Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police B. B. Cox

Sheffield Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Monday, January 24, 1938

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Reflections for Chief of Police B. B. Cox

Rest in peace Chief Cox. Bold and brave. Was wondering if you were related to the late comedian Wally Cox,the voice of Underdog.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 3, 2019

Warrior and Hero!!!


January 12, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 74th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered. How wonderful that your descendants are still devoted to their patriarch.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 24, 2012

Ever since I was a little kid visiting West Frankfort, Illinois at my grandparents' home, I had always heard of B.B. Cox. It was not until our visit to the Sheffield Station that I realized how great a man he must have been to be honored the way he is by the city of Sheffield and its outstanding police department.

I too want to thank the Sheffield officers who greeted my brother, sister, and I for the hospitality shown upon our visit. It is truly an honor to know the Chief Cox's legacy lives on in Sheffield, Alabama.

Steve Cox
B.B. Cox's great nephew

Steve Cox
Great Nephew

November 24, 2011

My sister, Paula, and brother, Steve, just visited the Sheffield, AL Police Department, yesterday November 12th, 20011, to search out geniology and hopefully see a photograph of Buck. The police officers were extremely polite when we introduced ourselves, and we were touched by seeing a photograph of Buck on an adjacent want of the police station.
Our best personal regards to the Cox Family!
With Love and Respect,
Paula, Steve, and David Cox

Davidl Cox
Grandson of Buck's Borther, Oscar Cox

November 13, 2011

A great man. I wish I had known him.

Benjamin (Buck) Cox

May 31, 2011

I never had the pleasure of meeting this man but have listened with a tenative ear as my father told me stories about him. My grandfather Andy was his son. A true family Icon.

Andrew Cox
great grandson

November 12, 2009



January 21, 2008

B.B. Cox was the grandfather of my grandfather Andrew Cox aka.Andy. My grandad was my idle growing up and between him and my mother ive heard alot of stories about B.B. and and his family. Sometimes i wish i could meet him but i will one day until then i'll remember the stories pasted down and shall continue passing them down tto my kids

Spc. Nichols
U.S. ARMY Medical Corps

August 28, 2007

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

July 24, 2007

On the anniversary of his death, we pause to honor the memory of Chief Cox and to acknowledge his ultimate sacrifice.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to any and all surviving family members. May God comfort and keep each of you.

May we never forget.

Major D.W. Warren
Montgomery Police Dept. - Montgomery, AL

January 24, 2007

Chief Cox was my great-grandfather. I grew up hearing about the night he died. I never dreamed I'd be an LEO, too. Perhaps 'someday' we can share 'war stories'.

Ptl. Jim Hovater
Selmer Police Dept., Selmer, TN

November 20, 2006

Rest in Peace, Chief Cox. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

November 2, 2006

To the family of Chief Cox. Thank you for writing. Your long term feelings of loss and financial struggles are rarely mentioned even in the law enforcement community. I wish it were different and maybe it can be. I will never forget the family of one of my officers who was killed and I'd do anything for them. My son is named for their son. I pray that you find comfort in the fact that people who are miles away and decades removed still remember the loss of Chief Cox and that they pray for your family.

Senior Sergeant M. Hurley
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

August 10, 2006

I never had the chngce to meet my great grand-father, but did have the joy of knowing his wife, my great grandmother Amanda! What stories!!!! I love telling my children and my grandchildren and show their pics with pride!!!! if he only had known what he had truly started!!!! Thanks! Joyce

Joyce Cox Staggs
great granddaughter

June 28, 2006

A shot is fired. An officer is down. The shot rings through the generations to come.
The love of grandchildren that he never knew is a love that endured in his family and survives through the generations. This love stands as a testament to one brave and loving man. We love you Grandpa.

Molly S. Cox
grand daughter

May 19, 2006

Rest in peace, Chief.

PA Resident

March 16, 2006

I never had the privelage of meeting BB Cox, my grandfather, because I was born twenty years after he was killed. But I do remember the pain in my dads voice on those rare occasions when he would talk about his dad. His wife, my grandmother, I remember as a woman bitter that she had to be left behind by a murderous act of a man who didn't want to pay the 5 cent admission to a community dance. She survived for 40 years and raised her children in poverty. I cannot comprehend the pain that my father, his mother, his brother and sisters had to endure because of their fathers death. The stories they would tell about their lives before he was killed and the ones afterwards are so completely different in tone that I always knew it was before or afterwards just because of the circunstances of the stories. At the time he was killed there wasn't much to be done for the financial well being of the families of officers. A burial was provided for and the mortgage was paid by the city but after that it was scrounge for survival. In the 60's my grandmother became eligible for welfare and received $80 dollars a month. She lost her husband in the line of duty and knew poverty ever afterward. She did a good job with what she had and don't remember a complaint. But in her face the bitterness and sorrow was there. If anyone ever reads this donate to the benevolent officers funds out there to make sure that when an oficer goes down the families don't suffer the financial burdens of the loss that emotionally will effect them all of their lives and even the lives of descendants that never got to meet the brave and selfless individuals that give there lives protecting society from the criminals who prey upon us.

January 28, 2006

You are not forgotten. Although the years pass, the memory of those who have fallen live on.

January 24, 2005

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