UPDATE: A headstone was placed over the weekend at the grave of a Chattanooga officer who was killed in a hit and run on Hamill Road earlier this year.

Officer Nicholas Galinger was buried in Cincinnati, Ohio, at Mt. Moriah Cemetery on March 1.

Officer Galinger was killed on February 23 in a hit and run while checking a manhole cover on Hamill Road.

Officer Galinger's headstone, which was made by a North Georgia couple, was placed at his burial spot in Ohio over the weekend.

The woman charged in connection to the officer's death, Janet Hinds, is being held at the Hamilton County Jail.

Hinds originally bonded out of jail, but police say she violated the terms of her bond and arrested her last week.

Hinds appeared in court on Monday and the judge ruled that she will stay in jail until her next hearing on July 11.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE: A sea of blue Chattanooga Police Department uniforms stood in reverent silence Friday morning as the flag-draped casket bearing CPD Officer Nicholas Galinger was escorted down the central aisle at Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati.

The American flag covering the casket had flown over the U.S. Capital just days before.

Galinger's brother, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Douglas Galinger remembered his brother, saying, “In the Army we don’t do anything by ourselves and the Chattanooga Police Department is the same. It’s amazing what you’ve done for him.”

Officer Galinger's father, Barry Galinger, spoke and shared family stories, some of which he joked "I wasn't supposed to share that, was I?" bringing appreciative chuckles from the crowd.

"When we left Chattanooga, every flag we saw was at half-mast," he said. “I had a list of people I wanted to thank, but that list is so long. I just want to thank everyone. People in Chattanooga would stop us and pray with us and cry.”

On the family's trip from Savannah to Chattanooga, the family witnessed a crash on the interstate. After their son's death, they felt compelled to stop and ask the driver "Are you O.K.?'

Chattanooga Police Cheif David Roddy talked about the 'journey' that brought Nicholas Galinger to Chattanooga's police department. 'We ask our future police officers to tell us why they want to be a Chattanooga police officer.

Galinger's written response was "I believe being a police officer is the most noble of professions."

Roddy bid farewell to Galinger, saying "To Nick: Godspeed. You fought the good fight. The badge of the Chattanooga Police Department shines brighter."

Galinger was laid to rest Friday afternoon at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, as a large crowd watched.

 

 


PREVIOUS STORY: It was an emotional day for those who knew Chattanooga Police Officer Nicholas Galinger best as they prepared to say goodbye. 

Officer Galinger was killed in a hit and run on Hamill Road nearly a week ago. 

Friends and family say he overcame any obstacle in his way. 

People from across the nation gathered in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday for his visitation, including those from the Chattanooga Police Department.

Douglas Galinger said it was always his brother's dream to become a police officer one day but was told no from other departments because of a childhood heart condition and other requirements he wasn't able to meet. 

That all changed when a family friend from the Chattanooga Police Department asked him to come try out last year.

"He was absolutely motivated, because he could do it. And everyone said he couldn't," Douglas Galinger told Channel 3.

Nicholas Galinger may have only been able to live that dream for a month, but he will always be remembered by his family, friends and Chattanoogans.

He will be laid to rest Friday. His funeral starts at 11:00 a.m. 

His burial will follow. If weather permits, there will be a flyover. 

A 21-gun salute and a riderless horse are planned for the services.

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