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BREATHITT COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) The funeral for a Jackson Police Officer killed in an ATV crash was held at the Jackson City School gymnasium Thursday.

Lieutenant Shawn Howard was riding on a road off Highway 1098 in the Quicksand Creek community when he lost control and struck a tree on Easter morning.

A female passenger was transported to the hospital.

Howard leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter. Visitation was held for him Wednesday.

"He was a kind person, he was humble, and he believed in doing the right thing," said Phyllis Collins, Howard's aunt. 

He was also a high school basketball coach. Friends at the visitation said that they'll remember Howard for his service to the community as a coach and as an officer. He is described as a loving father, a dedicated public servant and someone with a passion for helping people, especially kids, in his community. He was a Jackson City Police officer for 19 years. 

"I'd like for them to know that he's the best police officer I've ever met," said Police Chief Kenneth Spicer. "He was a unique person, he loved everybody."

His cruiser was parked outside of the visitation where loved ones put a wreath on it. 

"Shawn seemed like a pretty nice dude. When I was hanging out with him the other day, we went riding, he was always trying to talk to me, trying to start a conversation, always smiling, all that good stuff," said Howard's neighbor, Andrew Gross. 

The funeral was held on Thursday. The community he served made a valiant effort to show support for Howard's loved ones. People left wreaths and flowers at his mother's beauty shop. 

Along the funeral procession route stood members of the community, many were in tears. Several businesses in Jackson even closed for the funeral, putting wreaths and bows with Howard's badge number, 402, on their doors.  

"It's important just to show support for his family. He was a really good guy, good guy all around. He wasn't just a good public servant, good cop, he was a good person. He was one of us," said Jackson resident Tammy Saum. 

He was buried in a family cemetery. 

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