Officer Cox had served in law enforcement for 30 years and was a volunteer member of the Nicklesville Department of the Gordon County Fire Department.
Mrs. Kathy Cox served as the Code Enforcement/Ordinance officer for Calhoun/Gordon County GA. She had served in law enforcement for 30 years. She also was a Volunteer firefighter for the Nickelsville community and she served on the board of directors for the Gordon County Senior Citizens, the Northwest Georgia Fair Association, the blue Knights Motorcycle Chapter #9, the Patriot Guard Association, the Gordon County Saddle & Harness Club, the State Code Enforcement Association, the National Association of K-9 Handlers, and she had involvement with the Gordon County Juvenile Court where she once served as a Juvenile Probation Officer.
Kathy was a very kind, fun loving person who was so full of life and could brighten the gloomiest of days. Everybody that knew her fell in love with her from the first hello. Every time (you) saw Kathy she had a smile on her face. She was an avid pet lover who owned and operated a horse farm with her husband; she also had several dogs and ferrets. At her funeral, her husband spoke and said that one of the things he was going to miss was her not letting him drink the last cup of milk because she would put it on the dog's food the next morning and of course everyone laughed and that's what she would have wanted everybody to have - a good laugh.
Kathy was on duty August 21, 2008 and was traveling west on Hwy 136 in Resaca GA when a Loomis Fargo armored truck traveling East on Hwy 136 went into her lane and struck her Gordon County Sheriff's Office F-150 pickup truck head on. Both trucks became engulfed in flames. It is reported that a car slowed in front of the armored truck causing the truck to skid into Kathy's lane. It is also reported that the driver of the armored truck tried to put out the flames on Kathy's truck while the passenger tried unsuccessful to pull her from the burning truck.
Kathy Cox was honored in Washinton D.C with her named added to the wall of fallen officers. The Gordon County EMS also honored her by creating the Kathy Cox Guardian Angel Award to honor those who shows dedication to job and community;commitment to training and learning of their craft through further education; an ability to work with others as a team among all public safety agencies; the ability to step out of the box and help people who others might not see as needing aid; a sense of humor and genuine laughter; dedication of their lives to public safety and an understanding of the impact it makes on their community; taking the time to work with colleagues, to network, and to learn from one another; mentor and/or be mentored by fellow ordinance officers, firefighters, EMS, sheriff's deputies, tele-communicators, and others in order to benefit from shared knowledge; someone who thinks past the badge or title and does not hide behind it; someone who is willing and able to reach out to the community and has the confidence to do the job without being overbearing.
Deputy Sheriff Kathy Cox was posthumously honored recently at the American Police Hall of Fame near Cape Canaveral, Fla. A photo of Officer Cox was placed under a plaque bearing her name and agency.
In June 2011 a portion of GA. 136 was renamed to honor officer Kathy Cox. The renaming of the strecth of GA. 136 from I-75 to the railroad near Hill City Road was the result of legislation introduced by state Rep. John Meadows, R-Calhoun. This is also the same strecth of road where Officer Cox Died.
Kathy may not be with us in person but she is still with us in our hearts. She will forever be missed but never forgotten.