Fallen Covington Officer Remembered on Anniversary of His Death in the Line of Duty
The Covington Police Department gathered overnight at the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge and at the Northern Kentucky Police Memorial to remember Officer Michael Partin, who died in the line of duty in 1998.
Officer Michael Anthony Partin died after falling from the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge and drowning in the Ohio River below. The 25-year old rookie officer was assisting another officer from Kenton County in the pursuit of then 21-year old Shawnta Robertson who was wanted for drug possession.
Partin's body would not be found for more than five months, nine miles west of the bridge. Robertson would eventually be convicted of second-degree manslaughter when a Kenton County jury deemed him responsible for the officer's death.
The Cincinnati Enquirer has a section of its website dedicated to Partin (and other local officers killed in the line of duty). One note included the news that local officers across the region were wearing black bands across their badges in honor of two Cincinnati officers killed a month before. Those bands were scheduled to be removed following a thirty-day mourning period on the day Partin died. See that page by clicking here.
Partin, who had been a Covington Police Officer for fifteen months, left behind a wife, Lisa, and a stepdaughter, Sara. He is also remembered at the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Each year, members of the Covington Police Department gather on the anniversary of Partin's death and place a wreath at the site of his fall.
Photos and a video from Saturday's memorial, provided to The River City News, are posted below: