Larry J. Hicks saved Jack E. Roush from drowning, Troy, Alabama, April 19, 2002. Unconscious and badly injured, Roush, 60, remained restrained in a seat of the open-cockpit, light airplane he had been flying, after it crashed into a small lake. The plane, inverted and nose down in the eight-foot-deep lake, leaked aviation fuel into the water. Hicks, 52, conservation enforcement officer, was at his home nearby and witnessed the accident. He immediately responded to the lake, then took a boat to where parts of the plane were protruding from the water. Although somewhat weakened by effects of cancer treatment, Hicks dived into the water to search for occupants of the plane, finding Roush on the second dive and freeing him on the third. Surfacing, Hicks resuscitated Roush, who remained unconscious. Rescue personnel responding by boat towed Roush to the bank, Hicks helping to support him. Roush required hospitalization for treatment of numerous injuries, and he recovered. Hicks sustained first-degree chemical burns about his upper body, which required hospital treatment and from which he recovered, and related injury.
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Sergeant Major Hicks passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019. He graduated from Troy University with a Masters degree and worked for 26 years as a game warden with the Alabama Department of Conservation retiring as a Captain. A memorial service with full military honors will be held Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the chapel of Green Hills Funeral Home with Reverend Elaine Brown officiating. Visitation will be held 2 hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be held in the Green Hills Memorial Park Veterans Garden at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Troy for Troops organization, C/O Danielle C. Pankey, 122 Trojan Center, Troy, AL 36082. (1)
Here is Larry Hicks’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences.
We are sad to announce that on April 30, 2019 we had to say goodbye to Larry Hicks (Troy, Alabama). You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Larry Hicks.
He was loved and cherished by many people including : his sons, Joel Brian Hicks (Taylor Ashton Johnson) of Daphne and Justin Lee Hicks of Montgomery; his parents, Larry Jack and Donna M. Hicks of Troy; his sister Kelly Lucas (John) of Troy; his niece Amanda Lynn Gardner; his grandmother Lois Underwood of Troy; and his former wife Teresa Gail Hicks.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Lakeshore Foundation, 4000 Ridgeway Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. (2)