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Trooper Andrew Fox remembered for his desire to help
Trooper Andrew W. Fox was killed Friday while directing traffic at the state fair.
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Date published: 10/10/2012
THE ROANOKE TIMES
ROANOKE--Those who knew him say Andrew Fox was the kind of police officer who would stop to help change a flat tire on the side of a busy road.
The Tazewell County native liked to farm and spend time outside. He talked about taking a fishing trip with his colleagues.
He never got the chance.
The 27-year-old Virginia State Police trooper stationed in Pulaski County was killed Friday night when he was struck by a vehicle at the Virginia State Fair in Caroline County.
A Tazewell High School and Virginia Tech alumnus, Fox graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in 2007 and spent his first five years with the agency in Fairfax County, according to his Pulaski supervisor, Sgt. Dirk Compton. He had moved back to Southwest Virginia in May with his wife, Ginny. The two lived on a farm in Draper.
"I had just talked to Ginny, and she said they were so relieved to be back in the area now, and then something tragic like this happens," Compton said.
On Friday, Fox was on special assignment directing fair traffic on State Route 30 in Hanover County with several other troopers when a 1992 Jeep Cherokee hit him at 9:53 p.m. According to Virginia State Police, several bystanders and troopers lifted the vehicle off Fox and two troopers administered CPR. Fox was taken to VCU Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.
Fox had been wearing a reflective safety vest and was using a flashlight, according to state police Sgt. Thomas Molnar. There were yellow traffic lights blinking, visible to drivers heading both east and west, Molnar said.
"The posted speed limit in the area is 35 mph, but it's incumbent upon drivers to drive through the area safely at a responsible speed, taking into consideration that the lights are flashing," Molnar said.
Molnar said a woman from Doswell was driving the Jeep, but her name and the name of a juvenile passenger in the vehicle have not been released. No charges had been filed as of Monday evening. Though alcohol was not a factor in the incident, speed will be considered in the ongoing investigation, Molnar said.