05/25/2012

Tenn. officer laid to rest in solemn ceremony

Officer Justin Maples was killed in the line of duty while responding to aid fellow officers

By Randall Higgins
Chattanooga Times Free Press

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — As Officer Justin Maples' casket was being loaded onto a horse-drawn caisson for his final journey, his young sons, wearing dark shirts with an American flag on one side of the chest and a Cleveland city seal on the other, reached out to touch the casket.

Earlier on Thursday, Maples' three boys — 5-year-old Jace, 2-year-old Jacobi and 15-month-old Declan — sat with their mother, Danielle, and the rest of the family on a row directly in front of the casket. Before the music and speakers began, the two older sons pointed at photos and video showing their father on big screens at the front of the sanctuary at First Baptist Church.

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