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3/19/04 - Huntington

Slain Police Officer Laid To Rest

Huntington Police Officer John Logan was laid to rest today. He was shot last Saturday during a traffic stop, and died Sunday in a Houston hospital. They came from all over... Police officers from several states and dozens of agencies showed up to honor a fallen brethren.

"It's to pay tribute to the sacrifice that the officer himself gave and to also pay tribute to the family," said Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas Kerss, "letting them know that his efforts did not go in vain."

The Huntington High School auditorium was filled to capacity, hundreds of officers on hand who had never met Officer Logan.

"It's very much like attending a funeral of a brother," said Austin Police Officer Andrew Dixon, "and that's what we consider it."

"It doesn't matter what race they are, what city they work for," said Longview Police Officer Steve Burnette, "it's still the uniform and a badge and it doesn't matter who they are."

It was a difficult day for Logan's wife and three children. With bagpipes playing, they stood strong as his casket was carried out of the service. The family said the turnout helps ease the pain, if just a bit.

"The support that we've received as a family has just been enormous," said Logan's sister-in-law Judy Tvrz. "Words can't even begin to express how we feel. And I just want to say to any of those who even said a prayer, we felt it."

The sorrow could be seen on the faces of Logan's fellow Huntington officers as well, as they carried him to his final resting place.

"Our department is a small department," said Huntington Police Chief David West. "We're a little bit behind the times I guess you can say. Officer John Logan was a great officer here with the police department. His sense of humor was real great too."

A memorial fund for the family has been set up at Huntington State Bank.

Kevin Berns reporting

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