Bowling Green Officer's Funeral

By: Tamara Evans
By: Tamara Evans

A funeral service for Master Police Officer David Whitson was held on Saturday at Hillvue Heights Church.

Officers from around the Commonwealth and nearby states were at his funeral today to show their support for their fellow officer.

From the funeral hundreds of mourners processed down Interstate 65 earlier this afternoon.

Many bridges and overpasses were blocked off where the community came to pay their repects as the procession made it's way toward Gallatin, Tennessee where Office Whitson was buried.

The procession included four hundred vehicles with three hundred of them being police cars from across the state.

Officer Whitson was tragically shot by another officer on Tuesday when he and two other officers were responding to a call.

Officer Whitson was one of three officers answering a call of "a man with a knife" on Vine Street on Tuesday.

There he and the other officers encountered Rojelio Gonzalez Pacheco who Kentucky State Police say tried to attack Whitson.

The other two officers tried to protect Whitson using deadly force.

Whitson and Pacheco were both shot and died from their injuries.

State Police have not released details about which officer fired the shot that killed Whitson.

David Whitson was an eight-year veteran of the Bowling Green Police Department.

He was the first first Bowling Green Police Officer killed on the job.

"The loss of Officer Whitson will be profoundly felt, not just by his family, colleagues and loved ones but also by our whole community", BGPD Chief of Police Doug Hawkins said in a press conference on Tuesday.

On Saturday much of the community and hundreds of officers from across the state and nearby states attended Officer Whitsons funeral.

There friends talked about the type of man David Whitson was.

Quotes such as "We have lost a hero...a hero with an infectious smile."

Bowling Green Police Chief Doug Hawkins viewed Whitson as someone who could find humor in all situations and as a man who everyone liked.

Hawkins referenced Whitson and the other officers by saying "We are all family. This past Tuesday, we lost a brother and we are all trying to deal with that loss."

Whitson was hired as an officer with the Bowling Green Police Department in January of 1998.

To friends and family he was known as "Red" for his red hair, or "Slim" since they say he loved to eat.

More than anything though Whitson was known as being a respectable officer and man.

"Very jovial. He would always have something to say, had a great personality, just very nice to be around", says former BGPD Chief of Police Bill Waltrip.

Friends called him a loving husband, an outstanding father, a son, a brother, and a friend.

He was a man they said could see the good in everyone; someone who had his heart in the right place.

The community of Bowling Green will forever remember Master Police Officer David Whitson.

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