FOLEY, Ala. (WALA) - The Orange Beach police department is grieving after the loss of one of their own. Officer Mike Stockwell died Tuesday night, September 17 after a horrific wreck on the Foley Beach Express.
The annual Orange Beach appreciation lunch was a somber affair Wednesday, September 18. After the news of the death of Officer Mike Stockwell the city could have cancelled the event, but instead they decided to pin on ribbons and pray for his family.
Orange Beach Police Chief Billy Wilkins said Officer Stockwell was well-liked and his co-workers thought highly of him.
“It’s not just that they’re going to be missing a coworker, a lot of them is going to be missing a friend,” Chief Wilkins said.
Chief Wilkins told us Stockwell had taken on more responsibilities over the last couple of years and was always a person he could count on.
“I had some things in store for him that I really think he was going to do an excellent job at, and I’m going to miss him.”
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Officer Stockwell lost his life Tuesday night after hitting another car at the intersection of County Road 12 and the Foley Beach express. The person in the other vehicle was unharmed, but Stockwell lost control of his unmarked police SUV and flipped numerous times coming to rest well down the road.
Foley Police Chief David Wilson said, “The rest of it’s under investigation, and we’ll release information as we determine it but not until then.”
The Foley Police Department is investigating the wreck. They would give few details at this point.
“Anytime we have a traffic fatality there’s quite a bit of work to do, so we don’t really get ahead of the investigation when were talking about it,” Chief Wilson said.
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