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Area remembers 'community cop'

POSTED: October 2, 2009 9:41 a.m.
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Hinesville Police Department's Honor Guard officers place Trombley's casket in a hearse waiting outside the funeral home.

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Liberty County law enforcement officers, community organizers and family members lined up outside Carter’s Funeral Home on Thursday to say goodbye to one of their own.
Hinesville Police Officer Corp. Michael Trombley, 52, died Tuesday of complications associated with pulmonary fibrosis.
As a flag-draped casket carrying Trombley’s body was carried out of the
funeral home by eight of
his fellow officers. Those who knew him stood and saluted the man many people knew as the “community cop.”
“He always had a smile on his face,” Corp. Johnathan Greer said of his
friend and co-worker. “I don’t think I ever saw him frown.”
During his nine years with HPD, the 20-year Army veteran served as the crime prevention officer and was involved in planning community events, including the National Night Out and Faith Kids Day.  He also did work for Helen’s Haven.
“Mike’s philosophy of crime prevention was not just to prevent crime, but to get the kids to where they would not commit the crimes,” Pastor Jerry Bazemore said.
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