Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay on Monday talked about the loss of 37-year-old off-duty officer Stacey Woodson and his 10-year-old son, Braeden.
Police say the crash happened around 8:15 p.m. Friday when a pickup truck pulled out in front of a motorcycle operated by Woodson. The officer’s son was riding on the back of the bike.
Woodson was a 16-year veteran of the Wichita Police Department. For much of his time, he worked at the North Bureau as a beat and community policing officer. Woodson was also a member of the mounted unit and member of the critical accident team.
“In December of 2017, he was assigned to the newly created traffic motor unit, and as a motorcycle operator, this was a dream for him come true, and he had told many people that was one of the reasons he came to the WPD when he started because of the motorcycle unit,” said Chief Gordon Ramsay.
Chief Ramsay said Woodson received several awards including a bronze wreath of valor, a lifesaving award, and safe driving awards.
“Friday night at the hospital, I heard many stories how he assisted officers with repairing fencing, putting up fencing, helping fix broken cars, as well as even helping move a piano that not many people showed up to help move. He was the kind of guy, that one person you could always count on to help get things done,” Ramsay added.
Funeral plans haven’t been announced.
In lieu of flowers and cards, please send donations for the family in Stacy’s name to:
The Honore Adversis Foundation
477 N. Seneca St.
Wichita, KS 67203