|Officer Eric Mumaw|
The Tennessean - They stood on the river bank in Peeler Park, some 150 feet from the boat launch where Metro Police Officer Eric Mumaw dove into the frigid water Thursday to save a stranger's life and drowned.
Hundreds of people gathered near the Cumberland River Friday night at a candlelight vigil for the fallen hero.
The Madison Precinct officer died in the line of duty while attempting to rescue a suicidal woman whose vehicle rolled into the river with her inside.(read more and view photos)
Statement from Mayor Megan Barry on the tragic death of Officer Eric Mumaw
Press release - Mayor Megan Barry has issued the following statement about the drowning death in the line of duty of Officer Eric Mumaw, an 18-year veteran of the Metro Nashville Police Department:
Our worst fears were realized today when Officer Mumaw was recovered deceased from the Cumberland River after having given his life to save a woman in distress. Officer Mumaw dedicated his life to the safety and protection of us all, and today he gave his life to that calling. My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Mumaw’s family and friends and all of our Metro Nashville Police Officers today.
I want to thank the men and women of our Metro Nashville Police Department and Nashville Fire Department, as well as the city of Hendersonville, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and Army Corps of Engineers who all came together this morning to assist in the search for Officer Mumaw.
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