Thursday, May 22, 2003

Services set for officer killed in I-71/75 wreck

Douglas W. Bryant, 62, lauded

The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Kentucky wildlife and boating officer killed in a car chase Monday on Interstate 71/75 is remembered as an advocate for responsible boating in Northern Kentucky.

Douglas W. Bryant, 62, of Villa Hills was an officer with the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources when he was killed in the line of duty on Monday.

"We are saddened and shocked by the loss of Doug," said Col. David Casey of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. "Our hearts go out to Cheryl and Kiana and the rest of the family and friends of Officer Bryant. The hunters, fishermen, boaters and citizens of Kentucky have truly lost a fine officer and public servant."

Bryant previously worked as a teacher and was a Bromley police officer for five years before going to work for the state.

"Doug was a dedicated officer and a good friend," said former Bromley police Chief Art Estes.

Police say Bryant was chasing a postal worker toward Cincinnati after he sped off during a traffic stop near Turfway Road. Police said witnesses say the suspect swerved into Bryant's marked police vehicle, causing it to spin and then flip near the Buttermilk Pike exit.

Lloyd C. Robinson, 56, of Florence is charged with second-degree manslaughter and fleeing and evading police in connection with the fatal wreck.

Bryant was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 120 in Covington, Bradford Masonic Lodge 123 in Independence and the Kentucky Conservation Officers Association.

He is survived by: his wife, Cheryl "Sherry" Bach Bryant; his daughter Kiana Bryant; two brothers, James Daryl Bryant of Cincinnati and Ollie Bryant of Waskom, Texas; and a sister Jo Julliot of Jeffersonville, Ind.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday and service 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 400 Linden St., Ludlow. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger.

Arrangements are being handled by the Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home in Ludlow.

Memorials can be made to the Kiana Bryant Educational Fund, c/o Heritage Bank, 1911 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011.

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