Elementary school students honor fallen Maryville officer

MARYVILLE (WATE) – Students at Porter Elementary School honored a fallen Maryville officer Friday afternoon.

The children dressed in blue as they held homemade signs showing support for law enforcement.

“Anytime the kids get involved in anything you can’t help but to be moved,” said Principal Jared Smith.

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The students honored fallen Maryville Officer Kenny Moats. He was shot and killed during a domestic abuse call in August. Moats’ fellow officers participated in the ceremony and spoke fondly of their colleague.

“Everybody here from all the departments in Blount County, Alcoa, Maryville and Blount County Sheriff’s Office, they have their own thought and memories of Officer Moats, of course, and what he did for the community,” said Captain Jeff Clark with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office. “He was such a fun loving guy, all the time cutting up.”

Moats’ children attend Porter Elementary School. Smith said the ceremony was a great way for the students to show their support for law enforcement and Moats’ family.

“It was just important for us to honor his memory and have some kind of legacy that we could pass on that everyone could enjoy and see and remember everything that he’s done for our school,”

The school traded out its traditional American flag for a black, white and blue one. The area below the flag pole is now home to a plaque reading “In honor of Kenny Moats and his brother and sisters in blue.”

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