KILLEEN (January 7, 2012)--Killeen police department and community remembers 14-year police veteran Lt. Mike Aycock, who died Thursday of cancer.
40-year-old Lt. Mike Aycock thought he was free of testicular cancer just a few weeks ago after successful chemo treatments, but then last week Lt. Aycock had a headache, a headache that turned out to be cancer that spread to his brain.
For Killeen police officers, trained to control situations and protect others, losing their brother officer was close to overwhelming.
"Nobody had any control over this, and it came on so suddenly that once it happened it just went downhill, and we couldn't stop it," Carroll Smith said.
"Believe me, if there was a way we could have stopped it, we would have."
But friends and family said they can't help but beam with pride when they think of Lt. Aycock and his dedication to the community.
"When he decided to do this, I was as proud as I can be, and I still am today," father Jimmy Aycock said.
His father also said Lt. Aycock knew he wanted to serve others while in high school.
"He spent the night riding to see the real story, the other side of what police officers do, and from that day on he knew what he wanted to do," Jimmy Aycock said.
Along with leaving behind his many smiles and memories, Lt. Aycock will leave a legacy: his nephew Brian McGuire has decided to be a police officer.
"I didn't want to go down the wrong road, so I thought, 'I'll live my life to be a police officer like he did and make all the right decisions,'" McGuire said.
For Lt. Aycock's family, friends and fellow police officers, they're learning to stay optimistic like he always was.
"It's just something we'll have to work through, and everybody's been really good about it and stick together as a family," Smith said.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at College Avenue Baptist Church, 201 South Monroe St. in McGregor, with Rev. David Thompson and Chaplain Alvin Dillard officiating.
Interment will follow in McGregor Cemetery under the direction of Cole Funeral Home, 1113 West Fifth Street, also in McGregor.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at College Avenue Baptist Church.