At 7:30 a.m. Monday, police officers from Pierce and King counties gathered at Bonney Lakes Public Safety Building to pay respects to Brian Kelly, a former Bonney Lake police officer who lost his battle with cancer on Aug. 9. He was 42.
To honor Kellys service to the community, the Bonney Lake Police Department conducted a funeral procession Monday morning for Kelly and his family. The procession traveled from the Bonney Lake Police Department to the Tahoma National Cemetery near Maple Valley.
A funeral with full military honors followed at the cemetery.
Kelly served the residents of Bonney Lake and the surrounding community from 2008 to 2012. He also served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and was a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves at the time of his death.
Everybody liked Brian. This is a tragic loss for the community and the city, said Bonney Lake City Councilmember Tom Watson.
Mike Mitchell, the former Bonney Lake police chief, remembers the day he hired Kelly.
Brian was one of those guys who always had a smile, Mitchell said. He was always there to say hi or good morning. He got the job done.
Kelly is survived by his wife and three young children. Donations to support Kellys family can be made at youcaring.com.