Funeral for fallen Chattanooga police officer will be Friday

Officer Nicholas Galinger

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The funeral of Chattanooga Police Department Officer Nicholas Galinger, who was killed in a hit-and-run over the weekend, will be Friday in his hometown of Cincinnati.

Galinger, 38, died after being struck by a car on Hamill Road in Hixson while inspecting a manhole cover after recent heavy rains.

He had graduated from the police academy in January and was with a field training officer at the time of the crash. He also was a graduate of Clermont Northwestern High School and Devry University, according to his obituary.

He leaves behind two children, daughter Hailey Galinger and son Ethan Galinger.

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Between 30 and 40 Chattanooga police officers will be traveling to Ohio for the service, according to a police spokeswoman. Their travel is being paid for by North Hamilton County United for Responsible Growth.

"Our community respects our police officers who put their lives on the line every day," the group's president, Dean Moorhouse, said in a statement. "We were saddened by the loss of this young man's life. This is but a small token of our appreciation for those who protect our communities."

Visitation will be from noon until 5 p.m. Thursday at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home, 2050 Beechmont Ave. in Cincinnati.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Mount Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave.

The International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 673 has started the "Ofc. Galinger Memorial Fund" on GoFundMe. The funds will be distributed to the family. To donate, visit

Obituary for Officer Nicholas Galinger

Nicholas Scott Galinger, 38, of Chattanooga passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019 in a local hospital from injuries sustained in an accident.Nicholas was a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and has lived in Chattanooga since August, 2018.He moved to Chattanooga to pursue his dream to become a police officer. He has served with the Chattanooga Police Dept. since January, 2019.Nicholas was a graduate of Clermont Northwestern High School and Devry University. He was of the Lutheran faith. He was an avid computer animation fan.He is survived by his son, Ethan Galinger and daughter, Hailey Galinger both of Cincinnati, Ohio; parents, Barry and Gretchen Galinger, Ellabell, GA; sisters, Tonya (Timothy) Hasty, Tiffany Galinger both of Cincinnati, OH; brothers, Barry Douglas (Stephanie) Galinger II, Ft. Irwin, CA and Brent (Jennifer) Galinger, Ellabell, GA; grandmothers, Eileen Galinger, Ft. Thomas, KY and Patricia Ann Nolan, Cincinnati, OH; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.Funeral services will be held Friday, March 1, 2019 at Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230. Burial will follow the services at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Cinn., OH.The family will receive friends Thursday, February 28th from 12 -5 pm at T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home, 2050 Beechmont Avenue, Cinn., OH 45230. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chattanooga Police Department or to the American Cancer Society.Arrangements for Officer Galinger are being handled locally by the Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Chapel, 7454 E. Brainerd Road.