The Beaumont Police Department is mourning the loss of a Lieutenant who served the community for 32 years.

Beaumont Police Lieutenant Ky Brown passed away Saturday night surrounded by friends and family.

Lt. Brown was diagnosed with stomach cancer in August.

Several people who knew him in the community respected him for his great leadership and friendliness.

"We consider him family you know and that’s why I think it’s harder on a lot of the men and women," said Beaumont Sergeant Cody Guedry.

Lt. Brown served with the Beaumont Police Department since 1985. He quickly climbed through the ranks from Sergeant to Lieutenant.

"He was a cop’s cop, he was a good guy, he was a natural leader people kind of just filtered toward him," said Beaumont Chief Jimmy Singletary.

Lt. Brown also served as a commander for the SWAT team where Guedry worked closely with him.

"He's given us the knowledge and tools to do and helped us through all those tough times and I think he'd be proud," said Guedry.

It’s a great loss for his family and the department but the officers at the Beaumont Police Department vow to honor his legacy.

"You need to cherish those moments and really sit back and look and see what they’ve done and what they gave to you," said Guedry.

"I miss him…it will be somebody I will always look up to and want to be just like him."

A viewing will take place tomorrow at Broussard’s mortuary on North Major Drive in Beaumont from 5 to 8 p.m.

His funeral will be on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Julie Rogers Theater with a burial to follow at the magnolia cemetery.

The public is invited to attend and line the route.