William Dexter Hammond
Birth: January 13, 1971
Death: April 24, 2009
Officer Dexter Hammond, 38, of Midland City died Friday, April 24, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Eufaula Community Center on Lake Drive with Rev. Bobby Hines officiating and burial at Memory Garden Cemetery in Eufaula with Chapman Funeral Home directing.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Monday at Eufaula Community Center.
He was born Jan. 13, 1971 in Troy to Stan Hammond and Scarlet Driggers Hammond of Dothan.
He was a 16-year veteran police officer. He owned and operated Hammond’s Tae Kwon Do in Eufaula for 10 years. He was loved by his family and friends and will be deeply missed by all.
Survivors include, aside from his parents, wife Chrissy Hammond and son Cody Hammond of Midland City; brother Stan “Boo” (Jaclyn) Hammond and twin sister Dawn (Keith) Bungay and maternal grandmother Beatrice Driggers, all of Eufaula; nieces Megan and Brittany Bungay and Sydney Hammond and nephew Brady Hammond.
Active pallbearers include Capt. Tim Marsh, Officer Keith Bungay, Officer Thomas Phillips, Deputy Fire Marshall Todd Register, Officer Nick Finner and Lt. Steve Watkins.
Honorary pallbearers include members of the Headland Police Department, the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, the Eufaula Police Department and all law enforcement agencies personnel.
Officer Dexter Hammond was shot and killed while responding to an officer down call involving a deputy from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
A Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a call of a man waving a shotgun around outside of his trailer. When that deputy arrived, he was shot and seriously wounded by the suspect.
When Officer Hammond arrived at the scene, the suspect shot and killed him with a rifle. Responding deputies also were fired upon when they arrived. They returned fire, killing the suspect.
Officer Hammond had served in law enforcement for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and son.
September 4, 2009:Dexter Hammond is a hero. He was 38 years old when he paid the ultimate price on Friday, April 24, 2009. The 16-year veteran ex-police chief, husband, father, son and friend was laid to rest on April 28, 2009. The event was witnessed by a crowd of over 1,000 people including about 400 police officers.
Officer Hammond was born in Troy. He was a 16-year veteran police officer and owned and operated Hammond’s Tae Kwon Do in Eufaula for 10 years. He is survived by his wife, Chrissy, and a son, Cody. His parents are Stan Hammond and Scarlet Driggers Hammond of Dothan.
Hammond was a former Baker Hill and Eufaula policeman who joined the Headland force in December. By all accounts, he was a top officer who loved his family and his Harley.
“He was fun-loving,” said Headland investigator Scott Langley.”He was one of those officers who would help in any kind of way.”
Headland Police Chaplain Andy Bryan says Hammond was one of the best.
“He was one of the greatest officers we ever had. He was very considerate and he loved his little boy.”