Two Carlsbad police officers killed in traffic collisions in the line of duty will forever be remembered in their community with newly-installed street signs paying tribute to their service.
The signs read, “In Memory of Officer Wesley Fox” and “In Memory of Officer Billy Jack,” and include the dates each officer died.
They are located in the areas where the officers each were killed in separate traffic crashes: Fox’s sign can be found on El Camino Real at Chestnut Avenue, while Jack’s sign stands at Faraday Avenue at El Camino Real.
The Carlsbad Police Department said Fox died on Feb. 13, 1978, as he responded to a report of a burglary in the industrial park area. It was raining heavily that day and Fox’s police car spun out on the slick roads, crashing with another car.
The police department said Fox was the first officer to die in the line of duty since Carlsbad incorporated in 1952.
Jack – who worked as a motor officer – was killed in a crash on Sept. 1, 1991. The department said Jack was proud of his work as a motor officer and was known by many as “the nicest guy you ever met.”