Blytheville officer dies at age 31

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A Blytheville police officer was remembered Thursday as someone who was dedicated to his job and to the people he served.

According to a Facebook post from Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, Officer George Hodgkiss passed away Wednesday night at the age of 31.

"We offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and the Mississippi County law enforcement community in the passing Officer George Hodgkiss, who suddenly ended his watch last night at the young age of 31," Ellington said in the post. "An Army veteran, George was a dedicated officer of the law who cared deeply about serving and protecting Mississippi County's citizens. Thank you for your service, George. You will be missed. We've got the watch from here."

Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson said Thursday that Hodgkiss was not on duty, but may have had some sort of allergic reaction.

Authorities do not know what may have caused the allergic reaction.

A visitation for Hodgkiss is set for Friday at Roller-Swift Funeral Home, 2173 S. U.S. 61, in Osceola from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral service will also be held at the funeral home Saturday at 2 p.m. with interment to follow at Bassett Cemetery in Bassett.

Blytheville police are also asking that anyone wishing to make donations to the family of Officer Hodgkiss to help the family may do so by contacting Roller Swift Funeral Home in Osceola.

To read the officer's full obituary, click here.

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