Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 9, 2012

Services set for Va. trooper

PULASKI, Va. — An investigation continued Monday into the death of a Virginia trooper and Tazewell County native who died on Oct. 5 in the line of duty after being struck by a vehicle while directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair.

Trooper Andrew David Fox, 27, of Draper, Va., died after being hit by an SUV on Route 30 in Hanover County, Va. Fox was serving with the Pulaski County detachment of the Virginia State Police and was on special assignment at the state fair.

“The investigation has been ongoing ever since the accident,” said Corrine N. Geller, public relations director for the Virginia State Police.

No arrests had been made as of Monday.  A decision about whether charges would be filed was pending the conclusion of the investigation and a consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Geller said.

Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt remembered hiring Fox as an auxiliary officer before he joined the state police.

“We were all so proud of him when he made it into the state police. He was the kind of person who always wanted to do right in his community,” Hieatt said.

Fox’s father, David Fox, served with the Tazewell Police Department before joining the Richlands Police Department. Hieatt described Andrew Fox as a person who wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Andrew Fox served with the Tazewell Police Department before joining the Virginia State Police in 2006, and was assigned to Fairfax County until his transfer to Pulaski County. While serving in Fairfax County, he escorted President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama, and other dignitaries during their visit to northern Virginia.

Funeral arrangements for Fox were announced Monday. Visitation will begin Wednesday at The Refreshing Center (Pulaski Church of God) on 1621 Bob White  Blvd., Pulaski, Va., from 1 to 4 p.m. and again from 6 to 9 p.m., according to a statement from the Virginia State Police.

The funeral service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at The Refreshing Center. Trooper Fox will be laid to rest at the Summerfield United Methodist Church Cemetery in Elk Creek, Va., which is located in Grayson County. The burial will take place immediately after the service.

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