Virginia Beach police remember ‘dedicated’ 32-year veteran of the force

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Community Service Officer Wesley "Wes" Stewart passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017, after assisting and citizen. Stewart worked for the Virginia Beach police for more than 32 years. (Courtesy of VBPD)
Community Service Officer Wesley “Wes” Stewart passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017, after assisting and citizen. Stewart worked for the Virginia Beach police for more than 32 years. (Courtesy of VBPD)

VIRGINIA BEACH – After assisting a citizen with their car retired Master Police Officer and active duty Community Service Officer Wesley “Wes” K. Stewart suddenly passed away, police said.

On Saturday, April 8, police said Stewart “suffered a medical emergency” after helping a resident change a flat tire.

Stewart served as an officer – on uniform patrol units and mounted patrols – for 32 years before retiring on Jan. 31, 2011. Police said Stewart returned to the department as a Community Service Officer in July 2016.

“Wes was a dedicated, hardworking officer and well-admired by his peers, supervisors and all who knew him,” said Linda Keuhn, public affairs officer for the department, in a news release.

According to Keuhn, Stewart served as a reservist with the Army National Guard for 30 years and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2015. Stewart deployed overseas to regions such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia and became a highly decorated officer, including being the recipient of 2 bronze stars.

“This is a loss for not only our department but for the entire community as Wes spent his life fulfilling a desire to help others,” Keuhn said.