OWENSVILLE, OH (FOX19) - Friends, family and fellow officers gathered Tuesday to honor and remember Owensville police chief Paul Sturgill.
Sturgill was killed in an accident in Lexington, Ky. on Dec. 23.
He became chief in 1997. The small village of Owensville has an even smaller police department, and Sturgill was loved in and outside of the force.
Some called him the pulse of the village.
"We're going to miss him a lot, we really will. It just doesn't seem even real that it's happened yet. He's just truly missed," said Cheryl Housh.
Housh is a former mayor of Owensville, and knew Paul for years both professionally and personally.
"He was great for the village, he loved working for the village, he loved taking care in the village, and the services we had were wonderful today," she said.
Sturgill loved to joke around and sing throughout the station halls, but those close to him said he took his job very seriously and for that the village will always remember.
"It was just a sad occasion, but we know he's gone on to a better place," said Dan Ladrigan. "He was always there for you. When my daughter passed, he was one of the first ones to come up and visit with me to check on me."
Sturgill was killed on his back from Nashville, Tenn. where he was picking up his mother for the Christmas holiday.
His truck hit a barrier on Interstate 75 in Lexington. He got out of the truck to check the damage, he was then hit by an oncoming SUV.