INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) held a flag dedication ceremony Tuesday for Deputy Chief Jim Waters' family at his visitation.
The Deputy Chief died on July 27 after being seriously injured in a crash on I-70 last Sunday. Fire officials say Waters was traveling eastbound on the interstate when a semi hit his vehicle from behind. They say Waters may have slowed down or came to a stop due to debris in the roadway.
Visitation for the officer goes from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Crown Hill Funeral Home. The funeral will be held at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday. It is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.
Waters served IMPD for nearly 30 years first as a civilian employee and then as an officer. During his career, IMPD says Chief Waters served in a variety of roles that included Commander of East District (2011-2014), Assistant Chief (2014-2017), and most recently, Deputy Chief of Investigations – an appointment by Chief Bryan Roach in January.
“He had a very good sense of, no matter what the circumstance was, every time he talked to you, you felt like you were the most important person in the room,” said IMPD North District Commander Josh Barker.
“For me, it’s a huge loss,” said IMPD Major Jim Cleek. “For our community it’s a huge loss because he advocated for so much of what we need in policing and need more in policing. And that is really seeing people as people.”
Fraternal Order of Police #86 President Rick Snyder said Waters will be remembered as an inspiring, optimistic leader.
“He would pour that optimism into his fellow officers and try to encourage them to be able to pay that forward to other folks,” Snyder said. “And you can’t, you can’t fake that.”
Waters was an innovative thinker who focused on the youth of Indianapolis in an effort to improve the future of the city, Snyder said.
“Even in very difficult circumstances in our agency and history of our police department, Jim would always have a smile on his face,” said Snyder. “And he would be encouraging everyone.”
James Waters leaves behind his wife, Sherry, son James and daughter Ashley. He also leaves behind his parents, one surviving brother, and a granddaughter who lovingly called Waters “Po-Po,” according to his obituary.
“Our goal in all of this is to really cover this family with love, and ensure that they know that they are not going to walk this journey alone” Snyder said.
"At the request of the Waters family and in deference to the line of duty funeral services for Lt Allan, there will not be a live broadcast of the funeral and grave site ceremonies for Deputy Chief Waters."