Hero Down: Cincinnati Police Capt. Kimberly Williams Succumbs To Cancer

Captain Kimberly Williams served the Cincinnati Police Department for nearly 30 years.

Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati Police Captain Kimberly Williams passed away on Tuesday, following a three-month battle with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

Capt. Williams, 54, was the first African-American woman to be promoted to the rank of captain in the history of the Cincinnati Police Department, WLWT reported.

In May, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of triple negative breast cancer, which soon spread throughout her body.

"Her mind was willing to do the fight but her body just had enough and so it was tough. It was really tough for all of us," Capt. Williams best friend and coworker, Sergeant Olivia Greer, told WLWT.

She would have celebrated her 30th year of service with the department in October.

"She's a trailblazer, Sgt. Greer said of Capt. Williams advancement up the ranks. It was a door-opener for a lot of African-American females on the job, not only for African-American females but for all females."

Sgt. Greer described Capt. Williams as a woman of determination, and said she was always studying and going to trainings to do better for herself.

Capt. Williams held a bachelors degree in liberal arts, and went on to earn a masters degree in criminal justice, The Enquirer reported.

She was a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Police Executive Leadership Class, and the Senior Management Institute for Policing, and was also a member of the Police Executive Research Forum and the FBI National Academy.

Officer Eddie Hawkins, who spent seven years working with Capt. Williams in the agencys Youth Services Unit when she was still a lieutenant, said that she made the workplace feel like a family, WLWT reported.

"Coming to work is not really work and that's the kind of environment that we had with her being there, Officer Hawkins recalled. It was like not really being at work. It was sort of like hanging out with your family.

Capt. Williams accomplishments also made her an inspiration to the youth the unit worked with, he said.

"Our hope has always been with young people, is for them to be able to see themselves in us, Officer Hawkins explained. It was important that they didn't see the uniform, that they saw us. So, when you look and you see this lady that's a captain something that's never happened before in the history of the police department wow. That's a very big deal.

Capt. Hawkins also wrote the Cincinnati Police Departments $3 million grant that enabled them to establish their Children in Trauma Intervention Camp, The Enquirer reported. The eight-week program provides youth with education, counseling, leadership, and physical training, as well as substance abuse counseling, life skill building, and stress management.

Capt. Williams commanded the departments internal investigations Section, and spent time serving in each of the agencys five districts. Most recently, she commanded District 2.

During her career, she worked in the Chiefs Adjunct, Detail Coordination, Street Corner, Intelligence, Vice, Criminal Investigation Section, and Vice, The Enquirer reported.

Adversity in life never stopped her, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said, according to WKRC. She continued to drive forward not only in her career but in her education, in the way she loved her son and her family and friends. She was always involved in everything we had.

"Captain Williams was an incredible police officer largely because she was an incredible human being," a department spokeswoman wrote in a news release, according to WCPO.

Capt. Williams leaves behind her 17-year-old son, Robinson Perry, who is being cared for by Sgt. Greer, according to WLWT.

Her brother, Governor Williams, also works for the Cincinnati Police Departments Youth Services Unit, The Enquirer reported.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Cincinnati Police Captain Kimberly Williams, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. Well hold the line from here.

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Rest in peace, Captain Williams. Thank you for over 29 years in public service. Cancer is hard on any body but to try to keep going with an aggressive form of triple negative breast cancer - that humbles me. So sorry for your son's loss, and for your other family members' loss as well, and for your police department in their time of grief.


Thoughts and prayers for your son and family. Your community, family and friends will miss you and commitment to them. You were an example of dedication that only a few will be able to achieve in their lifetime. Rest in peace..........


What a shame for someone who did so many positive things for the community to pass at such a young age! R.I.P,