PLYMOUTH TWP., Pa. - A police officer killed in the line of duty was remembered by his family, friends and fellow officers.
A public viewing was held Tuesday night for Plymouth Twp. Ofc. Brad Fox. Wednesday the family will bury a man who's being hailed a hero.
Goodbye is not what anyone wanted to say Tuesday night, but circumstances took Fox too soon.
The 34-year-old was a seven-year veteran of the Plymouth Township police force and served two years as a Marine in Iraq.
"He was totally dedicated to his country and his family and his friends," said Montgomery County Sheriff Eileen Behr.
Behr said Fox was one of her students at the police academy.
"It's like burying a brother or a son for me," said Behr.
Brad Fox's parents are Kathy and Tom Fox.
"Everybody's hearts go out to Kathy and Tom," said Debbie Plunkett, a family friend, "There's just no words. To feel the pain is just."
"Couldn't imagine losing one of my children and he's just a hero in my eyes," said Kathy Lutz, another friend.
Fox was killed in the line of duty Thursday night. Officials said Andrew Thomas ambushed Fox and then killed himself.
The long and tearful goodbye to Brad Fox started with a viewing Tuesday night at the Epiphany of Our Lord Church in Plymouth Twp., Montgomery Co.
"It's amazing, amazing," said Lutz, "We've been here like I said probably about two hours standing in the rain."
It was an emotional day and people are hoping Wednesday morning the weather cooperates. The public viewing starts at 7 a.m. and goes until 10:30 a.m. There will be a funeral mass following.
"They're just very nice people and I wanted to show my support," said Lutz.
Fox will be buried at Washington Crossing National Cemetery.
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