Hollywood VFD Mourns The Loss Of Life Member And Past Chief Engineer Richard “Ricky” Pilkerton
By Past Chief Charles Miedzinski (CP)
August 21, 2023

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Life Member Richard "Ricky" Pilkerton. Ricky passed away with family by his side on Thursday August 17th. Ricky was a devoted Member of Hollywood VFD providing nearly 50 Years of service to this Community.

Ricky joined the Hollywood VFD on January 15, 1974 and held the ranks of Lieutenant, Assistant Engineer, and Chief Engineer. Ricky was our Chief Engineer for 22 years and was always one of our top responders. Ricky would be one of the first to arrive at the Station for calls and could always be found driving the first piece out the door. Ricky received numerous awards throughout his years with Hollywood including Firefighter of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Top Responder, Top Driver, Life Saving Award, and a Unit Citation. Ricky was also inducted into the Southern Maryland Firemen's Association Hall of Fame and was a Life Member here at Hollywood.

During the Carnival season, you could find Ricky operating the Ferris Wheel each year. Ricky operated the Ferris Wheel for 45 years and was our "Go to" for anything about the Ferris Wheel. Ricky was there each year putting the ride together and then again taking it down. He loved watching the enjoyment on the young children as they rode the Ferris Wheel for the first time.

Ricky has always been a big part of our Department. He sat on several of our Apparatus Design Committees including our 1st Heavy Rescue Squad and our 1st Ladder Truck. Ricky's legend will continue on with the numerous Members he helped train to drive and operate the apparatus along with some of the best designed fire apparatus in the Country.

Below is the information on Viewing and Funeral Services from Brinsfield Funeral Home.


Date: Monday August 28th, 2023
Time: 5pm until 8pm
Fireman's Prayers at 7pm
Location: Hollywood VFD Social Hall
24801 Three Notch Rd
Hollywood, MD 20636

Mass of Christian Burial:

Date: Tuesday August 29th, 2023
Time: 10am
Location: St. John's Catholic Church
43927 St. John's Rd
Hollywood, MD 20636


Date: Tuesday August 29th, 2023
Time: 11:30am
Location: Our Lady's Catholic Cemetery
41348 Medleys Neck Rd
Leonardtown, MD 20650

Any Department wishing to bring Apparatus please Contact Chief 7 E. Rogers.