Officer Garrett Crumby remembered as a hero, friend
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Fusco
Hundreds gathered Monday to honor fallen Huntsville Police Officer Garrett Crumby, almost one week after he died while serving the community he swore to protect.
People from across the state filled the seats inside Mayfair Church of Christ in Huntsville for Crumby’s memorial service.
Friends, family and loved ones spoke of the loss of their dear friend and hero. Fellow police officers, city leaders and friends remembered special moments they shared with Crumby.
“Garrett was known to show up to roll call with a honey bun, a Subway sandwich, an energy drink and a coffee,” said Huntsville Police Department Deputy Chief Scott Hudson.
One of Crumby’s sisters spoke about her family’s loss, saying her little brother was loved by everyone.
“We really are all touched by everyone that has come,” said Courtney Crumby. “We wish we could have met each and every one of you under better circumstances and we are truly astounded by how many lives he touched. We had no idea how far his grasp reached.”
Before joining HPD, Crumby served as a Tuscaloosa Police Officer for eight years.
“He served honorably as a Tuscaloosa Police Officer, as well as a Huntsville Police Officer and he was a hero,” said Huntsville Police Chief Kirk Giles.
Fellow HPD officers filled the platform and honored their fallen brother together.
HPD Sgt. DeQuan Hyter took a moment and spoke directly to Crumby, ensuring he knows he’s never alone.
“Garrett, you would be proud to know your guys didn’t hesitate to try and save you,” said Hyter. “Determined to pull you to safety, they ran towards gunfire ready for round two. You were never alone.”
The HPD officers said one last goodbye to their brother before the final prayer.
“It’s time to take your last ride, Charlie 3-1-1. Everyone is here to salute you, our hero,” said Hyter. “Until we meet again.”
After the service in Huntsville, officer Crumby was brought home to be laid to rest at the Tuscaloosa Memorial Park.
His body was accompanied by a procession of hundreds of mourners.