Ricky Lee Timbrook II wasn’t even born when his father was killed in the line of duty.
“I personally never got to meet him, but I know he was a nice police officer that helped around here. I mean, obviously, his passing wasn’t a great memory, but it has led to good things out in the community,” said Ricky Lee Timbrook II, DECA competitor.
To commemorate their fallen officer, the Winchester Police Department created the Timbrook Food and Toy Drive 17 years ago.
The boys who were born the year Timbrook died are now leading the way by making the drive their DECA club project.
Santa’s workshop starts in the Timbrook Center’s garage with a tarp full of donated toys. The volunteers then sort the toys based on age and gender.
On Saturday, the group will deliver the toys to needy families around the area.
“Me and my family, we’ve helped out for the past five consecutive years, and I do feel like I’m a part of this now. It’s a really cool thing,” said Alec Rudolph, Middlebrook High School junior.
Ricky said he’s spent the last 17 years living up to his father’s legacy.
“I’ve always been kind of a symbol for him that people never forget him. People just kind of see him in me. So, I think it’s great that people still remember him, and he probably will — he definitely will never be forgotten,” Timbrook said.
“I just like seeing the faces on the families when you knock on the door and bring them in. The parents are holding open the door just saying, ‘Thank you. God bless,’ and that’s just heart-warming, really,” Rudolph said.
Although Ricky has used his father as a moral compass his entire life, he doesn’t quite see the physical resemblance that his father’s colleagues have been gushing about for years.
“Yes ma’am. I can never see it, but I’ve been told that often,” he laughed.
Ricky plans on pursuing a career in criminal justice. He said his father was a major factor in that decision.
Organizers said the drive wouldn’t have been possible without donations from Toys “R” Us and members of the community.