Louis A. Rickards‚ 55‚ volunteer president‚ Lewes Fire Department‚ died February 3‚ 2002‚ in a motor vehicle accident as he traveled to a regional firefighters association meeting. He served with the department for 39 years‚ including 25 years as chief or assistant chief and 13 terms as president. In 1997‚ he was named Chief Emeritus of the department. Rickards was involved in the construction of two fire stations and helped compile a complete history of the department. He was a Delaware State Police trooper for over 25 years and received two Superintendent’s Citations for bravery. He served for six years with the U.S. Army Reserve. His two grandchildren were his whole world.