It’s been 40 years since Patrolman Dave Alcox was killed in the line of duty. But his fellow officers at the Oak Hill Police Department have not forgotten him.
Alcox was shot and killed during what should have been a routine traffic stop just south of the Village of Oak Hill. During the stop, Alcox discovered the man was wanted for writing bad checks and asked him to come to the patrol car with him. The man then shot Alcox in the chest and fled the scene.
When the officer failed to respond to attempts to raise him on the radio, first responders were dispatched to the scene. They found Alcox dead on the ground next to his vehicle. Alcox was 28 years old had been an officer for just three years. He was survived by his mother and siblings.
His killer then led officers on a chase and even attempted to ram a roadblock but was stopped by officers. He later died in prison while serving a sentence of life without parole for the crime.
Local officials attended the graveside ceremony including, Oak Hill Police Chief David Ward, Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier, Oak Hill Mayor Paul McNeal and officers from both the Oak Hill Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Images courtesy of Oak Hill Police Department Facebook Page.