Justin "Sollo" Sollohub was born on Valentine's Day in 1984 – a fitting birthdate given his of love for his parents, brother, friends and community. After graduating from Jacksonville State University with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, Justin went on to become a member of the Special Response Team with the Anniston Police Department. On August 24, 2011, Justin was fatally shot in the head while pursuing a fleeing suspect. His family honored his life by donating his organs and saving four lives. His fraternity remembered one of their own by establishing the Justin Sollohub Scholarship for Criminal Justice at Jacksonville State University.
Justin "Sollo" Sollohub was a loving son, devoted brother and selflessly dedicated police officer who sacrificed his life in the performance of his duties. He was born on Valentine's Day in 1984 – a fitting birthdate as he loved life and lived to be in the midst of family and friends.
Justin valued people. Whether helping with home repairs or bringing food to a homeless man in the park, Justin embraced this world and everyone in it. As his best friend Blake Arthur once said, "Justin at his worst was better than most of us at our best."
Justin's brother was also a very important part of his life. Even with a 16-year age difference between them, Justin did anything he could to strengthen their bond. He frequently ate lunch with him at school, helped coach his football and baseball teams, and competed against him in hunting.
Justin also had many interests. He enjoyed outdoor sports such as camping and fishing, was an avid Alabama football fan, emceed many weddings as a DJ, and was a "white carnation" member of Delta Chi fraternity.
His greatest interest since age seven was a career in law enforcement. Justin attended Jacksonville State University and earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He loved his career, earning a place in the Special Response Team with the Anniston, Ala. Police Department.
While pursuing a fleeing suspect, Justin was fatally shot in the head and later placed on life support. He was only 27. His family honored his life by choosing to donate his organs, and in so doing Justin saved four lives. His fraternity remembered one of their own by establishing the Justin Sollohub Scholarship for Criminal Justice at Jacksonville State University.