Fallen officer Kenny Moats honored by Tennessee lawmakers

The Tennessee Senate and House passed legislation to effectively repeal a new state law about underage drunken driving that threatens to cost the state $60 million in federal road money.

NASHVILLE - Members of the Tennessee General Assembly honored fallen Maryville Police Officer Kenny Moats Wednesday during the final day of a special legislative session.

Lawmakers were in session to change an underage drinking law which violated federal standards, but also took a moment to honor Moats and other officers who lost their lives serving our state.

Lawmakers all stood and bowed their heads to remember law enforcement officers and K9 officers who lost their lives within the last year.

Moats, 32, was among those honored. He was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call in late August. The Maryville Police Department posthumously awarded him the Medal of Valor during his funeral.

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Lawmakers thanked Moats and all the other officers for paying the ultimate price to protect the communities they serve.

Members of the Knoxville delegation told WBIR 10News they're happy Moats was honored and they're continuing to keep his family and friends in their thoughts and prayers.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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