Former Hudson Falls Police Detective Rick Diamond died over the weekend, and the loss was being felt in not only in Hudson Falls and the local law enforcement community, but also among thousands of students on whom he had an impact over the last decade-plus.
Diamond passed away from a heart attack over the weekend at age 59. He was one of generations of Diamonds who have anchored Washington County law enforcement for decades, but Rick was more than a cop.
He retired after 22 years with the Hudson Falls Police Department, having risen to the rank of detective. He was bright, dedicated, affable and personable, and was one of those cops who treated everyone he dealt with with respect and class.
Rick was also an integral part in the creation of a regional drug task force as the crack cocaine epidemic hit our region in the early 1990s, and was the impetus for numerous major state and federal drug investigations.
Rick had just as much, if not more, of an impact at the BOCES regional education center in Kingsbury, where he went to work as a safety officer and driving instructor after he retired from the Police Department. There was a period where the complex on Dix Avenue had some issues with problem students; things quieted down when Rick began his second career there.
I will always remember Rick for his kindness and willingness to help. I was a young reporter on the cop beat when I first met him. Many cops see the media as a pest, but Rick treated us in the respectful way he dealt with all others. I will remember the nickname many of his colleagues had for their square-jawed colleague, Biff.
"A great partner, officer and most of all a friend, lost too soon," said former Warren County sheriff's Investigator Bill VanNess, who worked a lot of those drug cases with Rick.
His legacy will live on with his brother Randy, who is Hudson Falls Police chief, and sons Kyle and Jason, who also work in local law enforcement, and share many of the same traits their dad had. Our condolences for your loss.
His obituary, with information on calling hours, can be found here.
-- Don Lehman