A funeral procession was held Thursday afternoon for fallen Alto police officer Keith Radcliff.
Officer Radcliff was on his way home Tuesday when he was called for a welfare check, without hesitation, the devoted officer changed course and headed to the scene.
While on the scene the officer had a medical event and collapsed.
He was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon at 4:41 p.m.
“When they called me I had just pulled into the house, they called and said they had an officer down and they really didn’t know much information at the time,” said Alto Police Chief Jeremy Jackson. “I just got in my car and drove to the scene and the ambulance was there, they were loading him up. Your heart just sinks when you hear that call ‘officer down’.”
Chief Jackson has been the police chief in Alto since December 2011, this is the first time he has encountered a fallen officer.
Radcliff was hired by Jackson about two years earlier.
In that short time, Radcliff quickly became close friends with other officers in the department.
“He was very business-oriented but he was very much the jokester, the prankster and he balanced those two,” said Chief Jackson.
The visitation will be held in Rusk at the First Baptist Church on Sunday, May 19th at 1:00 pm, followed by the funeral at 2:00 pm.