INDEPENDENCE, KY (FOX19) - A former Kenton County Police Sergeant has died while serving in Afghanistan.
According to the Kenton County Police Department, former Sergeant Brett Benton was killed on Saturday while serving as a contractor overseas.
"He always had a smile on his face, you know. He always would help with anything you needed, and you know, he was just like a brother to all of us. He was just a truly special person," says Kenton County Police Chief Ed Butler.
Butler says Benton signed up for the job as a way to earn money for a house he planned to build with his wife in Madison County, KY. Benton was from that area, and wanted to move back.
"It was really hard for him to leave here, but it was a new challenge," says Butler.
According to the Kenton County Police web site, during his time as an officer, Sergeant Benton worked in the K-9 division with a police dog named Tommy. Benton was also a huge UK fan, and friends say he always sported something with the Wildcat logo.
"Everybody in this place loved him, and he was one of those guys you can't help but love," says Butler.
Butler says, at this point, there are very few details about what led up to his death or pending funeral arrangements. He also adds, "For now, I ask that you keep Sergeant Benton, his wife, and his family in your thoughts and prayers."
The flag outside the Kenton County Police Department is flying at half staff, and the officers for that department are sporting black mourning bands on their badges. Butler says his department is treating the news as they would the death of any current member of the department.