The sister of Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie gave a public statement to members of the news media Thursday afternoon, revealing more details about the life and personality of the fallen officer.

Ellen Dinwiddie-Smith described her brother, the youngest of six siblings, as a family man who was always ready to help his friends and loved ones.

“He created a bond between all of us,” said Smith, who traveled to Killeen from Minnesota in the wake of her brother’s death.

“He was the glue.”

Dinwiddie, an 18-year veteran of the department, was fatally wounded while he and other members of the Killeen Police Department SWAT team attempted to serve a narcotics search warrant May 9. Dinwiddie, 47, died of his wounds Sunday.

“He was our superhero,” she said. “We didn’t expect it.”

Dinwiddie left behind a large family, including his wife, Holly, and two children. His love for them was evidenced by the numerous photographs he took of them, Smith said.

“They were the light of his life.”

Smith also said the family was heartened by the response of the Killeen Police Department and the community after her brother’s death. An online fund set up to benefit Dinwiddie’s family already had raised $11,970 since Sunday.

“I think, for us, it is always wonderful to see that the person you loved is so well loved,” Smith said. “He was wonderful and will be sorely missed.”

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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