DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Police Department said goodbye to a fallen officer Wednesday. Kevin Marceau was laid to rest 14 years after an on-duty accident left him with a traumatic brain injury.

A car hit Officer Marceau while he was chasing a man in November of 1996. Last Friday, he died of complications from the brain injury. His passing is considered a line of duty death.

Chopper 11 followed a police procession honoring Officer Marceau as it left the church and headed to his final resting place at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville.

Family, friends and fellow police officers came out to say goodbye to a fallen hero.

Before gathering at his graveside, those who knew Marceau best filled St. Francis Catholic Church. The officer’s brother, Keith Marceau, told the congregation, “We pray for our brother Kevin who you have called from this world.”

Fighting back tears Officer Marceau’s father, Richard Marceau, read the words of the officer’s young niece. “Because he was a cop and protected us from the bad guys…” he said.

But long before he wore a badge, Marceau’s brother said protecting was in Kevin’s nature. “I always looked up to him. He was huge. He was so much bigger than us and we needed him. He protected me. He protected us.”

Now, on the very day they would normally be celebrating his birth, Marceau’s family instead mourns his passing. “Happy Birthday Kevin,” a mourner said crying.

Marceau is survived by his son, mother and father, a sister, and three brothers.

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