BREATHITT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A beloved Jackson City police officer was laid to rest Thursday after a fatal ATV crash took his life early Easter morning.
Troopers and police, alongside friends and family, gathered Thursday for Lieutenant Shawn Howard's funeral. The ceremony was held at Jackson City High School, where Lt. Howard once attended and later coached.
Many say Howard was a loving person who gave back to the community with a smile on his face.
"He loved his school, he loves the boys and girls that he coached, and everyone he came in contact with. He loved his community and his family," said Jackson Police Chief Kenneth Spicer.
"It's important to remember him as a man, as a servant, as a police officer, but most importantly to remember him as Shawn Howard - the guy who we could smile at and we get a smile back from back from," Chief Spicer added.
Lt. Howard spent the last year raising money for Shop with a Cop, an organization that he started. He served on the Jackson City police force for 19 years.
Howard leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter. He was buried in a family cemetery in Breathitt County and he received a full honor guard, including a flyover from a police helicopter.