Funeral held for Northport police officer | News
NORTHPORT, AL (WBRC)- Mourners left Sunset Funeral Home Wednesday with obituaries on the life of Northport police officer Jason Guin. But to people who knew him best, that still couldn't sum up the impact of his life. Wednesday morning friends, family and fellow officers said farewell to a fallen comrade.
"It's a sad day for the police department, " said interim Police Chief Kerry Card.
He was one of many who paid their final respects to Guin. The 37-year-old was a 10 year veteran of the department. He died Friday, Dec. 7 following a two-car crash the day before on Highway 43 and Tierce Patton Road. He was off-duty at the time of the accident.
The passage of time still hasn't dulled the pain for others in his department. One officer wiped away tears as she left the funeral home for a procession to the Mt. Hebron Baptist Church cemetery.
Northport police and fire fighters led a procession that also included members from other law enforcement departments around the state.
"We wanted it to be a dignified farewell to a friend, to a police officer, man that always went the extra mile to help another person," Card said.
Guin was a frequent customer to Beatrice Bryant's convenience store near Northport's Walmart. She recalled Guin as shy and reserved as he stood in her line to buy a soda or another item. She enjoyed striking up conversations with Guin to get him to open up. She attended his funeral out of respect to his memory.
"It was devastating. I liked Jason, he was a good person. Friendly, outgoing, quiet. But a good person," she told us.
Guin leaves behind a wife and a stepson.
Copyright 2012 WBRC. All rights reserved.
Most popular stories from nearby communities
- 2 Hokes Bluff schools closed Friday after 18 people report breathing problems
- 17 Hokes Bluff MS students, 1 teacher hospitalized for breathing problems
- Police: Double shooting in Gadsden may have been suicides
- Gadsden PD search for driver who hit police cruiser
- 4 suspects charged in 2 unrelated burglaries in Altoona