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Friend: Columbus Police Officer Capt. Jack Long "...was a gentle giant with a heart of gold"

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

He was a big man with a big smile and even bigger heart. Veteran Columbus Police officer Captain Jack Long lost his fight with cancer Monday morning.

We spoke with a colleague and friend of Captain Long's who said he will be sure Long's legacy is remembered.

"He was a monster of a man and until you get to know him he was just this strong, strong man. After years when you become friends, and you talk to him for a longtime, you notice that he's a caring big teddy bear inside. He would pretty much do anything for any of the members of the police department or law enforcement in general," Columbus Police Department Patrol shift commander Captain J. D. Hawk said.

Captain Hawk and Captain Long met on the force almost 30 years ago.

"Years of knowing each other and talking, we could sit down and just talk about anything," said Hawk.

Over the years, Captain Hawk and Captain Long became like brothers. Their relationship grew even closer less than six months ago when Long was diagnosed with liver cancer.

"If he was having a bad day, he'd just come in and vent to me; I'd also go vent to him," Captain Hawk said. "It's good to have somebody that you can rely on that way and get some of the stress off of you. He helped me quite a bit." 

Hawk set out to help his long-time friend any way he could. Hawk and the entire community stood by Long's side, fundraiser after fundraiser, hoping to raise enough money for his cancer treatments.

"We were fighting it, getting treatment and it just got the most of him," Hawk said.

Long lost his fight with cancer; he died inside his home Monday morning.

"It's a big loss. It's a loss not only to the police department because he did such a good job here over the years.You just always knew Jack was there," said Capt. Hawk.

Captain long was 63 years-old.  He leaves behind a wife, two daughters and a granddaughter.

Funeral Information

Visitation
When: Wednesday 7/10/13
Where: McMullen Funeral Home
Time: 5-7 p.m.

Funeral Service
When: Thursday 7/11/13
Where: Cascade Hills Church
Time: 11 a.m.

Interment (private) will be held at Fort Mitchell. He will receive full police honors including the playing of TAPS and a rifle firing ceremony.

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