09/13/12 151 W, 1 I - + 5 - 2 Trooper Gene DeMuth Laid to Rest in Rocky Mount

The News & Observer has posted this striking photo by Takaaki Iwabu of a horse-drawn caisson carrying the casket of North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Bobby Gene DeMuth Jr. to his funeral yesterday at Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount. He was killed in Nash County on Saturday while attempting to stop a fleeing suspect in a vehicle chase that originated in Raleigh. Hundreds of law officers attended the funeral, reports the story, with highway patrol units attending from as far as Alaska, Idaho, and Texas. Two Marines attended the ceremony to play taps, and the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums played Amazing Grace. During the graveside ceremony, the patrol's aviation wing participated to also honor DeMuth. Read the entire story. See additional coverage from the Rocky Mount Telegram, WRAL, and WTVD.

Takaaki Iwabu/News & Observer photo

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