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Florida sheriff's deputy dies in car chase in south Alabama

GENEVA, Ala. --
A Holmes County, Fla., sheriff's deputy was killed in a single-vehicle crash as he tried to catch a speeding motorist just across the line in Alabama near Geneva, authorities said.

Joe Galloway, 61, had been patrolling in the New Hope community and lost control of his patrol car on rural Yancy Road, hit a tree and overturned about 7 p.m. Monday night, according to Geneva County Coroner Max Motley and the Holmes County Sheriff's Office.

"He was doing what he loved to do," said Holmes County Sheriff Dennis Lee. "He was protecting his neighborhood."

No information was available about the other vehicle that was being chased.

Geneva County District Attorney Kirke Adams said authorities were still investigating and an autopsy had been scheduled.

Survivors include the deputy's wife, Pat, and two children, including a son, Keith, who is on the Geneva police force.

Galloway was the uncle of Holmes County Deputy Lonny Lee Lindsey, who was shot and killed in the line of duty during a botched robbery in 1996, according to The News Herald of Panama City.

Galloway is the third Florida deputy to be killed in the line of duty this month. Broward County sheriff's Sgt. Chris Reyka was looking for stolen vehicles Aug. 10 when someone fired at least five shots at him. His killer is still being sought.

Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy Sgt. Ron Harrison was driving his patrol car when he was fatally shot Aug 15. The man accused of killing him, 24-year-old Michael Allen Phillips, was killed by SWAT sharpshooters.