VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A local police department is mourning. Virginia Beach Master Police Officer Kelvin Bailey had a heart attack over the weekend.
He was on duty Friday night when it happened.
Bailey went to the hospital but did not survive.
Master Police Officer Lissa Bauder’s emotions took over Monday when she recalled the moments she and her colleagues learned they lost MPO Kelvin Bailey so suddenly Friday night
“In a word, sick, we didn’t expect it and we’re all shocked,” said Bauder.
“I can tell you, when I went up to the hospital and saw the fire department and the flag hanging out in front of the hospital, it was very touching because we all are one big family and we’re all grieving,” she added.
She says everyone knew Officer Bailey, and if you didn’t, you wanted to.
“He’s a great guy, he was always greeting everybody with a large smile. It didn’t matter how long you’ve been on the department. Whether you were brand new to the department or if you had been on the department for a long time you were Kelvin’s friend,” she said.
She said his smile was infectious and his heart open, “I think he set large footprints, he made an impact with every officer that worked with him. He’s made an impact with the community that he served.”
Friends tell 10 On Your Side there was more to the man behind the uniform.
“He was not just a police officer, but there was so much more about him.”
He was a great man of community. A lot of people looked up to him and I’m gonna miss him.”
Roger Wilson worked with him on the field as a football coach.
“He always loved helping troubled youth — he personally extended his hand out to one of my sons, so I owe the man a debt of gratitude,” said Wilson.
All of them agree, and hope he rests peacefully.
“It was not just about the job for him, it was about helping people, and I know personally how much he has helped young people today, and we are all going to miss him,” Wilson said.