Hero Down: Allen County Sergeant Joseph Cox Found Dead On-Duty

Allen County, IN - Sergeant Joseph Cox of the Allen County Sheriff's Department tragically passed away while on-duty Sunday night.

While on patrol Sunday night at around 9:30 PM, Sergeant Joseph Cox responded to a call of a collision. In the 9600 block of Ricker Road in northeast Allen County, Se

Allen County, IN - Sergeant Joseph Cox of the Allen County Sheriff's Department tragically passed away while on-duty Sunday night.

While on patrol Sunday night at around 9:30 PM, Sergeant Joseph Cox responded to a call of a collision. In the 9600 block of Ricker Road in northeast Allen County, Sergeant Cox suffered a medical emergency and was found in the middle of a nearby field. According to WANE, he died at the scene.

 

Allen County commissioners ordered all flags to be at half-staff and released the following statement. "Sgt. Cox was always available and ready to represent the Sheriff's Department in the finest traditions of public service. His work ethic as well as his ability to relate to the public made him a valuable asset to the department. His talent and dedication to policing will have a lasting effect on the communities of Allen County for years to come, and he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fellow officers."

Sergeant Joseph Cox was a 19-year veteran of the department. The fallen sergeant had served on the SWAT Team, was a K-9 Handler, served in the Sheriff's Department's Confinement Division, Communications/Dispatch Center, Civil, Warrants, and Patrol Divisions. He was a member of the Honor Guard and was recently promoted to Sergeant in 2015.

Sergeant Cox was also known as a devout Christian. He had recently done a video segment with his wife Dianna at their church Blackhawk Ministries. During the video, they share their remarkable tale of finding one another after the loss of each of their first spouses. They married a few years later, after he proposed during a staged traffic stop. They had a combined six children and thirteen grandchildren.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cox family, both blood and blue.

Sergeant Joseph Cox, your life mattered.

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