Colleagues Remember Court Security Officer Frank McKnight as A Dedicated Professional

May 30, 2014

North Kingstown Police Chief Thomas Mulligan, US Marshal Jamie Hainsworth and Chief US District Court Judge William Smith say they're heartbroken the loss of McKnight.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Colleagues are remembering the federal court security officer who died Thursday after a bus accident as a dedicated professional. Court officials say they’re using the accident to push for increased pedestrian safety in Kennedy Plaza.

US Marshal Jamie Hainsworth says Frank McKnight’s friends, co-workers and family are heartbroken after the unexpected loss of the 69-year-old.

“No words can adequately describe the loss and the sadness we feel and that we share with Frank’s family at home and with his extended family in law enforcement here at the court,” Hainsworth said.

McKnight was fatally injured when he was struck by a RIPTA bus Wednesday in Kennedy Plaza. US District Court Chief Judge William Smith says he’s talking with city and RIPTA officials about relocating some of the bus traffic in the plaza.

“We have to do everything we can to look at a tragedy like this and ask the question of, how we can make sure this never happens again," Smith said. "And I think that’s the charge going forward.”

City officials have already been pursuing a plan to diminish the presence of RIPTA buses in Kennedy Plaza.

McKnight was a North Kingstown police officer for 25 years, retiring as a lieutenant, before becoming a court security officer. McKnight’s colleagues say they remember him as a dedicated public servant who came to work eager and ready to serve. They say they already feel his absence.

Providence police are continuing to investigate the accident involving McKnight.