EUPORA, Miss. (WTVA)--At Eupora's City Hall, Mayor Dan Burchfield and a city worker changed the flags that flew at half-staff Wednesday afternoon.
It just seemed fitting, he said, following one of the worst days in Eupora's history having lost one of the city's finest in Keith Crenshaw.
"Keith was the type that would do anything that was needed of him. He was excited about his job, stayed excited about his job," said Burchfield.
In fact, authorities say, Crenshaw was so dedicated to his job that he responded to that call Wednesday on Highway 82 after he was off duty.
He stopped three robbery suspects in a getaway car by laying down spike strips. They swerved to miss the strips, but they hit Crenshaw costing him his life.
As you might expect, there is a lot of emotion right now in Eupora. Everything ranging from shock to sadness, even anger.
The usual morning crowd showed up at the Kangaroo Express Thursday where we are told Officer Crenshaw would stop by a lot.
The same place where citizens turned out for a candlelight march Wednesday evening.
"He was a good man. And, he didn't deserve what he got. But, that's what happened and we have to live with it," said J.E.Hardin of the Stewart Community.
"These people apparently had very little regard for life. Not just Keith's, but their own," said Clarence Boatman of Eupora.
Dorothy Campbell works at Kangaroo Express.
"Everybody's affected. Especially if an officer, I mean, not just with anybody but an officer who we see on a daily basis," said Campbell.
"Keith was a very good friend to everybody. I have never talked to anybody that said that he wasn't a friend of theirs. And, if anybody needed anything he was there to help them," said J.E. Hardin.
Arrangements for Officer Keith Crenshaw includes visitation Saturday from 5-8 pm at the Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora.
His funeral service will take place Sunday at 2 pm at the First Baptist Church in Eupora.
Crenshaw will be laid to rest at the New Haven Cemetary in Choctaw County.