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Deputy Sheriff Josie Greathouse Fox

Millard County Sheriff's Office, Utah

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Millard County Utah Sheriff's Office mourns on 10-year anniversary of fallen deputy

It's been a decade since Millard County Sheriff's Office lost one of their very own in the line of duty: Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox.

Ten years ago Sunday, Fox was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Highway 50, about a mile east of Delta.

"We post on this day at this hour as it marks the moment 10 years ago that Deputy Josie Greathouse-Fox was taken from all of us as she paid the ultimate sacrifice and gave her life in service to the citizens of Millard County," stated the Millard County Sheriff's Office on Facebook. "We remember her wit, spirit, and fearless dedication."

The agency continued:

May we each take time to remember Josie and what she gave as we commit to be better, and to stand against the darkness of this world with the same conviction that she held. Deputy Josie Greathouse-Fox, 1P29, you are gone, but never forgotten.

According to the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial website, the 37-year-old deputy had stopped a vehicle and was approaching it when she was shot at with a high-power rifle, where one of the rounds passed through her body armor and inflicted a fatal wound.

The suspect - later identified as Roberto Roman - fled the scene and was later found hiding in a shed in Beaver County following a statewide manhunt.

Two years later, despite having confessed to the murder, a jury found Roman not guilty. Federal charges were then filed in 2015 for drugs, weapons and intentionally killing a law enforcement officer. Roman's lawyers filed an appeal, claiming the new charges were double jeopardy but the judge denied the appeal.

In 2017, a federal jury found Roman guilty on 11 charges, including intentionally killing a law enforcement officer. As of August 2018, Roman is still serving his life sentence plus 80 years in prison.

Fox is remembered by her husband and two children. Her bronze memorial plaque is sponsored by the Millard County Sheriff's Office and Millard County Peace Officers Association.

Retired Police Officer
NYPD

January 5, 2020

NEVER FORGOTTEN!
January 5, 2020 is the 10th anniversary of the murder of Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox of the Millard County Sheriff's Office, Utah. Although I never met Deputy Josie Fox, her husband Doug or their kids, they are part of my family, the law enforcement family. I was so touched by the loss of this lovely young mother, taken by a vicious animal, that I chose to ride in her honor during the 2011 Police Unity Tour. The Police Unity Tour brings together hundreds of police officers from all over the United States to ride bicycles from New Jersey to Washington DC. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and financial support for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. I hope one day to meet Deputy Fox’s family and offer my personal condolences. Please keep Deputy Fox; her family and so many others like them in our thoughts and prayers.

Paul Philipps Chief (Ret.)
Parsippany Police Department

January 5, 2020

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

January 5, 2020

She is greatly missed by many

Andrea Janzen

January 5, 2020

Deputy Sheriff Fox,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Millard County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

January 5, 2020

Rest In Peace Sister LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 9th anniversary of your EOW. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 5, 2019

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

October 5, 2018

NEVER FORGOTTEN!
On Tuesday, January 5, 2010, Deputy Sheriff Josie Fox was shot and killed during a motor vehicle stop. Deputy Fox's sergeant had spotted two vehicles wanted in connection with the investigation an auto theft and requested backup. The sergeant followed one vehicle while Deputy Fox followed the other. A short time later Deputy Fox requested backup. When her sergeant arrived he found her suffering from a gunshot wound to her neck, just above her vest.

The suspect was identified as an illegal alien who had already been deported but had returned to the United States. He and a second suspect were apprehended.

In August 2012, despite overwhelming evidence, including a video recorded confession, a Utah jury acquitted the man responsible for her murder, but convicted him of weapons charges. As a result he faced a maximum of 10 years in prison.

On February 7, 2017, a Federal Jury found him guilty of intentionally killing a law enforcement officer and several other charges. On April 27, 2017 he was sentenced to life.

Deputy Fox had served with the Millard County Sheriff's Office for five years. She is survived by her husband and two children

Chief Paul Philipps
Parsippany Police Department

January 5, 2018

Deputy Sheriff Fox, a great lady of integrity and honor taken before her time. Rest in peace. Your valor and commitments won't be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 5, 2018

I am happy that your family has now received some measure of justice for your brutal murder in 2010. I know that the path to justice has been laden with obstacles, but thanks to federal prosecutors, the battle continued after an acquittal in state court. They picked up the torch and now there has at long last been justice. Your killer will remain in prison where he belongs.

Although every line of duty death is painful, circumstances in your case have caused additional pain that other survivor families have not had to endure.

Today I am holding each family member, both blood and law enforcement, in my heart's embrace and saying a prayer of gratitude.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

May 19, 2017

Never Forget, God speed Josie

Sergeant Zach Adams
Utah County Sheriff's Office

February 7, 2017

God bless you my sister for serving. Rest in Peace and may Utah never forget your sacrifice.

N.Y.P.D. Lt. Ray Flores (Ret.)

January 5, 2017

NEVER FORGOTTEN!
In 2011 I had the privilege of riding in the Police Unity Tour to honor of Deputy Sheriff Josie Fox of the Millard County Sheriff's Office, Utah. This is because on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, Deputy Sheriff Fox, a wife and mother of two children was murdered.
Deputy Sheriff Josie Fox was shot and killed during a motor vehicle stop. Her sergeant had spotted two vehicles wanted in connection with the investigation of auto thefts.
The sergeant followed one vehicle while she followed the other. A short time later Deputy Fox requested backup. When her sergeant arrived he found her suffering from a gunshot wound.
The suspect was identified as an illegal alien who had already been deported but returned to the United States. He and a second suspect were apprehended.

In August 2012 the “man” charged with shooting Deputy Fox was acquitted of her murder, but convicted of weapons charges and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."
Matthew 5.4

Chief Paul Philipps
Parsippany Police Department

January 5, 2017

NEVER FORGOTTEN!
Today is the 6th anniversary of the murder of a young Deputy Sheriff who was also a wife and mother.
Deputy Sheriff Josie Fox was shot and killed during a motor vehicle stop. Her sergeant had spotted two vehicles wanted in connection with the investigation of auto thefts.
The sergeant followed one vehicle while she followed the other. A short time later Deputy Fox requested backup. When her sergeant arrived he found her suffering from a gunshot wound.
The suspect was identified as an illegal alien who had already been deported but returned to the United States. He and a second suspect were apprehended.
In August 2012 the “man” charged with shooting Deputy Fox was acquitted of her murder, but convicted of weapons charges and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Deputy Fox is survived by her husband and two children.

Chief Paul Philipps
Parsippany Ploice Department

January 5, 2016

NEVER FORGOTTEN!
January 5, 2015, marks a sad anniversary. It is the 5th year since we lost Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox of the Millard County Sheriff's Office, in Utah. Despite the fact that I never met Deputy Josie Fox, her husband Doug or their kids, they are part of my family, the law enforcement family. I was so touched by the loss of this lovely young mother, taken by a vicious animal, that I chose to ride in her honor during the 2011 Police Unity Tour. The Police Unity Tour brings together hundreds of police officers from all over the United States to ride bicycles from New Jersey to Washington DC. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and financial support for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. I hope one day to meet Deputy Fox’s family and offer my personal condolences. In the meantime let’s all keep Deputy Fox; her family and so many others like them in our thoughts and prayers.

Chief Paul Philipps
Parsippany Police

January 5, 2015

Sister, please know that your death was a call from Jesus needing another angel in heaven. We will take it from here

Jason
MBPD

January 5, 2013

Deputy Fox is one of several Officers I’ve ridden for in the Police Unity Tour. In 2011, I wore a bracelet to honor her during the 300+ mile Police Unity Tour bike ride. I intended to give that bracelet to her family at the Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC. I tried, unsuccessfully, to contact her husband, through the Millard County Sheriff's Office. I never did have the privilege of meeting her family. This morning I learned that the man who confessed to killing Deputy Fox was found not guilty. This makes me sick and I can only imagine how her husband and children must feel. This forum gives an opportunity to express gratitude for Deputy Josie Fox’s selfless dedication and sacrifice. One day I hope to personally express my gratitude and condolences to her family.

Deputy Chief Paul Philipps
Parsippany Police Parsippany NJ

December 27, 2012

May God put his loving arms around your family and members of your department giving them strength, wisdom and understanding to get through this terrible situation.

Walter R. Landrum (Major) retired 2012
Bainbridge Public Safety Department

August 26, 2012

How is this [email protected] acquitted of murder!?!?. He shot her in the neck! This guy should be put to death, not deported or given room and board for the 5 years he may get out of the 10 year max. This only shows everyone and especially boarder jumpers that it's ok to shoot at the police and to go ahead. This is disgraceful to all law enforcement and their families. It just seems like we are expendable in the eyes of the judges and prosecutors sometimes.

Aaron Roberts, Deputy 15 years LE
Eaton County Michigan

August 23, 2012

Just goes to show our justice system needs a complete overhaul

Jerry Myers FMO

August 21, 2012

My sympathies to the family, and my gratitude for the gift of her service. While I did not know her, as a sister officer I mourn the loss of a citizen willing to protect her family, community, and country and the laws that regulate it.

God welcome her home, and protect those still in the capacity to serve.

Former Sgt. Nathan Frens
Formerly of Sheboygan Co. DOJ, WI

August 21, 2012

God Bless

Dave
None

August 20, 2012

ONLY 10 years maximum? For murdering a law enforcement officer, a wife, and a mother. Where is the justice in that?
RIP Deputy Fox.

Lt. Jim Neviaser
Fellow public safety professional

August 20, 2012

what a disgrace that this person was acquitted. Her poor family gets no justice. Not enough they lost their wife, mother, daughter. Sometimes the justice gets me so mad.

Daughter and sister of NYPD

August 20, 2012

Your spirit will live on forever. May God grant you eternal peace. Prayers to your department and most of all to your Loved Ones.

I am truly sick to my stomach that this form of Justice can happen in the United States to a true "Hero".

Det. Billy Russo (Ret)
Nassau County, NY Police Department

August 20, 2012

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