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Officer Remembered

An emotional day across the mountains as an Asheville Police Officer killed in the line of duty is laid to rest.

Hundreds of cars lined the streets in Buncombe County to say goodbye to fallen Officer Robert Bingaman. Family, friends and law enforcement from across the region joined the procession from the memorial service in Asheville to his final resting place in the State Veteran's Cemetery in Black Mountain.

At the Biltmore Baptist Church, hundreds of people filed into the sanctuary to hear tributes to the fallen officer. Police Chief William Anderson praised the dedication of Officer Bingaman for the six years of service he gave Asheville and the Asheville Police Department. Chief Anderson said every day, officers go into the community to serve and protect.  But some of them offer themselves in the ultimate sacrifice.  The chief also said anyone who knew Officer Bingaman would tell you he never had a cross word for anyone. 

The funeral procession ended at the State Veteran's Cemetery. Officer Bingaman was buried with full military and police honors. The Marine Corps provided military honors for his service to the country from 1996 to 2000.  Dozens of officers stood by the family as a dispatcher's voice sent out Officer Bingaman's final call.

Family members say Officer Bingaman loved his job in traffic enforcement and he loved his radar. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.


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