New Brockton police chief passes

New Brockton Police Chief Jimmy Duke passed away Sunday, June 9, after losing a fight with illness.

“He was just a wonderful person,” New Brockton Mayor Kathy Holley said. “He was an old-school police officer who tried to help in every way he could. We’re going to miss him terribly.”

Duke was appointed New Brockton’s police chief by unanimous vote on April 2, 2018 after the resignation of Robert Seagle.

Duke was also a long-time member of the Elba Police Department, devoting nearly eight years to the department before his passing. He was still a serving officer of the department during his time as New Brockton’s Police Chief.

The Elba Fire Department released a statement about Duke.

“This evening we mourn the loss of a good friend, a top notch police officer, and a great man,” the statement said. “Officer Duke was always willing to help in any way possible, on duty or off, and was an asset to our department in a number of ways. The City of Elba and Coffee County are much better places due to his service and the man he was. Officer Duke was a shining example of a public servant and we are all better people for having known him and having had the opportunity to serve beside him. Elba PD #114 has gone 10-42 one last time. Rest Easy Sir, we will take it from here.”

City of Elba Mayor Mickey Murdock released a statement expressing condolences to the Duke family and thanking Duke for his time serving Elba

Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton spoke about Duke’s passing at the commission meeting Monday, June 10.

“Officer J.L. Duke ended his time of watch yesterday as he passed away from a lengthy illness,” Sutton said. “His funeral will be in Greenville, and I’m asking everybody to be mindful of that as we have lost a law enforcement officer.”

Various officers and first responders from departments spanning Coffee County escorted Duke home to Greenville from Dothan, bringing Duke through the City of Elba one last time one his way home.

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