Hero Down: Sugarcreek Police Officer Stephen Richardson Succumbs To Cancer

A Sugarcreek police officer passed away on Apr. 22, after battling cancer for over seven years.

Sugarcreek, OH – Sugarcreek Police Officer Stephen Richardson passed away on Apr. 22, after fighting cancer for over seven years.

Officer Richardson, 34, served in the U.S. Marine Corps for nine years, before he retired at the rank of sergeant, his wife, Jessica, said in a Facebook post.

“He deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan three times,” Jessica said. “His last year in the Marines, he got diagnosed with cancer.”

Despite a litany of surgeries – including the removal of a lung and a brain operation – Officer Richardson obtained his degree in criminal justice, completed the police academy, and joined the Sugarcreek Police Department, his wife said.

“He is our HERO,” Jessica said in the post. “He is an amazing and courageous and determined man...”

Officer Richardson served with the Sugarcreek PD for over four years, according to a statement issued by the department.

“It’s with a heavy heart Sugarcreek Police Department has lost one of their finest Police Officers,” the agency said in a Facebook post. “Stephen has been battling cancer for years and never gave up the fight for himself or for his family.”

“It’s a hard day for all of us, you will be truly missed,” the post continued. “Now you can be at peace. We will continue the watch from here, thank you for your loyal service.”

Officer Richardson and Jessica had been married for 14 years. He also leaves behind two “cherished” sons, Ty and Court, as well as his sister, mother, and many extended family member and friend, according to his obituary.

“Stephen was a courageous and true hero who will be missed by all who knew him,” his obituary said.

Officer Richardson will be laid to rest on Friday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Sugarcreek Police Officer Stephen Richardson, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

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