(WSAV) – Colleagues and friends paid tribute to the Sergeant Kelvin Ansari with the Savannah police department on Monday. Ansari was killed in an officer-involved shooting over the weekend.
Silently, dozens of people waited in line to honor Sgt. Ansari. Many worked with him every day and attendees described him as selfless, courageous and protective.
Sgt. Dana Purvis, a co-worker at the department, still in shock about the death, said “It comes in waves. I have a support system at home so it helps, and it helps being around my co-workers. They’re my family, too. We look out for each other.”
Lt. Gregory mitchell agrees with that sentiment. “It’s more than just a work relationship. We depend on each other. We’re there to support one another through good times and bad.” Lt. Mitchell went on to say “it’s almost unbelievable. so we’re trying to maintain because we still have a job to do.”
At the memorial there was a long line of officers, city officials and others. After a short prayer, everyone paid tribute in their own way. Some with salutes, prayers and tears. But all with flowers. People put them on a patrol car, draped in black.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better person to lead the officers.” Said Sgt. Purvis. “I’ve never had to worry ever, because I knew him and that the other supervisors were there by my side making sure everything is running smoothly.”
“Everyone is very emotional about this loss to our Savannah PD family.” Chief Roy Minter commented. “So this is huge.”
The focus is also on Sgt. Ansari’s wife and 4 children. The youngest just 5 years old.
Sheriff John T. Wilcher with the Chatham County Sheriff’f office also in attendance. He said “It’s very sad that we have to live in a time that we do like this, where that we can’t protect the people in our community without getting harmed.”
We are waiting to hear more about when the Sgt. will be laid to rest. On wednesday, city and county officials will hold their annual ceremony for fallen law enforcement officers. This year, it will be even more bittersweet with a loss so fresh.