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5/23/07-Henderson County

Henderson County Deputy Given Full Honors

It was a funeral procession Wednesday that just kept going and going. Police officers, sheriff's deputies, firefighters, and border control agents were all there to pay their respects to Henderson County Deputy Paul Habelt. 

Bonnie Teague, who lives near the cemetery where Habelt was buried, stood by Wednesday afternoon as the procession drove in with an American flag.

"I think our community needs to stand up," said Bonnie Teague, who lives near the cemetery.  "Just like the American flag here, they are the American flag, and they serve our country. "  At the cemetery, law enforcement agencies filed in row after row.  With sounds of the Liberty Bell, which honors fallen peace officers, everyone stood in silence for the man who gave it all.  

"Paul is a people person," said Henderson County Sheriff Ronny Brownlow. "He's a cops cop.  He was very special to the department in that he was a trainer of young officers. He was one of those people that believed in God. He had convictions. His convictions were what caused him to serve the people that he loved and the people in his county." Wounded Deputy Kevin Harris was also at the burial.  With tears in his eyes he talked about his fellow officer.

"Paul was like a brother to me, and he will be greatly missed," said Henderson County Deputy Kevin Harris.  With full military honors Wednesday, it was time for everyone to say goodbye, but also to never forget the sacrifice Habelt made to keep his community safe. 

Many of the people at Deputy Habelt's service say they will be at Deputy Tony Ogburn's funeral Thursday.   That starts at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Athens. The burial with full military honors will be held at Oaklawn Memorial Park, also in Athens.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


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