Lewisville, TX – Lewisville Police Department (LPD) Officer Schnequa “Nikki” Hutchins died on May 29 after a courageous battle against cancer, according to her department.
The 51-year-old officer “was a fighter” throughout her cancer battle, and even managed to continue working while going through chemotherapy, the LPD said in a press release on May 30.
“She fought the cancer back and we thought she had it beat, but it came back even stronger,” the police department said.
Officer Hutchins served the LPD for nearly 25 years, spending time in the Patrol Bureau, the Narcotics Section, and the Traffic Section.
She was working as a senior field training officer at the time of her death.
“Nikki was the type of officer everyone strived to be,” the LPD said. “She touched the lives of so many of our current officers through the FTO Program and was a role model and mentor to many other officers and civilian staff.”
Officer Hutchins received many letters of appreciation during her years of service.
She received the Police Commendation Award in 1999 for the bravery she displayed during a shootout with a bank robbery suspect.
She was named Officer of the Quarter in both 2010 and 2012, and was chosen as the Rotary Club Officer of the Year in 2016.
In 2020, she was nominated for Patrol Officer of the Year.
Officer Hutchins also received the Perfect Attendance Award six times over the course of her career.
“Nikki left a lasting impression on our department and will be greatly missed,” the LPD said. “Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Officer Hutchins was laid to rest on June 4, according to her obituary.
City of Lewisville flags at all city buildings will remain at half-staff through the day of her funeral, The Cross Timbers Gazette reported.
City of Lewisville flags at all City buildings will fly at half-staff through the afternoon of Saturday, June 4, in honor of Lewisville Police Officer Nikki Hutchins, who passed away Sunday, May 29, after a courageous fight against cancer. https://t.co/YnuXoa85ZB pic.twitter.com/egSrd9tVis
— @LewisvillePD (@LewisvillePD) June 1, 2022
The arrangements for Officer Hutchins’ memorial services are set.
Visitation: Friday, June 3, 12 – 7 pm, Saint Andrews Church of God in Christ, Denton
Service: Saturday, June 4, 11 am, First Baptist Church Lewisville. Livestreamed at https://t.co/pqfBBHiKJ6
Interment: Private pic.twitter.com/aBbQIO2mYo
— @LewisvillePD (@LewisvillePD) June 2, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Lewisville Police Department Officer Schnequa “Nikki” Hutchins, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.