Dayton police officer laid to rest

The body of veteran police officer Ricky Skarpa is carried to Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton for interment. He was accompanied on the final ride by his longtime friend, Pct. 2 Deputy Constable David Allison (right), and Pct. 6 Deputy Constable Bob Wright. Skarpa served 44 years in his law enforcement career in Liberty County.

By Vanesa Brashier,

The funeral for Dayton Police Officer Ricky Skarpa was held Saturday at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. A graveside service followed at Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton.

Skarpa, a native of Dayton, died on Tuesday, March 19, at the age of 64 after a brief battle with colon cancer.

Skarpa was a legendary figure among officers at Liberty and Dayton police departments. His entire career was spent between the two agencies – starting at Liberty Police Department in 1975 as a dispatcher, moving up through the ranks until he was named patrol sergeant, and then joining Dayton Police Department in 2009, just days after retiring from LPD.

At his funeral, law enforcement officers representing agencies from all across Liberty County and some from neighboring counties turned out to pay their respects for a man who devoted 44 years of his life to public service.

The route to the cemetery was marked by a flag hoisted high into the air above US 90 by Dayton firefighters. As the hearse passed by, they stood solemnly in honor of Skarpa.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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