Funeral services set for Leadwood police chief

Leadwood Police Chief Jerry Hicks (Source: City of Leadwood)
Leadwood Police Chief Jerry Hicks (Source: City of Leadwood)

LEADWOOD, Mo. (AP) - An St. Francois County police chief has died of injuries he suffered in a crash while on duty last week.

Leadwood Police Chief Jerry Hicks died Sunday at a hospital in the St. Louis area.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says the 69-year-old chief was injured Nov. 29 when his car hit a tree in Washington County. The patrol says the car went out of control after hitting a patch of ice on a highway bridge.

Hicks was heading at the time to the state prison in Potosi to pick up members of an inmate work crew.

The funeral visitation for Hicks will be Wednesday.  Family only will have visitation time at 3 p.m. with a public visitation from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Boyer Funeral Home in Desloge.

The funeral will be Thursday with visitation starting at 9 a.m. and the funeral at 1 p.m.  Hicks will be buried at Bonne Terre Cemetery.

Gov. Jay Nixon ordered that the United States and Missouri flags at all state government buildings in St. Francois County be flown at half-staff on Thursday, Dec. 8 in honor of Hicks.

Under Gov. Nixon's order, U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in St. Francois County will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Thursday.

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