Memorial Services for Fallen Officer Kenneth Foley
LAKELAND, FL (December 10, 2019) - Funeral services taking place today for Officer Kenneth Foley will be held at the First Baptist Church at the Mall, located at 1010 E Memorial Boulevard. Visitation will take place from 10:00 a.m. until Noon with the funeral services following at 1:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. The family respectfully asks that no filming or photography take place inside the church.
The funeral service will also be streamed through Facebook Live on the First Baptist Church at the Mall's page and shared on the Lakeland Police Department's page beginning shortly before 1:00 p.m.
Burial services will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery immediately following church services. The procession is expected to leave the church between 2:15 and 2:30, traveling south on North Lake Parker Avenue and then south on Bartow Highway (S. Rd 98). The public is encouraged to show support to Officer Foley’s family and friends along the route as they make their way to the cemetery.
Officer Foley began his career with the Lakeland Police Department in 1990 as an officer with our Uniform Patrol Division. Prior to joining the Lakeland Police Department, Officer Foley served eight years in the United States Marine Corps.
Officer Foley was a devoted husband and companion to his wife Shelly for 24 years and a loving father to his two daughters. He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Winter Haven, Florida and enjoyed fishing, and loved his numerous pets. Officer Foley is preceded in death by his mother who passed away just a few weeks prior. He is survived by his wife Michelle 'Shelly' Foley; two daughters, Jordan Haley Foley and Kendra Reese Foley; his father, Charlie Dale Foley and brother, Charles Keith Foley and his wife Susan.
On the evening of December 4, 2019 Officer Foley was found unresponsive in his patrol car after dispatch was unable to contact him via radio. It is believed that Officer Foley suffered a medical episode while on break sitting in his car. He was just 57 years old. We want to thank all of the emergency professionals who worked so hard to care for Officer Foley.
Please keep Officer Foley’s family and all those who loved him in your thoughts and prayers. Many people are grieving this huge loss to our agency and our community.