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5/18/03 - Palestine

Hundreds Mourn Death Of Anderson County Sheriff's Investigator

A funeral service on Sunday was held to honor a man described as "one of the good guys."

More than a thousand people came out to pay their last respects to Sergeant Shelby Green including members of his family, and also his brothers in law enforcement.

It was shortly after midnight Thursday when Anderson County Sheriff's Officer Shelby Green lost his life. After he spotted a suspicious truck behind a feed store, Green gave chase and was shot and killed on Catfish Creek Bridge.

"Everybody's around," Anderson County Deputy Wendell Wilcher said, surveying the crowd. "There's families, wives, husbands, everybody here has something to do with law enforcement. Even fire departments and EMS are showing up. Everybody's all together."

Inside the Evangelistic Temple of Palestine, Green was remembered as an inspiration. Peace officers from all over the state came.

"To lose a member of the law enforcement family, it was important for me to come over and pay respects to a fallen officer," said Chief Joe Hester of the Navasota Police Department.

Although Hester barely knew Green, he still felt the loss.

"Everybody that wears the badge," he said, "Doesn't matter if the uniform is blue, tan, or grey."

"It doesn't matter, it's all family."

The procession to the burial was led by dozens of police cars, each officer honored to be part of the service for their brother.

"It shows just how tight everybody is," Crockett Department of Public Safety Trooper Bobby Bowlin said. "It shows how much support you get from the community also, and at a time like this we all do come together."

"We just kind of lean on each other, you would say."

At the graveside, an honor detail of officers stood hundreds strong. Officers took part who worked everyday with Green, and some stood who barely knew him. All were showing their respect for Shelby Green and the badge he wore.

"It's one big family," Trooper Bowlin said. "Regardless of whether it's state agency, county agency, city, constable, it doesn't really matter. We're all one big family."

Reid Kerr (rkerr@kltv.com) reporting.

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