Rockford police to honor fallen officer with blue lights

Rockford police to honor fallen officer with blue lights

ROCKFORD (AP) — Police in northern Illinois are hoping to turn the area blue to honor a fallen officer one year after he died during a traffic stop.

The Rockford Register Star reports that the Rockford Police Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 6 is asking residents and business owners to install blue lights on the exterior of buildings this week in memory of officer Jaimie Cox.

Cox stopped a pickup truck driven by Eddie Patterson on Nov. 5, 2017. Patterson was driving on a revoked license and with expired license plates.

The Winnebago-Boone County Integrity Task Force says Patterson began to accelerate while Cox was leaning into the vehicle. The pickup truck crashed into a tree. Cox shot and killed Patterson, but Cox died of injuries suffered from the crash.

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