Loved ones continued to cope with the loss of a beloved officer.
An SUV driven by 15-year Columbus Division of Police veteran Marcia "Jodi" Frederick and a Jefferson Township ambulance crashed head-on along state Route 142 and U.S. Route 40 Tuesday afternoon.
Frederick, 53, who Columbus police confirmed was currently on the force, died in the crash.
“(She) went by Jodi, she’d be mad if you called her Marcia,” Columbus Division of Police Detective James Shockey said.
Shockey said that “officer” was just one of the hats Jodi wore. She loved her family, friends and her dogs, which were like children to Frederick.
The other children in Frederick’s life were the ones she helped on the job in the Special Victims Unit.
“There wasn’t a child she did not love,” Shockey said. “She took each case to heart, don’t know if that was the best way to handle it, but it seemed to work for her.”
What also worked for Frederick was a positive attitude, which she used as she battled cancer.
“Her mood was awesome, and it never really wavered,” Shockey said. “From the day of her being diagnosed until the end of her chemo and radiation.”
Frederick’s life came to an unexpected end when her SUV crashed into an ambulance.
“Why? After everything she’s been through,” Shockey said.
Investigators said that they did not believe alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.
Frederick’s Sunday visitation will be held at the Rader McDonald Funeral Home. The funeral service was still being arranged.
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