Local leaders react to officer’s death

Frank McKnight was critically injured after being hit by a RIPTA bus in Kennedy Plaza on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

(WPRI) – Local leaders have been sending their condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of federal court security officer Frank McKnight.

McKnight died Thursday from injuries he sustained when he was struck by a RIPTA bus near Kennedy Plaza Wednesday.

The following condolences were sent into the Eyewitness Newsroom:

Col. Steven G. O’Donnell, Supt. of Rhode Island State Police

“On behalf of the men and women of the Rhode Island State Police, I would like to express our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Court Security Officer Frank McKnight. Officer McKnight served with distinction as a Court Security Officer of the US Marshal’s Service. He also had a distinguished career with the North Kingstown Police Department, retiring as a Lieutenant. We served together on the North Kingstown Police Department and with the United States Marshal’s Service. Officer McKnight was an outstanding member of the law enforcement community and well respected by all. We share in his families sorrow and the law enforcement community’s loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends!”

Peter Kilmartin, Rhode Island Attorney General

“On behalf of the Office of Attorney General, I express our deepest condolences to the family of Officer Frank McKnight, as well as to the brothers and sisters with whom he served in the North Kingstown Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service. Officer McKnight dedicated his life to protecting and serving the public. His loss is a reminder to us all of how precious and fragile life may be. May God bless his family during this difficult and tragic time.”

Jamie A. Hainsworth, U.S. Marshal

“I am deeply saddened to announce the passing of federal Court Security Officer Frank McKnight, 69, of North Kingstown. Officer McKnight passed away at Rhode Island Hospital at 6:30 this evening. Officer McKnight’s family was by his side.

“A retired North Kingstown police officer with 25 years of service, having retired at the rank of Lieutenant, Officer McKnight was a court security officer for the past 13 years, most recently assigned to the U.S. District Court building.

“Officer McKnight was a dedicated, career law enforcement officer and public servant who came to work daily eager and ready to serve, brandishing a positive attitude and always with a smile. His distinguished career will be heralded. His absence will be greatly felt by all that he worked with and served.”

 

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