Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hundreds Gather in Tribute to Man Who Lost Cancer Fight; Strickland Remembered as One Who "Had a Peacefulness about Him."

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hundreds Gather in Tribute to Man Who Lost Cancer Fight; Strickland Remembered as One Who "Had a Peacefulness about Him."

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Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union

Hundreds of police officers gathered Monday at Northside Baptist Church to say goodbye Glynn County Police Officer Elmer Strickland, who died Friday after a long battle with cancer.

Strickland's fellow Glynn County officers formed an honor guard before and after the service.

Friends recalled the 42-year-old officer as warm and caring.

"Elmer his entire life, both personal and professional, was doing the right thing,'' said Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering.

"He had a peacefulness about him and he always worked hard to share that peace,'' Doering said.

The funeral procession to the church passed first along Fourth Street and past where the Glynn County police station once stood, before turning north along Altama Avenue toward the church. The busy road had been part of Strickland's workplace as he patrolled for the Brunswick Police Department and, for the past 10 years, the Glynn County police.

A Glynn County police honor guard fired a 21-volley salute near the end of the service and a piper played Amazing Grace and Going Home. …

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