February 17, 2014
Law enforcement officers from around the commonwealth joined family and friends Monday to take part in a public memorial for Capt. Kevin Quick.
The slain Waynesboro Police reserve captain went missing on Jan. 31. His body was found a week later in Goochland County.
"The way that his life ended, while it needs to be told, is a chapter that doesn't belong in Kevin's story," said Capt. Mike Martin of the Waynesboro Police Department, speaking at the service. "The one thing we can do to honor Kevin Quick is to refuse to let the way that he died diminish the way that he lived."
Hundreds attended the public memorial at the John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia. The 45-year-old worked for the Waynesboro Police Department as a reserve officer for more than 20 years.
"I was angry that someone had taken one of my officers," Waynesboro Police Chief Mike Wilhelm said. "I thought how dare they. How dare they hurt one of my officers. Then I thought this is not what Kevin would want us to do."
Wilhelm honored Quick by posthumously awarding him the Distinguished Service Medal, which he presented to the officer's mother. Dispatchers also aired Quick's ceremonial final radio call.
"PR11, Capt. Kevin Wayne Quick, end of watch, February 17, 2014. Rest in peace, sir."
Quick's neice, Allison, recited a poem she wrote for her uncle.
"Love is kind words. Love is helping someone up. Love is always keeping Kevin's memory alive. Love is in the air," she read.
The police departments represented at the service include Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Arlington, Lake Monticello, Petersburg, Fredericksburg and West Virginia State Police.
"No matter what he had going on with his life, he always had a smile on his face and kind words in his heart," Wilhelm said.
A number of officers in attendance saluted Quick's hearse as it left the arena. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring was among those in attendance.
Brian Moran, Virginia's secretary of public safety, represented Gov. Terry McAuliffe at the event.
"His memory goes on in the work of his fellow brothers and sisters in law enforcement every day," Moran said. "Please know that we see Capt. Quick as a hero for his courage to fulfill his dreams, for his courage to be strong in the face of danger, and for his courage to make a difference in the lives of others."
While there have been several arrests since the investigation into Quick's death began, no one has been directly charged with murder.
"I hope we can all find some degree of solace that God found in Kevin a great man and a great warrior to be called home for a greater cause," Martin said.