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Law enforcement honor fallen Killeen Officer

KILLEEN - A family and a community are in mourning after saying their last goodbyes to Killeen Detective Charles "Chuck" Dinwiddie on Saturday.

Dinwiddie was shot and killed in the line of duty one week ago. He is the second Killeen officer killed in less than a year.

Many were still trying to heal from Officer Bobby Hornsby's death ten months ago, when tragedy struck the same SWAT unit again.

Fellow Killeen Police Department SWAT Officer Detective Jason Petty says the unit is devastated by the recent loss.

“It’s been nearly impossible to deal with, but the group of guys that we have assembled will stay together and we’ll get through it,” says Petty.

In an amazing show of support, hundreds of SWAT and police officers came from across the state to pay their respects to detective Chuck Dinwiddie.

His family and friends talked about not just what kind of detective he was, but what kind of man he was. They described him as hardworking and selfless.      

Killeen Police Departments Criminal Investigation Commander Scott Meads says he will be missed.

“He attacked every job he had with vigor and really got into his work and did everything he could to make every case he worked to come to a successful outcome. He was extremely concerned about the victims, about the community and about his professionalism.”

Dinwiddie's friends and family also shared personal stories, even bringing the crowd to laughter among the streams of tears.

Petty says the SWAT unit was focused on the day's missions, supporting Dinwiddie's family and giving him a heroes send off.

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

For everyone else who didn't know the fallen hero, his commanding officer wants them to realize how many lives he touched.

“I want them to know that we’ve lost an extremely valuable member of the department. Somebody who made contributions far and wide. Not just to the community but to his peers and to the profession itself.”

Dinwiddie's sister said in her eulogy that her brother died doing as he lived, striving to make the world a better place and making the ultimate sacrifice for his community. 
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