KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — A former Kentwood police officer has died following a long battle with cancer.
Officer Kelly Baldwin died Friday.
“She was one of the most incredible persons that you would ever meet,” Kentwood Police Department Chief Richard Roberts told News 8 Monday. “She had the kindest heart that you would not believe.”
Roberts said he worked with Baldwin for 20 years before she retired in December. He said she went from fighting crime and for victims’ rights to fighting for her life.
“She fought cancer for two and a half years,” Roberts said. “She was a warrior when it came to that, right until the end.”
Describing Baldwin as thoughtful and generous, the department noted occasions when she bought a memorial headstone for a family whose dog was killed in a home invasion, hired an exterminator for the home of a sexual assault victim and collected money to buy Christmas gifts for two sons of a murder victim.
“She just brought such joy to the room, no matter what the situation was,” Roberts said. “You knew if Kelly was there, then things were going to be okay.”
Baldwin leaves behind a husband and four children.
Visitation is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Cook Funeral Home on Prairie Street SW in Grandville. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Grand Rapids First on 44th Street in Wyoming, preceded by an hour of visitation.
“We’re going to sorely miss Kelly,” Roberts said.