WINCHESTER, Va. - Hundreds gathered at the Winchester Church of God to pay their final respects to Winchester police officer Hunter Edwards.
Officer Edwards died on November 24, 2018 after crashing his patrol car on West Jubal Early Drive while responding to a call on South Loudoun Street.
Edwards was remembered by friends and coworkers as having a passion for policing. The 30-year-old Stephens City, Va. resident was known to go above and beyond at work, whether in his role as a member of the SWAT team, a member of the civil disturbance unit, or as a mentor and coach.
"Officer Edwards is our hero, in life and in death," said Winchester Police Chief John Piper. "He was responding to back up his fellow officers to protect them and to serve his community when he gave the ultimate sacrifice...there is no greater legacy than a person can leave on this earth."
Edwards was a 4-year veteran of the police department and a newly-wed. He and his wife Tara were married on September 29, 2018.
"Writing this letter still doesn't feel real because two months ago, I was writing our wedding vows," said Tara Edwards. "I would give anything to have one more night with you."
Following the funeral, first responders from around the region formed a processional, following Edwards and his family to the Omps Funeral Home in Winchester.
Edwards is survived by his wife Tara, his step-son Landon, and many other friends and family members.