WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the Senate floor today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) honored Clermont County Detective Bill Brewer, who was killed in the line of duty.
Brown’s full remarks, as prepared for delivery, can be found below. Production-quality video can be downloaded here.
On Friday, Ohio laid to rest a dedicated public servant, Detective Bill Brewer.
Detective Brewer devoted two decades of his life to the police force, and he made the ultimate sacrifice to keep his fellow Ohioans safe. He laid down his life while doing his job, responding to a desperate 911 call with fellow Clermont County officers and working to protect the people he served in Pierce Township.
In the days since Detective Brewer’s passing, we’ve heard stories of his incredible service to his community and his family.
Last Sunday, officers from all over Southwest Ohio joined a procession escorting Detective Brewer home to Clermont County. In his home of Amelia, his community lined the route, paying tribute to their fallen hero. Hundreds attended a memorial service on Friday, while hundreds more watched on video. It’s a fitting recognition of the sacrifice this man made for the people he loved.
Detective Brewer was a proud son of Williamsburg, Ohio, and a star high school athlete. He was a family man, and our hearts break for his wife of 13 years, Jamie, and his five-year-old son Braxton. As they mourn this incredible loss, we hope they take comfort in the outpouring of support and honor for their husband and father.
To his fellow officers, he was a devoted friend, colleague, and mentor. One of them told the press that Detective Brewer was always “fair and kindhearted,” and that he would “give the shirt off his back for anyone in need.”
Detective Brewer’s legacy will live on through the many lives he touched.
In times of tragedy, Ohioans always rise to the occasion, and we have witnessed an outpouring of community support in the days since Officer Brewer was taken from us.
While no gesture can ever repay him or his loved ones for their sacrifice, today we honor this hero’s memory and lift up the entire Clermont County community.