Sgt. William Cherry, Death — During the transfer of Sgt. William Cherry’s body from the medical examiner’s office in Nashville to the Anderson and Son Funeral Home in Lafayette on Saturday afternoon, more than one hundred members of the police enforcement community assisted in the transportation of the body.
Joseph Wilburn, the sheriff of Macon County, was quoted as saying that “Sgt. Cherry was an absolutely honorable deputy, and he served with honor and dignity.” “With the community outreach it just shows to his character what he’s done for this community and how much sadly he’ll be missed.”
Sgt. Cherry was killed in an incident that occurred around 7 miles away from the sheriff’s office, where he had worked for over half a decade. According to the findings of the investigation, Cherry was driving south on Highway 10 at the time of the collision with the Ford F-150 that occurred when the truck crossed the center line.JC Frye, who lived in the area and was close to the scene of the accident, said, “I looked out my window, and there were blue lights from here as far as I could see up down the road.”
That ocean of blue followed Cherry and his family everywhere they went. On Saturday, the dangers that are inherent to their line of work were brought to the forefront of their minds. “It’s always a decision that you have to make in a split second; something happens, and you never know. However, I have an entire department full of policemen that are not only grieving alongside everyone else but are also responding to calls on a regular basis. They are doing this despite the fact that they are mourning.
Even now, they’re heading back out,” Wilburn added. “They’re not stopping.” Back at the sheriff’s office, people continued to show their support by adding candles, flowers, and handwritten notes to a makeshift memorial they had created.
“May God have mercy on them. “I will definitely pray for them and keep my fingers crossed for them,” Frye added. Sgt. Cherry is missed not just by his coworkers at the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, but also by those in the Red Boiling Springs Police Department, where he served as an officer before joining the Macon County force. “He was a veteran deputy whom a great number of people regarded as a role model. He had a wonderful personality, a terrific sense of humor, and the ability to make everyone around him laugh. “It’s a tough defeat,” stated Wilburn after the game.