A bridge linking Indiana and Illinois has been named after a former Pevensey man who was shot and killed while working as a police officer in America.
John E Hatfull grew up in Pevensey and attended the village school before emigrating to Canada and America as a young man.
But while leading an Emergency Response Team on a police operation, he was shot in the neck and killed by a suicidal man in Evansville in Indiana on April 13 1987.
Ironically the Monday following his death John was due to be promoted to a lieutenant and take charge of all security related to the Pan American Games to be held the following summer in Indianapolis.
Last year the bridge over the Big Bayou River was named in his honour and is now known as the Sergeant John E Hatfull Memorial Bridge.
His oldest sister Pam Dallaway lives in Rectory Close in Eastbourne and says the family is very proud of John and achievements.
He also has two other sisters, Lynda and Nina.
Pam said her brother had originally emigrated to Canada to stay with an aunt but eventually joined the American Marines and later the Indiana State Police force.
He had been a serving police officer for 14 years when he was shot and killed during the police operation.
Pam and other family members including their mother flew out to America for the funeral and his wife and children were at the bridge naming ceremony last year.
A spokesperson for the Indiana Police said to the family, “It was a true honour to be a small part of the resolution to honour Sergeant Hatfull’s service by naming a bridge on I-64 in Posey County Indiana in his memory.
“Sgt Hatfull has been an inspiration to many that have come behind him and his story will continue to be told to the many more that follow.
“We thank him for his service and the sacrifice made by your family.
“He will never be forgotten.”