UPDATED Tuesday, July 16, 2013 --- 4:42 p.m.
Milton Police shared the following message with the community regarding the death of former police chief Terry Hawkins:
As we previously announced, our former Police Chief Terry L. Hawkins was killed in a traffic crash on Thursday, July 11th.
Services and event plans have been finalized, and the family has now established a memorial fund in honor of Chief Hawkins.
On Friday, there are services scheduled at the John C. Platts auditorium at the Milton High School. There will be a visitation held from 11am-1pm, with the funeral services to immediately follow. At the conclusion of those services, there will be a processional to the Junction Cemetery on North John Paul Road. The processional route, for those that wish to pay their respects, will be North from the high school on Hilltop Drive, West on Madison Avenue, and North on John Paul Road to the cemetery.
Following the burial services, attendees may return to the Milton High School for a luncheon to remember Chief Hawkins. The City of Milton is providing ham sandwiches. We are asking if community members wish to contribute to the luncheon that they drop off non-perishable items at the Milton Police Department, prior to Friday. Suggested items for the luncheon would be chips, cases of water, cookies, etc.
A memorial fund has been established in Chief Hawkins’ memory. In lieu of flowers, family members are asking that donations be made to the “Terry L. Hawkins Memorial Fund” which is being managed by First Community Bank in Milton.
Updated: Friday, July 12, 2013 --- 6:00 p.m.
Milton -- Two accidents, in two hours, along I-39/90 Thursday night. The first happened just before 9 p.m. off of exit 171 near Janesville. A semi-trailer hit the guard rail, spilling diesel all over the interstate.
"The back up at the time was approximately eight miles," said Sergeant Michael Vasquez, with the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Then, just down the road at 10:31 p.m. a second crash.
"During the course backup, another semi came in to the back end of the backup, and struck approximately seven other vehicles," said Sergeant Vasquez.
Inside one of those vehicles was former Milton Police Chief, Terry Hawkins. He was driving home from a baseball game in Beloit when he was hit, and killed.
Lieutenant John Conger, worked under Hawkins for 13 years.
"I think what I learned from him was, take your job seriously, and always set goals," said Lieutenant Conger. Also mentioning, the former chief was a mentor to him, and others on the force.
"He was a very decent person to work for, dedicated and passionate to law enforcement," said Lieutenant Conger.
As the small town mourns, outside of the building that Hawkins spent his day's serving the community, flags fly at half staff in honor of the former chief.
"The entire family was just part of the fabric of Milton, and it's just tragic to lose that," said Lieutenant Conger.
Hawkins leaves behind his wife, son, and daughter-in-law.
Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013 --- 8:15 a.m.
Former Milton Police Chief, Terry L. Hawkins was killed in an accident on I-39/ 90 at Avalon Road in Janesville Thursday night.
The accident happened around 10:33 p.m. when his vehicle was rear ended by a semi- tractor.
He was pronounced dead on the scene by the Rock County Coroner's Office.
Hawkins was caught in traffic congestion on I-90 from another accident that occurred earlier in the evening.
The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating the traffic crash.