EUPORA, Miss. (WTVA) - The funeral for a fallen Eupora police officer was held Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Eupora.
Officer Keith Crenshaw was killed Wednesday after being hit by a car during a high speed chase.
Hundreds gathered to celebrate the life of a man who many say was taken too soon.
"Keith Crenshaw was one of the most outgoing, if you could use the word 'laid back,' officers I've ever seen in my life," said Webster County Public Information Officer Jimmy Forrester.
But more important than that, Forrester said he was a protector of the people.
"He was always there to help people," he said.
According to officers, Crenshaw wasn't scheduled to be at work at the time of the accident, but his dedication to the job kept him there a little longer.
"He had ended his watch at 8 a.m., but he came back," Forrester explained.
Forrester said not only has the community lost a dedicated officer but also a valued friend.
"It's hard to miss a comrade and a fellow officer, but it's also gonna be tough not being able to talk to Keith Crenshaw," Forrester said as he held back tears.
"He was a friend to us all and a protector to our community," said Eupora Police Chief Gregg Hunter. "He's gonna be greatly missed. He's a real hero."
Crenshaw was laid to rest in the New Haven Baptist Church Cemetery in Choctaw County.
"We'll miss him considerably," Forrester said.
Crenshaw was an officer for the Eupora Police Department for over a decade and a volunteer fire fighter.