Connie Knaus, the sister of Adam Davis, a Bell County deputy who died in December after being critically injured in a traffic accident while on duty, said going to the National Police Week events in Washington, D.C., was like being on an “emotional roller coaster.”
“Being there brought up so many memories of Adam and what happened. He loved his job and helping people,” Knaus said. “Being there with all the survivors made me feel like I was a member of a club I didn’t want to be in.”
Davis died Dec. 11 in Scott & White Hospital in Temple from a severe head injury he sustained when his patrol vehicle left the roadway Dec. 1 and rolled as he was on his way to answer a “possible man with a gun” call that later proved to be unfounded.
Being in one place with all of the survivors was good in a way because survivors were with other people who went through the same thing, Knaus said, adding, “The survivors of fallen officers all know what it’s like.”
Knaus and other members of Davis’ family arrived May 18 and were met by an honor guard at the airport made up of officers from all over the world. Police officers escorted them everywhere they needed to go, she said.
The sight of the 13 buses carrying survivors was both “amazing and overwhelming,” Knaus said. And that was only the immediate family on the buses.
“There were motorcycles for as far as you could see,” Knaus said about the procession. “I really don’t have any words to describe it. It was sad, but it was an honor to be there for Adam.”
Family who serves
Knaus comes from a family of police officers.
“Every time an officer is shot or killed, I remember it all. I worry about my little brother, James, and my dad, who are out there every day. My dad works day shift and serves papers and warrants all the time,” Knaus said. “And my son, Jeremy, is trying to get into the police academy. That scares me. And my daughter, Cheyenne, just graduated paramedic school.”
Knaus sees the world as a very different place now, she said.
Washington, D.C., was not a closure for her family, Knaus said.
“The procession there reminded me so much of the funeral procession when Adam died,” Knaus said.
After Davis’ funeral service, a row of law enforcement officers lined the way as Davis’ casket and then his family members made their way out of the Bell County Expo Center to the cemetery. Then a procession of hundreds of motorcycles, patrol vehicles, booster trucks and private cars traveled the procession route to Hillcrest Cemetery to finish saying goodbye.
“I had a rough few days after coming back, but I’m glad we went. And the candlelight vigil (May 13) at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was amazing.”
Knaus still has her brother’s photo at the top of her Facebook page, along with his end of watch information.
“We’re never going to forget Adam,” Knaus said.