Hundreds gathered in Andalusia to pay their respects to a Covington County Sheriff's Deputy killed on the job.
The community gathered at First Baptist Church of Andalusia to mourn 46 year old deputy Heath Kelley, who was on his way to help in another wreck when he was killed in a car accident.
"April 18, 2014 was a day that changed many lives forever," says Covington County Sheriff, Dennis Meeks.
More than 400 community members and law enforcement officers from across the state packed the pews to honor the deputy that they say lived to serve the community he grew up in, "He wanted to protect his family, his friends, and his community. And he's done that and he was willing to put his life on the line to do that, and he did," says a lifelong friend, Curtis Chesser.
Meeks also adds, "A deputy is what Heath was, but not who Heath was. He was a family man. It was said of him that he was all about his family, and he was."
Community members, like Jamal Curry, a friend of the Kelley family, say they have fond memories of seeing Kelley around the county and always with a smile on his face, "I seen him recently at the courthouse and he welcomed you walking into the courthouse. He was very kind. He asked what you need...never nothing negative about him. That's what I'm going to miss when I walk into the courthouse."
Captain Preston Hughes looked into the pews at all of the law enforcement officers and said to the Kelley family, "The deputies, and as you can see, all of law enforcement, will miss Heath. And our prayers are today, with you, the family."
Kelley is survived by his wife of 13 years, a son, two daughters, his father, brother, and three grandchildren.
Deputy Heath Kelley was laid to rest at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Red Level, Alabama.