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Hero Down: Rockwood Police Department Chief Bill Stinnett Dies Unexpectedly At Home

Rockwood, TN – Rockwood Police Department (RPD) Chief Bill Stinnett died unexpectedly on Sept. 8.

Although the 60-year-old police chief’s death was sudden, he passed away “peacefully at his home from apparent natural causes,” according to his obituary.

The RPD confirmed Chief Stinnett’s death in a press release the same day.

“The Rockwood Police Department has suffered a terrible loss today,” the department said. “Chief Bill Stinnett passed away this morning at his home.”

The chief spent his entire 37-year law enforcement career serving the RPD.

“Chief Stinnett was a devoted husband, father, and public servant,” the agency said. “Chief Stinnett gave his all to not only this department but to the citizens of Rockwood and he will be missed.”

Hundreds of people offered their condolences in response to the RPD’s announcement.

“What a sad day and Loss for our Town, prayers for the family,” one message read.

“Prayers for his family, friends, and our town of Rockwood as we mourn the loss of a great man,” another person wrote. “He will be missed by many! Rest in Heavenly Peace Chief Bill!”

In addition to his service to the community of Rockwood, Chief Stinnett was also a U.S. Army veteran, according to his obituary.

Chief Stinnett leaves behind his wife of 22 years, Suzanne, as well as his daughter, Nicole, and his sons, Alex and Trenton.

He is also survived by his mother, three grandchildren, siblings, cousins, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, friends, and extended family members, as well as his RPD family, his City of Rockwood family, and his brothers and sisters in uniform.

Chief Stinnett was laid to rest on Sept. 13.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Rockwood Police Department Chief Bill Stinnett, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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