Chattanooga police headed to Cincinnati for funeral of slain officer Nicholas Galinger

Staff photo by Erin O. Smith / A bus carrying Chattanooga police officers leaves the Chattanooga Police Services Center Thursday, February 28, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to head to Cincinnati, Ohio, for officer Nicholas Galinger's funeral. Galinger died as a result of injuries sustained in a hit-and-run incident that occurred last Saturday in Hixson, Tennessee, while he was out of his patrol vehicle inspecting a manhole cover.

A bus carrying about 40 Chattanooga police officers left this morning, headed to Cincinnati to honor a fallen colleague.

The group departed from the Police Services Center on Amnicola Highway just after 8 a.m. en route to the funeral of 38-year-old Nicholas Galinger.

Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. today with the funeral set for 11 a.m. Friday. Chief David Roddy has been asked by the family to deliver the eulogy.
Galinger died after being struck by a car on Hamill Road in Hixson while inspecting a manhole cover after recent heavy rains. He had just graduated from the police academy in January.

Some of those aboard the bus Thursday were in Galinger's cadet class.

On Wednesday, police officers lined East Brainerd Road as a hearse carrying Galinger's body left for Ohio. Several law enforcement agencies in several states participated in the escort.

Before departing Thursday, Roddy thanked the community.

"The overwhelming amount of support and friendship and prayers and love that has come to the city of Chattanooga and it's police department has been nothing short of amazing," he said. "And as their chief, I thank every single member of this community who has shown support for its police officers."