Tucson, AZ – Tucson Police Department (TPD) Officer Stephen Kass took his own life on May 5, according to his friends and family.
The 27-year-old officer served the TPD for two years, Zachary Donald told The Police Tribune on Saturday.
Donald said Officer Kass was his best friend.
“He was a great officer, often times getting compliments by even people he was arresting [regarding] how nice he was,” Donald said. “All I know is I miss him so much.”
Officer Kass was often an inspiration to others who were struggling through the direst of times, according to a Facebook memorial event created in his honor.
“Celebrate and give thanks to Stephen Cody Kass for the love he chose to show and give us by speaking your meaningful stories and memories of him to each other with his same intent in kindness he showed,” the page for the May 21 event read. “Please come out and honor this amazing Officer, please bring your Blue Line flags and fly them proudly for him and his family.”
Over $1,500 has been raised so far.
Officer Kass will be laid to rest on Friday, according to the Love for Stephen Kass Facebook page.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tucson Police Department Officer Stephen Kass, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.