A local police department is mourning the loss of one of their own.
Gatlinburg Police Officer Adam Rose passed away a few days ago. He was 45 years old.
WATE 6 On Your Side reporter Elizabeth Kuebel sat down with the police chief, putting the spotlight on Rose’s many years of service and the legacy he leaves behind.
“We’ll miss Adam just because he was so big a part of this police department. We’ll miss him dearly,” said Gatlinburg police chief Randall Brackins.
Brackins, remembering a very special member of their team. Officer Adam Rose, a 25-year veteran of the force, was found dead in his home last Friday, passing away unexpectedly in his sleep.
“Any time you lose one here it’s just like one of your own has just left you, it’s just an empty feeling that you have,” the chief said.
Officer Rose dedicated years to serving the people of Gatlinburg, starting his career at the department in 1993 as a Dispatcher/Jailer. A few years later, he was promoted to patrol officer. His titles included K-9 officer, motorcycle officer and field training officer.
“There’s nothing he liked better than to be a good role model for citizens and the community,” said Brackins. “When he was a young man he was here quite frequently with his dad, his dad would bring him around and we’d see him, and he kind of grew up here.”
And that place he grew up – the place he loved. Leaving behind a legacy as a determined officer, passionate about his work and the city he served.
“Adam Rose, officer of the Gatlinburg Police Department, will definitely be missed by us, definitely be missed by the citizens of Gatlinburg and we’ll definitely miss seeing him coming through every day getting ready for duty,” said the chief.
It’s still not known exactly how Officer Rose died. His family is receiving friends Wednesday night. A graveside and burial service is set for Thursday morning.