MOBILE. Ala. (WALA) - The Mobile Police Department is grieving along with the family of an officer who died at his child's pee-wee football game.
Officer Kenneth Ely died Saturday, September, 7, after collapsing on the sideline at Mims Park.
The flag is at half-staff outside the 3rd Precinct in Mobile where Officer Kenneth Ely worked the patrol division. He'd been with the department for 8 years.
Outside of law enforcement Aisha Garmon said her brother-in-law was all about his family.
"Anytime you talked to him he's always talking about his wife Kale Ely, his son Cameron, his family, his nephews. He was just all around person that you couldn't do nothing but love," Garmon said.
It was the Redskins against Municipal Park Saturday. Ely was coaching the 7-year-olds, including his son, when he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital.
Garmon had been at the park earlier, but she had left following her six-year-old son's game.
"We don't know exactly what caused it. He was fine that morning. He communicated with us at the Park with his son, and we got a call to come to the emergency room he was not breathing," she said.
One woman who didn't want to go on camera said she was shocked to learned the 35-year-old officer had died.
"He used to work with me and then he went to the police department and he was really a nice guy. He always had a smile on his face, always," the woman said.
Garmon said Ely's wife is 8 and a half months pregnant with the couple's second child. Garmon said the family wants to express their thanks for all the support they've received since the tragedy.
The family was working on funeral arrangements Monday, September 9. They expect to finish up the arrangements Tuesday.
We'll pass the information along as soon as we receive it.
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