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Longtime ISP officer dies unexpectedly


November 26, 2013 | 10:19 AM

Indiana State Police Master Trooper and Det. Rick Magill died Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital from complications resulting from a stroke he suffered the previous Friday night.

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Rick Magill (click for larger version)
Magill, a 1985 graduate of Crawford County Junior-Senior High School who spent the first 12 years of his career patrolling his home county, was 46.

Indiana Conservation Officer Dennis Talley of Leavenworth said his best friend "had a heart of gold." Asked to speak at Magill's funeral, which was Friday, Talley said he agreed to do so because he has no trouble talking a long time about good things and everything about Magill was good.

Although both men had attended CCJSHS, their friendship didn't develop until years later and then by chance. Talley, who was the marshal at Milltown, called for a wrecker after his vehicle had broken down. The wrecker driver was Magill's father-in-law at the time. Magill, who had come along and was in the process of becoming a state trooper, asked Talley if he could ride along with him while on duty sometime.

Having the opportunity to talk during the ride-alongs, it didn't take long for the two men to develop a lasting friendship.

"I thought, 'I'm going to like this guy'," Talley said.

After graduating from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in December 1994, Magill was assigned to Crawford County. He and Talley continued their ride-alongs, with Talley now joining Magill, as well.

"We were learning from each other," Talley said.

Having grown up around law enforcement — his father, Ron, is a retired conservation officer — Rick had always dreamed of becoming a police officer.

"Rick wanted to be a state trooper ever since he was a little boy," Talley said.

Magill was known as one of the best police officers in the area. Talley said a big reason for that is Magill "never came off as better than thou," instead remaining humble and treating everyone with respect.

Talley said he was shocked when he learned that Magill had a stroke. Just the week before, Magill had a physical and everything was good, he said.

When Talley visited him at the hospital the day following the stroke, Magill was alert and in good spirits. He even joked with Talley, quoting a line from one of their favorite movies.

However, on Sunday, Magill took a turn for the worse as his brain began to swell, and on Monday he was removed from the ventilator.

"The last words I heard out of his mouth 'You tell your kids I love them'," Talley said.

Known as "Uncle Rick," Magill was present at the birth of each of Talley and his wife Angella's children and was the godfather of their son Joshua.

Magill, who lived at Marengo for years before moving to Paoli, accepted a position with the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Unit in 2006. He then was promoted to detective in December 2007 and began investigating child assault cases. He recently had returned to the Meth Suppression Unit.

Magill is survived by his parents, Ron and Linda Magill of English, and longtime companion, Ginger Breeden, and her son, Trey.

The funeral was at Paoli Christian Church, with interment at Stampers Creek Cemetery. The family suggests memorial gifts to the Orange County Clothe a Child program.

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