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Hero Down: Naples Police Chief Andrew ‘Drew’ Cox Dies Unexpectedly

Naples, UT – Naples Police Chief Andrew “Drew” Cox died unexpectedly on Oct. 30 after suffering a medical emergency, according to his department.

The 47-year-old police chief was at his Uintah County home when the medical incident occurred, KTVX reported.

Chief Cox was pronounced dead at the scene.

Details regarding his exact cause of death have not been released.

“We at the Naples Police Department are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our Chief, Andrew W Cox,” the Naples Police Department (NPD) said in a press release on Oct. 31.

“Drew created a huge network of friends and colleagues; he was a friend to everyone he met. There wasn’t a time he entered a room that everyone didn’t know he was there,” the department said. “He spent his life and career trying to make a difference for the people he encountered, both on and off the job.”

Chief Cox was well-known for his sense of humor and always having a joke for everyone.

He devoted more than 20 years of his life to his law enforcement career.

“Not many people are able to pursue a career that they love, but Andrew did,” his obituary read. “Ever since he was a kid, he knew that he wanted to be a cop.”

After graduating from the police academy in 1998, Chief Cox was hired at the maximum-security Promontory Correctional Facility in Ely, Nevada.

He later served as a corrections officer for Duchesne County.

Chief Cox was hired by the Roosevelt City Police Department as an officer, and was also able to become a K9 handler and trainer during his time there.

He later joined the NPD, where he devoted the last 14 years of his career.

“He was a highly valued and decorated officer, having received two Medals of Valor (as well as many other accolades) throughout his service,” his obituary read. “Andrew’s love for his community and the people in it is evident in the many friends he had and the lives he changed. Above all, Andrew was a peacemaker who brought out the best in people with every situation he found himself in, be it law enforcement or with his friends and family. He brought humor to everyone and loved to make those around him laugh.”

“The world is a lesser place without him in it,” the tribute read.

Chief Cox leaves behind his wife of 21 years, Stephanie, who is also a law enforcement officer.

He is also survived by his four children and three grandchildren, as well as his mother, four siblings, 25 nieces and nephews, and 47 great-nieces and nephews.

“Our community will miss him greatly. The Naples City Police Department is honored to continue his legacy of service,” the NPD said.

Chief Cox was laid to rest on Friday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Naples Police Chief Andrew “Drew” Cox, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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