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Law Enforcement Community Bids Farewell To Slain W. Va. Sheriff's Deputy

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (KDKA) -- Family, friends and the law enforcement community said a final goodbye Friday to the Monongalia County sheriff's deputy who was killed last weekend in the line of duty.

The funeral service was held for Sgt. Michael Todd May at the Chestnut Ridge Church in Morgantown, W. Va.

"I just came out to pay my respects to the officer and his family and to honor other police officers," an onlooker said.

Sgt. May died last Saturday when his police cruiser was rammed along Interstate 79 in Greene County during a police chase. The suspect in the case is facing a list of charges including homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence.

A final viewing was held for Sgt. May was held this morning and the funeral service followed. Law enforcement officials from about 200 different police departments were expected to attend.

"So many agencies are here from so many places throughout the country," said Sheriff Al Kisner, of Monongahelia County Police. "It's just out of respect for another officer that's lost his life in the line of duty, defending his county and the job that he loved."

After the service, as many as 1,000 people were expected to take part in a procession from the church to the cemetery. Sgt. May loved his Harley Davidson and was known for the many trips he took on his bike. Area motorcycle clubs were among those who joined the procession.

"It's very overwhelming, but it's very heartwarming," Carl Morris, of Morgantown, W. Va., said. "We've had support from clear across the country from officers and emergency services wanting to come out and show their respects."

Sgt. May is being laid to rest at Greene County Memorial Park in Waynesburg, Pa.

On Thursday, hundreds came to pay their respects when visitation began at the church.

Stay with KDKA for full reports on this story.

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