Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

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



Retired TFC Theresa Medcalf
Ga.State Patrol

August 27, 2016

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
Author Unknown

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Wyoming Police Department

August 27, 2016

Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of this officer who has given his life. Nothing can truly erase the pain when we lose a loved one. We can only hope that justice will be served and our pain is eased by the memories of those we have lost. Peace to our brother in blue. Gods mercy be with you and yours.

Lieutenant Rick Neumann
Springdale Police Department

August 27, 2016

Thank you for your sacrifice. May you memory live on strong with your loved ones. RIP brother.

Border Patrol Agent Christopher Warren
Willcox Border Patrol Station - Born in Tennessee

August 27, 2016

Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now. Thank you for your service, you will not be forgotten. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Officer Moats during this time of tragic and senseless loss.

Snr. Ptlmn Donnie Meaders (Retired)
Wewoka, OK Police Department

August 27, 2016

Rest in peace brother. You are a true hero.

Jamie Davis
Pittsylvania County sheriff's office

August 27, 2016

Thank You for your selfless service now sheepdog, we will take the next watch.....

Police Officer Christopher McManus #
Fairmont P.D. (Patrol Division)

August 27, 2016

As a former Drug Task Force Member, my heart goes out to all members of officer Moats families, both blood and blue. RIP, brother...

Det. (Retired) Nancy blanchard

August 27, 2016

I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers are for your Department and Officer Moats family that God will sustain and comfort y'all through this trying time. Thank you Officer Moats for your service and dedication, rest in peace and may God bless and comfort your family.

Captain Clyde B. Moore (Retired)
DeKalb County Police Department, Decatur, Georgia

August 26, 2016

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:

David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina

Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Department, Columbia, SC

August 26, 2016

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

August 26, 2016

God bless you Detective Kenny Moats for your service and sacrifice. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family and to your brothers and sisters from the Maryville Police Department. Rest in Peace Brother, we have the watch now.

Officer Jim Drabos
San Gabriel (CA) Police Department

August 26, 2016

We stand together in this family and communities loss. May lord have mercy on you

Va lawyer Bernard Via

August 26, 2016

RIP Brother

Deputy Anita Price
Bexar County Sheriff's Office, San Antonio, Texas

August 26, 2016

I am grateful for all who serve, and I am deeply saddened for such a terrible loss. I keep all of you who sacrifice so much, and your loved ones close in my thoughts and prayers.

Karen Colin

August 26, 2016

Please accept my sincere condolences for the tragic death of law enforcement officer Moats. Rest in peace and thank you for your service to your community and to our nation.

CBP Officer(retired) Luis Otero
DHS/Customs and Border Protection

August 26, 2016

i'll never be as brave as you or never be as tough but I've got your back, you will always be remembered and celebrated on my personal Facebook page.

Civilian Chris Barnes

August 26, 2016

Rest in peace Brother Kenny, you are a true Hero and will never be forgotten for your service and courage.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham (retired)
Sand Springs OK PD

August 26, 2016

I am sorry for your loss to the family, fellow officers, and friends. I will keep you all in my prayers. RIP

Frank J. Corasaniti II
Retired Baltimore City Fire Lieut.

August 26, 2016

It's with deepest sympathy that we send out our prayers to the family, co-workers, friends and all who knew and loved Officer Moats. This is so difficult for everyone. But we thank God for his life that he gave in service to his community and our Nation.
May the healing peace of God be your strength.

Chaplain James Gysel
Calhoun County Michigan Sheriff's Office

August 26, 2016

You simply made it a better and safer place to live. May God welcome you with open arms.

K-9 Trooper D Osborne
Tennessee Highway Patrol

August 26, 2016

Rest easy brother. We'll take it from here. God speed

Deputy Chris Benson
Riverside County SO - SWAT

August 26, 2016

God Bless and Godspeed.

Lisa B

August 26, 2016

May you rest in peace, sir! Prayers to your family, friends and agency.

Patrol Jason Eschert
City of Concord, North Carolina

August 26, 2016

Thank you for your sacrifice and service. May the Lord comfort your family and fellow officers of the Maryville Police Department. Rest in Peace Sir.

K. Shipp, Special Agent
VA OIG-Criminal Investigations Division

August 26, 2016

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