Officers honor life of Gordon Bennett

Published 08/05 2014 04:15PM

Updated 08/07 2014 01:40PM

Dozens of police cars lined the streets of downtown Ozark Tuesday to honor the life of Gordon Bennett. The longtime law enforcement officer passed away early Friday morning after a battle with cancer.

For 35 years Bennett was a Game Warden with the Alabama Department of Wildlife Enforcement. In 2006 he retired and started working with the Dale County Sheriff's Office.

Bennett was known across the state for firearms training. He was in charge of training deputies for the Dale County Sheriff's Office, but he also trained officers with other agencies. But Bennett was more than just an instructor and a deputy.

"We lost a friend that would always come in any time of need any circumstances that may arise," said Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson. "He was a professional law enforcement officer spending pretty much most of his entire life dedicating it to protecting and serving others."

The amount of respect Bennett earned during his career was evident by the amount of officers that paid their respects.

"The amount of people he trained throughout the state and the Wiregrass area, you know, it will carry on for generations to come," Sheriff Olson reflected. "We can only hope to have the type of career that Gordon Bennett had. The amount of people he touched over the years, it's amazing, the amount of people who will remember him forever."

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