ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) - Every day, the city’s emergency responders risk their lives to protect the community.
It’s a sacrifice that can sometimes be taken for granted, until one of them is taken away unexpectedly.
That’s the message many in Orange Beach felt heavy on their hearts in remembering long time Police officer Mike Stockwell, who was killed he was involved in a collision on the Foley Beach Express Tuesday, September 17.
Mayor Tony Kennon stressed that very message at the Orange Beach employee appreciation luncheon.
“He was a leader. He was constantly trying to create ways to be a better officer and do a better job in protecting our community. He was a model employee as far as I was concerned. I think this was a great day to celebrate him, not mourn him,” said Kennon.
It was Stockwell’s life and what he meant to the community he served to protect that truly stood out.
Stockwell served for more than 20 years in law enforcement. He joined the Orange Beach police force in 2004.
Lieutenant Steve Brown has been a close friend of Stockwell's for nearly 20 years.
“He’s a good guy. He was a very hard worker and very easy to get along with. He never turned down an assigned task and was happy to do it. He’ll definitely leave a hole in the department," said Brown.
Folks tell FOX10 serving and protecting the community was Stockwell’s calling. They said it was something he had a passion to do.
“I want to celebrate Mike for what he has done for us. I want to let him and his family know that we’re going to miss him,” Kennon said.
Officer Stockwell was scheduled to be the Orange Beach Police Department's full time training officer in October.
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