COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -Family and friends are celebrating the life of retired Columbus police officer David Hall.
Hall and one other passenger were killed Friday, November 16th when the Narcotics Task Force helicopter they were flying in crashed into the Coosa River in Chilton County.
His funeral service was held at the Wynnbrook Baptist Church in Columbus Saturday afternoon.
Those in attendance described Hall as a person who never met a stranger. Friends and co-workers say he was someone who loved his service to the people up until his final days.
“He was a great guy. He had a love for the police department, he had a love for his community and he had a love for aviation. He put a little bit of his soul into all three of those things,” says Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren.
"My siblings had known him for a long time. He did all the great programs and dare programs for my brothers and sisters. He was an awesome guy that always had a smile on his face,” says Hall’s neighbor Chris Reed.
Hall was serving as the pilot for the Metro Narcotics Drug Task Force when the helicopter he was flying hit unmarked power lines in Chilton County Alabama over the Coosa River. Both Hall and the passenger didn’t survive the crash.
"We just want to keep the family of not only David, but of Austin Griswald in our prayers. Very unfortunate accident."
Hall served with the Columbus police department for more than 20 years logging over 4,200 hours teaching pilots in different aircrafts. Governing officials with Sheriffs Offices across the Chattahoochee Valley, The Columbus Police Department and the Mayor’s Office all attended the service to honor his life and service.
“We all knew David. We knew David as a police officer. We knew David as our pilot and we also knew him as a recruiter in our department. He will be missed," says Boren.
His family and friends say it's a sad day for law enforcement in the Chattahoochee Valley.
“He’s just a really great guy and we hate to see him go.”
Hall was 53-years-old and leaves behind sisters and brothers, as well as other family.