Hundreds gather to honor fallen KPD officer David Munson

Hundreds gather to honor fallen KPD officer David Munson

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A majority of the Knoxville Police Department paid the final respects to the officer as he was laid to rest. A majority of the Knoxville Police Department paid the final respects to the officer as he was laid to rest.
The funeral procession wound throughout Knoxville, with support visible for an officer many say was well-respected in the department. The funeral procession wound throughout Knoxville, with support visible for an officer many say was well-respected in the department.
"We didn't realize what kind of impact he had on the police department. That's more than we expected," said David's father Tom Munson. "We didn't realize what kind of impact he had on the police department. That's more than we expected," said David's father Tom Munson.
Though Munson was on the force for a little more than two years, friends and family say he touched many lives. Though Munson was on the force for a little more than two years, friends and family say he touched many lives.
Members of the police department will honor him by wearing wrist bands bearing David's KPD identification number. Members of the police department will honor him by wearing wrist bands bearing David's KPD identification number.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Family, friends, the police department and the community honored Friday the memory of a Knoxville police officer who died in a motorcycle crash.

David Munson, 27, was off duty on Monday when he was killed in a crash in Sevier County.

On Friday, Munson was buried with full honors behind the Atchley Funeral Home in Seymour.  

A majority of the Knoxville Police Department paid the final respects to the officer as he was laid to rest.

Though Munson was on the force for a little more than two years, friends and family say he touched many lives.  

"He will be truly missed and sincerely missed. He was a great asset to the police department and to the squad," said Kevin Maycann, a KPD Officer who worked on the same sector as Munson.  

The funeral procession wound throughout Knoxville, with support visible for an officer many say was well-respected in the department.  During the funeral service at Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church, Knoxville Police chief Rausch presented Munson's widow with the October Officer of the Month. 

Munson was honored for his efforts in arresting a known burglar. 

Less than a month before he died, Munson responded to a residential alarm at a North Knoxville home, where he surprised a burglary suspect walking out the back door with a flat-screen TV.

The burglar dropped the television and ran, but Munson eventually caught him after a foot chase.

Munson's parents say the service was more than they ever expected.  

"We didn't realize what kind of impact he had on the police department. That's more than we expected," said David's father Tom Munson.  

Family friends say David Munson always wanted to be a police officer since a young age. Standing around 6-foot-5, his parents say he looked like a "natural looking policeman"

Those who worked and served with him say he was enthusiastic about being a policeman.

"I could tell from the first time I met him it was always about police. It was in his blood," said Jordan Culpe, who graduated from the police academy in December 2011.

Munson leaves behind his wife of five years Christina along with two brothers and his parents Tom and Betty Munson, who run a Christian retreat on a ranch near Dandridge where Munson lived with his wife.  

"He loved her so much, they were so meant for each other. I'm so sorry it was cut too short," said Betty Munson, David's mother.  

"They love the lord. This is a bitter pill to swallow. It's a hard thing to accept, but they know god is going to work through this," said family friend Jane Moore.  

His family will hold onto that faith as they try to cope with losing a son, a brother and husband at such a young age.  

"Just very difficult to think he's gone, but we realize there's multitudes of people out there every day, no matter who it is, losing their families, losing their children," said Tom Munson.

The family plans to keep David's legacy alive with plans to establish a memorial for him.  

Members of the police department will honor him by wearing wrist bands bearing David's KPD identification number.

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