Mobile, AL - Mobile Police Sergeant Jeremy Franks, age 41, was killed in a single-vehicle traffic crash on Thursday, October 19.
He was off-duty at the time.
The incident occurred early Thursday morning on Tanner-Williams Road, near the Coast Guard base. according to Local15TV .
Mobile Police Department Chief Lawrence Battiste said, "I knew Franks about 2 and a half years ago. When he walks in the room, he lights up the room. His attitude was always positive. He was always upbeat. He brought joy to everybody he came in contact with."
In a press conference, Chief Battiste said that "the department is grieving over his death", according to Fox10tv .
He said, "It has been a tough morning. We brought our Chaplain Corey in for the officers to debrief and decompress. And we are working with officers to make sure they grieve in their own way."
Sgt. Franks worked on technology initiatives to move the MPD forward with its patrol in the community.
"He made sure that his unit understood that we were in a new era of policing and he conducted that, united and guided them in that way," according to Chief Battiste.
In a Facebook post, the Mobile Police Department said:
"The Mobile Police Department is mourning the loss of Sergeant Jeremy Franks, who lost his life in a single vehicle accident on Tanner Williams Road early this morning. Franks served 19 years as a Mobile police officer. To his family, we ask the community to please send their prayers."
The Mobile Police Department is conducting the investigation.
Officer Franks was a 19-year veteran of the agency.
He is survived by his fiance and one child.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mobile Police Sgt. Jeremy Franks, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.