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KPD Detective Charles Dinwiddie Laid to Rest After Line-of-Duty Shooting

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(KCEN) - Saturday was a solemn day for central Texas, as a slain police officer was laid to rest.

Less than a week after Killeen Police Department Detective Charles Dinwiddie died from injuries he sustained while serving a search warrant,  people from all over came together to honor his life.

Family and friends remember him as a great father, a great detective, and just an all-around great person.

Speaker after speaker at the service told the same narrative: a role model, cut down before his time.

"One more time just to hear his voice and see that smile, that would be perfect," said SWAT Detective Jason Petty at the funeral service.

Petty worked on the SWAT team with Detective Dinwiddie -- Chuck to his friends.

"That's what painful to me," he said. It's the loss of a teacher. "That's what hurts me the most is to know that I'm not going to have those conversations and those chats with him anymore."

A somber day for the department, but also one to reflect.

"We don't get to pick how long we live, but we get to pick how well we live," Randy Wallace, pastor for First Baptist Killeen, told the crowd.

Again and again, the hundreds of fellow officers, friends and family heard just how well Dinwiddie lived and served central Texas.

"Only our hearts and minds will know the true measure of how he touched our lives," KPD Chief Dennis Baldwin said.

Dinwiddie joined the department in 1996 and the SWAT team in '99.

He was their go-to guy for the tough cases, the complex investigations.

"The police department relied on him throughout his career to conduct some of the most difficult and complex investigations we had," Baldwin said.

"You have to understand," said Patrick Turck, a former SWAT supervisor who worked with Dinwiddie, "Chuck was not just an average officer, or an average man. Chuck was a great man."

He made the department better with his work, his colleagues and former bosses said.

His fellow SWAT members show their appreciation, one by one, by giving up their SWAT pins to a plaque and giving Chuck one more slow salute.

Lots of moments remembered that add up to a life that touched so many others.

"As for me, I will always be grateful for Chuck's example of how to really love," his older sister, Ellen Dinwiddie-Smith, said.

A procession to the Killeen City Cemetery included departments from all over Texas, and as far away as Louisiana and New Mexico.

"The only thing I hope for is that the family is able to see the love that everyone has for him," Petty said.

It wasn't just members of KPD remembering the impact of Dinwiddie's life. Longtime friends also sat in the audience to pay their respects.

"It's a lot to say goodbye to a friend," Kimberly Eakin said through tears. She grew up with Dinwiddie.
    
Detective Dinwiddie was shot May 9 while trying to serve a search warrant. He died two days later of his injuries.

Another officer injured in that shooting, Odis Denton, attended Saturday's ceremony in a wheelchair.

"He was good for the community, he was good with his family," she said. "He was a very loving type of man, and he would help anybody."

"I felt it was something I needed to do," said Jack Campbell, friends of Dinwiddie's parents, who drove up from Austin. "I would've never felt right with myself had i not come to pay those respects."

It's even more heartbreaking for KPD, as they try to heal from an on-duty shooting death just 10 months ago.

"We're on the right road and we're on the right track, of course, and then this happens," Petty said.

But as much as it's a day to mourn a tragedy, it's a day to keep Dinwiddie's memory alive.

"A great cop, a great family man, and a great human being.">

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers," Turck recited, quoting Shakespeare's Henry V with all the KPD SWAT members gathered around Dinwiddie's casket.

Remembering a man who risked his life to protect central Texans. A man who lost his life in the name of duty.

Dinwiddie was shot by a suspect May 9 while trying to serve a search warrant. That 49-year-old suspect was arrested at the scene.

Dinwiddie died at the hospital two days later.

Another officer injured in that shooting, Odis Denton, attended Saturday's ceremony in a wheelchair.
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