Patrolman Roger O’Dell
Town Creek Police Department, Alabama
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Tour of Duty: 25 years
Badge Number: TC-4
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: January 28, 2015
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Jerry L. Garrett
Town Creek Police Department
16000 Main Street
Town Creek, AL 35672
Phone: (256) 685-3200
Patrolman Roger O’Dell suffered a fatal heart attack after taking two juveniles into custody who had escaped from a juvenile detention facility in a neighboring county earlier in the day.
He had received an anonymous tip at approximately 4:00 am that the two were at an apartment complex on the 1900 block Highway 20. He was able to detain the two and once he positively identified them he was placed them under arrest. He collapsed moments after placing them both in the rear of his patrol car.
Upon seeing him collapse, one of the juveniles was able to crawl through the prisoner partition into the front of his patrol car and used the radio to alert dispatchers.
Patrolman O’Dell was a veteran of the Alabama National Guard. He had served with the Town Creek Police Department for approximately 18 months after retiring as chief of the Courtland Police Department. He is survived by his wife and four children.
TOWN CREEK, Ala. (WHNT) – The Town Creek police department is mourning the loss of one of their officers.
Officer Roger O’Dell died Wednesday morning while on a call. He had just picked up two runaways at an apartment complex, and was on his way back into the apartment when he collapsed.
One of the runaways 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.
He leaves behind a wife and four children.