TN police honor fallen officer Moats with last call

MARYVILLE (WATE) – Emergency dispatcher Mark Ownsby had made final calls before, but Tuesday’s last call for Maryville police officer Kenny Moats was unlike any other.

“It was just an honor and privilege to do that for him. It’s kind of my way of saying goodbye to him,” said 911 dispatcher Mark Ownsby.

Ownsby was close friends with Officer Kenny Moats and says his passing is still something he is grieving over.

“Great officer, good friend. I’ve known him for a lot of years,” said Ownsby. “Just so sudden. Hard to sink in.”

The Blount County 911 Emergency Communications Center has been Ownsby’s home for 19 years. To him, the station is like family.

“You get to know these guys more and more and it’s just really hard,” said Ownsby.

This call was not Ownsby’s first. He has done ten of them before and says they don’t get easier. However, Ownsby says it’s a privilege to lead the honor of his old friend.

“I miss him and I’ll see him again some day.”

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