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Rhome remembers: Community reflects on life of Rhome police officer

By Austin Jackson | Published Saturday, October 20, 2018
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Adair Remembered

ADAIR REMEMBERED – A Rhome Police cruiser has been adorned in flowers and notes after the passing of Rhome Sgt. Robin Adair, who passed away Oct. 9 while on vacation in Kentucky. The Rhome community has spent the past week refelcting on Adair and the lives he touched during his 9 years with for the Rhome Police Department. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

A growing collection of bouquets, ribbons and flowers adorn a police cruiser outside the Rhome Police Department, as people pay their respects to Sgt. Robin Adair, a Rhome Police officer who drowned last week in a Kentucky lake.

Memorial services for Adair are weeks away, but Rhome is already honoring the officer and his impact on the community.

An outpouring of memories and support has washed over the Adairs and the Rhome Police Department on social media. Adair worked in law enforcement for 25 years, spending the past nine years at Rhome.

Rhome Mayor Michelle Pittman di Credico said the past week has been a time of mourning, but also a time of sharing fond memories.

“The outpouring of support for Sgt. Adair and his family has been awesome,” she said. “He touched quite a few lives throughout the city and the community. That’s the common thing we’re hearing from everybody, a kind story or a thoughtful deed that he’s done. I think that’s been evidenced through the police car and the flowers and the tributes that are being left for him.

“On social media, people are sharing stories, something kind that he’s done for somebody along the way,” di Credico added. “That’s just who he was. Hopefully that will bring comfort to his family.”

On Oct. 9, Adair was vacationing with his wife at Lake Cumberland in Southern Kentucky when he went for a swim off their houseboat around 10 a.m. His wife told officials she saw him go under but never resurface. Adair was not wearing a life preserver.

His body was recovered six days later by rescue squads from Boone County and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Adair’s body was taken to the Russell County coroner’s office for an autopsy. No foul play is suspected.

The mayor said she and the Rhome Police Department are coordinating with the family to host a memorial service.

Rhome Police Chief Sam Love said the family plans on having a memorial service at a church in Weatherford in about two weeks.

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