Deputy Reel

From WTVR 6 in Richmond, Virginia: Deputy Death :

It’s a tale of two hearts connected by the graveyard shift.

A deputy meets his sweetheart 7 months ago. She was a clerk at at a Ladysmith gas station he frequently stopped in to buy a drink or use the restroom.

The two hit it off and had everything going for them until Monday. Deputy Leonard Reel was on his way to meet his girlfriend Liz Ryan, when he got a call to respond to Nelson Hill Road for a fatal traffic accident. Fourty minutes later, the deputy finds out that the victim is his girlfriend. Her three year old daughter Ciara was also injured and taken to Mary Washington Hospital.

Two days passed and the stress was just too much. Shortly after Reel’s sister leaves his house, Reel uses his service weapon to kill himself. Sheriff Tony Lippa says his deputy left a note behind saying in part that he couldn’t live without Liz.

A memorial service will be held for both Deputy Reel and Liz Ryan at Bowling Green United Methodist Church on Friday night.


I just want to say thanks to WTVR for their story on Deputy Reel’s passing.

You can leave comments on Storke Funeral Home’s website for Deputy Reel and his late fiancée Liz Ryan.

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