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Danville Police remember former officer killed in Afghanistan

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The Danville Police Department says it's shocked and devastated as it mourns the loss of one of its own.

"When it hits home, it's a hard realization," said Lt. Michael Wallace.  "And it takes awhile to sink in."

Wallace and his fellow officers learned Thursday that their former co-worker Lee McCubbins was killed this week while working overseas in Afghanistan.

"I always said he was a good man to go into bad places with," said Captain Dennis Haley.  "He was an outstanding officer and he was very dedicated."

Haley was then-Corporal McCubbins' supervisor before he left the department in 2009.  He says McCubbins had "law enforcement in his blood", which served him well when he took a job with a government security contractor called Pax Mondial, working with bomb-sniffing dogs.  But he says what he'll miss most about McCubbins is his sense of humor.

"He had a quick wit," said Haley.  "He was always a lot of fun to be around.  When we were stuck on a mission for a long period of time, he kept it light."

McCubbins worked for the Danville Police Department for nearly 15 years -- serving in patrol, investigations, and SWAT during that time.  Although he left the department nearly five years ago, Haley says they kept in touch and would still see each other when he would come back home to visit.

"We lost a brother," said Haley.  "We're going to miss him.  Period."

The circumstances surrounding McCubbins' death are unclear at this time. 

"I can only imagine how it's going to be for his family," said Wallace.  "And we're here as support for his family.  I hope they know that."

A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department says the agency is aware that an American was killed on December 26 in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, but had no further details.
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