Huntsville fallen officer buried Monday in Tuscaloosa County

Huntsville Police Officer Garrett Crumby was laid to rest at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park Monday afternoon.

Family, friends and fellow officers from across the state lined up to say goodbye one last time to a true hero.

“Unfortunately this is a reality sometimes in the line of law enforcement. It’s important that law enforcement sees how a community can come together regardless of if we are in Huntsville or wherever the parts of the state of Alabama. Today was very humbling,” said Madison County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Brent Patterson.

Crumby’s legacy will always be that he gave the ultimate sacrifice for his community, Patterson said.

“He did that here in Tuscaloosa and he did that ultimately in Huntsville. He died doing what he enjoyed doing,” said Patterson.

Many at the burial said Monday’s service was just a small glimpse of what Officer Crumby meant to his community.

Officer Crumby was killed in the line of duty March 28 as, police say, he and a fellow officer responded to a shooting call at 4:45 p.m. and found a woman shot at the location of the crime. The Huntsville Police Department said the officers were shot by someone at the scene. Both officers were taken to a Huntsville hospital with life-threatening injuries. The suspect was captured just before 6:30 p.m. and taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall identified the fallen officer as Garrett Crumby, a three-year veteran of HPD and an eight-year veteran of the Tuscaloosa Police Department. Crumby and fellow Officer Albert Morin were responding to an emergency domestic violence call for service when, police say, they were ambushed by an armed suspect. The suspect had already shot and injured a woman who was present on the scene.

Crumby grew up in Tuscaloosa and graduated from Hillcrest High School in 2004. He later landed a job with Tuscaloosa Police Department and served as an officer from 2013 to 2020 before leaving to join the Huntsville Police force.

Crumby was 36 years old.

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