La Vergne Police Detective Lt. Kevin Stolinsky’s life was celebrated with military honors last Wednesday at Roselawn Memorial Garden in Murfreesboro.

Representatives of police, fire, sheriff and medical emergency departments across Middle Tennessee attended the memorial service. Stolinsky, a Navy veteran, died Nov. 12 while on duty due to a medical incident, according to a news release from the department. He joined the La Vergne Police Department in 2001.

Stolinsky, 44, is survived by his wife, Casey Stolinsky; 4-year-old daughter, Anna Stolinsky; father, Martin Jack “Marty” Stolinsky; brother, David Stolinsky and his wife Hollie.

In an action a senior Rutherford County law enforcement officer called “quite rare,” Stolinsky was posthumously promoted to Detective Lieutenant from Detective Sergeant by La Vergne Police Chief Chip Davis.

Stolinsky served in the Navy as a Seabee. He deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) in 2009, and on an Africa Deployment in 2015, retiring in 2016.

La Vergne Fire & Rescue Department arched Murfreesboro Road with three ladder trucks and a huge American flag near City Hall as the funeral procession passed by. The hearse and Stolinsky’s family were accompanied by more than a dozen police motorcycles.

Stolinsky’s visitation was held at LifePoint Church in Smyrna with hundreds of police, first responders, and family friends in attendance.

During the memorial service, Stolinsky’s brother David Stolinsky spoke about his brother, at one point holding his brother’s rollerblade skates as he talked about some of Kevin’s enjoyment of life.

His voice breaking with emotion at times, Davis said Stolinsky was “a very kind guy” and that he would do anything for another, “sometimes, more than he should.” Davis said he performed with conviction and without question.

Following the memorial service, Navy Seabee personnel presented Stolinsky’s wife and daughter with a U.S. flag in recognition of his Navy service. Davis presented Stolinsky and daughter with a U.S. flag in recognition of his police service.

Two lines of more than 20 police motorcycles and approximately 100 police escorted to the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the La Vergne Police Department’s “Shop with a Cop” program, which provides warm clothing and toys for area children.

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