INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NBC News) More than 2,000 people including hundreds of uniformed officers showed up to pay their final respects to a Michigan sheriff's deputy.
Services were held Tuesday morning for Eric Overall, a 22 year veteran of the Oakland County Sheriff's Department. Several people spoke at the funeral including the Sheriff, Overall's best friend, relatives and his wife.
Sonja Overall said her husband had a passion for working with kids as a school liaison officer. "He had a way with kids, I already knew how much we went above and beyond for his school kids, but over the last few days hearing the stories about his generosity, respect, insight, advice, compassion and literal lifesaving, it's been wonderful. I honestly couldn't be more proud and blessed to be able to call him my husband."
The family says Deputy Overall's remains will be scattered in the ocean he loved. A "Go-fund-me" account set up in his memory to help with future expenses has raised more than $64,000 dollars.
Deputy Overall was laying down stop sticks during a police chase early Thanksgiving morning when he was killed. Police say the driver, 22 year-old Christopher Berak, intentionally swerved in his direction and hit him. He's been charged with homicide and murder of a police officer. Both charges carry a possible life sentence.