Breanna A. Rittman
Capt. Ridgeway Stone has served with the Quincy Police Department for 24 years. There was a celebration for his retirement on Thursday, May 30, at the Campbell-Kelly Center. His family and colleagues were in attendance as the ceremony was led by Chief Walt McNeil of the Quincy Police Department.
Stone’s work with law enforcement is not done. On June 3, Stone had his first day as assistant police chief of the Havana Police Department under Chief Tracy Smith. Smith wants everyone to think of the change as keeping Stone in Gadsden County.
“He’ll have on the same uniform,” said Smith. “The only thing changing is his badge.”
McNeil allowed those in attendance to say a few words about Stone.
“He taught me a lot about police work,” said Lt. Larry Gilyard of QPD. “He is a good man who will do anything to help you.”
Stone is known for helping others in the department. He donated sick days to Linda Oliver who needed some more time off of work but had ran out of her own sick days.
“I’ve never heard him say the word ‘no,’” said Lt. Eric Howell.
Stone’s help was not limited to those in QPD.
“He has helped me when I needed it in Midway,” said Tom Murray, that city’s interim fire chief.
Most colleagues said Stone can do anything. If a job needed to be done, Stone was the person to call.
“He’s a multifaceted person,” said McNeil.
Stone said he feels he has worked with some great men and women. “I have had some good times and a good career here,” said Stone.