Frank Hayes Obituary, Death- We regret to inform you of the demise of Frank Hayes, Jr., Chief of Police for the Goodland Police Department in the state of Kansas. Chief Hayes’ End of Watch occurred on August 30, 2023, following a courageous standoff in which he had a heart attack and its sequelae. Inspector in Charge Frankie Hayes was a devoted police officer who risked his life to keep the people he cared about safe. As he dealt with a crisis involving a barricaded person who constituted a serious threat to neighbors, fellow officers, and even within his own home on August 16, 2023, he displayed extraordinary courage and resilience.
Chief Hayes spent two anxious hours in negotiations with the armed suspect before successfully gaining the suspect’s quiet surrender. When Chief Hayes was taken to the hospital, he suffered a double heart attack, revealing the event’s emotional and physical toll. Despite the prompt medical assistance and following surgery, Chief Frank Hayes, Jr. succumbed to his injuries on August 30, 2023. His death is a sobering reminder of the great dangers police officers confront every day.
Chief Hayes had been a devoted member of the Goodland Police Department for nine years, climbing through the ranks to become the esteemed Chief of Police, a position he maintained for nearly three years. During his time in office, he made crucial reforms that improved the community’s security and welfare. Chief Frank Hayes, Jr. was devoted to his job as a police officer, but he was also a devoted husband and father. He leaves behind a sad wife and four devoted children who surely inherited his selfless spirit.
As we mourn the passing of Chief Hayes, we remember him as a devoted police officer, devoted family man, and respected member of the neighborhood. Those whose lives he touched will never forget his example of bravery, honor, and selflessness. Goodland and all of law enforcement are saddened by the loss of a hero; our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones at this time. Frank Hayes, Jr., Chief of Police, may you rest in peace. We may move on, but our hearts will always be with you.