Ofc. Roy Sims laid to rest

Officer Roy Sims (Source: Northern Kentucky University)
Officer Roy Sims (Source: Northern Kentucky University)

FORT MITCHELL, KY (FOX19) - NKU Officer Roy Sims was laid to rest Thursday.

Sims was killed Aug. 5 while leading a funeral procession at the Gate Of Heaven Cemetery on Montgomery Road when he was hit by a hearse.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday at Saint Agnes Church with burial at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

Sims received full police honors at the graveside ceremony Thursday from Fort Mitchell, Fort Wright, Covington and NKU Police Departments.

NKU Police Chief Jason Willis said he was in shock over the loss of Officer Sims but remembers fondly the service he provided and what he brought to the position on campus.

"Roy possessed the intangibles. His friendly demeanor worked perfectly on a college campus," said Willis.

Motorcycle officers traveled from Cincinnati and as far away as Lexington to ride with the processional to Highland Cemetery.

Ohio State trooper Matthew Beccaccio said filling the same position as Officer Sims the day he died put his job in perspective.

"It's hard. It gives you a lot of self thought; you get to really think about what you're going out there on the job everyday," said Beccaccio.

Friends and family remembered Sims during a visitation Wednesday evening in Taylor Mill.

Sims, 51, was a retired Covington Police Officer who came to NKU in December of 2009. The area is grieving the loss of a friend and also a protector of the community at NKU.

Friends say Sims always had a big smile on his face and was always willing to go the distance to help someone. NKU was his retirement gig and some of his friends said he died doing what he enjoyed the most - serving and helping people.

There were lots of handshakes and hugs between family and friends at the funeral home in Taylor Mill, everyone leaning on each other as they privately grieved the loss of Sims.

"It's just heartbreaking," said relatives Frank and Susan Hicks, who said Sims was a terrific family man. He leaves behind five children.

"He's a giver," Frank Hicks said. "He's always wanting to help people, do things for people, I just can't say enough about the kind of person that he is, we needed more people like that in the world."

"He always made time for his family," Susan Hicks said. "He was just a devoted husband, a devoted father, and just will really be missed."

They just saw Sims' twin boys and their sister over the weekend.

"I don't think it's really hit them yet, as far as I don't think they've really understand," Hicks said. "They're just a wonderful family."

"It's mind-blowing, it's just you know, it's so hard," Hicks said.

Tough to grasp, that just a week ago, Sims was part of a motorcycle detail for someone else's funeral.

"I don't know that you could put those two facts together, other than sometimes life takes us by surprise and this is a disappointment to all of us and very tragic his family, this community as well," said Lt. Col. Spike Jones with the Covington Police Department.

Jones was a long-time friend of Sims.

"Roy and I attended the Class 186 of police basic training together in Richmond, Kentucky, some 23 years ago, almost 24 now," Jones said.

Then, he went on to work together some 20 years on the Covington Police Department, until Sims retired in 2008.

"Roy was one of those guys, you could just tell he loved life, he was very active, he was very athletic, a sportsman, avid hunter, loved motorcycles, a very competent rider," said Jones.

Jones can't speak to the investigation.

"Knowing Roy and having been a rider myself, I know Roy was a very skilled motorcyclist," Jones said.

And to the Sims family, he said, "To express to them, how valued he was and what a treasure he was in our life."

Sims' family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Roy Sims Memorial Fund, set up through the Bank of Kentucky.

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