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St. Louis police officer killed in crash remembered as a hero

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(KMOV) -- The St. Louis police officer killed in the line of duty last week was laid to rest today.

David Haynes, 27, died in a car accident while chasing a burglary suspect.
 
Officer Haynes' captain called him a hero before he ever became a policeman. As a Marine, Haynes served his country at war and as an officer he served St. Louis with honor.
 
On its way inside the Cathedral Basilica, Officer Haynes’ casket passed two groups of officers. First, his academy class on the right and his second district colleagues on the left.
 
During the funeral mass, Chief Dan Isom said Officer Haynes, "Typified the character, compassion and commitment to family and community that any police department, mother, wife or nation would cherish with pride."
 
Family spokesperson Samuel Nesbitt added, “David was very passionate about serving others throughout his life from his years in the Marine Corps to his final day with the St. Louis police. To those who knew him personally he was always in a good mood and had an intoxicating smile and personality and left his mark on everyone he met. He was a dearly valued friend and family member and will be greatly missed by all." Nesbitt is the uncle of Officer Haynes' widow
           
Chief Isom went on to say his department will honor officer Haynes by asking themselves each day how they can be more like him with a, "Singular selfless motivation to serve no matter what the cost."

Friends, family and fellow officers will say their final goodbyes today to Officer David Haynes, the St. Louis Police office who was killed in a traffic accident last Wednesday morning.

Officer Haynes will be buried Tuesday afternoon at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. 

 

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