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Funeral held for Hopkinsville police officer killed in line of duty

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Phillip Meacham was shot and killed on Thursday, March 29. (Photo: Hopkinsville Police Department) Phillip Meacham was shot and killed on Thursday, March 29. (Photo: Hopkinsville Police Department)

Family, friends and police from across the region said goodbye to a Hopkinsville officer Wednesday after he was shot and killed last week.

Authorities said Officer Phillip Meacham, 38, was shot and killed by a man impersonating an officer. The community he served mourned the loss.

“First, I think it’s important to realize that he was a good father and a good husband as well as a good pillar of the community,” said Hopkinsville Police Chief Clayton Sumner.

Hundreds wore black and blue to honor the fallen officer.

“It really hits you because now that sort of attack feels closer to you, and closer to our families and closer to our community because it’s here and not some odd distant place that’s harder to relate to,” said Kentucky State Sen. Whitney Westerfield, who attended Christian County High School with Meacham.

His time in public service was far-reaching.

“Interestingly enough, he was actually the first officer at that time a sheriff’s deputy on scene for an accident that killed my father,” said Westerfield.

Meacham’s wife and daughter lost a vital member of their family, and it was a loss that brought out strangers whose only connection is his daughter’s school.

“(My children) are starting with Shealynn, his daughter, that’s why there is a relation with them. And sometimes he came in our property for patrolling,” said Vaishali Patel, a Hopkinsville resident.

As his casket rode by, some people waved or stood in silence watching and thinking of what he meant to them.

“I think everyone that goes in the law enforcement profession in the back of their mind knows that one day something tragic could happen and every one of them, you have to remember, do it willingly,” said Sumner.

Hopkinsville police said they would keep Meacham’s patrol car parked in front of the police department until he was laid to rest.

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