WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAFF) - One of Huntsville’s finest was remembered during National Police Week ceremonies in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
Huntsville police officer Keith Earle died in a head-on crash in April 2018.
Hundreds paid tribute to Earle and other fallen officers at the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.
President Donald Trump gave the keynote address.
Earle’s wife, Tarsha Earle, and Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray were among those to pay their respects at the ceremony.
“It means a lot. It lets me know that my husband did have an impact on peoples’ lives in the community as well as his department," his wife said. “I thought today the emotions would be really high but I have a sense of peace to know that he’s been recognized in this way and honored. It’s a peaceful feeling.”
“I was very fortunate. I was able to work with him on the street as a police officer, so I knew him personally, 26 years, north Huntsville, same precinct, same side of town. Everybody in north Huntsville knew officer Earle. That’s community policing at its best, when the community knows you, respects you and the job you do. That’s the kind of officers we love,” said McMurray.