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Union County Sheriff Jerry Whitehead laid to rest

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Updated: 12/21/2013 11:58 pm
LAKE BUTLER, Fla. -- Dozens of troopers, deputies and officers lined the streets of Lake Butler for the funeral of Sheriff Jerry Whitehead, with some officers coming from almost two hours away.

With the sound of the bagpipes, Sheriff Jerry Whitehead's family and friends made their way into The First Christian Church in Lake Butler to prepare for their final goodbyes.

"He was a friend to everyone no matter what. No matter what you needed he was there," said Whitehead's former administrative assistant Pauline Bielling.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers came from all over the state to pay their respects.
Trooper Kevin Blom played ball with Whitehead growing up. He said although they worked in different parts of the state, the bond between them stayed strong.

"We support each other day in and day out 24/7 and when something like this happens, we are here for the family," said FHP Lt. Kevin Blom.

Right after the church ceremony, the community made its way to Whitehead's burial.
With a final call out, Whitehead was laid to rest, and the community said its final goodbyes.

"It's one of them things that we'll never forget," said Whitehead's friend Alan Courson.

Whitehead served as Union County's sheriff for 28 years.

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