CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Cincinnati police officer from Florence, Ky. has died in Afghanistan.
Family members say Anthony "Tony" Campbell Jr., 35, died Monday. The Department of Defense says he died of wounds suffered from the detonation of an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province,
Campbell graduated from the Cincinnati Police Academy in December of 2008 and was an officer for District One. He was deployed in August of 2009.
"Cincinnati grieves today with the news that we have lost a member of our city family as he served our country overseas," said Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory said. "We offer our sincerest sympathies to Officer Campbell's family and friends. We honor his deep commitment to public service both at home in Cincinnati and abroad."
He was a tech sergeant and worked in explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) with the United States Air Force's 932nd Civil Engineer Unit, based at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
Campbell was a 1992 graduate of Boone County High School, and prior to becoming a police officer was a pipefitter with Local 392.
Campbell's friends tell FOX19 that he was the kind of guy who would give you the shirt off his back. They say becoming a Cincinnati Police officer was a lifelong dream for Campbell.
"He just always had in his mind that he wanted to be a police officer," said Chris Webster, a friend of Campbell's.
The Cincinnati Police Department is mourning the loss of an officer they call a 'walking example of what (they) want in an officer'. Lt. Col. James Whalen says
"This one came home. This one isn't a near miss this one is a tragic event we weren't able to avoid," said Lt. Col. James Whalen. "It's given everyone a moment to pause."
Campbell is survived by his parents, his wife, Emily, an 11-year-old son, Devin, a 7-year-old daughter, Jordan, and a 2-year-old son, Ryker.