Residents pay their respects to the late Chief Greg Graham

Published: Oct. 26, 2020 at 7:03 PM EDT
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OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - It was a quite day at the Ocala Police Department Monday as officers and staff mourned the loss of one of their own.

Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham died in a plane crash near Dunnellon Sunday morning.

At 11:30 a.m., Marion County Sheriff’s deputies, along with Marion County Fire Rescue Crews, responded to Southwest 140th Avenue in Dunnellon in reference to a plane crash.

When they arrived they found a single-engine private plane, with the deceased pilot who was identified as Chief Greg Graham.

Monday MCSO Major Crimes detectives along with officials from the Federal Aviation Administration were at the crash site conducting their investigation.

Graham’s car was parked outside of the police department so that the public had the opportunity to pay their respects.

“I read about it yesterday about what happened and we were touched. My children, my grandchildren respect law enforcement, my entire family, and we just wanted to pay our respects,” JoAnne Greco said as she visited the police department with her grandchildren.

Mayor Kent Guinn arrived to the police department around 5:30 p.m. after driving from North Carolina.

“He’s done such a great job for our community and not only as chief of police, but just an all around great guy for our community. He’s caring he’s loving, people love him and he’s going to be missed,” Guinn said at the podium.

Mayor Guinn said he would visit Amy Graham and the Graham family after the press conference was done.

Chief Greg Graham’s funeral will be Friday at 10 a.m. His body will be brought back to Ocala from the medical examiner in Leesburg Tuesday morning around eight.

He will be brought to Hiers-Baxley funeral home. Officers will be blocking all intersections along the way.

The procession will pass on front of the police department some time around 10 a.m.

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