ALTO, Texas (KTRE) - Services will be held this weekend for an Alto police officer who died Thursday afternoon.
Officer Bryan Keith Radcliff’s patrol unit, along with a wreath, will be parked Friday at the four-way stop in Alto. The public will be able to stop by and honor Radcliff.
“We brought him a flag. everybody loves that red, white and blue and that’s what he represented,” said Connie Scott, who paid a tribute.
Alto Police Chief Jeremy Jackson said Radcliff was half a mile from home when he took a check welfare call. Jackson said Radcliff checked on the woman who had called 911 and was returning to his car when he collapsed.
Jackson said the woman then called 911 to get help for Radcliff. The woman call 911 again, this time for Officer Radcliff. He said the officer suffered a massive brain bleed.
Radcliff is described as a family man. He leaves behind numerous children and grandchildren. Radcliff was 50 years old.
My grandfather use to say, he said remember whatever you do, you can always be replaced so be the best that you can be in doing it," Jackson said.
The chief spoke highly of Radcliff’s expertise, his skills as a decision maker and his ability to maintain a level head in stressful situations.
“His total package of experience can never be replaced in a department like mine — a five man department for a city the size of Alto ... you don’t get 25-plus year veterans to come turn in an application here,”Jackson said. “He was just a special, special guy. Not only as a person, but as an officer and an asset to my department. That’s the hard part.”
Community members said the loss is a tough one.
“You know it is hard big or small. But in a small town it calls for more personal. You know the police officer, I didn’t know him personally, but you know him, you’ve seen him smile, you’ve eaten next to him at the cafe and he was a good guy your heart goes out to his family and three children,” said Pastor Ron Rose, The River Church.
Just weeks after tornadoes damaged Alto, it is another blow during challenging times.
“One of the things we said after the tornadoes is it got rid of us and them. And this is more stuff that gets rid of us and them because everyone relates to the loss,” Rose said.
Visitation is set for 1 p.m., Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Rusk, and his funeral will be at 2 p.m., Sunday.