Hundreds gather to remember West Virginia deputy sheriff

LOGAN COUNTY, W. Va. (WYMT/WSAZ) -- The streets of Logan were blocked by police, family and friends on Tuesday as they said goodbye to Kanawha County Deputy Greg Eplin.

"Just by the turnout here today, you can see that he was well respected and well liked by everybody that came in contact with him," Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford said.

Eplin passed away on Friday, Aug. 31, after a year-long battle with colon cancer.

"We're honored to have known him and worked with him, and we're extremely saddened of his passing," Rutherford said.

Judge Irene Berger talked about her former bailiff at the funeral, often speaking of Eplin's love for his family, his co-workers and his passion for law enforcement.

He was only 46-years old, but the legacy he leaves behind won't soon be forgotten.

"Greg taught us valuable lessons and set a great example for us," Berger said. "He taught us to always treat people with kindness and respect no matter who they were, to cherish the people we love and tell them how we feel about them and to be thankful for all we have, and to face adversity positively with great strength and great dignity."

In lieu of flowers, Eplin's family has asked for donations to be made to CAMC's David Lee Cancer Center.

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