Long-time SOFAST officer retires

SOFAST task force officer Rick Flemmings retires after 7 years of service. (WDTN- Josh Ames)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – U.S. Marshal go after wanted men and women every day.

It’s a dangerous job that Rick Flemmings took 7 years ago when the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) first formed.

Friday, Flemmings was being recognized for his dedication, as he steps down for the position.

2 NEWS spoke to the officer about his time with the task force.

Flemmings says even before the job he thought he’d seen a lot, and now as he retires from it he realizes his eyes have really been opened.

After already working as a Springfield police officer, he took on this duty and ever since has been a leader in the field.

The 30-year police veteran has also earned several statistics and honors while out in the field chasing some of the most wanted suspects.

He has arrested more than 5000 fugitives that includes 50 who have been wanted of murder.

And now as he end this chapter, he walked down memory lane.

“Its been a great experience, you know, we got a lot of freedom out here,” he reflected. “But really, l enjoy going after these fugitives that think they can outsmart everybody by hiding and running from what they did and it’s always a pleasure to put the handcuffs on ’em.”

Flemmings told 2 NEWS it’s been his honor to serve the community and he hopes that the next generation of marshals and officers will continue to uphold the great work of those before him.

While, he retires from this position, Flemmings still plans to serve the community with law enforcement.

He’ll be working part-time as a security for the federal court-house, but he says he plans on taking this time to relax.

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