Pulaski County school resource officer remembered by those he served

Deputy Perry Hodge’s vehicle was hit by a pick-up truck that crossed the center line, police say

PULASKI, Va. – Shattered glass, broken plastic and a growing memorial now sit off Route 11 in Pulaski County.

It’s where 10-year-old Kaden Duncan had to say goodbye to an old friend, Sgt. Perry Hodge.

“Me and him were very close together. And I knew him for a long time, like my whole life,” said Kaden.

Kaden Duncan at the memorial site for Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Perry Hodge (WSLS 10)

The boy laid flowers near where Hodge, a sergeant with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, took his final breaths.

Hodge, 49, was killed in a head-on car crash Thursday at about 4 a.m. along Route 11, north of Dublin and about a mile south of Route 1170, according to Virginia State Police.

Police said a 2011 Chevrolet 1500 pick-up truck was going south on Route 11 when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a 1998 Ford F-150 pick-up truck going north.

Hodge was driving the F-150 and died at the scene, according to police.

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