Sgt. John Monroe laid to rest at Chattanooga National Cemetery
Chattanooga Police Sergeant John Monroe was laid to rest on Tuesday at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
First responders from across Hamilton County attended the services to remember an officer who served his community and his country.
Soddy Daisy Police Officer Keith Hindman was part of the procession. He remembers how Sergeant Monroe helped him out with public speaking.
Hindman says Monroe was considered the smartest man in the room and knew what to do in every situation thrown at him. He says Chattanooga lost a true public servant.
"Not only did Chattanooga lose a wonderful police officer, but Chattanooga lost a great man. I mean he was truly just a wonderful soul,” Hindman said.
Monroe was a training sergeant for the police academy for three years and was with of the Chattanooga Police Department for almost two decades.
Many of the officers who work in Chattanooga were trained by Monroe, but his impact was even greater.
"I had tons of questions because of the difficulty of the school. He was always willing to help anyone, not just me,” Officer Hindman said.
Hindman says he asked Monroe for advice on public speaking.
"He said just take your time and try to lose the 'uhs' that I've probably used 30-something times so far,” Hindman said.
Officer Hindman said Monroe meant a lot to cadets and veteran officers.
He touched a lot of lives, which is why his death has been difficult for so many who wear a uniform.
"There's really just no way to put words around it. With him being in training and touching so many different people and helping them,” Hindman said.
A GoFundMe Page has been set up to help Monroe’s family. At last check, officers have raised more than $18,000.