CINCINNATI, Ohio (WDEF) — People remembered the life of a Chattanooga Police Officer killed in the line of duty.
Family, friends and members of law enforcement filed in for Chattanooga Police Officer Nicholas Galinger’s funeral in Cincinnati.
Officer Galinger was killed in a hit and run, while responding to a call on Saturday night.
His father, Barry Galinger, says the Chattanooga community offered support during this difficult time.
“People would stop us and pray with us and cry,” Barry Galinger said.
He says Officer Galinger found his calling with the Chattanooga Police Department.
“Nicholas was my one son, who up until August 24th spent his time looking for his star in life. I said when you find your star in life, you will know it.”
“My brother, our brother Nichols, his whole life he has been wanting to make an impact. He heard the word no, which meant no obstacles. So we will talk about Nick and we will remember Nicholas as my first friend, my pal. He was my buddy,” said Douglas Galinger, Officer Galinger’s brother.
Police Chief David Roddy says future officers write out why they want to join the force.
He read Officer Galinger’s response.
“In his illustration, in his writings of himself he wrote I believe being a police officer is truly the most noble of occupations. Police officers are a team instilled with morals, values and a calling greater than ones self,” Chief Roddy said.
He says that message beats in the heart of every badge.
“That is what being a police officer is. It is why we do what we do. And he was a shining example of that,” Chief Roddy said.
After the service, Officer Galinger was buried at Mount Moriah Cemetery.