One police officer who served the bluegrass for four decades was laid to rest today. McKee Police Chief Arthur Adams' family said he was an asset to the community and will be sorely missed.
Dozens of officers came to bow their heads to a fallen brother, father, husband, uncle and grandfather.
Heads hung low as the static of the last call for Unit 301 Arthur Adams traveled through the radios of the public servants in Jackson County, Kentucky.
Nothing but the whisper of the wind filled the air as relatives and friends took a moment of silence to remember the 68-year-old.
“Unit 301, may he rest in peace, March 22nd 2012 15:33. Dispatch clear,” were the last words spoken at the burial at the Lakes Cemetery in Sand Gap.
Many shed tears for the man who they thought was taken too soon. Officers removed their hats and held their hands behind their backs to pay their respects.
“It is such a blessing because my dad was in this for forty years, and he deserved it, he really did,” said his daughter, Rebecca Brockman.
“He was a such a great man, a great officer, he loved his job.”
While Adams served as the McKee Police Chief since 2007, he was also known by many other titles.
“He loved to serve people, but to his family he was more than a cop,” said niece Mary Ruth Isaacs.
“He was my uncle Arto, he was the rock of our family.”
Isaacs said that her uncle was a loved member of the community. All of his relatives stressed the fact that there was nothing more important to him than his family.
“My daughter, his granddaughter said she reached for him, he wanted her to have his badge, that was his life was my daughter,” said Brockman.
His family said they have one way they want to honor his memory.
“Remember him with a smile, he gave smiles to so many,” said Isaacs.
Isaacs said he had a soft spot for children. He said he was known as “The Candy Cop.”
“He would drive around to different parts of the community and he would put the lights on in his cruiser and the children would come out to his car and he would give them candy,” said Isaacs.
Isaacs said that to know him was to love him.
“It did not matter if you were rich or had no money in your bank account, Uncle Arto was there for you,” said Isaacs.
“He has left a void that can never be replaced,” said Isaacs.
Arthur is survived by his wife, Linda Adams, daughter Rebecca Brockman, her husband George, along with step son, Michael Grillot and his wife Jennifer.
Adams is also survived by a sister, Susan Isaacs and her husband Kenneth, two brothers, Boyd Adams and his wife Rita, and Leroy Adams and his wife Bessie.
He had one granddaughter, Aimee Renea Adams and two step grandchildren, Alyssa and Bradley Grillot. Adams also had several nieces and nephews.