INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Officer Kimberlee Carmack, a 20-year veteran of IMPD, is remembered as dedicated, hardworking, and determined.
Friends and colleagues say Carmack was incredibly dedicated to police work and her community.
Retired IMPD Officer Spencer Moore says he hired her as a secretary, to work in the Crime Stoppers division, in the 1980s.
“She had a beautiful smile, and a sweet laugh,” said Moore. “That’s how I remember her. She was always outgoing, very friendly, had a good sense of humor–just a really nice young lady.”
Sergeant Dawn Higgins says she knew Carmack then, and was a trainer when Carmack went through recruit school.
“I know that sounds trite to say police want to help people, but truly, she was a kind soul. She worked really hard to get on the police department,” said Higgins.
Higgins says she knew both Kim and Ryan. When she heard about what had happened, she said, “I really truly, just collapsed on the ground, and started crying out loud to God, saying, no, it didn’t happen. I was just overwhelmed, and am still overwhelmed.”
Higgins spent years working with domestic violence cases within IMPD. She currently serves on the board at Coburn Place, a safe haven for victims of domestic violence.
“This happens daily, and I would hope people would understand it’s a huge problem. It needs a lot of attention,” said Higgins.
She’s hoping to honor Kim’s memory, by bringing awareness to the issue, to try to stop other situations from escalating to violence.
“Step up, ask questions, see where you can be involved, do something if you see something’s wrong,” said Higgins. “It’s just tragic, and I want people to have an awareness, that this issue cuts across every socioeconomic group.”
Spencer Moore lost his son, Officer David Moore, in the line of duty. He says, although these tragedies are different, IMPD embraces its family during any tragedy. He says right now, they are offering any and all support the family needs during this time.