An emotional scene outside the home where Plymouth Township police officer Brad Fox lived with his pregnant wife and infant daughter.
"Brad's always a part of us and so is his family," said Chief Joseph Lawrence, Plymouth Township Police, who added that details regarding funeral arrangements are expected to be announced on Saturday.
Officer Fox was shot in the head and died Thursday after responding to a call of a hit-and-run. The seven year veteran of the Plymouth Township police department served two tours of duty in Iraq. He has a little girl and his wife is expecting their second child.
- Gunman Identified as Andrew Charles Thomas
- Thomas was No. 1 suspect in the 1999 disappearance of his fiance
On Friday night, Fox's fellow officers along with the local community showed up to honor the fallen hero at a vigil.
Police chaplain Nicholas Salios began the vigil with a prayer. He counseled Officer Fox's wife and parents at the hospital on Thursday night.
"Officers have been grieving, they feel it very deeply, they're hurting, their wives are also hurting. This is going to last for some time," said Salios.
"You're all family- fire, EMS, police because we all work together very closely, it's a very close knit group," said Barbera Pisch, Gilbertsville paramedic.
The vigil concluded with a police flyover.
"It's shocking, surreal, sad for someone who served his country and community like he did. It's a terrible loss for both," said Steve Chamberlain, from Gilbertsville.