Town Creek is a town in Lawrence County and is included in the Decatur Metropolitan Area. It has a population of just over 1,200.
Patrolman O'Dell was a member of the Town Creek Police Department. He had one and one half years of service with the Department. He had previously served as Chief of the Courtland Police Department. He had a total of 25 years of service in law enforcement.
Roger was taking two juveniles into custody. They had escaped from a detention facility in a neighboring county earlier that day.
An anonymous tip had been received at about 4:00 a.m., that the boys were hiding out in an apartment complex in Town Creek. Roger was able to place the two under arrest. He placed them in the rear of his patrol car and then collapsed. One of the kids was able to crawl into the front of the car and use the radio to call in to the police station. Tragically, Roger died at the scene.
The Town Creek Police Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. He will be forever remembered.
Roger's loved ones are devastated over his sudden death. He will be forever
|Michael, Archangel, Patron Saint of the Police,|
pray for Roger and for those who have lost him
Roger is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife and four children.
Thank you for your service to the community, Roger.
Pray for all who die in the line of duty.
Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.
Pray that Roger is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.