An emotionally-trying week for the Lee’s Summit Police Department was made worse with the announcement that an officer stricken with cancer died Saturday.
Rath, 44, was an officer and detective in Lee’s Summit for 10 years. He had fought to beat melanoma over the past year.
Rath had a 20-year career in the military and law enforcement. He served on the local department’s crisis intervention team, which has additional training and responds to emergencies involving people with a mental illness or similar issue. He also served as a hostage negotiator.
Lee’s Summit Police Sgt. Chris Depue said Rath was surrounded by his wife, parents and friends when he passed.
“The men and women of the Lee’s Summit Police Department are mourning the loss of a colleague today,” Depue said in a statement announcing the death. “Shawn’s life was dedicated to serving not only his country as a member of the United States Coast Guard but also serving his city as a Police Officer and Detective for over ten years.”
Depue thanked the community on behalf of the police department for their support of Rath and his family over the course of the last year.
“The members of the Lee’s Summit Police Department and his family are grateful for the outpouring of love and support that was shown as Shawn fought his battle,” Depue said.
Services for Rath are Wednesday at Legacy Christian Church, 2150 East Langsford Road in Lee’s Summit. Visitation is at 9 a.m. with the funeral following at 11:00 a.m. Cremation will follow the funeral.
Rath is survived by wife, Carrie, and son Patrick, 8, among other family members.