Family members, community gather to say goodbye to Officer David Tinsley

During his 16 years of service with the Fort Wayne Police Department, Officer Tinsley touched lives throughout the community.

Posted: Sep 16, 2018 8:38 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2018 8:37 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Family members and friends of Officer David Tinsley gathered Sunday afternoon to remember the fallen officer.

Officer Tinsley died of a heart attack Monday night after a police chase.

During his 16 years of service with the Fort Wayne Police Department, Officer Tinsley touched lives throughout the community.

"It's a sad day for our community from the loss of a strong, Christian man who loved what he did and was a very dedicated and caring person," said Thomas Eggold, who knew Tinsley from church at Emmanuel Lutheran.

Eggold will remember him as a humble, quiet man, who loved his God, his family, and his brothers in blue.

"We have a dedicated group of police officers who really care about our community and who serve well. And it's an opportunity to not only grieve with them, but recognize them for their faithful service," Eggold said. 

It's a loss the entire community is feeling. Some visitors were strangers, while others, like Rebecca Goeglein, knew the family well. 

"His children will definitely miss him very much, but I know he was such a great dad. They're going to go on to do just as great things and they're going to be okay," Goeglein said, who worked as the family's babysitter. 

Goeglein said Tinsley's death and huge impact on the community are still surreal to her. 

"The way we knew him, and the way we felt about him was how everybody knew him, and everybody felt about him," she said. 

Among those who did not know Tinsley personally was Senator Joe Donnelly, who said he spoke to the family during the viewing. 

"I told them, 'thank you.' Thanks on behalf of the people of Indiana and the people from all over the country who, when we see Officer Tinsley, your dad, your husband, your son, we see a hero," Donnelly said. 

Tinsley's funeral will be held Monday morning. Drivers should expect delays as Jefferson Blvd. will be blocked off from Main Street to Broadway. 

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