Alcoa police chief remembered by fellow officers

Alcoa police chief remembered by fellow officers

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Chief Ken Burge died Sunday at the age of 62. Chief Ken Burge died Sunday at the age of 62.
A wreath was placed in the Alcoa Safety Building to honor the chief. A wreath was placed in the Alcoa Safety Building to honor the chief.
"He led with a smile," said Captain Dunn. "Very happy person, very out-going, knew everything about the people that worked under him. He led by example." "He led with a smile," said Captain Dunn. "Very happy person, very out-going, knew everything about the people that worked under him. He led by example."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - People in Alcoa are sharing their memories of the city's police chief.

Chief Ken Burge passed away Sunday after battling a lengthy illness. He was 62.

The flags in front of the Alcoa Safety Building were lowered to half-staff Monday, and inside the police department lobby, a wreath was put out in honor of Chief Burge.

"It's very difficult right now to verbalize what we are actually feeling as a department," said Alcoa Police captain Phillip Dunn. "We've lost our leader."

Captain Phillip Dunn is now the acting police chief.

He says when Chief Burge came to the department eight years ago, he brought integrity and honor.

"He led with a smile," said Captain Dunn. "Very happy person, very out-going, knew everything about the people that worked under him. He led by example."

"One thing that was very clear about Chief Burge from the very beginning was his ability to listen and retain all the information," said Alcoa community policing officer Holly Hatcher. "He could ask questions very distinctly long time after the fact."

Along with being loved at the Alcoa Police Department, Chief Burge also played a big role in the community. He was a big supporter of the community outreach program called Home, Inc.

"Chief was instrumental in helping us with our neighborhood watch," said Home Inc. president Judy Watson-Knight. "He was very much a part of the process of trying to clean up the area of drugs."

Everyone we spoke with said it will be almost impossible to fill his shoes.

"Everyone will be measured by him and the standard he set," said Captain Dunn. "That's simply something most people will not be able to measure up to."

The family will receive friends from four to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Smith's Funeral Home in Maryville. A service will immediately follow.

The burial will be held in Fairview Heights, Ill.

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