Pamela Gibbons Richey served in the police for 34 years and retired in July 2018.
Patrolman First Class Richey died Monday, She was among the first black women to be hired in 1984.
The police department where she served was in the Patrol Division, Rome / Floyd METRO Task Force, SWAT team, and as a hostage negotiator. She also served as a school resource officer at both Rome High School and Rome Transitional Academy, they said.
The department wrote about him: “PFC Richey had a beautiful smile that would light up any room. She made many friends in the Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and Emergency Medical Technicians community locally and throughout the State. Yet, her closest friends were her brothers and sisters within the Rome Police Department. We ask that you keep PFC Richey’s family in your prayers. Thank you, Officer Richey, for 34 dedicated years to the Rome Police Department and the City of Rome. You will be greatly missed. ”