LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Family, friends and law enforcement from across the country came together to lay a fallen DPS Trooper to rest.
Jonathan McDonald, 28, died Monday night in a crash south of Post. Investigators say McDonald was responding to an accident when he lost control of his vehicle.
A memorial was held at First Baptist Church in Lubbock Friday afternoon. Hundreds of officers from across the state and the nation arrived in Lubbock to honor McDonald.
Corporal John Gonzalez said he was humbled by the communities support. "The support is tremendous and the outpour of the public along the route was very humbling," Gonzalez said.
The Lubbock community stood on street cars, in parked cars, and all along 19th street as they waited for the procession to begin. Barry Moffitt tied his grandfathers American flag to the front of his truck and held his hat to his chest as the McDonald family passed him. "We need to support this family and we have a lot of these men and women who risk their lives everyday and its important to show our support for them, especially when we have someone who falls in the line of duty," Moffitt said.
As the family arrived at Resthaven Memorial Garden they were followed by the US Honor Flag and hundreds of officers. The graveside services ended with a DPS flyover, 21 Gun Salute, and then the last call.
The US Honor Flag has a motto: One Nation. One Flag. All Heroes.
A hero is exactly how Jonathan McDonald's friends and family described him. "He was very quiet and reserved but he loved his job and was a very respectful young man, " Corporal Gonzalez said.
DPS Troopers plan to give McDonald's six month old daughter, Kacyn, a book of memories about her father.
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