By Tara Rippin • 26 October 2020 • 12:15
Florida police chief piloting small plane dies in crash.
Greg Graham, who became Ocala’s 30th police chief in January 2012, had only recently earned his pilot’s license when he was killed in a small-plane crash on Sunday, October 25.
Marion County Fire Rescue received an alert reporting a crash at 11.32am, according to US media reports.
The aircraft crashed into an open field close to the Marion County Airport, a county-owned facility in an unincorporated area near Dunnellon.
Valerie Strong of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, said nobody else was hurt in the crash and an investigation is underway.
Ocala police department posted a Facebook tribute for Graham, and more than two dozen police vehicles, light bars flashing, were parked in tribute outside police headquarters Sunday evening.
The post read: “We have had the great privilege to have called him a friend, a boss, and a part of our family for well over thirty years. He was the heart of the Department. His heart beat for Ocala, for his community, for his department, and especially for his family.”
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