(FAIRHOPE, Ala) Baldwin County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Ward was laid to rest Tuesday with full honors. Ward was shot last Friday while answering a distress call in Fairhope.
Tuesday's service was held at the Fairhope Civic Center where more than 1,000 officers from throughout the Southeast came to pay respects.
Sheriff Huey Mack Jr. said it has been a rough four days since Ward was shot, but in his eulogy Mack talked about honoring Wards sacrifice and finding the strength to go on.
"As I said in my remarks Scott was fit to serve and he exemplified that challenging all of us to do those things. We really appreciate the example and we will keep his memory alive," said Mack.
Ward's burial took place shortly after at Fairhope Memory Gardens. The funeral procession took nearly 30 minutes to proceed from the Civic Center due to the amount of cars and patrol cars in the motorcade.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley who is currently out of the country sent a proclamation calling Ward, "A proud son of the state of Alabama."
Baldwin County's Sheriffs Office has not had an officer killed in the line of duty since 1987.