MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The Mobile Police Department joined family and friends of Officer Kenneth Ely Saturday September 14, to pay their respects for a man who was an officer, a coach, a father and a friend.
Friends say Officer Kenneth Ely was coaching his 7-year-old son's Peewee football game at Mims Park Saturday, September 7, when he collapsed on the side lines and later died.
“He's going to be sadly missed. Sadly missed. God don't make no mistakes and he took one of his angels home. He really did. We're going to work the rest of this season out and we're going to play it up for Coach Ely," said Darian Gamble, a parent to one of the kids Ely coached.
Friends said Ely was quiet, always smiling and a team player.
“Coach Ely didn't wan anyone to sit on the sideline at all. If someone was on the sideline, I promise you he was going to get them in,” said coach and friend, Marcus Norwood.
The kids Officer Ely coached stood by family, friends and fellow officers at Holmes Street Missionary Baptist Church for the funeral service.
Ely was a patrol officer with the 3rd Precinct and had been on the force for several years.
When he wasn’t working and coaching, family said he was spending time with them.
"Anytime you talked to him he's always talking about his wife Kale Ely, his son Kamron, his family, his nephews. He was just all around person that you couldn't do nothing but love," said Ely’s sister-in-law, Aisha Garmon said.
His wife is expecting the couple's second child.
The cause of Ely’s death is still unknown.
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