WAXAHACHIE (CBSDFW.COM) – Funeral services for Waxahachie Police Officer Joshua Williams were held Friday morning at the Waxahachie Civic Center.
Approximately 1,000 peace officers, family and friends came to say their final farewell to Williams, who was killed on July 28.
According to DPS troopers, Officer Williams was driving to a disturbance at a fast food restaurant and was turning left when an SUV headed in the opposite direction, with its headlights off, struck him. He was rushed to Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie but was pronounced dead.
Waxahachie Police Chief Chuck Edge spoke during the funeral and detailed to those attending how Officer Williams had distinguished himself in the field of law enforcement and had training in highway interdiction, accident investigation, interview and interrogation techniques, and was certified in SWAT.
Accolades for Officer Williams’ professional career were many but Chief Edge also spoke of the 44-year-old’s character.
“He was a generous mentor to younger officers and he served as an exemplary role model,” the chief said. “His delightful sense of humor and warm smile enhanced the morale of his co-workers and brought joy to all he encountered.”
Officer Williams is the 4th police officer killed in the line of duty this year in Texas. Chief Edge said his absence at the Waxahachie Police Department would forever be felt.
“It takes someone special to be a peace officer, even more so to stay in this profession and this career as long as Joshua did. And Joshua Stanley Williams was someone special.”
A statement from Texas State Representative Jim Pitts (R-Ellis County) was read at the funeral. In the statement Pitts spoke of Williams’ successful and generous mentoring efforts and his rightful place as a role model.
Pitts statement went on to say that, “Although his passing is deeply felt by the entire community, those who were fortunate enough to share in the richness of his life will forever remember his strength of character, his congeniality and his commitment to protecting his fellow citizens.”
In his 18-year career with the Waxahachie Police Department Officer Williams received numerous commendations and had received a Master Peace Officer’s License in 2009.
Chief Edge said simply, “Joshua had a serving spirit, a kind heart and a cool and level head.”
Since his death Officer Williams has also been awarded a Purple Heart and the Police Star.
Officer Williams is survived by his wife of 25 years, Deanna Williams, and daughters Detosha, Kiondra and Kailyn Williams.
Officer Joshua Stanley Williams was buried at the Cedar Hill Memorial Park in Arlington.