Loved ones remember GSP trooper killed in crash

(Source: WALB)
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Over 100 troopers were in attendance (Source: WALB)
Over 100 troopers were in attendance (Source: WALB)
Governor Nathan Deal was there (Source: WALB)
Governor Nathan Deal was there (Source: WALB)

CORDELE, GA (WALB) - Just one week after a tragic car crash killed an off-duty state trooper, the Crisp County community continues mourning his sudden death.

A large crowd attended the emotional funeral service for trooper Tyler Parker.

It wasn't just the Crisp County community there reflecting on Trooper Parker's life.

There was an army of people from across the state of Georgia, coming together in unity for the man being remembered as a loving person.

"Tyler is truly going to be missed. We love Tyler and we loved all of his family," said Bill Pate, Parker's High School baseball coach.

Law enforcement officers from far and wide packed Crisp County Middle School's auditorium. Even Governor Nathan Deal, along with state lawmakers, paid their respects.

But one thing that stuck out was the emotion family and friends expressed, as loved ones shared cherished memories of trooper Parker, by people like Pate.

"He was just a fun-loving young man. I mean he was always having a good time. Just a great heart, a great spirit," Pate said.

"He walked around with that great big smile. Even when you had to call him to the side and talk to him. He always had that big grin," said Mike Hutchens, Parker's little league coach and family friend.

Speakers described him as a great trooper, a wonderful husband, a loving father, and an overall great person.

"Just that kind of young guy that he was more concerned with others, a lot of times than he was his self," said Hutchens.

Trooper Parker's patrol car ran during the entire service symbolizing a life short lived, but forever remembered in the hearts of many.

Right now Trooper Parker's young daughter who was in the crash with him is still in the hospital.

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