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5/24/07-Athens

Henderson County Deputy Laid To Rest With Full Honors

For the second day in a row, law enforcement lined the streets in downtown Athens to honor a fallen peace officer.  Henderson County Deputy Tony Ogburn, 61 was the first to be shot and killed last week while responding to a domestic disturbance call.  Thursday, hundreds of people filled the First Baptist Church in Athens to honor the man who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  

Peace officers from around the state stood in silence this afternoon as Deputy Tony Ogburn's body was carried into First Baptist Church. Those that worked with Ogburn say he was the type of deputy every one would want in their department.

"Tony always presented himself very well," said Officer Tim Jones of the Chandler Police Department. "He always had a smile, always asked if he could help and he was always there for other people."

"Tony was dedicated to law enforcement," said Marilyn Roaf, who worked with Ogburn. "When you saw him, he was always business like."  At the burial, the Tyler Police Department's Honor Guard presented Ogburn's family with full military honors.   It's a ceremony for a man friends say is a local hero, and a servant to everyone that crossed his path.

"He not only cared about being a peace officer, but he also cared about the community because he did security work at the local schools and basketball games," said Beverly Turner, who worked with Ogburn.  As the honor guard presented the last call Thursday, everyone said goodbye, and thanked the sheriff's deputy and friend who gave it all.  

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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