Nick O’Rear: Tribute to slain Kimberly police officer

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From Carol Robinson’s story for Al.com:

Kimberly police officer Nick O’Rear was fatally shot Tuesday night during a pursuit on Interstate 65 South, according to authorities. He was pronounced dead at 1:10 AM Wednesday.

O’Rear, 33, was a father of two with a third on the way. O’Rear had been a Kimberly police officer for a year or less. “Everybody loved him,” Kimberly Mayor Bob Ellerbrock said. “He was a tremendous asset to our community.”

The death of the Kimberly officer is the first law enforcement line of duty death in Alabama in 2020. Statewide, six police officers were shot to death in the line of duty in 2019. A Monroe County deputy also died in 2019 when he lost control of his patrol vehicle and hit a tree.

O’Rear began his law enforcement career at the Ashville Police Department before joining Kimberly roughly a year ago. He had recently trained to be K9 handler and was partnered with Stella, a drug-sniffing dog. “He was a very good person, a very good officer,’’ said Warrior Police Chief Ray Horn. “In fact, we tried to hire him away from Kimberly. That goes on a lot here – we all work really close together.”

Love, peace and prayers to Officer O’Rear’s family and colleagues at the Kimberly Police Department.

Rest in peace, Officer O’Rear.

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