Funeral scheduled for Fremont County, Iowa, sheriff’s deputy killed on duty in crash


Services for Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputy Austin “Melvin” Richardson, who died in a traffic accident with a combine earlier this week, include a visitation on Friday and a funeral on Saturday.

Richardson, 37, of Sidney was on duty and driving north in a patrol marked 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe on US Highway 275 near 260th Street when he collided with a combine driving south by a man from Missouri. The crash happened around 12:35 p.m. just south of Sidney, which is about 12 miles north of the Missouri border.

The John Deere S770 combine was wider than the width of the lane it was in, according to an Iowa State Patrol accident report, and the combine’s left front tire was across the center line when Richardson’s vehicle collided with her. Richardson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, according to the report.

State patrol authorities are still investigating the collision.

Richardson was born on April 5, 1985, in Omaha, to Uwe August and Vicki Sue (Lyons) Richardson, according to his obituary. He grew up in Hamburg and graduated from Hamburg High School in 2004.

He then studied criminal justice at Peru State College before attending the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center beginning in May 2008, where he received his law enforcement certificate on August 7, 2008. Richardson was certified as a law enforcement officer through an exam at Iowa Law Enforcement Academy on June 26, 2012.

Fremont County Sheriff's Deputy Austin

Richardson began his law enforcement career with the Auburn, Nebraska, Police Department in 2007, then joined the Sidney Police Department in 2011, according to a press release from the State Department of Public Safety. Iowa.

In 2015, he became a deputy in the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office. Richardson also served many years with the Sidney and Percival Fire Departments, according to the obituary.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Richardson, of Sidney; daughters Bryxtol, Cheyenne Richardson and Everly Richardson; mother; brothers and sisters; Grand parents; nieces and nephews; and friends.

After the service, the motorcade will leave Sidney High School and head west on Knox Road, according to a statement from the Department of Public Safety. The cortege will then turn south on Bluff Road, entering Hamburg via E Street. Then it will head north on Argyle Street to Hamburg Cemetery.

The public can stand along the route of the procession, with flags and signs to show their support, according to the statement. The community will also be able to visit the patrol car display which will be located at the high school during the services.

Public visits, funeral service

A public viewing was scheduled for 4-7 p.m., Friday, June 17, 2022, at Sidney High School, located at 2754 Knox Road in Sidney.

Richardson’s funeral service was scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Sidney High School, followed by interment in Hamburg Cemetery with honors from law enforcement and fire.


Donations can be made to Malvern State Bank in care of the Jennifer Richardson Relief Fund at 404 Main Street, Malvern, Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Donations for Jennifer Richardson and her family will also be accepted at Hilltop Animal Hospital. Casey’s (for gas) and Wal-Mart (for groceries and other necessities) gift cards will also be accepted at Hilltop Animal Hospital, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, County Sheriff’s Office de Mills or mailed to the clinic at:

Jennifer Richardson

c/o Hilltop Animal Hospital

422 Main Street

Malvern, Iowa 51551

Virginia Barreda is a trend and general assignment reporter for the Des Moines Register. She can be contacted at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @vbarreda2.


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