Updates: Fallen HPD Officer Billy Clardy III
Published on December 10, 2019
The latest updates can be found via the Huntsville Police Department’s Twitter – @HsvPolice.
Funeral services for STAC Agent Billy Clardy III will take place on Tuesday, December 10, at Mayfair Church of Christ located at 1095 Carl T. Jones Drive in Huntsville, Alabama. A public viewing will be held from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m., service to follow. A processional to Agent Clardy’s gravesite will immediately follow. Out of respect for the family’s privacy, no media will be allowed within the church. However, a media staging area will be set up on the church premises.
The service will be live streamed on HuntsvilleAL.gov and via the Huntsville Police Department Facebook Page.
Monetary donations can be made to the BILLY CLARDY MEMORIAL FUND at any Redstone Federal Credit Union location. (The account will remain open for six months)
The funeral procession from Mayfair Church of Christ to a private ceremony in Maple Hill Cemetery will follow immediately after the service concludes. The procession route is as follows:
- Exit Mayfair Church of Christ turning right onto Carl T. Jones.
- West on Carl T. Jones to Whitesburg Dr.
- Turing right (North) on Whitesburg continue to California.
- Turn North on California to McClung.
- Turn right (East) on McClung to entrance to Maple Hill Cemetery.
- Proceed to gravesite.
December 7, 2019
Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray announced today the name of the Huntsville Police officer killed in the line of duty on Friday, December 6. STAC agent Billy Clardy III died as a result of gunshot wounds he suffered during a drug investigation. Officer Clardy previously served as a Community Resource Officer within the Huntsville Police Department and played a vital role in the department’s Anti-Crime team. Mayor Battle and Huntsville City Council members offered the following statements in response to the loss of Officer Clardy:
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle: With the loss of Officer Clardy, all of us lost a little bit of life yesterday. Clardy was the first officer I rode with after being elected Mayor, and I’ll never forget his spirit, his selfless dedication to this City and his true talent as an officer. Officer Clardy was an exemplary Community Resource Officer with a special emphasis of taking care of the homeless. In addition to being a member of the STAC team, Officer Clardy was a key member of HPD’s Anti-Crime team. He was a great example of the heart and soul of being a police officer. We stand united as a City, as a State and as a Nation in support of the Huntsville Police Department and the Clardy family.
Council President Devyn Keith: We stand in solidarity with the Huntsville Police Department and the Clardy family. Every day the citizens of Huntsville reap the benefit of our incredible and professional police force. I implore everyone to not take for granted law enforcement’s lives, sacrifice or commitment to their community. I had the honor of meeting Officer Clardy when he was a Community Resource Officer. He went beyond the badge to get to know his community and served with the greatest professionalism and dedication. The City of Huntsville has lost a true hero.
Council Member Jennie Robinson: Just this week at our City Council meeting, we recognized and welcomed over 20 new police officers joining the Huntsville Police Department family. Family is what I think of when tragedies like this happen. My son-in-law is a police officer, and since I heard the news, I can’t stop imagining what Officer Clardy’s mother and family must be experiencing right now. Officer Clardy and his loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice. The City of Huntsville and the Council will honor that sacrifice in every way we can.
Council Member Frances Akridge: We are eternally grateful to Officer Clardy for his dedication to the Huntsville Police Department, the City of Huntsville and the fight for good above evil to keep our neighborhoods safe. I echo what my colleague Devyn Keith said – if you see an officer, give them a hug. Look them in the eye. Get to know them. They work on our behalf day in and day out and deserve our respect. My thoughts are with Officer Clardy’s family and with the Huntsville Police Department, the most professional and compassionate PD in the nation.
Council Member Bill Kling: The City lost a hero last night. To say being a police officer is tough job is an understatement. It’s a job for heroes. Each time the men and women of law enforcement put on their shoes and tighten their laces, there’s always a chance they won’t come home. How do you even begin to show appropriate gratitude for that level of sacrifice? The Huntsville City Council will do everything we can for the officer’s family and for the HPD family to get through this as a united community.
Council Member Will Culver: The Huntsville Police Department lost a friend and a brother last night. There are few words that can adequately capture the devastation of this loss, so let me just say this: we are unified in lifting up the Clardy family and our entire police department in this dark time. The Huntsville Police Department serves each of us every day. Now it’s our turn to serve them which can be as simple as thanking the next police officer you see or lending a prayer to our HPD family as they navigate such an unthinkable loss.
December 6, 2019
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle issued the following statement in response to a Huntsville Police officer killed in the line of duty on December 6, 2019.
“Our City is broken hearted tonight,” Battle said. “All of Huntsville mourns along with the Huntsville Police Department and the family and friends of our fallen officer. We owe a continual and deep debt of gratitude to the men and women in law enforcement who protect our community every day. Let it never be taken for granted the sacrifice that officers make to keep us safe.
We stand side by side with our police department and in the days, weeks and months ahead – have no doubt – we will use the full extent of the law to bring the perpetrator to justice.”