ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — It was a tragic end of the week for the Enterprise Police Department and Enterprise City Schools as they are mourning the loss of Sergeant Angela Brown who lost her battle with cancer.

“As a department and personally our hearts were broken Sgt. Angela Brown was important to the department it’s just a shock that this happened,” EPD Chief Michael Moore said.

“I questioned the person who told me and asked are you sure I had to get confirmation because I didn’t want to believe it I had just seen her,” Dr. Zel Thomas said.

Sergeant Brown worked with the police department for 24 years where she served in multiple roles as a K-9 officer, patrol officer, investigator, and D.A.R.E officer.

She was promoted to sergeant in March and was on the verge of retiring soon.

Chief Moore said she was the epitome of hard work and de-escalating any situation that may arise.

“With all her training and time serving the city she never made a big fuss about it was just another job she loved doing,” Chief Moore said.

She also loved being in the schools working with kids where she spent most of her time as a school resource officer.

Dr. Zel Thomas says it’s a big blow for the school system. They looked at her as family and it’s going to be some big shoes to fill her role professionally and on a personal level.

“She was always calm and had a sly smile but it was just Angie and she was good with the kids, staff, and (I’m) just heartbroken,” Dr. Thomas said.

Chief Moore said they have placed flags outside the city hall in her remembrance and one citizen has placed a thin blue line American flag high on a flagpole for her.

Sergeant Brown leaves behind a wife, three children, and three fur babies. Her memorial service will take place Sunday afternoon.