NASHVILLE, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - Hundreds of people attended the funeral service for a 32-year-old Dickson County Sergeant who was killed in the line-of-duty last week.
Sgt. Daniel Baker's wife was escorted into First Baptist Church by Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe just after 1 p.m. Tuesday.
"I like the services that are a life celebration, they're a lot more uplifting, but I just can't get used to that when I'm hurting so bad at this time," Sheriff Bledsoe said.
During the service, Sheriff Bledsoe retired badge No. 95 and patrol car No. 500, both of which belonged to Sgt. Baker. He said neither number will be issued again.
"Rest in peace, Sgt. Daniel Baker. We will take it from here on your behalf," Bledsoe said.
In addition to Sheriff Bledsoe speaking, several close friends and co-workers shared memories of a man they called a hero.
"Daniel grew into the man you wanted him to be and the man we needed him to be," Officer Robert Carden said.
Many spoke on the natural leader Sgt. Baker was and how he placed the needs of others before his own.
As Local 24 has reported, the 32-year-old was killed last week while responding to a suspicious vehicle.
Hundreds of law enforcement officers gathered outside the church to pay their respects as his casket was carried out the church.
Sgt. Baker's final call went out at the Dickson County Memorial Gardens cemetery.
Baker's family also placed white roses on the casket before 104 members of the Dickson County Sheriff's Office placed blue carnations on his casket.
His passing has rallied the community together. Local organizations are teaming up to raise funds for the Bakers family.
He leaves behind a wife and young daughter.