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Frank McKnight funeral

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By Dana Griffin


NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI- At least one hundred officers across Southern New England were in North Kingstown at St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church to say good-bye to fallen Officer, Frank McKnight.

Flanked by U.S. Marshals on one side, North Kingstown police on the other, federal court security officer Frank McKnight’s casket was carried into the sanctuary for a private funeral.

 U.S. Marshal, Jamie Hainsworth gave the eulogy.

"It's tough. It's tough on everyone who worked with him; it's tough on the court staff," said Hainsworth.

McKnight was one of the first faces people saw when they went inside the courthouse. His job was to keep them all safe.

Chief Judge William Smith said, "We're so grateful for his service. Sad that he's gone, but we're gonna move on."

McKnight was in a crosswalk last week while on duty when he was hit by a RIPTA bus. He later died at the hospital.

After Saturday’s service, family and friends stood on the church steps as the Rhode Island National Guard presented frank's wife, Linda with his flag.

The 69–year–old was a former North Kingstown police lieutenant. He was a court security officer for 13 years. He's remembered as the caring, sweet man who wanted nothing but perfection.

"He bought a new pair of shoes one time; didn't like the way they broke, the way they'd creased on his foot so he took them back to Macy’s and complained and got another pair. He did that four times," said friend, Donna Carroll.

North Kingstown police chief, Thomas Mulligan said, "Very much a people person. I think that served him well and certainly in the job and the mission that we as police officers are expected to carry out."

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