Police remember fallen officer Jaimie Cox one year since death

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A year has gone by, but the memories are lasting.

What appeared to be a routine traffic stop early morning hours of Nov. 5, 2017 turned into an incident that led to the death of both Rockford police officer Jaimie Cox, and the man he had pulled over Eddie Patterson.

"It's a heartfelt day for the department, trying to relive one of the darkest days in our history," said Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea.

Investigators say Cox tried to pull over Patterson for driving on a revoked license and having expired plates around one in the morning near the intersection of West State Street and Dawn Avenue.

Autopsy results later revealed that, while trying to arrest Patterson, Cox got tangled in Patterson's car and was killed by being dragged by the car at a high speed.

During that time, Cox shot at Patterson several times. Both deaths were ruled as homicides.

O'Shea remembers the day with a heavy heart.

"Everyone knows law enforcement, it's a dangerous profession," O'Shea said. "There's always a chance that you could be killed in the line of duty... For us, it's part of the job but it's part of the job that we try and minimize as much as possible."