James Timothy Chapin

Sergeant James Timothy Chapin #554
Chattanooga Police Department

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Sergeant Tim Chapin, a 27 year veteran of the Chattanooga (TN) police department, was shot and killed on Saturday, April 2, 2011 after responding to a mid-morning robbery at a pawn shop.  Six officers responded to the call and upon arrival the suspect opened fire on the officers from inside the store.

The suspect fled the store on foot and exchanged gunfire with the officers a short distance away.  Sergeant Chapin was killed in the exchange and another officer was injured.

Sergeant Chapin is survived by his wife and two children.


I heard a Siren for the first time today

I heard a Siren for the first time today
What made it different were my thoughts have changed
Over my life it was always the same, someone had an accident, committed a crime, or needed help in someway
It’s as if my eyes were opened, as I heard them say
“The man in blue died today.”

I heard a Siren for the first time today
Never will I hear it, in quite the same way
For when the sound pierces the air
My attention turns to offer a prayer
To protect the man answering a plea
From another asking, “Please come to me.”
My thoughts are for his safety, and family I pray.
I heard a Siren for the first time today.

Dedicated to the memory of Sergeant Timothy Chapin, Chattanooga Police Department who died in service on April 2, 2011, God truly blessed us with your presence.

Richard L. Cox, Sr
Reprinted with permission


Sgt. James Timothy Chapin, 51, of Soddy-Daisy, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 2, 2011.  A graduate of UTC with a B.A. in Criminal Justice, Tim has served with the Chattanooga Police Department for the past 27 years.  Prior to that Tim served with the U.S. Capitol Police Department during the Presidency of Ronald Reagan.  Tim follows his grandfather and father in law enforcement.  He held memberships with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #22 and the Fellowship of Christian Police Officers. 

Tim was a member of Abbas House since 1998 where he served in the childrens and youth ministry programs.  He is survived by his wife, Kelle Yeomans Chapin; son, Nicholas Chapin and daughter, Allison Chapin, all of Soddy-Daisy; parents, Ralph and Linda Richards Chapin, Powells Crossroads; sisters, Lisa (Kent) Chapin Roberson, Pikeville, Tenn., and Laura (David) Chapin Smith; brother, Paul (Jamie) Chapin, both of Powells Crossroads; several nieces, nephews, great-niece and nephews, aunts and uncles. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. (EDT)at Abba’s House with Dr. Ron Phillips and Pastor Chris Brooks officiating.  Burial will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens with officers of the Delta Team serving as pallbearers including David Ashley, Brian Blumenberg, Mark Bender, Florida Wynn, Troy Cannon, Steve Campbell and Lorin Johnston.  Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Chattanooga Police Dept. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Tim’s memory to Abba’s House, 5208 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, TN 37343.  The family will receive friends at Abba’s House from noon-3 and 5-8 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday.  Friends are welcome to visit and sign the register book at Abbas House at any other hours after noon on Wednesday.  Visit http://www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family.  Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road.


1 Response to James Timothy Chapin

  1. so sorry for your loss. What a great man to serve and protect our community for 27 years. My prayers go out to the family and friends of a hero, that will never be forgotten.

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