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Chattanooga Police PIO, longtime broadcast personality Kevin West passes away Monday

From NewsChannel 9: Kevin West. the Public Affairs Director for the Chattanooga Police Department and a longtime broadcast personality passed away Monday, according to CPD.


“The Chattanooga Police Department suffered a tremendous loss this morning,” a release says.

West experienced a medical emergency around 8:30 a.m. Monday and was taken to a hospital where he died, CPD says.


West joined the Chattanooga Police Department on July 14th of this year after retiring from WGOW where he was the program director.


He was the radio personality for Talk 102.3’s The Morning Press.


CPD says West began his media rcaeer in Jackson, Michigan, working not only in radio news, but also newspaper and television.


West was also a 24-year veteran of the United States Navy, retiring as Captain two years ago.


“West’s time with the Chattanooga Police Department was short but instrumental in developing the Public Affairs Division. He was working toward building the unit to establish a more robust media presence and capitalize on current social platforms to deliver timely messaging,” says CPD.

West leaves to mourn his loss a beloved wife, Carlene; five children; his father and mother, Ken and Bertha West; other family, friends and the Chattanooga Police Department.