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Officers Bid Farewell to Comrade

As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.

Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…

September 16, 2003

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Officers Bid Farewell to Comrade

Officer Down: Michael Christopher Waters - [West Memphis, Arkansas]

In a solemn ceremony punctuated with country music said to typify the man, police officers from around the region paid tribute to a fallen West Memphis comrade Tuesday.

Patrolman Michael Christopher Waters, 24, was eulogized as an officer anyone would want watching his back, a tough "bad boy" on the streets but also a dedicated public servant who "paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life in the line of duty."

Waters was thrown from his patrol car Thursday evening in a chase on a closed section of Interstate 55 and was struck and killed by a second patrol car.

Three suspects in what had been a Sav-A-Lot store theft of candy will be charged with first-degree murder. They are in custody in Tennessee and are awaiting extradition to Crittenden County.

Tuesday's funeral at the First Baptist Church on Missouri Street was attended by officers from Little Rock, Jonesboro, Hughes, Forrest City, Marion, Memphis, Barlett, Germantown, Ripley, Horn Lake, Olive Branch and many other departments. West Memphis officers were arranged around the altar with their badges banded in black. Shelby County Sheriff Mark Lutrell, state prosecutors, West Memphis Mayor Bill Johnson and former mayor Keith Ingram also attended the packed service whose overflow was seated in the balcony.

Waters received a 21-gun salute and a rendering of Taps after the service. His wife of 10 months, Jennifer, and his parents, Rosa and Mitchell Waters, received American flags.

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