The Archer City Police Department has lost a brother in blue. Police Chief Joe Burton passed away on Wednesday after battling Stage 4 Colon Cancer, he was 42 years old.
Officer Justin Perron, who is 2nd in Command for the A.C.P.D. remembers Chief Burton as more than a chief.
“He was my boss, a brother in blue and at least for me, he was my friend. He had the mind-set to come to work and do your job, do it right and if you have questions, ask me (Chief Burton)," said Officer Perron.
Chief Burton was diagnosed with Colon Cancer in 2012, and even with the diagnosis, he continued to work to protect and serve. Chief Burton introduced to the department new things like body cameras and Copsync.
Officer Perron is currently assuming the duties of Chief of Police for Archer City.
“He trusted in my abilities to perform the job. If we ever had to discuss a case or a certain situation, he was always there for me in order to do so.
Archer City's city council will determine at a later date what is best for the city and the Police Department when it comes to finding a new police chief.
Chief Burton was appointed to Police Chief in 2009.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 29th at Auld's Funeral Home in Archer City from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The funeral will be held Monday, March 30th at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Archer City.