Patrolman Roger Monroe Odell

Patrolman Roger Monroe Odell

Town Creek Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Roger Monroe Odell

Patrolman Roger Odell 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, 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 Odell 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.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge TC-4
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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I rode in The Wheels of Justice "Heroes" bike ride today in Conroe, Texas. This ride recognizes fallen police officers. Each rider receives a wrist band with the name of a fallen officer. Today I was honored to ride for Roger M. Odell. You may be gone, but you were remembered today in Texas. Thank you for your service.

Jim Dickinson
Montgomery, Texas

Jim Dickinson

October 14, 2017

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