Crestview police mourn death of well-liked officer

Lt. Kent "Bucky" Buckner

Crestview residents are mourning Lt. Kent "Bucky" Buckner of the Crestview Police Department, who was found dead at his home on Monday.

News Bulletin staff
Published: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 17:37 PM.

CRESTVIEW — While a memorial service is being planned for after the Thanksgiving holiday, the community is mourning the death of police officer Lt. Arthur "Kent" Buckner, a 15-year veteran of the police department.

Buckner, known as "Bucky" to friends in the department and in the community, was found in his home shortly after 9:30 a.m. Monday, "apparently deceased by his own hand," a police department news release stated.

Foul play is not suspected, but the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is performing a routine investigation into Buckner's death.

As a member of the community policing division, Buckner was instrumental in adapting the Text-a-Tip program to Crestview. Under the program, the public can anonymously send text messages reporting crimes or criminals to the police.

Upon the appointment of Chief Tony Taylor last year, Buckner became staff adjutant, handling, among other duties, internal affairs, citizen concerns and equipment acquisition.

"I always saw a very upbeat side to Bucky," the Rev. Mark Broadhead, police chaplain, said. "He had a very good sense of humor, but he also had a very serious side. He definitely had a love for his Lord."

Buckner attended Central Baptist Church, where he had a "very good relationship with (the Rev.) Paul Mixon," the church's pastor, Broadhead said.

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