KIRKWOOD, Mo. — Kirkwood Sgt. Bill Biggs was one of two police officers killed in the Kirkwood City Hall shooting on February 7, 2008. Biggs’ family and friends gathered in downtown Kirkwood Wednesday to share their memories of him.
Biggs’ loved ones recalled him driving en-route to the same Imo’s location they met at Wednesday prior to the shooting at City Hall.
His wife, Cindi, was married to Bill for over 30 years. She described him as a cowboy who loved his job and serving the community. He loved his friends, his family, the outdoors — and watching the show Survivor. His oldest son, William, described his father as a charismatic man — “a man’s man” — and said he was like a brother and friend to him.
Melissa Thomas said family and friends honor him in a special way every year. They create a Ring of Fire to honor his memory.
The ceremony is held annually at the family farm in Gerald, Mo. Family and friends bring rocks from places they’ve traveled over the course of a year and lay them down at the Ring of Fire. They said it symbolizes that his spirit is with them wherever they go.
Despite Bill’s loss, his youngest son followed his father’s footsteps and now serves in law enforcement. That choice gives Cindi joy, she said. But, even with the manner in which Bill died, Cindi said she does not harbor anger towards his killer.
In the years since his death, Cindi created an organization called C.O.P.S., or Concerns of Police Survivors. She meets with widow's all around the country and helps them cope with the loss of their loved ones.
For more information on C.O.P.S., visit them online.