Chief Jerry Garrett of the Town Creek (Alabama) Police Department sadly reports Patrolman Roger O’Dell’s death.

Officer O’Dell, 47, had just located two juveniles who had escaped from a detention facility in a neighboring county at an apartment complex. After confirming their identities, he arrested both of them and placed them in his patrol vehicle. O’Dell then started to walk back to the apartment to collect their personal belongings. He got about 10 steps away when he suddenly collapsed, suffering an apparent heart attack.

One of the juveniles was able to crawl through the prisoner cage window and used the police radio to call for assistance. Officer O’Dell was transported to the Lawrence Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Officer O’Dell served the Town Creek Police Department for 18 months after retiring as the Courland (Alabama) Police Department’s chief. His law enforcement career spanned 22 years. Officer O’Dell is survived by his wife and four children.

Patrolman Roger O’Dell-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow

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