Officer Jimmy Duke

Officers stand at attention and citizens show respect as Officer Jimmy Duke makes his final stop at the Elba Police Department en route to his hometown of Greenville, Alabama. Officer Duke died Sunday, June 9, after an extended illness. He was taken home to Greenville on Monday via a police and first responder escort. Law enforcement in several cities along the way from Dothan to Greenville assisted in making sure Officer Duke had a proper escort home.

Elba Police Officer Jimmy Lee “Leebo” Duke made his final stop at the Elba Police Department Monday, June 10, as a hearse from a funeral home in Greeville, Alabama carrying the officer’s body stopped in front of the police station for several minutes. This was part of a planned escort for Duke, led by Elba Police, from Dothan, Alabama to his hometown of Greenville. He had died Sunday, June 9, at a Dothan hospital following a lengthy illness. Monday’s escort included officers from the Elba Police Department, New Brockton Police, Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, and more, as well as, first responders from Elba, Kinston, and New Brockton. Officer Duke began working with the Elba Police Department in September 2011 and was still a member of the department at the time of his death last weekend. He also began serving as police chief for the Town of New Brockton in April 2018. His law enforcement career of over 25 years also included service with Greenville and Fort Deposit. Many of the city of Elba employees, friends, and other citizens were in downtown Elba Monday morning when the escort carrying Officer Duke made its stop in front of the police department. Several in attendance said he was a good man and officer and they simply wanted to show respect to him and his fellow officers. Elba Mayor Mickey Murdock released the following statement upon learning of Officer’s Duke’s passing on Sunday evening, “I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the Duke Family in the passing of our Officer Jimmy Duke.  Officer Duke served the citizens of Elba from September 2011 – June 2019.  His presence will be missed in our City, especially at the Elba Police Department.” A statement from the Elba Fire Department said the Elba firefighters mourn the loss of a good friend, top notch police officer, and a great man — “Officer Duke was always willing to help in any way possible, on duty or off, and was an asset to our department in a number of ways. The City of Elba and Coffee County are much better places due to his service and the man he was.” Elba Police Chief Leslie Hussey said his department had lost a good friend and excellent officer. He asked for prayers from the community as the department deals with such a great loss. He said Duke would be greatly missed at the Elba Police Department. Jimmy Duke’s funeral will be Thursday, June 13, in Greenville. For more details, see his obituary on Page 3 of today’s paper.

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