The City of Westminster Common Council voted unanimously Monday to support naming a softball field at Jaycee Park in honor of Mike Ridgell.
Ridgell, 52, was one of the dozen people killed at the Navy Yard shooting Sept. 16. A former Maryland State Trooper, Ridgell was a coach with the Westminster Jaycees girls softball team.
The council voted after council member Tony Chiavacci read a letter from Jaycees coach Tom Whitcomb suggesting that the entire park be named after Ridgell.
Council members were concerned about setting a precedent in naming the entire park after Ridgell and agreed to move forward with naming a field in Ridgell's honor.
Whitcomb said in a phone interview Tuesday that although he wished the whole park was named after Ridgell, he was "pretty ecstatic" that council is establishing a memorial for his friend and colleague.
"He loved being up there and coaching the girls," Whitcomb said. "I hope his memory lives on for a long time because of the softball fields."
Ridgell's three daughters have all played for the Jaycees softball program.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun