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Morrisville Police Officer Laid to Rest

Posted May 27, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Hundreds of law enforcement officers from all North Carolina came to a funeral home Tuesay to pay tribute to one of their own. Sergeant Earl Godwin of the Morrisville Police Department died in the line of duty in a car accident last week.

Godwin's friends say the 9-year veteran loved being a policeman and that he served the community where he was raised in the way he wanted to serve it.

Friends describe Sgt. Earl Godwin as an officer whose positive outlook affected everyone around him. He died Thursday in Morrisville when his range rover collided with a car as he was responding to an emergency call. Fellow K-9 Trainer Richard Rogers says Godwin will be remembered as a dedicated K-9 officer.

K-9 officers are a tighknit group. About 40 of them from around the state came to pay tribute to Godwin. Most agree that Godwin was highly respected among his peers.

Despite the tragedy, officers in Morrisville had to get back to their jobs. According to Morrisville Police Sgt. Allen Rushing that's the way Godwin would have wanted it.

As officers hit the streets after the service they turned on their bright blue lights in a tribute to a man who brightened many lives.

Godwin is survived by his wife and his 13-month-old daughter. His dog, Grey, who survived the accident, is with the family.