Students honor the memory of Adcock

COVINGTON -- Students from DeKalb Technical College's law enforcement academy are remembering one of their own this week.

Deputy Mike Adcock, a 54-year-old police academy recruit, died on Oct. 16, 2009, while taking part in a training exercise at the academy from complications relating to hypertensive cardiovascular disease.

Adcock, who had worked with the Walton County Sheriff's Office, was attempting to gain certification to become a patrol officer by taking part in a 17-week law enforcement training class. The father, husband and former business owner was described by friends as having a love for law enforcement.

At the time of his death, all members of DeKalb Tech's Public Safety Academies wore black armbands to express their mourning and to show unity.

"We are a closely knit group," said DTC Law Enforcement Academy director Beverly Thomas.

Last month, the academy members, several faculty and former graduates paid tribute to Adcock by participating in Covington's 27th annual Fuzz Run, a charity event sponsored by the Covington Police Department, with proceeds going to the Police Who Care fund. The participants all wore T-shirts inscribed with Deputy Adcock's epitaph.

"The run was a success in that the Academy supported a good cause, and did so in memory of Officer Adcock," Thomas said. "DeKalb Tech's LEA should be commended for their involvement both in the community and in the lives of fellow cadets."

The academy opened in January 2009 and is certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. More information about the academy is available at dtclea.dekalbtech.edu.