August 18, 2014
The Charlottesville Police Department has lost one of their own.
Wayne Alan Bettinger served as an officer for 16 years.
However, for the past six years he was battling with stage four colon cancer. On August 12th he lost that battle, but his wife of nine years says throughout that time they received plenty of support.
“It has been a complete blessing for us to see all of the love and support that was shown,” says Cary Bettinger.
Dozens of officers from Charlottesville all the way down to South Carolina, including fire departments, made their way to the First Baptist Church in Charlottesville to remember Bettinger's legacy.
“If anybody knew Wayne then they would tell you he's completely honest,” says Cary Bettinger. “His integrity and character speaks for itself, have been unwavering with everything.”
“He absolutely loved being a police officer and well-respected by his fellow officers as well as people of the community.”
A motorcade went through the community to the Riverview Cemetery, with lights flashing, acknowledging a friend, a father and an officer.
Family and friends say he fought until the end and that he left some large shoes to fill.
Wayne Bettinger was 51 years old and leaves behind a wife and daughter, Morgan, who is in high school.
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