By Erica Thomas, managing editor
TRUSSVILLE — The burial of a Calera police officer took place at Jefferson Memorial Gardens on Friday, April 2, 2021. The Trussville Honor Guard assisted during the ceremony.
Calera Police Officer Robbie Lee Tackett, 29, died of natural causes on Sunday, March 28. Following his death, several communities came together to raise money for his wife and young daughter.
For the funeral, procession and burial, Honor Guards from Trussville, Vestavia and Hoover took part in ceremonies honoring Tackett.
Tackett had been with the Calera Police Department since 2019 and before then was with the Bessemer Police Department.
“Robbie was an exceptional police officer who served with honor and dedication,” the Calera Police Department posted on Facebook.
In Calera, Tackett was involved with the Explorer Youth Program.
“He had a huge heart for the kids in the community and made a great impact on many kids’ lives,” his obituary stated. “Robbie was a very loving husband, father, son and loyal friend.”
The funeral service was held at Northpark Baptist Church with the burial following at Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Trussville. Several law enforcement agencies were represented during the procession, including Calera Police, Chilton County Sheriff’s Office, Houston County Sheriff’s Office, Birmingham Police, Trussville Police, Jemison Police, Montevallo Police, The University of Montevallo Police, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Tuscaloosa Police, Bessemer Police, Helena Police, Pelham Police, Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, and others.
The Calera Police Department has set up an account to help raise funds for the family of Tackett at Central State Bank. You can also donate to the fund on Venmo @Tackett-Memorial.