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Alabama Officer Dies of Apparent Heart Attack on Duty

January 29, 2015  | 

Officer Roger O’Dell (Photo: Town Creek PD)
Officer Roger O’Dell (Photo: Town Creek PD)

Officer Roger O’Dell of the Town Creek (Ala.) Police Department died Wednesday morning while on a call. He had just picked up two juvenile detention facility escapees at an apartment complex, and was on his way back into the apartment when he collapsed.

One of the juveniles was able to get from the back of the cruiser to the police radio to call dispatch for help.  Unfortunately, it was too late.  O’Dell died instantly from a heart attack, reports WHNT TV

He leaves behind a wife and four children.

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Larry Romero @ 1/29/2015 8:02 PM

RIP Brother. my prayers and thoughts for Officer O'Dell , his family and the Town Creek Police Department. That's twice in the past few months that a prisoner helped the arresting officer in time of need.

Evan Shepherd Reiff, L.Ac @ 2/2/2015 4:14 PM

This tragic event did not need to happen....should not have happened.

In my work with first responders since 2008 at the Santa Cruz Mountain Fire base camp, I have developed a deep respect for the men and women who risk their lives to protect the rest of society. All too often, they neglect their own care , "tough it out", and can sadly suffer as did Officer O'Dell.

Departments can and should encourage and facilitate...even provide when possible...regular health screenings so that their people can get the care and support they need. Strong and healthy first responders are our first line of defense for homeland security. We need to help them each be a strong link in the chain.

My sincere condolences to Officer O'Dell's family and the Town Creek Police Department. Let's not let his loss be in vain.

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