Waxahachie Officer Laid to Rest

Waxahachie officer remembered for "kind heart, level head"

By Frank Heinz, Kendra Lyn and Mark Schnyder
|  Friday, Aug 3, 2012  |  Updated 8:17 PM CDT
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Waxahachie police officer Josh Williams is being laid to rest Friday, nearly a week after he was killed in a crash with an alleged drunken driver.

Mark Schnyder, NBC 5

Waxahachie police officer Josh Williams is being laid to rest Friday, nearly a week after he was killed in a crash with an alleged drunken driver.

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Waxahachie police officer Josh Williams was laid to rest Friday, nearly a week after he was killed in a crash.

"Officer Joshua Williams' personnel file contains numerous commendations from both citizens and supervisor," Waxahachie Police Chief Chuck Edge said at Williams' funeral Friday morning.

Chief Edge said Williams was generous with his time, mentoring younger officers and earning everyone's respect.

"Although his passing is deeply felt by the entire community, those who were fortunate enough to share the richness of his life forever remember his strength of character, his congeniality and his commitment to protecting his fellow citizens," said Chief Edge.

A friend of Williams' from the 1986 Trimble Tech football team in Fort Worth spoke of how Williams was one of the fastest players on the team.  But his physical gifts only told half the story according to Kenneth Wilson.

"Josh had integrity and said what he meant," said Wilson.  "He didn't suffer foolishness well... You had to be committed to something.   Josh was a true friend."

Williams had been heading to a disturbance call early Saturday morning, when investigators say an SUV collided with his squad car.  DPS said driver Dylyn Richards didn’t have his lights on, had been speeding, and drinking before the crash. Williams died at the hospital.

Williams' funeral was held at the Waxahachie Civic Center.  He was buried at Cedar Hill Memorial Park in Arlington.

Williams was honored with the United States Honor Flag. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the flag has traveled more than 200,000 miles to honor fallen officers, firefighters, and military personnel.

Williams leaves behind a wife and three children. He married his high school sweetheart shortly after high school and they had three girls together.

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