Updated 1 year ago
On November 20, 2012 tragedy hit Fleming County when 15-year-old Ricky Hamilton, a high school football player and avid hunter, was found dead after falling into a rock quarry. He became seperated from his father while out on a hunt four days earlier. Now, friends and teammates plan to break bread in a benefit dinner to help Hamilton's family.
His teammates describe him as an independent spirit. A boy who treated everyone kindly, no matter who they were.
"He was the type of person, he didn't care if you didn't like the way he dressed or acted, he was going to be happy being himself. He was outgoing and friendly to everybody, and just a nice kid all around," says Maverick Burnett, Ricky Hamilton's friend and teammate.
Since the anguish of the search, the emotional vigils, and the heartbreak of discovering Hamilton had died during the hunting trip, the football team has tried to be there for the family.
"We just want them to know that we love them, and help them out in any way that we can," says Mary Burnett, the President of the Fleming County High School football team boosters.
To make the holidays warmer, the team visited the Hamiltons over Thanksgiving and installed a new stove and refigerator at their house. With Christmas approaching, the boosters organized a benefit chili supper.
"It's going to be a time for us to remember Ricky for what he's done, and talk to people who didn't know him, and put a smile on their face, and tell them jokes that Ricky did," says Heath Burnett, a teammate of Ricky's.
One of those memories: Ricky Hamilton loved hunting, and Heath remembers the time Ricky brought a summer sausage, and a small knife to cut it with to football camp.
"Coach had to take [the knife] from him, but the only thing Ricky had it for was to cut his summer sausage. For the rest of the camp he took a bite of it and carried it with him," recalls Heath Burnett.
Over a cup of chili, they plan to share more of those warm memories and comfort each other.
The benefit chili supper takes place Friday, December 14th from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Fleming County High School Cafeteria. There is a $6 minimum donation. You can also donate to the Ricky Hamilton fund at the People's Bank in Flemingsburg.