Joseph Alan Cox Jr.
Allen County Sheriff's Department
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Age: 48
Served: 19 years
Badge #: 213
Panel 26E, Line 31 (2019)
Panel L11, Line 13 (2018)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Heart attack
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, February 12, 2017
09:30 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
9600 block of Ricker Road
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
Burial Place:
Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne

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   Sergeant Joseph Cox died after suffering a heart attack while investigating an accident between a vehicle and a horse-drawn Amish buggy at State Road 37 and Ricker Road.

   After leaving the home of the buggy's driver in the 9600 block of Ricker Road, he placed his patrol car in reverse and was backing out. His car then accelerated, crashed through a fence and traveled about 70 yards into a field before becoming stuck in mud.

   Other officers were called and responded to find him unconscious. He was transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne where he was pronounced dead.

   Sergeant Cox, from New Haven, was survived by his wife, Diana; daughters, Kristen (Cole) Miller, Jessica (Zachary) Moord, Melissa (Jordan) Palmer and Amy (Jacob) Richman; sons, Joseph Cox and Jerod (Kara) Hevel; sister, Stephanie (Matthew) Demorest; brother, Matthew (Josh Gardner) Cox; parents, Joseph Sr. and Brenda Cox; 13 grandchildren; and his canine partner, Gunny.

   His son, Joseph, currently serves as a deputy sheriff with the department.


Military Service

United States Marine Corps

Historical Notes
• Sergeant Cox was the first of two Indiana line of duty deaths in 2017.
• He is the third line of duty death of the Allen County Sheriff's Department.
• His line of duty death is the 17th that has originated from Allen County.

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