Greensburg, Ky. (WBKO) --- A Taylor County family is grieving over the loss of a 3-year-old boy.
Hunter Hedgespeth died from injuries he suffered in a multi-car accident in Campbellsville on November 27th.
Hunter was in a car driven by 30-year-old Sarah A Hedgespeth of Greensburg when she was hit in a chain-reaction crash.
He died in Norton's Children's Hospital in Louisville Wednesday, December 5th.
Wednesday evening he was honored with a procession from the hospital to Greensburg.
"From Louisville on to Greensburg. It was awesome. It made us feel awake because we were so sad today and Hunter's had such a rough week. This made us feel so much joy because we were so sad and we were able to smile a little," said Tessa Abbott, Hunter's aunt.
The streets were lit up, but not with just the lights for the holidays, but the lights of a procession to honor a 3-year-old boy.
"It was breathtaking, he would have loved it," said Devon Lakins, Hunter's cousin.
His dream was to become a police officer and a police escort seemed like the perfect way to honor him.
"It was awesome. It made us feel awake because we were so sad today and Hunters had such a rough week. This made us feel so much joy because we were so sad and we were able to smile a little," said Abbott.
Smile to honor the boy who meant the world to so many.
"It was awesome. it was breathtaking. it's crazy how such small towns can get together for such a little boy that they didn't even know."
Cars were pulled over from Louisville to Greensburg with a flag raised on Lincoln Parkway.
"I mean, it just overwhelmed me. It was just amazing to see the love that they could show a little boy that none of them knew, some barely knew, you know and they all prayed and it was just the Lord," said Irish Hoover, Hunter's cousin.
As the family grieves this terrible tragedy and plans a funeral just weeks before Christmas, knowing Hunter was able to help others by being an organ donor, helps them cope with the loss.
"They got to use a kidney for a little boy, they got his heart valve, so he saved a little boy today," said Hoover.
A hero's welcome he most definitely deserved, getting the chance to serve, just like those he admired most.
"It's meant everything, Hunter would have loved it. He wanted to be a police officer so he would have loved this. This is something he would have loved," said Abbott.