rickie was a good friend and was very helpful and kind to me when I first met him about 20 years ago He helped me get through the clinicals at twin co. when I took my first Cardiac Tech Class. Will miss him greatly!


Name: Sheila Phillips
Location: Galax, VA
Date: 08/18/11
Time: 06:34 AM

Comments

Rickie...you were such a valuable assett to our community and squad. Thank you for the impact you made, not only in my career, but to every life you touched. You will be sorely missed..


Name: rob grona
Location: stuart va
Date: 08/18/11
Time: 01:04 PM

Comments

may you rip my brother!!!!


Name: Jeff Kimble
Location: Charlotte, NC
Date: 08/18/11
Time: 04:39 PM

Comments

Lots of fond memories of Ricky from back in the day. No doubt he loved what he did & he was good at because of it. A tremendous loss the the emergency services. God bless and comfort everyone who feels this loss.


Name: Darlene Wells
Location: Galax, VA
Date: 08/18/11
Time: 06:48 PM

Comments

Looking at this memorial page...again. I just stare and stare at your picture and still can't believe you are gone. You were my true sidekick and, as you like to call it, my "work husband"!!! Everwhere I look in the ED I can see you there, hear you and you aren't there any more. I really don't know how to work without you. I am lost. I miss you Rickie, and need you back here but I know you are needed elsewhere. LOVE YA...MEAN IT...


Name: Charles Moore
Location: Woodlawn, Virginia
Date: 08/19/11
Time: 08:57 AM

Comments

My brother was brought into the ED a few years back and from the scene of the accident into ICU Rickie took care of him the entire way. I think his shoes will be impossible to ever fill, but he did leave a path for us to follow. We miss you Rickie and always will.


Name: Mary Gravely
Location: 3rd Floor TCRH
Date: 08/19/11
Time: 10:21 AM

Comments

Rickie has been a wonderful friend and resource for my many years at TCRH. He was totally dedicated to the medical field and his emergency work. He has left a place in our hearts that can never be filled. Will remember him with the utmost respect and love. Rest in peace Rickie, will see you again.


Name: Robin Sykes
Location: TCRH ED
Date: 08/21/11
Time: 06:43 AM

Comments

It's been two weeks now and I still can't believe my friend Rickie is gone. We had such good times working together in the ED over the past 17 years. I always looked forward to working with Rickie because I knew he would make me laugh but more than that I knew I was working with the best nurse TCRH has ever had. I'm sure the shifts we worked together were hard on our co-workers because of our constant threats of taking each other out to the heli-pad and that someone would be wearing an iron lung before it was all over. I'll never get to hear him call me "Mongo" again. I'll never get ot hear him tell me, "what are you going to do...reach up and him me in the ankles?" whenever we were giving each other a hard time. It breaks my heart to know these things, but I hope he knows every tear that has been shed and every tear that will still be shed, he deserves. He is irreplaceable. When we would say goodbye to each other, one of us would always say, "love ya" and the other one would say, "mean it". Rickie, I'll say it for both of us now, "love ya...mean it".


Name: Sharon Golden-Myers, FNP
Location: Wilkesboro, NC
Date: 08/21/11
Time: 07:54 PM

Comments

I tried to think of my favorite moments with Rickie...there were many! I will always admire the way he cared for his patients. He gave them dignity....even if they didn't seem to have any...he helped them find it. He will truly be missed by all.


Name: Ginny Wingate Davis
Location: North Carolina
Date: 08/30/11
Time: 06:11 AM

Comments

You will always be in my heart Rickie. May God give your family the comfort and peace they need to get through this difficult time. God Bless


Name: Robert Harris
Location: Blacksburg, VA
Date: 09/09/11
Time: 12:17 PM

Comments

Rickie was a fantastic instructor and, even though stern at times, an all around great guy. I learn so much from him and I hate to see that he had to leave us all so young. Rickie, God bless you with all of his glory for your selfless, dedicated volunteer work. God's Speed!


Name: Doretta "Cricket" Willard
Location: Meadows of Dan
Date: 09/18/11
Time: 09:23 PM

Comments

Rickie taught my last EMT class. He was there for the first one. When I had to give up Rescue to help raise my two little granddaughters I talked to Rickie about it, and he understood. When my husband was rushed to the ER a few years ago and we nearly lost him, Rickie was there. When I got there he explained every thing that had happened so that I could understand. He was so dedicated and loved his work so much. I miss him.

 

 


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