LOCUST GROVE — In the spot where Officer Chase Maddox proposed to his wife, Alex, now stands a marker honoring his life and memorializing his five years spent as a member of the Locust Grove Police Department.
The brown sign with white letters “Honoring Our Hero” was unveiled Tuesday with family, friends and officials from the Henry County, the city of Locust Grove and LGPD, in attendance.
The sign stands across the street from Grace Baptist Church on Tanger Boulevard where Chase Maddox arranged for his wife to be pulled over by a fellow officer years ago. It was there he asked her to be his wife. In the church’s parking lot Alex called family to announce their engagement. The whole event was captured on Chase Maddox’s body cam video. It’s something Alex Maddox said she’ll always treasure.
“That day was special to me,” Alex Maddox said on Tuesday when the marker was unveiled.
The sign not only acknowledges Chase Maddox’s contribution, but demonstrates the community and Police Department’s love and commitment to each other and their families.
“It means so much people are still remembering him,” Alex Maddox said. “It’s why my family and I are still standing.”
Chase Maddox, 26, was killed on Feb. 9, 2018 while assisting two Henry County sheriff’s deputies attempting to serve a warrant to Tierre Guthrie. The deputies were injured when Guthrie began shooting. Maddox was shot three times and died at the scene.
Friend and fellow officer Capt. Matthew Long said the memorial is there to remember all the days of Chase Maddox’s life leading up to his end of watch, not the day itself. He said it also serves as a reminder to all the department’s officers that “we’re going to stand by them and their families even if the worst happens.”
“The Maddox family is part of this city, and we’re always going to be here for them,” Long said.
Alex Maddox said the members of the department have become like brothers to her.
“This has brought everyone together, and we remember how kind and loving Chase was,” she said. “I learned a lifetime of blessings from him, and it shows good will always win.”