USAF vet, police officer honors family of young airman who lost his mother

(Boca Raton Police Department)

Boca Raton, FL – After a young 20-year-old airman lost his 46-year-old  mother, his grandmother needed some help passing down a family heirloom to him -a flag that had belonged to his mother.

“Today, Honor Guard members folded and presented an heirloom American flag to 20-year-old James S. Ricer IV in honor of his mother, Erica Leixner, who passed away in 2016. James’ grandmother, Lynda [correct spelling is Linda], reached out to the Boca Raton Police Department in hopes that someone would fold the flag and present it to her grandson because it belonged to his mother and was being passed down to him,” the Boca Police Department wrote online.

Boca Raton PD

“Family members gathered as James, who recently joined the U.S. Air Force, was presented the flag by Officer Kresse, who is a U.S. Air Force veteran. We thank James for his service to our country, and may his memories of his mother give him peace and comfort.”

James is no stranger to the Boca Raton Police Department.  As a child, he dreamed of becoming a police officer, something that still may occur after his military service.

James with former Boca Raton Police Chief Andrew Scott (1998 -2006) in 1998.

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