Longtime friend remembers police lieutenant killed in crash

Longtime friend remembers police lieutenant killed in crash

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis police officers who worked with Lieutenant Myron Fair are remembering the good times they had while on the job.

Lt. Fair was killed early Thursday morning after an alleged drunk driver crashed into his vehicle he was driving home from work.

It’s been a very difficult few days for MPD officers who worked closely with Lt. Fair, but they said thinking about the good times and fond memories are keeping them going

Lieutenant Colonel Kathleen Lanier had a hard time choosing her favorite memory about Lieutenant Myron Fair.

Myron Fair (Source: Family)
Myron Fair (Source: Family) (Family)

“There’s not one thing,” Lt. Lanier said. "It's just that he was the type of person to show up and light up a room." The two weren't just long-time colleagues, they were friends.

"He was a good investigator, we loved solving robbery cases, we would go out on investigations together and that was the start of my friendship with Myron Fair,” Lt. Lanier said.

That was more than 20 years ago, when Lanier and Fair worked together as sergeants in the old robbery bureau.

Off-duty MPD lieutenant killed driving home from work

Over the years, they worked together in different capacities, most recently at MPD's Ridgeway Precinct.

"The troops are saddened especially the officers under his immediate command on the delta shift,” Lt. Lanier said.

Lt. Lanier says just as sudden as her comrade’s passing was the outpouring of support from the community.

“I have received numerous emails phone calls, texts,” Lt. Lanier said. “We’ve had the clergy who are closely associated with the Memphis Police Department... they have stopped by to pray with us. The outpouring has been beautiful.”

It’s a fitting tribute to a man who fellow officers said always led by example.

“Always laughing, always just - I don’t think I ever saw him angry,” Lt. Lanier said. “Never saw him mad or anything like that. He was always upbeat.”

As of now, Lt. Lanier says there aren’t any plans set in stone for a memorial, but she hopes the precinct and MPD can discuss ways to honor him, specifically drawing attention to the dangers of drunk driving.

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