KSP Trooper known for 'huge heart' laid to rest - WDRB 41 Louisville News

KSP Trooper known for 'huge heart' laid to rest

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Loved ones, fellow officers and hundreds of community members turned out to pay their last respects to Sgt. David Gibbs, the Kentucky State Trooper who was killed in a car crash last Friday. 

Tuesday's services were a salute to a man gone too soon. As a long funeral procession led Sgt. Gibbs to his final resting place at the Rineyville Baptist Cemetery, some people stopped what they were doing to watch the procession pass.

"We just want to honor him the best we can and show his family the support they're gonna need and let them know we're here for them," said KSP Trooper Jeff Gregory.

Gibbs was driving his KSP cruiser in LaRue County on Aug. 7 on Hwy. 210 when he lost control on a sharp, rain-soaked curve. Investigators say his car went into the oncoming lane and collided with a Jeep. Gibbs was pronounced dead at the scene.

"It's been a very difficult, very heart-wrenching weekend," said Trooper Kendra Wilson.

Wilson was on the scene of the accident where Gibbs was killed. She says she has known him since she joined KSP more than a decade ago.

"He just loved being a trooper and serving his community," Wilson said.

Wilson says Gibbs was a funny guy with a huge heart.

"He was the one who you always wanted to grab and give a big hug to," Wilson said. "And he never shied away from that."

Wilson says agencies near and far came to honor Gibbs, with law enforcement from Illinois, West Virginia, Iowa and Pennsylvania paying their respects.

"As sad as the tragedies are when we have these kinds of deaths and kinds of events, it always increases the bond between us," Wilson said.

Gibbs is the second KSP trooper killed in a car accident in the past few months.

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