Orlando officer dies from heart condition
Officer Kenneth Brown, an 18-year veteran of the Orlando Police Department, was "loved by many"
By Michael Williams and Christal Hayes
ORLANDO, Fla. — An 18-year veteran of the Orlando Police Department died Saturday after battling heart problems, the Orlando Police Department announced.
Ofc. Kenneth Brown, 45, was “loved by many,” the department said in a tweet thanking him for his dedication and service.
Brown was assigned to the Orlando International Airport immediately before his death, but had spent most of his career in the motor unit working traffic homicides.
“He was a great guy,” said Orlando officer Steve Adams, who worked with Brown at the airport. “I don’t say that lightheartedly because I don’t really say that about people very often. He was one of the good ones.”
Adams said he’d worked with Brown for nine of the 15 years he’d worked at the department and they’d grown close.
He said Brown had been out of work for two weeks because of his illness after applying for disability.
“He was a giving person. He used to use his vacation time to go to South Carolina to take care of his mom because she was getting sick,” Adams said. “It didn’t matter. At the drop of the hat, he’d just say he had to go and get up north for her. That’s the kind of guy he was.”
Video posted by the Orlando Police Department on Twitter shows Brown laughing and joking with his sergeant after completing what appears to be a motorcycle obstacle course.
“I was that close,” Brown said, motioning with his fingers.
“Only counts in hand grenades and horseshoes,” the sergeant responded.
Family friend John David O’Cain knew Brown when he was a young man in South Carolina. O’Cain’s son and Brown were friends and Brown shared many meals with his family.
“Kenny was one of the most gracious, courteous young men I’ve ever known,” said O’Cain. “When he said he was going to be a police officer, I knew he would make a great one.”
Thank-U for your dedication and service Officer Kenneth Brown. You will be missed. You were loved my many. Gone but never forgotten brother pic.twitter.com/4l4zAXaGnB— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) March 11, 2017
This is the second loss of an officer for the Orlando Police Department this year. Lt. Debra Clayton was killed in the line of duty in January during the hunt for accused killer Markeith Loyd.
©2017 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.)