Big Stone Gap cop Michael Chandler buried

BIG STONE GAP, Va. – Hundreds of people gathered as Big Stone Gap Police Officer Michael Chandler was laid to rest on Thursday with a hero’s farewell.

Chandler was shot on Saturday while on duty.

Earlier this week, Southwest Virginia law enforcement honored the 29-year-old on Monday as Chandler’s body was escorted from Roanoke to Big Stone Gap.

On Wednesday evening, Chandler’s funeral was held at the David J. Prior Convocation Center on the UVA-Wise campus.

On Thursday, the hearse carrying his body was followed by a procession that stretched over 7 miles from downtown to the cemetery where he was laid to rest, according to WCYB.

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Police and firefighters hundreds of miles away, such as Virginia Beach, Jefferson County, Tennesse, and even Elkhorn City, Kentucky, have come to southwest Virginia to pay their respects.

“It could be any of us at any time. We have all been in the same situation he was. When you hear that something like this is happening, especially something local, you want to show your support, ”said Cedar Bluff Police Chief Michael Brown, whose jurisdiction is about 90 minutes from Big Trou de. rock. “Most of us here, we probably went to the same academies together. We’re going to train together. In addition, he was also a firefighter. He was one of the firefighters and so was I. There are also a lot of firefighters here. It’s a small group.

A large American flag hung over the road and people lined the streets with even more flags.

“He’s a good officer. We had cases where we had to call him and he came. He’s always been there, ”said Miranda Deboard, who lives in Big Stone Gap.

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The procession ended at the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, where Chandler was buried in a private ceremony, surrounded by his family and hundreds of officers and firefighters.

Hundreds of officers and firefighters at the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens on November 18, 2021, where Chandler was laid to rest in a private ceremony. (WCYB)

“It’s very sad, very sad. This young man lost his life doing what he loved, which is to support and uphold justice in the community, ”said Deboard.

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