Longview, TX – Longview Police Department (LPD) Officer Cedric Davis died on June 19 following a valiant battle against cancer.
LPD Chief Mike Bishop announced the 48-year-old veteran officer’s death in a Facebook post later in the day.
“Today our hearts are heavy,” Chief Bishop wrote. “Early this morning we awakened to hear that Longview Police Department employee Officer Cedric Davis had passed away following a courageous battle with cancer.”
Officer Davis’ law enforcement career began in 1995, when he started working for the Gregg County Juvenile Detention Center, according to his obituary.
He joined LPD in 2004, and spent the better part of the following two decades as a patrol officer and field training officer, Chief Bishop said.
Officer Davis trained many of the department’s current officers.
“Cedric had a passion for law enforcement,” his obituary read. “He loved to help people and found serving in this role very rewarding.”
Chief Bishop described him as a “dedicated and loyal officer” who “loved his God, his family, co-workers, and he community that he served.”
In addition to his role as a police officer, Officer Davis served as an assistant pastor and Sunday school teacher at his church, according to his obituary.
“There was not a time when you ran into Cedric that he did not have an infectious smile on his face serving our community,” Chief Bishop said. “His spirit will continue to live on here through the many officers he has touched along the way. Rest easy Cedric.”
Officer Davis leaves behind his wife of nearly 29 years, Cynthia, as well as his children, Cedric Jr., Kedric, and Taylor, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his father, grandchildren, siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, extended family members, friends, and his fellow officers.
Officer Davis was laid to rest on June 27.
Congratulations to Officer Cedric Davis on another year of dedicated service to the citizens of Longview. pic.twitter.com/yrJVrvptKA
— Longview Police (@LongviewPolice) September 10, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Longview Police Department Officer Cedric Davis, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.