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County, state officers to cover city police shifts for funeral

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

Monday will be a somber day for police in Fort Wayne as they lay one of their own to rest.

Other police agencies are chipping in to make sure every city officer who wants to can attend Officer David Tinsley's funeral.

"It's just an incredible feeling to know that the support is there at every level, at every turn," says Officer Michael Joyner of the Fort Wayne Police Department.
Fort Wayne police officers who want to attend Monday's funeral for Officer Tinsley will be able to because county and state officers will patrol the city in their place.
They'll be dispatched on runs as if they were city officers, even though some of them might not be well versed with city streets.

"Well, it'll be a new environment for some. Some of our patrolmen will be assigned down there as well as some other folks from our division because some of our guys would like to go pay their respect, as well. So between our folks, state police has stepped to the plate, they will have some people there assisting," says Allen County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chief Troy Hershberger.
Officer Tinsley collapsed earlier this week after chasing a stolen car.
He was rushed to the hospital but doctors weren't able to save him.
His squad car is draped with black bunting at the courthouse and people are paying tribute to his 16 years of service to the community.
Officers are honoring him by working his colleagues' shifts.
"It's a relief to know that you've got somebody to cover that responsibility because it's a large undertaking. It's a sad situation, specifically for some of those officers that worked day in and day out with Officer Tinsley. It's a sad day, but we'll honor him and we'll pay our respect," Hershberger says.
Officer Joyner appreciates the sense of brotherhood among officers that he says transcends departments.
"It goes beyond anything that you can imagine under these circumstances. Not only the county but the state's coming in as we celebrate the life of David and mourn his passing," Joyner says.

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