Alexander pays tribute to fallen Maryville officer

Sept. 6, 2016: U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Maryville native, honored fallen Maryville police officer Kenny Moats on the Senate floor.

Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander paid tribute Tuesday afternoon to the police officer killed last week in the line of duty in his old hometown of Maryville.

"Nothing has so touched our community that I can remember in a long, long time," Alexander said to colleagues in the Senate as lawmakers returned from a break. "Maryville, Tennessee, is a small town. Blount County is our county. Things like this are not supposed to happen where we live."

Kenny Moats was shot and killed while answering a domestic violence call Aug. 25. Brian K. Stalans faces prosecution in the killing.

Moats, 32, was a husband and father of three young children.

Alexander noted that Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp posthumously awarded Moats the Commendation of Valor last week during a service for him.

"I would like to offer that ‘Commendation of Valor’ to be inserted at this point in the (Congressional) Record and express to the family of Kenny Moats and to the Maryville police department and all of the law enforcement officers in the area, our respect for his life, his bravery and for what they do to protect us on a daily basis,” Alexander said.

Alexander is from Maryville.


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