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Tippecanoe County leaders remembering former LPD officer John Wells

Tippecanoe County leaders are mourning the loss of former Lafayette Police officer John Wells.

Posted: Feb 18, 2020 5:32 PM
Updated: Feb 18, 2020 10:17 PM

GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Tippecanoe County leaders are mourning the loss of former Lafayette Police officer John Wells.

The 64-year-old died Sunday from a heart attack. His death was sudden and unexpected according to Sheriff Bob Goldsmith.

Wells has been working as a Bailiff at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse for the past three years. Before that, he served more than 30-years as an officer with the Lafayette Police Department.

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis is looking back on their time together serving with LPD. He said Wells's character is something that will always stick with him.

"It's one of those rare qualities that you see not just in humans but specifically in police officers and John never did, he always was optimistic. He was probably one of the most liked people I've ever had the honor and privilege to engage with," said Dennis.

Dennis said Wells's personality will always be well treasured.

"Everybody that knew John, new John as a very special person," said Dennis. "He touched their souls because of the generosity of his kindness and when need be with his firmness — And anymore that seems like such a rare trait in humanity, he wasn't always looking out for himself."

There will not be a procession. Goldsmith said his family did, however, want to share a bible verse that represents who Wells was.

Romans 12:8: "If it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully." 

Flower donations can be sent to the Greater Lafayette Police Foundation.

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