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Police Officer Kenneth Ray Moats

Maryville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, August 25, 2016

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Reflections for Police Officer Kenneth Ray Moats

I am incredibly sad to learn of the passing of a Brother and Hero. As a former born and raised Townsend Tennessee resident, I think of Officer Moats very often. I thank him and all the brave men and women of Blount county law enforcement for their continuous dedication to keeping us safe as well as putting the residents of Tennessee before themselves day after day. I believe with utmost certainty that our Heavenly Father has welcomed him home into his loving arms where he will now patrol the Golden Streets of Heaven. May the Lord deliver Blessings, Comfort and Peace to his Wife, three wonderful children, Friends and all Members of the Maryville Police Department.
Gone for never forgotten 156. You are forever a hero.

Madison Sharpless

May 11, 2023

Rest in peace Officer Moats.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 4, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 25, 2020

As a Maryville Tennessee resident I think of Officer Moats often. I thank him and all the brave men and women of Blount county law enforcement for their dedication to keeping us safe. Gone but never forgotten 156. Thank you so much and may god bless your family and all of our officers.

John W. Peterson
Maryville resident

July 20, 2019

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

August 30, 2018

We honor your life today, brother. Hard to believe it’s been two years. We will never know how many more lives would have been taken in that deliberate ambush with a murderer hiding in wait had it not been for you leading the charge on that horrible day. You saved, at least, one man’s life and maybe that of two then rookies responding to the “routine” domestic call had it not been for you. We will see you again soon in Paradise!

Lt. J. Wilson

August 26, 2018

I ran a hero's 5k in your honor today Sir. You are not forgotten.

Det. Michele Nelson
Riverside County Sheriff's Department, CA

August 25, 2017

Kenny, you are so missed brother! Today, we ride for you! Your memory will live on, and we will honor the legacy you left behind! We love you! ~Paige & Tammy

Deputy Paige Craig
Blount County Sheriff's Office

May 9, 2017

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

Gone but never forgotten. You are still spoken of daily here, slowly the tears turn to laughter as we remember you and all the times of picking on each other and making jokes at one another's expense. Those are the times I choose to remember. God's speed until we meet once again.

Sergeant Chad Simpson
Maryville Police Department, TN

May 1, 2017

God's peace and speed Officer Moats. Thank you for your brave, dedicated service. RIP Brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago P.D.

December 17, 2016

Thank you for your sacrifice and may your rest in peace.

Hon. Travis Bird
Spotsylvania Commonwealth's Attorney Office

November 23, 2016

It's been almost 3 months, where has the time gone? I miss you Kenny, but you would be so proud of how the community has rallied around your death. We will see you again, thank you for being our guardian angel now...I love you.

Sergeant Scott Spicer
Maryville Police Department

November 15, 2016

Where do I begin? This makes my third former cadet that we have had to bury. You were such a great man. I still remember your smile while you were at the academy. You always had a great demeanor and always strived to do your best. When I heard about the shooting I could've never imagined it would have happened to you. You served your department, your community and your family with pride and dignity. You will be sorely missed, and I know that God and the Maryville Police Department will watch over your family. Rest in peace.

Chief of Police
Lincoln Memorial University

October 7, 2016

God bless you my brother. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. May His healing hand touch your family, friends, and fellow officers. Rest easy my brother, we'll take the watch from here.

Trooper Steve Olson
Michigan State Police

September 26, 2016

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Vires et Honorem

PTLM Frank Kapusta
Moahwk Police Department

September 18, 2016

Rest in Peace, Police Officer Kenny Moats. Thank you for your service to this country and your community. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and your department at this time.

Chief Reuben C. Black
Barnwell Police Dept., Barnwell, SC

September 13, 2016

To the family of Police Officer Kenny Moats, friends, Chief of Police Tony Crisp and the Maryville Police Department.
You are lifted up in thought and prayers. May God comfort, hold you close and give you peace. Thank you for your service. John 15:13 / Matthew 5:9

Patrolman A.S. Batson
Cherry / O'Berry Hospital Police, NC

September 10, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

ASAC, Thomas H. Kelly Jr.
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 7, 2016

Kenny, may you rest in peace. It's been a little while since you passed. But just know brother you are never forgotten

Explorer post 86 Josh Duncan
Blount county sheriffs office

September 6, 2016

A real "Hero" taken.
You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County Police Dept, NY

September 4, 2016

So sorry to hear of Kenny's passing ... A True Hero He is & His Fellow Officers.
My Family sends Tearful Condolences to His Family , Friends, Department, Community & Country ...
May The God of Peace, Comfort, Justice & Protection be near you all ...
Thank you Kenny & Your Fellow Officers for your Brave & Unselfish Service .
RIP Kenny, Son of Valor, with Honor.
Gone from Our Arms ... Forever in Our Hearts ...

Ms. Karen Morgan PSY & LE , GRAD.
Eagles Wing Baptist Church,Sisseton, SD

September 3, 2016

Rest in peace, my brother. May God be with your family and loved ones

Deputy Micheal Veatch
Macon county TN

September 2, 2016

Rest in Peace Brother! We have the watch from here. May God Bless your Family and Friends.


September 1, 2016

Kenny Moats, where do I begin.... As I sit here writing this I am watching my little boys play , getting into stuff they shouldn't , and constantly playing and messing with each other the way brothers do. I look back all those years ago when me and you along with a few more younger officers where hired at Maryville at about the same time, sticking together like brothers do. I think of how we where always together ,answering calls , and looking for stuff to get into, like brothers do. Well you where looking for stuff and I was gonna back you up so you could do the paperwork, lol. Giving each other a hard time while forging a bond that was tested in the fights with violent subjects and the boredom of a slow night with us meeting at IHOP for lunch at 0200 in the morning . You being the only other officer willing to help me wrangle a huge black snake out of a CVS. No matter what you where always there . I think of you talking about your boys and how much they meant to you while our patrol cars where parked side by side watching each others back as we talked on the slow winter nights. It seems all of us where recently married starting our families and going through the trials and tribulations of being rookie officers at the same time. Giving our supervisors headaches due to our inexperience, coupled with the hubris of being a young officer. This truly was your calling , you loved Maryville Police Department . I tried numerous times to try to get you to come down and work for DOE after I left but it wasn't meant to be you had finally persevered to get the spot you deserved. You where supposed to retire there after becoming one of those supervisors we gave headaches to, to be sitting watching your boys play as I am doing right now. The sleep is not as easy as it was last Wednesday and I don't see it being that way for a while. You went out the hero that we knew you where already where , on your shield like only a hero can, having your partners "6" . Like brothers do.....

Michael Parks Security Police Officer
Former coworker , MPD

September 1, 2016

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

Abraham Lincoln

Sergeant E. Kemmer #142
Nevada Highway Patrol

August 31, 2016

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