Video courtesy of Sevier Heights Baptist Church.
MARYVILLE (WATE) – Hundreds of people lined up to pay respect and say a final farewell to Maryville Police Officer Kenny Moats who was killed in the line of duty. Moats was killed while responding to a domestic abuse call. He leaves behind a wife and three children.
Chaplains with the Maryville Police Department and Blount County Sheriff’s Office spoke during the service and fellow officer read the “Policeman’s Prayer.” Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp posthumously presented Moats with a medal of valor, which was pinned onto his uniform.
“The quick actions of Officer Moats helped preserve the life of the perpetrator’s father and exemplified the behavior above and beyond the call of duty,” said Crisp. “Officer Moats’ actions and selfless sacrifice bring great honor upon himself and hold true to the highest traditions and expectations of the Maryville Police Department.”
Crisp’s presentation was followed by a last radio call for Officer Moats.
“This is Blount County Communications Center conducting a final call for Maryville Police Officer Kenny Moats, badge 156,” said the dispatcher. “Officer Moats was a dedicated husband, devoted father, son, friend and police officer who served this community for the past nine and a half years with dignity and pride. On the evening of August 25, 2016, Officer Kenny Moats gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Thank you for your service, 156. This will be your final call. Officer Moats we have it from here. Gone but never forgotten. May you rest in peace. One-fifty-six out of service. End of watch: August 25, 2016.”
Alongside friends, family and community members were law enforcement officers from across the country. Four officers from the New York Police Department traveled across the country to be at the visitation.
“We are here to show support for one another. More important than attending happy events is being here when we need each other, when our families need each other during these sad times,” said NYPD Det. Craig Jacob.
There were also officers there from Chicago and Colorado. NYPD Sgt. Kevin Lynch said officers are family no matter how far away.
“The sense of family and the sense of togetherness that you do see from departments is something special and it is reaffirming to us as police officers because you wonder why do this job when things like this happen and you look out and you see everyone next to you and you see the decent good people who are law enforcement officers and you realize that’s why you do it,” said NYPD Sgt. Kevin Lynch.
Members of the Patriot Guard Riders also attended the visitation. They held flags in support Moats.
“It’s my way to give back to those who have given so much for us,” said George Burgan, the East Tennessee Assistant State Captain for the Patriot Guard Riders.
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A procession will be held Wednesday, August 31, at 10:15 a.m. at Smiths Mortuary and will circle the Maryville Municipal building before traveling to the cemetery. The public is invited and will be able to start lining up at 9 a.m. at Smiths Mortuary. The public procession will end at Melrose Station Road.
A private graveside service will be on Wednesday, August 31, at 11:00 a.m. at Keeble Chapel on Cold Springs Road. The service will be open only to members of the family and officers from Maryville Police, Blount County Sheriff’s Office, and Alcoa Police.