Lieutenant Richard Woods
Pell City Police Department, Alabama
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Tour of Duty: 20 years
Badge Number: 804
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: March 17, 2015
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief Gregory Dean Turley
Pell City Police Department
1905 1st Avenue N
Pell City, AL 35125
Phone: (205) 884-3334
Lieutenant Richard Woods suffered a fatal heat attack while assisting other rescue personnel extricate several teenagers from a vehicle following a serious accident on Cogswell Avenue, at 5th Street, at approximately 4:30 pm.
Paramedics immediately began to render aid to Lieutenant Woods. He was transported to a local hospital where he passed away a short time later.
Lieutenant Woods had served with the Pell City Police Department for 20 years and was the commander of the Special Operations Division. He is survived by his wife.
A Pell City police officer died Tuesday afternoon while trying to extract a victim from a vehicle involved in a wreck.
The officer was identified as Lt. Richard Woods, 48.
Sgt. Don Newton, the public information officer for the Pell City Police Department, said Woods died in the emergency room at St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital as a result of a heart attack suffered while on duty.
Newton said Woods, commander of the Pell City Police Department Special Operations Division, was assisting with the extraction of a victim from a vehicle involved in a traffic accident.
“Lt. Woods suffered a heart attack on scene, and medics from the Pell City Fire and Rescue Service and RPS ambulance immediately began treatment,” Newton said.
He said Woods was transported to the hospital, where treatment was continued, but the officer did not recover.