In 1972, Reginald Evans made history when he was hired as the Leesburg Police Department’s first black police officer. He had attained the rank of sergeant before leaving the department in 1980.
Evans died Thursday at the age of 68. He had pancreatic cancer.
Evans was hired by former chief James Kidwell, shortly after Kidwell was promoted to the lead the department.
“Yesterday, we lost a historical figure from our Leesburg Police family. A man who for many years served a community he loved. Our heartfelt condolences are with the Evans family,” Leesburg Police Chief Gregory Brown said in a statement.
Services will be held at First Mount Olive Baptist Church, 216 Loudoun St. SW, in Leesburg on Tuesday, Nov. 21 starting at 11 a.m.