On Feb. 13, 1978, Officer Wesley Stuart Fox was dispatched to an industrial burglary alarm. While he was responding, Officer Fox lost control of his patrol unit on a rain and mud covered roadway and collided with another vehicle. He died a short time later at a local hospital.
Wesley was born on Sept. 24, 1945, at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, N.Y. Wesley graduated from Rio Hondo College on June 11, 1970, with an Associate in Arts degree. While attending Rio Hondo College, he majored in psychology. Wes furthered his education by attending California State University Fullerton, earning his bachelor of arts degree in sociology on June 8, 1973.
On Sept. 18, 1973, Wesley married Colby Ann Attridge in San Clemente, Calif. Less than a year later, Wesley successfully completed the Carlsbad Police Officer Reserve Academy on Aug. 3, 1974, and also graduated from the FBI Law Officers Training School in Carlsbad in September 1974.
Prior to becoming a City of Carlsbad police officer, Wesley was employed by a local psychiatric clinic as a mental health worker and as a psychiatric assistant in Rosemead, Calif. Wesley also held a position as a karate instructor for a studio in Whittier, Calif.
Wesley is survived by his wife, Colby, of Port Townsend, Wa., and his father, Leon, of Oceanside, Calif.