A Delmar police corporal who was attacked and ultimately died in the line of duty was honored Sunday with a police escort starting in Baltimore and ending at his home in Delaware.
- The Delmar police corporal killed in the line of duty is honored with a police escort starting here in Baltimore and ending at his home in Delaware. Hello, again. I'm Max McGee. Rachel Cardin has the night off.
Officers from near and far gathered to remember Corporal Keith Heacock of the Delmar Police Department after his life was taken far too soon. WJZ's live outside Shock Trauma. Rachel Menitoff shows us the moving tribute. Rachel?
RACHEL MENITOFF: Max, good evening. Corporal Keith Heacook was taken here to Shock Trauma after he was attacked responding to a 911 call. Today, his fellow first responders and his community paused to honor his service and his life.
A motorcade of police officers escorted the remains of Delmar Police Corporal Keith Heacook from Baltimore to his home in Delaware, saluting his 22 year service to the community, and remembering a life taken prematurely.
IVAN BARKLEY: I need you to know that, even with his sacrifice, he's still a hero for someone.
- Police say, Corporal Heacook was responding to a call for a fight at a home on the Maryland, Delaware line. Officials say that's when he was assaulted by 30-year-old Brandon Wilkerson, who had also attacked an elderly couple around the same time. They're now recovering at home. Wilkerson has been charged with attempted murder and assault. Corporal Heacook was taken to Shock Trauma, where he died a few days later.
- Our community, my department, his family, we all mourn.
- Ever since, there's been an outpouring of support and tributes from those who knew the corporal, and even those who didn't.
- He was always a go getter. He'd make you laugh. He'd make you-- you know, if you were having a bad day, and he'd seen you, he'd make you smile.
- Sunday's procession gave those who loved and admired the long time police corporal a chance to say goodbye.
Corporal Heacook leaves behind his wife, Susan, and his 12-year-old son. In a Facebook post, Susan writes that she wants to thank the entire community for all of their support and said, "my heart aches for all of the victims involved." We're live tonight in Baltimore. I'm Rachel Menitoff for WJZ.