NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — You don’t should look a lot additional than Newport Information Police Chief Steve Drew to know the way particular Officer Katie Thyne was to the neighborhood.
10 On Your Facet has video of Thyne at her police commencement ceremony June 2019. Within the video, she is seen with the police chief, who says “Are you prepared for this?”
She solutions “Sure, sir.”
The chief then says: “You see that neighborhood on the market? They’re ready so that you can change issues.”
At a information convention Friday about Thyne’s loss of life within the line of responsibility, Drew –combating again tears — mentioned Thyne won’t ever be forgotten.
“Officer Thyne, Katie, was a real hero and he or she served this neighborhood,” Drew mentioned.
Thyne joined the Newport Information Police Division in 2018 and was assigned to the South Precinct. She leaves behind her mom and stepfather, a brother, her two-year-old daughter and a loving companion.
The 24-year-old police officer went effectively above and past the decision of responsibility. She was all about “neighborhood.”
So, it’s no shock the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter remembered how Officer Thyne was concerned in Tail Wagging Tuesday.
Thyne would have been with kids this Saturday, reaching out and establishing these neighborhood bonds.
“Matter of reality, these video games had been scheduled Saturday. We had a dialog [asking] ought to we cancel them. The reply isn’t any,” Drew mentioned. In fact not, Thyne would have needed the video games to go on — and they’ll.
10 On Your Facet talked to a very good good friend of Thyne’s to be taught extra in regards to the Katie Thyne that many individuals might not have seen on the streets of Newport Information.
“Katie might be the most effective folks I’ve ever met in my life,” good friend Robert Van mentioned. He was with Thyne earlier than she joined the police pressure. They served collectively within the U.S. Navy and each walked onto the usAbraham Lincoln on the similar time in June 2014.
That’s how Thyne and Van met and have become pals. Over time, their households would spend high quality time collectively, together with cookouts, Van mentioned.
“I hate to say the ‘very best sailor,’ however she was simply so energetic she is at all times smiling,” Van mentioned.
Drew echoed the sentiment.
“All the time smiling,” Drew mentioned on the information convention. “For those who ever noticed her, all she did was smile. You virtually begin to snicker at her as a result of she was at all times smiling. I don’t find out about what, however she was at all times smiling.”
Van mentioned Thyne as soon as met up with a child who pulled a gun on her. She was good at deescalating tense conditions.
“She may have pulled her gun. She didn’t. She deescalated it, and took him into custody after which helped him. She did that by giving him a decrease cost than a felony,” he mentioned.
Van is left to wonder if Thyne was attempting to deescalate the scenario with the motive force on Thursday who wouldn’t get out of the automobile.
Thyne was dragged by the open driver’s side door as the vehicle attempted to flee the scene near Monitor-Merrimac Overlook Park in Newport News, police have mentioned.
Thyne considered Van as certainly one of her closest pals, and he was one of many first to be known as to the hospital after the tragedy unfolded.
“It acquired very ominous once we acquired there, and really rapidly it acquired worse, after which Police Chief Drew got here in and instructed us.”
She died from her accidents at a hospital.
The final time Van, who’s a firearms teacher, spoke with Thyne was Jan. 11. She was attempting to recruit him to hitch the pressure.
“We spoke, and he or she mentioned ‘We wish you to return be a part of Newport Information
police. You must undoubtedly do it,” Van recounted.
Van discovered the chief’s information convention Friday morning honest and comforting.
“As we go ahead, the times can be difficult,” Drew mentioned. “I encourage the division to lean on one another, and the members of the neighborhood. It’s OK to cry.”
Drew held the viewers for 30 minutes: His phrases had been honest, emotional, and — some might say — unforgettable.
Unforgettable, identical to Thyne.