Co-workers say former Bonney Lake police officer Brian Kelly was a guy who made an effort to reach out at community events.
Many of the residents Kelly worked with have reached out to the Police Department since he lost his battle with brain cancer Aug. 9, and the former officer will be honored with a police funeral procession Monday from Bonney Lake to Maple Valley.
Kelly, 42, was diagnosed with the disease in March, and was told at the end of July it had spread to his lungs. Doctors said the first week in August he had three weeks to live. A week later he died, survived by his wife, Angela, and children ages 2, 5 and 7.
Kelly worked at the department from 2008-2012, when he returned to Alaska Airlines as a pilot. He also was a Marine, and was an active lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves.
As a police officer, he took his people skills to events such as National Night Out and the department’s Citizen’s Academy.
“After his passing, a lot of community members are coming forward and saying, ‘I remember officer Kelly,’ and it’s because of that,” said officer Todd Green, who worked closely with Kelly. “He was a very well-respected police officer within our community. He was always the type to communicate with the public, let them know there was an open line between the Police Department and the city.”
The two officers shared another connection: Kelly’s youngest child and Green’s first child were born just 11 hours apart.
“He was a huge family man,” Green said. “He’s also the same guy that would be there for any one of us anytime we needed it.”
The procession will head from the Bonney Lake Police Department to the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, where a military funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. The procession will end at Kelley Creek Farms in Bonney Lake after the funeral.
“He’s still one of our brothers, and we want to take care of him,” Green said.
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What: Procession for former Bonney Lake Police Officer Brian Kelly.
Where: 18421 Veterans Memorial Drive, outside the Public Safety Building.
When: 7:30 a.m. Monday.Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268 firstname.lastname@example.org www.thenewstribune.com/crime-news