Through his 30-year career in the Ogdensburg Police Department, Sergeant Kevin Fee grew to love the city and the people in it.
That love was returned, evidenced by plans for an upcoming event to help raise money for a memorial scholarship in the his name.
Originally from Tupper Lake, Mr. Fee and his wife, Angela M., moved to Ogdensburg in 1980 when Mr. Fee got a job as officer working in the juvenile division of the city police department.
Working with young people gave Kevin the opportunity to help youth, and I think that is how his love for the community began, said Mrs. Fee.
Sgt. Fee would attend school-sponsored activities and sports games, long after his son, Christopher, and his daughter, Morgan, both graduated Ogdensburg Free Academy and up until his death from lung cancer in September 2010.
Kevin was a really supportive of OFA activities and athletics and the community, said Mrs. Fee.
Mr. Fees love of OFA and its graduates inspired Mrs. Fee and her family to start a scholarship in his name shortly after his death.
We wanted to show our appreciation to the school and the students that he loved so much, said Mrs. Fee.
A $250 scholarship is awarded to one female and one male who represent Mr. Fees qualities: an interest in helping others, a person who enjoys life with a sense of humor, respects teachers and administrators and faces adversity with a positive attitude.
In order to raise money for the scholarship, friends of Mr. Fee, including Eric W. Howe and Gregory R. Sargent, will hold a volleyball tournament on Sept. 8 starting at 9 a.m. at Howies Tavern, 809 New York Ave.
I graduated with his son, Chris, who was my best friend, and I was around Kevin a lot, said Mr. Sargent. Athletic-wise, he was always there and a father-figure towards me and Chris. He never missed a game or practice.
It will be two years Sept 6. since Kevin passed away, said Mrs. Fee. And I am so humbled that people still remember him and honor his memory. It makes me and my family feel good. I am so thankful to the community for honoring and embracing somebody that isnt even from here. But this truly became his home and always will be.
Registration for the volleyball tournament is $120 for a four-person team. To register, contact Mr. Howe at 393-3669.