Ricky Issac, Jr.
Division: NPSO Patrol
End of Watch: 12/08/2012
Cause of Death: Automobile Accident
Date of Incident: 12/08/2012
Every day officers put on their uniform go out to serve others and face dangers of not only ill meaning people but of the elements. Ricky was going on a call which he would never answer because due to heavy rain the roads were wet, his patrol unit hydroplaned, he was unable to gain control, it went off the road and hit a tree where he sustained fatal injuries.
Ricky Ray Isaac, Jr. was born on July 8, 1988 in Jasper, Texas to Ricky Ray Isaac, Sr. and the late Monica Lynn Franks Isaac. He attended high school at Newton Independent School District where he was active and successful in basketball, baseball, and football. After graduation, Ricky continued his educational career at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. While at Northwestern he became a "Demon" football player. His competiveness, determination and work ethic led him to be a starter in his senior year where he earned numerous awards.
While attending Northwestern he met Akilah Omega Givens and fell in love. They were married on July 16, 2011. They were active members of Abundant Life Church in Natchitoches. When Ricky died he and Akilah were expecting their first child. On April 12, 2013 Ricky Ray Isaac III was born.
Sheriff Jones remembers Ricky from watching him on the football field and speaking to him occasionally when he ran into him at Northwestern. He met him at an etiquette dinner that he was invited to. He sat at the table with eight students that were majoring in Criminal Justice and had the opportunity to talk with them. He asked them why they had chosen Criminal Justice as their major and what their plans were after graduation. He remembers Ricky asking more questions than any of the others and that there was something about him that stood out. He knew that he wanted to be in law enforcement but had not decided if he would go with state police or federal. When asked why they wanted to be in law enforcement Ricky said that he wanted to help people and this is always the answer that the Sheriff looks for. Sheriff Jones watched Ricky for the next couple of seasons and hoped that one day he might want to join his team.
The summer of 2011, Ricky came to Sheriff Jones and ask for a part-time job and we hired him as a part-time employee at the Natchitoches Parish Jail. After graduating in December 2011, he came back and ask about going full-time. In January 2012 he was hired with Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy.
In February 2012, Ricky attended the Alexandria Regional Police Academy. At the academy Ricky received the Jeremy “Jay” Carruth Physical Fitness Award. On May 17, 2012 Ricky began a new chapter in his life as a Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputy under the leadership of Sheriff Victor Jones and was assigned to a shift under the leadership of Lt. Craig LaCour.
The Sheriff Office and Ricky’s widow Akilah has received hundreds of condolences from as far away as Canada. Ricky has been honored at numerous ceremonies most recently the Louisiana Sheriff Association in Baton Rouge, LA. On May 8, 2013 he will be honored at the Louisiana Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in New Orleans, LA. On May 10, 2013 at the Sixteenth Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service in Alexandria, LA and on May15, 2013 at the 32nd National Peace Officer Memorial in Washington DC.
A Scholarship has been established at Northwestern State University Foundation in memory of Ricky Issac, Jr. by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and the NSU Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Sciences.
Although Deputy Issac was with the Sheriff’s Office only a short time, his smile, his personality, and his drive to succeed made a huge impact on the entire Sheriff’s Office family and our community. Deputy Issac met no strangers; people who met him loved him.
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”