READING, Pa. - Plymouth Township police Ofc. Brad Fox's death has hit close to home for law enforcement officers in Berks County.
His family has close ties to Berks, and his death mirrors the loss of Deputy Sheriff Kyle Pagerly.
Fox's family lives just over the Berks line in New Hanover Twp., Montgomery Co., near Boyertown. His wife was a teacher for four years in the Boyertown Area School District.
"There are just no words to explain how horrific it is, how senseless it is," said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
Fox, who would have turned 35 on Friday, was responding to a hit-and-run crash. He was shot in the head. His canine partner, Nick, also took a bullet, but he will survive.
"It really feels like it's last year again and they were just at my door," said Alecia Pagerly, Kyle Pagerly's widow.
Gut-wrenching emotions have come rushing back to Alecia. Her husband Kyle was killed 15 months ago while serving a warrant in Albany Twp., Berks Co.
"I cannot believe how many similarities there are between the two officers," said Alecia.
Both were canine officers who graduated from the same academy in Philadelphia. Both were war veterans serving two tours of duty. Fox was a Marine; Kyle served in the Army. Both men were expecting a child, and Fox and Pagerly are the first in their department killed in the line of duty.
"It's almost like I was reading about Kyle all over again, and I felt the exact same like it was me being notified again," said Alecia.
Alecia's wounds are still raw, and said she can relate to what Fox's wife and family are going through. She's already reached out to them, and understands how hard it is to lose your partner.
"Last year at this time, my mind wasn't there, so I'll give her more time and reach out again," Alecia said.
The community rallied behind Alecia, and the same is being done for Ofc. Fox's widow.
Berks County Sheriff Eric Weaknecht is also making plans for his department to help the Plymouth Township police during their time of need.
Weaknecht said he will be sending his department's honor guard and at least 10 deputies to neighboring Montgomery County on the day of Fox's service.
The deputies' primary role, Weaknecht said, will be to work in the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown and to assist with traffic control during the service so that their colleagues in the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department can attend the service, which has not yet been set.
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