BPD honors Cope

Published 6:17 am Friday, February 10, 2012

The Brundidge Police Department honored a fellow “man in blue” and a son of the city by posting a guard where he lay in state prior to funeral services and interment on Thursday.

CPO Andre Cope, a 24-year Navy veteran and a member of the Memphis (Tenn.) Police Department, lost his battle with cancer this week.

Cope was recognized as a Mid-South Hero by the Memphis Police Department and was honored by the Patriot Guard Riders with a two-state mission with visitation on Feb. 7.

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A flag line was provided on Tuesday in Memphis. A flag line and escort to Cope’s final resting place was provided for by the Alabama PGR.

Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport said members of the Brundidge Police Department met the transport at Moore’s Chapel on Wednesday and posted a guard at the chapel.

“We held vigil at the chapel until the funeral service at 1 p.m. Thursday at County Line Baptist Church,” Davenport said. “Andre Cope served his country in the military and then as a police officer for three years. We wanted to honor him for his service.”

Davenport said Cope grew up in Brundidge and graduated from Pike County High School. He was 46 years old. His wife, Tonya, is a police officer.

Cope is the son of Mary Terry of Brundidge and the late Willie Charles Cope.