Fellow officer, friend remembers Eric Mumaw as condolences blanket City of Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--In the wake of Metro Nashville Police Officer Eric Mumaw's death Thursday morning, an outpouring of support, emotion, and condolences has blanketed the city and the department.
Among those are Sgt. Robert Weaver, a member of Officer Mumaw's graduating academy class 18 years ago and close friends with Mumaw. An emotional Sgt. Weaver said Mumaw was a "good friend and a good officer" who was "dedicated to his job and loved this city that he adopted."
Sgt. Weaver says "he was always smiling and joking...those of us that knew him, knew him well...we have a huge hole in our hearts today."
Sgt. Weaver added Mumaw "loved the midnight shift," and "loved training new officers." Recalling one event, Sgt. Weaver says he remembers when Officer Mumaw purchased a meal for a homeless man and took it to the man, sitting with him. Sgt. Weaver says Mumaw was the "epitome of a community police officer."
Officer Mumaw was a transplant from Ohio who loved the Ohio State Buckeyes and was "much loved." Sgt. Weaver added Mumaw was in his wedding and the two did not see each other as much as they wanted due to their careers. "I just encourage everybody to make that phone call today and tell the people you love you love them," Weaver said.
Officer Mumaw was not married and did not have children. Police are working to make contact and inform his mother who lives out of state.
Metro Nashville Police Public Information Officer Don Aaron says the department has been contacted by other agencies nationwide which have expressed their condolences. Locally, Mayor Megan Barry issued a statement and said the Metro Courthouse, Korean Veteran's Bridge, and other buildings will be lit blue Thursday night in honor of Officer Mumaw.
Support and condolences have also been expressed by fellow Tennesseans, lawmakers, and public service agencies.